Alana is a senior at Whitewater High School. She is the Vice President of Chapter Events for HOSA. She is also the Director of Communications for the Class of 2018. Alana is involved in several different clubs at her school, and enjoys volunteering at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Alana is very involved in the community and was featured in Fayette Woman magazine. Alana plans to become an oncologist.
Elena is a senior at Starr’s Mill High School. She is a member of National Beta Club, student government, and the school tennis team. She received the Positive Athlete award and attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership seminar. She is the president of National Spanish Honors Society. Elena is passionate about raising awareness and funds for CURE Childhood Cancer, which sparked her interest in pediatric oncology. She is thrilled to be back at AVPRIDE’s FYLP program!
Kelly is a junior at Whitewater High School. She is a member of Beta Club, Spanish National Honors Society, Orchestra, the Whitewater swim team, and the Drug Free Fayette coalition. Kelly enjoys expanding her multicultural background and bilingual nature. Kelly has enjoyed meeting new people with different backgrounds as part of the FYLP program. She hopes to attend Georgia Tech University and become a civil engineer.
Meredith is a senior at Sandy Creek High School. She serves as the Treasure of the Interact Club, and is an active member of the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, SkillsUSA and the AVPRIDE FYLP program. Her hobbies include swimming on the varsity swim team at her school, and serving as a small group leader for kindergarteners and 1st graders at her church.
Rheanna is a Senior at Fayette County High School. She is 16 years old and has lived in Fayette County for four years. She is a member of Junior ROTC and the Rifle Team. She became a member of the Drug Free Fayette coalition addressing youth substance abuse. She enjoys reading, working on her public speaking skills, and aspires to be a cardiologist.
Sasha is a sophomore at McIntosh High School. She is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, cheerleading team, and Advanced Women’s Choir. Her long term goal is to become a veterinarian. Sasha works as an assistant cheer coach for young girls. She wants to help the youth of Fayette County find positive outlets, like the FYLP program, rather than using drugs and alcohol.
Natalie lives in Peachtree City with her five children. She is from Fayette County, graduating from McIntosh High School in 1990. She continued her education at Clayton State College and University where she obtained a degree in Middle School Education. Currently, she works for Fayette Senior Services as the Meals on Wheels Director. Natalie loves to work in environments where she is able to serve those in need. As the mother of five, she is passionate about educating the youth on drug use and its consequences.
Jean moved from New York to Peachtree City with her husband and children in 2005. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate in New York state. She is a successful Realtor in Fayette County, an active member of GRASP (Grief Recovery after Substance Passing), and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Heroin Working Group. Jean has organized community events to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with addiction. Jean partners with lobbyists to help keep illegal substances from causing more harm to our communities. She is top regional fundraiser for a National nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families.
Chuck is a counselor well-versed in all treatment modalities to assist clients with any psychological/emotional issues. With children and youth who are oppositional, the primary treatment approach is assisting parents with more effective parenting approaches, and specifically, applying behavioral methodology. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor (CDAC-II), and a therapist certified in clinical sexual offender's treatment (CCOTS). Chuck has worked in Fayette County for 6 years.
Steve is Human Resources Manager at TDK Components USA. He began his career in education and spent several years as a college instructor in Japan. After returning to the U.S. his passion for working with people, education and cross-cultural understanding led him to pursue a career in human resources. He has worked closely with educational institutions and has been involved in several state and local initiatives relating to workforce training and development.
Chris is a lifelong resident of Fayette County. A 2001 graduate of McIntosh High School and later, Georgia State, he started writing for the Fayette County News and Today in Peachtree City in 2009. He has been the Managing Editor since 2015.
Mike Boylan has been a resident of Fayette County for 25 years. He worked for 14 years at The Citizen newspaper and is currently the communications specialist at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Mike has been involved with numerous local organizations including Young Professionals of Fayette County, Southside Theatre Guild, Bloom, and Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop. His is invested in the growth and strength of Fayette County.
Kim has served Fayette County Schools as a social worker for 16 years and has lived in Fayette County since 1999. She holds a B.Mus. in Music Therapy, an MSW, and an Ed. S. in Leadership. Kim is Co-Chair of two Fayette interagency committees: CHINS and L.I.P.T. As a Certified Facilitator for "Darkness-to-Light's" Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, she has trained over 500 Fayette employees, and has been twice honored as FSCA's Advocate of the Year.
Mike is in his first year as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Fayette County Schools. He is a 22-year veteran educator with experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Mike is married to Susan Sanders who is also an educator. They have three children, Lauren (19), Justin (17), and Cole (13). Lauren is a sophomore at LaGrange College. Justin will be a junior and Cole will be an 8th grader in the Fayette County School System.
DR. TED LOMBARD
Ted is the Coordinator for Safety, Athletes & Discipline for Fayette County Schools. A resident of Fayette County since 1993, he is a 23-year educator after 20 years as a combat arms Army Officer. He has taught at the elementary, middle school, and college levels and has been a high school assistant principal and middle school principal in Fayette County for 14 years. He has been married to retired educator, Linda Lombard, for 38 years and has three adult children and three grandchildren.
Youth Serving Organizations Sector
Raymonde has lived in Fayette County for 9 years with his wife, Leslie, and their 2 children. He enjoys working and partnering with various organizations to help create a better Fayette County. He is actively involved with FAYMA, Fayette Visioning Initiative, Fayette Chamber and coordinates the Annual Christian Music Festival in Fayette County. He is currently serving on staff with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) as an Area Representative/Director of Community.
