Judge Gregory A. Adams,
DeKalb County Superior Court
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Excellence,
JTC Education Holdings/Medtech
Dr. Thomas Coleman
Retired Senior Executive, DeKalb County
Ms. Delores Crowell,
Regulatory & External Affairs, AT&T Georgia
External Affairs Manager,
Georgia Power-Metro East Region
Dr. Susan Eckert,
Vice Chair, Senior Associate Dean Emeritus,
Emory University, Woodruff School of Nursing
Ms. Roberta L. Hall,
Consultant, Georgia Department on Labor
Mr. Jack Manning,
General Motors Corporation, Doraville Assembly Plant - Retired
Mr. Tim Melvin,
Parent Engagement Coordinator,
Georgia Cyber Academy
Chief of Police,
Mr. Jerry Silvio,
President & CEO, Silvio Development Company
Mr. Aaron Varner,
Past Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners
Ms. Ellen Warren,
County Commissioner, Morgan County
Judge Gregory A. Adams
DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough Street, #5240
Decatur, GA 30030
Judge Adams earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University in 1981 in the area of Criminal Justice and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983.
Judge Adams made history when he was elected to the Superior Court of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit on July 20, 2004 by running unopposed for an open seat. On April 10, 2007, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to re-name the new 40 million dollar juvenile court, the "Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center"; thereby making him the first judge to have a building named in his honor in the history of DeKalb County which was founded in 1822.
Prior to becoming a Superior Court Judge, he served as the Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court for ten years. As a result of Judge Adams’ work he was honored in 2005 with a portrait hung in the DeKalb County Juvenile Court; thereby making him the first African-American jurist in DeKalb County to have a portrait displayed in a county building.
Judge Adams was the first person who has served both as the president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association and as president of the DeKalb Bar Association. Judge Adams was the first African American to be elected as president of the DeKalb Bar Association, which was the second largest bar association in the state of Georgia.
Judge Adams is former chairman of Leadership DeKalb and a graduate of The National Judicial College.
Judge Adams was a member of the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism (1994 - 1997) and has served as a member of the advisory board for the Junior League of Decatur since 2001.
Judge Adams is a member of the Decatur Rotary Club and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Ms. Kristi Carmen
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Excellence
JTC Education Holdings/Medtech
4501 Circle 75 Parkway, SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Kristi Carmen brings a legal perspective to the direction of Georgia Piedmont Technical College Board of Directors. Carmen is known for her ability to communicate complicated legal issues in a straightforward and easily comprehensible manner. She currently is the Senior Vice President of Regulatory Excellence for JTC Education Holdings/Medtech. She serves as in-house legal counsel for the campus support center and ten associated colleges and institutions. Prior to that Ms. Carmen served as general counsel to the Technical College System of Georgia, a network of 26 colleges across the State. In this capacity she provided legal services that included consultation on issues related to compliance with federal and state law, employment issues, student grievances and appeals, charges of discrimination, tenure, contracts and business disputes. Her service to the State of Georgia began in the late 90's when she provided legal services to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Ms. Carmen earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Michigan State University. Later she would graduate cum laude with her Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law.
Dr. Thomas Coleman
Retired Senior Executive, DeKalb County
Dr. Thomas L. Coleman is a retired Senior Executive in Government Service. He recently served as Chief of Staff to CEO Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Coleman Served for over eighteen years as the Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Juvenile Justice. In this capacity, he oversaw the operations of the various departments to include: Department of Education ($30 Million Budget), Department of Medical Services (#30 Million Budget), Department of Mental Health ($30 Million Budget), and Long Term Secure Campuses ($50 Million).
In 1991 Dr. Coleman was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to head up the Department of Highway Safety for the State of Georgia. Dr. Coleman served in that capacity from 1991 until 1995. He was cited by Governor Miller as one of the key appointments of his administration.
