Point Foundation Welcomes Two New Members in Atlanta to our Board of Directors

17 Jul

Louis-Gary_webLouis A. Gary is a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial. With a career initially founded in property & casualty accounting operations, Louis has worked for Allstate and Safeco Insurance Companies. In 1996, he and a group of entrepreneurial investors and business developers created one of the first financial services internet portals, bringing discounted auto/home insurance and other voluntary benefits to employees of large corporations; where most first had access to internet technology at their work.

Louis was recognized by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as its member of the year for his support in coordinating and hosting a network of LGBTQ Business Builder Luncheons around the Atlanta Metro.

Louis has always dreamed of funding an LGBTQ scholarship program at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. Having discovered the Point Foundation, his mission is to increase Cornerstone memberships and Point Scholars from the Southeast. Learn more about Louis.


Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. Ken studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College. Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot.
While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2009. He focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation and graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class in 2012. Ken is licensed to practice law and a neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence.

During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. Learn more about Ken.

Internship Connects the Generations in the LGBTQ Community

3 Jul

14_JUL_Sy_Sage_webNew York Point Honors Point Scholar Saidzhan Abdul (“Sy”) is 22 years old, but he has chosen to spend his summer helping people who are more than twice his age. A student at the University of Pennsylvania, Sy is interning at the New York headquarters of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), thanks to the internship opportunities made available to him through his Point Foundations Scholarship and support of The Palette Fund.

A key focus of the Point scholarship is fostering intergenerational communication and cooperation, developed through mentoring, community service projects, and internships. Five years ago The Palette Fund partnered with Point to launch an internship program, which has made it possible for Point Scholars to spend the summer experiencing substantial,professional work that directly benefits LGBTQ community nonprofits. Because The Palette Fund underwrites a stipend for the scholar, a participating nonprofit does not have to incur any costs for having a gifted student work for them during the summer.

“As The Palette Fund continually strives to engage youth in philanthropy and help build the next generation of LGBT leaders, we are thrilled to partner with Point Foundation for this summer program once again,” said Terrence Meck, Co-Founder & President of The Palette Fund. “Point is a beacon in our community for understanding the importance of education. By working together, we are able to offer summer internships that add value to the student’s curriculum. Plus, young people also earn much needed income and experience while helping an LGBT nonprofit organization.”

We are sincerely grateful to The Palette Fund for enabling us to provide such meaningful opportunities to our scholars. Through the internship program, scholars are able to connect their academic preparation to their career aspirations, develop their leadership skills, and give back to the LGBTQ community,” explains Darrin Wilstead, Mentoring & Alumni Program Director at Point Foundation.

“To be able to utilize my skills and acquire a new set of tools in nonprofit development, advocacy, and strategic planning while interning at SAGE is a real gift for me,” says Sy. “I hope I can provide the people at SAGE with the same kind of passion and commitment Point Foundation and The Palette Fund have shown me.”

The Palette Fund’s commitment to Point’s internship program has helped encourage other philanthropic donors to support an additional internship. According to a recent Gallup-Purdue University study of college graduates, having had a meaningful internship during college, “where they were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom,” resulted in graduates who were much more engaged in their post-collegiate jobs and had an improved sense of well-being.

Welcome New Board of Directors Member Dan Stiffler

24 Jun

With over 15 years of experience delivering targeted, solutions driven digital, mobile and technical projects, Dan has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Ford, Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, Warner Music Group, Best Buy, Estee Lauder and CVS/pharmacy.

Dan started his career at American Airlines and held positions in Revenue Management and Flight Service management before going on to work with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Razorfish, m-Qube (now Verisign) and ITA Software (now Google Travel). He came to Sapient from ATG, an e-Commerce software company, after it was acquired by Oracle.

Dan earned a BA in Communication from The Ohio State University and has an MBA from Baylor University. When not traveling the world – he has visited all seven continents and all 50 states and territories – Dan is an avid runner, skier and Red Sox fan.  He and his husband, Ken Sullivan, live in Boston.


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