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Cathy Atkins
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Atkins is the executive assistant and human resources manager at Diversity Health Center, Inc. She sits on the boards of the DFCS and Region 12 DFCS. Atkins is the president of the Bradwell Institute Tiger Marching Band Boosters. She earned an associate's degree in Business Administration from Phillips Junior College. Atkins and her husband, Matthew, have two children. They reside in Hinesville.

Tina Bartleson
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Bartleson is the executive director of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center. She has more than 26 years of experience working with children and families, primarily in child abuse prevention. Bartleson is a member of the Exchange Club of Rome. She earned a master's degree in Public & Social Services from West Georgia College. Bartleson and her husband, Jonathan, have three children. They reside in Rome.

Roger Bryant
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Bryant retired as county director for the Bleckley County DFCS and the Laurens County DFCS. He sits on the boards of directors of the Bleckley County DFCS and the Region 11 DFCS. Bryant is a member of the Communities in Schools of Cochran/Bleckley Co. & Family Connection Community Partnership. He earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia College. Bryant and his wife, Vonda, have four children and one grandchild. They reside in Montrose.

Emily Cole
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Cole is the chair of the Carroll County DFCS Advisory Board, the Carroll County Child Advocacy Center and the Carrollton City Board of Development Appeals. She is a volunteer in her community, focusing on helping at-risk youth. Cole is a facilitator of Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children curriculum. She earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Auburn University. Cole and her husband, Doug, have two children. They reside in Carrollton.

Belva Dorsey
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Dorsey is the CEO of Enrichment Services Program, Inc. She sits on the boards of the Southeastern Association for Community Action Agencies, Georgia Community Action Association, Neighbor Works Columbus and the Mayor's Commission for Unity, Diversity, and Prosperity. Dorsey earned a bachelor's degree from Columbus State University. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Columbus.


Cindy England
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

England is a business manager for Georgia 4-H at the University of Georgia. She is a member of Auburn First Baptist Church, where she serves as the assistant treasurer and works in the nursery ministry. England earned an associate's degree from Gwinnett Technical College. She and her husband, Terry, reside in Auburn.

Octavia Fugerson
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Fugerson is a Young Fellow with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative and a member of Georgia EmpowerMent, an organization that helps young people transition from foster care to adulthood. Fugerson earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia. She resides in Athens.

Rodney Griffin
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Griffin retired as the Region 11 DFCS Regional Manager. He was previously the director of the Tift County DFCS. Griffin sits on the board of directors for the Tift County DFCS and the DFCS regional board. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Valdosta State College and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Griffin and his wife, Kathy, have two children and two grandchildren. They reside in Chula.

Lee Heery, M.D.
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Heery is a pediatrician at St. Simons Pediatrics and the medical director of Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center. She sits on the boards for Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center and the Coastal Coalition for Children. Heery is the chair of the Child Abuse and Neglect committee for the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from Princeton University and a doctorate in Medicine from Emory University. Heery and her husband, James, have three children. They reside in St. Simons.

Tommy Hill
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Hill is a service agent with AIG and an ordained minister. He sits on the board of trustees of Southern Regional Technical College. Hill is a board member of the local DFCS and chairman of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board. He earned a master's degree in Ministry from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary. Hill and his wife, Leny, have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in Thomasville.

DeLaine Hunter
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Hunter is the CEO and practice director of North Georgia HealthCare Center. She is the president of Occupational Fitness, an on-site mobile medical testing corporation. Hunter sits on the local and regional DFCS boards of directors and the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Council. She earned an associate's degree in Pharmacy from Northwestern Technical College. Hunter and her husband, Robert, have one child. They reside in Ringgold.

Judy Manning
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Manning is a former Georgia State House representative. During that time, she was the chairwoman of the Children & Youth Committee and a member of the Rules, Natural Resources & Environment and Interstate Cooperation Committees. Manning is a co-founder of the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament to benefit breast cancer. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Manning and her husband, Aymar, have two children and four grandchildren. They reside in Marietta.

Meredith Ramaley
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Ramaley is a detective for the Smyrna Police Department where she investigates abuse and sexual assault crimes. She was previously a probation officer for Cobb County Juvenile Court. Ramaley represents the Smyrna Police Department on the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force. She was honored as the 2013 Smyrna Police Officer of the Year. Ramaley earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia. She has one child and resides in Smyrna.

Columbus Watkins, Ph.D,
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
State Advisory Board

Watkins is a retired educator and university administrator. He is the chair of the Bibb County DFCS Board, a regional board member for DFCS and sits on the state executive board for Georgia Association of Family Children Services, Inc. Watkins earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Fort Valley State University, a specialist degree from the University of Georgia and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. He and his wife, Pearlie, have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in Macon.

Lavinia Luca
Disability Services Ombudsman

Luca is the deputy director of legislative affairs at the Department of Community Health. Prior to that, she worked a legislative liaison for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Luca previously held positions in the Georgia State Senate Office of the President Pro Tempore and the governor's office. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University. Luca resides in Atlanta.

Sukie Glick
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Glick is the youth and social media specialist for disABILITY LINK. She is the co-chair of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living Youth Steering Committee, a youth member of the National Council on Independent Living and a NCIL Diana Vietz award recipient. Glick earned an associate's degree in General Education. She resides in Clarkston.

Dorothy Harris
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Harris is the secretary for People First of Georgia and the secretary for her local People First chapter. She is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Harris is a graduate of Miami Edison Senior High School. She resides in Fitzgerald.

Nandi Isaac
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Isaac is the owner of ScanWithNan, a microenterprise that focuses on helping people save memories. She is a partner in policymaking for All About Developmental Disabilities and has completed training in peer-to-peer support. Isaac is a member of the Region 2 Quality Improvement Council of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Georgia State University-Center for Leadership in Disability Community Advisory Council. Isaac is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for the Blind. She resides in Macon.

Heidi Moore
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Moore is an advocate for children's welfare reform. She has been a member of the State Advisory Panel for Special Education, the Olmstead Planning Committee and various Medicaid healthcare reform committees. Moore is the former executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and is a member of the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council. She earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Moore and her husband, Steven, have two children. They reside in Alpharetta.

Brenda Muñoz
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Muñoz is a family and diversity fellow for the Georgia Leadership in Education on Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She is a graduate of Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence Leadership Academy. Muñoz earned bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and Spanish and a master’s degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University. She and her husband, Kenneth, have one child. They reside in Duluth.

Madeline Petrone
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Petrone is an advocate for community inclusion for people living with disabilities. She has received services in a group home, host home, day center, sheltered workshops and independent living from providers. Petrone is a graduate of Sprayberry High School. She resides in Kennesaw.

Diane McClearen
Professional Standards Commission

McClearen is the director of community and external relations for Oglethorpe Power Corporation. She is the first vice chair and 2016 board chair of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. McClearen is also the chair for the Career Outreach Committee for the Georgia Energy & Industrial Construction Consortium. She is vice chair of the PAGE Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the University of West Georgia College of Education Development Council and a graduate of Leadership DeKalb. McClearen earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Bob, have two children. They reside in Johns Creek.

Phil Sutton
Technical College System of Georgia Board

Sutton is the chief administrative officer for Kubota Manufacturing and Kubota Industrial Equipment. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Sutton earned a bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He and his wife, Sue, have two children and one grandchild. They reside in Buford.

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