Dr. Coleman is a retired, "highly decorated", Vietnam Veteran and a United States Air Force Officer with over twenty five years of military service. In addition to his military experience, he has served as a College Professor of Educational Research and Statistics in the Graduate School, Central Michigan University. He also served as a College Adjunct Professor of Management and Economics at the Georgia Perimeter College, and at St Leo College. He served as a College Administrator and as the Director of Adult Education at the DeKalb Technical Institute. He was the President of his own firm, "The Management Center", and an accomplished writer, author and lecturer.
Dr. Coleman's dedication to leading the community and developing future leaders is recognized in his 1985 book, entitled "Put me in Coach", a book on management styles and decision making. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education, Administration and Supervision from Clark-Atlanta University.
Ms. Delores Crowell
Region Manager, Regulatory & External Affairs
2180 Lake Boulevard, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Delores Crowell is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia and has been District Manager for Regulatory and External Affairs at AT&T - formerly BellSouth since 2001. In her position at AT&T, Ms. Crowell manages corporate and regulatory affairs in the city of Atlanta and in DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale Counties. Preceding her position as District Manager, Ms. Crowell served as Sales Operations Manager for BellSouth as well as Product Marketing Manager, including Network Solution Sales. Prior to her association with BellSouth, she managed the Office of Diversity for AT&T which included the development and implementation of Diversity and HR Programs supporting over 34,000 employees.
Ms. Crowell currently chairs the DeKalb Workforce Development Youth Council and is the former chair and president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. She is also involved in the Rockdale, Henry and Lithonia Chambers of Commerce and currently an instructor in the Lifeskills/Job Readiness Program for the DeKalb Department of Corrections. Since 1993, Ms. Crowell has served on the Board for the South African Missions Enterprise Organization. She graduated from State University College of New York at Buffalo with a BS Degree in Sociology; she is also a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership DeKalb and the Regional Leadership Institute.
Ms. Sadie Dennard
External Affairs Manager
Georgia Power-Metro East Region
5215 Minola Drive
Lithonia, GA 30038
Sadie Dennard is no stranger to Georgia Piedmont Tech. Ms. Denard previously served as a Trustee on the College's Foundation Board before joining the College’s Board of Directors. She currently is the external affairs manager for Georgia Power's Metro East Region. In this role she works in the area of education, economic development, civic and community relations, environmental initiatives and with city, county and state legislators in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. She joined Georgia Power in 1980 and has since helped position the utility company as a leading corporate citizen. During the course of her career she has been honored with several awards and recognitions, including "Who's Who in Atlanta", "Women Looking Ahead” and "Atlanta Women of Influence". This civic-minded leader has served on the Board of Directors of the PAGE Foundation, Senior Connections, DeKalb Workforce Development, Callanwolde Arts Foundation and Leadership DeKalb among other organizations. Ms. Dennard served three terms as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and was former President of the Atlanta Board and the Georgia School Boards Association. Sadie Dennard is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C.
Dr. Susan Eckert, Vice Chair
Senior Associate Dean Emeritus
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
1520 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-4027
Susan Eckert, Ph.D. is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia and is retired from Emory University where she served as Senior Associate Dean for Administration at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Eckert’s responsibilities included the oversight of the School's administrative infrastructure and served as Chief Financial Officer representing the School on finance and research administration committees in the University.
Prior positions included, serving as Assistant Dean and Director of Business and Finance for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and as Administrator for Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She also held the position of Director of Human Resources Administration at Georgia State University's College of Education.
Dr. Eckert is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the American Sociological Association, the American Association of University Administrators and the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. Dr. Eckert also writes a bi-monthly column, "Scientists at Work" for Science Magazine: Next Wave, an on-line career development newsletter of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also co-author, with Dr. Jeremy Boss, of the book, Academic Scientists at Work: Navigating the Biomedical Research Career, (Springer, 2003) which is now in its second printing. She received her Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Policy from Georgia State University.
Ms. Roberta L. Hall
Georgia Department on Labor
148 Andrew Young International
Atlanta, GA 30303
Roberta L. Hall is a consultant with the Georgia Department of Labor. Previously Ms. Hall was Executive Director of DeKalb Workforce Development.
