The Cam Newton Foundation values our Board of Directors. We appreciate their dedication and hard work towards achieving our goals.

Cam Newton Founder

Cecil Newton, Sr. President

Cecil Newton, Sr. is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been married to Jackie Newton for 25 years. Cecil has three sons – Cecil Jr., Cameron and Caylin. He attended C.L. Harper High School, followed by Savannah State University, where he studied electrical engineering. After college, he pursued a master’s degree in divinity. Mr. Newton also played for the Dallas Cowboys NFL team for two years.

Mr. Newton serves as Pastor and Bishop of Holy Zion Ministries, Inc. in Atlanta. With 25 years of pastoral experience, he is inspired to communicate the messages of family dedication, commitment to education, character development, and perseverance.

Long before Cam burst on to the national stage, Mr. Newton was dedicated to guiding and giving back to the community. He has led a variety of programs, including college prep classes, Little League sports teams, drug awareness seminars and mentoring sessions.

Cecil Newton is the President of the Cam Newton Foundation. He is involved in the Foundation’s work in both the Atlanta and Charlotte communities.

James Newton Treasurer

James R. Newton is a vocational analyst with Vocational Economics, Inc. He provides expert vocational testimony specific to earning capacity and work-life expectancy for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Newton is a board certified rehabilitation counselor, a rehabilitation supplier with the Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation, a vocational evaluator with the Georgia Department of Labor – Rehabilitation Services, a professional school counselor, and a contracted vocational expert with the United States Social Security Administration – Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

Dr. Newton has a doctorate degree in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s of science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management from Fort Valley State University.  In addition, he has completed post-graduate study in school counseling with an emphasis on issues related to children with disabilities.

Ginny Phillippi Board Member

Ginny Phillippi, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language/International Trade. 

Ginny has been with SunTrust Bank since 1986 and is currently a Senior Vice President in the Not-for-Profit and Government Banking Division (NFP&G) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to joining NFP&G team at SunTrust in 1993, she worked in the Asset Based Lending and Private Wealth Management Divisions of SunTrust. Her current responsibilities include the handling of the banking relationships for over 60 private schools, colleges, universities and educational related foundations and associations. 

Ginny currently serves on the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens, and Northeast Georgia (BBB) and the board of its affiliated foundation (BBB Foundation).  In the past she has served as Treasurer and Chairman of both the BBB and BBB Foundation.   Ginny also served on the board of trustees and as treasurer of The Joel Chandler Harris Association  which operates the Atlanta house museum known as The Wren’s Nest. Ginny served on the initial advisory committee for The Cam Newton Foundation, beginning in 2011.

Steve Lauletta Board Member

Steve “Jake” Lauletta was named president of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in 2007 after a long career in the sports and entertainment industries.  Lauletta oversees all aspects of the Chip Ganassi Racing’s business and marketing operations with entries in the Indycar, United Sportscar, NASCAR, Global Rallycross, and World Endurance Championship series with locations in Concord and Indianapolis facilities.   He is responsible for the creation and implementation of the company’s overall strategic direction as it relates to sponsorship acquisition and retention, organizational branding and communications, and league partnerships.

Formerly the president of Radiate Sports, the sports marketing division of Omnicom’s The Radiate Group, a global network of independently branded, best-in-class marketing service agencies.  Lauletta was responsible for creating Radiate Sports’ strategy, including leading new sports business development and enhancing The Radiate Group’s 
current clients’ sports marketing initiatives in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia.  

Previous to Radiate, Lauletta enjoyed a successful 12-year career at the Miller Brewing Company.  He served in a variety of marketing leadership positions, most recently as Director of Sports and Event Marketing.  Lauletta oversaw the negotiation and administration of Miller’s sports and entertainment sponsorships, including all major professional sports leagues, music venues, and celebrity endorsements.  Lauletta began his sports marketing career working for sports agencies in the areas of client management, event production, promotion and athlete representation.  

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Lauletta is a two-time winner of the Sports Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class and was also named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.  Lauletta is frequently called upon by journalists for analysis and context concerning sports marketing issues.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lauletta currently resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife and two dogs.

Cecil Newton, Jr. Board Member

Byron Kellam, Sr. Board Member

Byron Kellam, Sr., a native of South Fulton, is a Licensed Professional Counselor  at Creekside High School. For the past 14 years, he has served as a source of strength, guidance, and support to thousands of young people attending the Fulton County School System.

While working in Fulton County Schools, Mr. Kellam recognized how the absence of a strong and positive male presence in young people’s lives was significantly contributing to their academic, emotional, and social decline. This overwhelming issue became the impetus for founding mentoring programs within the school as a platform to teach leadership skills, personal development, and build strong character.

Additionally, Byron has extensive clinical experience in individual therapy, family therapy and group counseling. He has served as a contracted therapist and consultant to several not-for-profit public institutions and private agencies. His extensive experience working with the Department of Families and Children Services and the Juvenile Court system has helped him gain tremendous insight into the family dynamic and its role in successful childhood development.

Advisory Committees

Atlanta Advisory Committee

Dr. Autumn Burton

Dr. Winston Carhee

Dr. Andrew Feinberg

Kathleen Saal

Jason Saliba

Charlotte Advisory Committee

Chris Boukedes

Chris Clouden

Nikki DeVillers

Riley Fields

Rett Liles

Stacey McCray

Kathryn Meyer

Dewey Norwood

Polly Pearce


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