Law Enforcement Sector
THE HONORABLE BEN COKER
Mr. Benjamin D. Coker is the District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which is comprised of Fayette, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties. Prosecuting in the Griffin Judicial Circuit for over a decade, Mr. Coker presents cases in a variety of courts including: Juvenile, Probate (traffic), Magistrate, and, particularly, Superior Court. He believes in swift justice, but always with an eye towards fairness.
DETECTIVE JOSHUA MEADE
Joshua spent 22 years as a resident of Fayette County, graduating from Fayette County High School and later from Georgia Southern University. Joshua has been employed with the Fayetteville Police Department since 2013 and was selected to take over the Juvenile Detective position in 2017. Joshua’s goals are to serve the community to the fullest and keep the county a safe place to reside.
Ken has been in state law enforcement since 1999 and is employed by the Department of Community Supervision as a task force officer. He has been assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2013 and is attached to the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad, which focuses exclusively on crimes involving the diversion of prescription medication. He has been a Fayette County resident since 2008, and is dedicated to doing everything possible to stop the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our country.
LIEUTENANT MATT MYERS
Matt is the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division for the Peachtree City Police Department and a widely recognized expert on drugs and human performance impairment. He is a graduate of the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, and has provided expert testimony before numerous courts and the Georgia Senate. Matt has worked in Fayette County for 21 years, 13 with the Peachtree City Police Department.
Sarah is a Deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, currently assigned to the Patrol Division. She has been employed in the public safety field since 2010, first working as a Firefighter/EMT. Sarah began her law enforcement career in 2013 at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office working in the Jail Division. Since coming to patrol in 2016, she has become an instructor and is currently serving as a handler on the K-9 Bloodhound team.
Civic/Volunteer Organizations Sector
Catherine is a local trail attorney who has lived in Fayette County for 25 years. She has three children: Austin (23), Sarah (11), and Andrea (10). Catherine has been involved in a number of community service organizations, including AVPRIDE, Promise Place, Southern Conservation Trust, the YMCA, and the Rotary Club of Peachtree City. Catherine's passion is to make a positive impact on the community.
Religious/Fraternal Organizations Sector
Huma is a special needs teacher who has served in education for 25 years. Born in Pakistan, Huma volunteers at two mosques in the Atlanta area teaching numerous classes including the interpretation of the Quran, Arabic and Tajweed (elocution). She is the bookkeeper for her husband's aviation company, and is a certified speaker for the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. She is a mother of four and a grandmother of four. She has lived in Fayette County since 1998.
Healthcare Professionals Sector
Loida Boney, MD, MPH is a compassionate primary care physician who enjoys serving the Fayette County community. She is Executive Director and Medical Director of Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic, Inc., which serves patients in Fayette County that have nowhere else to turn. Dr. Bonney is originally from Brooklyn, NY and is of Panamanian heritage. She has been married for 12 years and has a 6 year-old son.
Ted is currently involved with DBHDD as a representative from Fayette County serving a three- year term on the Region 6 Advisory Board, and the State of Georgia Leadership Board. Ted is a retired IBM’er, and social worker with experiences in Child Protective Services, Family and Children Services, Adult Protective Services, and Drug and Alcohol addiction. Ted also is an experienced psycho therapist with training in EMDR, CBT, Prolong Exposure, and PTSD treatments for military and civilian populations.
State/Local Government Sector
Helen has served as program manager for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in Fayette County for the past seven years. For the past six years she has served as a Board Member for Fayette FACTOR. She is also the chair for the Fayette County Local Interagency Planning Team (L.I.P.T). Ms. Trouth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.
Originally from California, Kathaleen has been active in the community ever since moving to Fayette County in 2005. She was Founder/Owner of Artworks on the Square in Fayetteville for five years and remains active in both visual art and screenwriting. She worked with Becky Smith on Fayette’s Grandparents Raising Grand Kids group and is currently taking government classes through the Carl Vincent Institute of Government. Kathaleen also serves as the first woman elected to the Fayetteville City Council.
Phil is a local business owner who has lived in Peachtree City since 1991. He presently serves on Peachtree City Council, Post 1. Phil is married to his wife Lali and together they have three children. They attend Southside Church. Phil graduated from Georgia State University with a Business degree in Marketing. He hopes that his actions inspire others to get involved in keeping Fayette County a great place to live, work, and play.
Ray has served as the City Manager for the City of Fayetteville since October of 2014 and has worked in various capacities with local government for over 17 years. He is also a board member for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Fayette Visioning’s Place Committee. In his spare time he enjoys many sports including golf and tennis. Ray currently lives in Fayetteville and is married to Sonja and is the step-father to three children, Tyler, Bailey, and Courtney.
Substance Abuse Organizations Sector
Founder and Executive Director of the Eden Project, Bren Briggs is a retired senior Army officer with 28 years of service. He spent his first 8 years as an enlisted Marine then accepted a direct commission as a medical officer in the Army. He once served on an Alzheimers Board of directors and during that time, he ran a 153-mile ultra-marathon across the Sahara and raised over $50,000.
Bren is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with an MA in Leadership and is currently working on his PhD is Organizational Psychology. He has three children, Bren II , Eliah, and Eden.
John has been active in individual and community social change since 1986 and have lived in Fayetteville since 1980. John works for the Council on Alcohol and Drugs and is the Project Director for the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative which is funded by DBHDD/DAD/OPSP. John’s 25+ years in social work has centered on promoting healthy living and engaging people in community environmental change related to the safety, well-being and success of all people in the community especially the youth.
Nick Russo is the Senior Counselor for the Insight Program in Tyrone, Georgia. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Nick began his recovery in July of 2008. For the last 10 years he has dedicated his life to helping teenagers and young adults find a better way of living through recovery. Nick lives in the Tyrone area with his wife Lindsey.