Ms. Hall is a graduate of the Class of 2007 Leadership DeKalb and received the 2007 Susan B. Owens Award from Leadership DeKalb for her trademark "School is My First Job!" program. She also received a 2005 award for Women Who Change City Government from the City of Atlanta and a 2007 Honorary Chair Award for DeKalb County Rape Crisis Center. Ms. Hall received her Associate of Science in Business Administration from Shorter College.
Ms. Hall’s community affiliations include, DeKalb County United Way Advisory Board, Georgia Governor’s Office for Career Academy Network Board, Georgia Energy and Industrial Consortium Board, DeKalb Literacy Council and Georgia’s Innovation Crescent Committee.
Mr. Jack L. Manning, Jr.
General Motors Corporation - Retired
Doraville Assembly Plant
Jack Manning holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hampton University in Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Financial Accounting from Wayne State University in Michigan. For the majority of his career, Mr. Manning worked for the General Motors Corporation, including serving as Director of the Cost Analysis Section in 1988, as Director of Finance and Administration for North America, Director of Finance for the GM Card, Director of Employee/Supplier Purchase Programs and most recently served as Comptroller for the Doraville Assembly Plant until his retirement. Mr. Manning is past-chairman for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management's Corporate Advisory Board, a member of the National Black MBA Association, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and past board member of the Pontiac Cultural Council and CYERA House for battered women and children.
Mr. Timothy Melvin
Parent Engagement Coordinator
Georgia Cyber Academy
504 Oak Place, Suite 540
Atlanta, GA 30349
Tim Melvin is employed at Georgia Cyber Academy and is past CEO of Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, GA. Mr. Melvin is a veteran educator and led the Career Academy since its opening in 2005 and through its positive growth of over eighteen technical majors and 1300 high school students. Prior to moving to the Career Academy, Mr. Melvin served as program leader: Secondary Technical Center and as an Assistant Principal in Garden City, Georgia. Mr. Melvin served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988. He holds a masters degree and advanced certification in administration and supervision from Georgia Southern University and is currently working on his doctorate degree.
Mr. Tony Scipio
Chief of Police
3921 Church Street
Clarkston, GA 30021
Chief Tony Scipio is a veteran law enforcement officer with nearly three-decades of service to metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies. He currently oversees the City's 59 member police force. He has served in this role since 2005. In the 21 years prior to that he worked for the DeKalb County Sheriff's office in various capacities. Eventually he would command the Jail Division and achieved the rank of Major in the County’s Uniform Patrol Division as well as serve as Director of Community Relations. Chief Scipio has specialized training with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the DeKalb County Fire Academy, the Georgia Police Academy, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the United States Secret Service Training Center. He attended the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute, and has diplomas from: The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); North Central Law Enforcement Academy; Cobb County Regional Police Academy; and Marietta High School.
Mr. Jerry Silvio
President & CEO
Silvio Development Company
55 Kinloch Court
Covington, GA 30014
Jerry Silvio resides in Covington, Georgia and is President of Silvio Development Company, a design/build construction company for industrial and commercial development. Previously Mr. Silvio was with Pattillo Construction Company from 1973 until 2007, where he was Vice President - Southeast and was responsible for directing all leasing, sales, and community development activities in Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Newton and DeKalb County Economic Development Councils and the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a former president of the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain and is an Alumni of Leadership DeKalb, Class of 1988. Mr. Silvio is a board member for the First Nation Bank and a member of the Japan America Society and the German American Chamber of Commerce. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University and is an Honor Graduate of the United States Marine Corps, Paris Island.
Mr. R. Aaron Varner
Newton County Board of Commissioners
Aaron Varner is a lifelong resident of Newton County and served as Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Varner also serves as a board member of the Community Service Board, Northeast Regional Development Council, Newton County Board of Health, Newton County Development Authority, and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia Board of Managers. Mr. Varner served in Vietnam, receiving several accolades, including a Bronze Star. He is a graduate of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government as well as the Academy of Leadership of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program, and Leadership Newton County.
Mr. Varner and his wife Ann have two children and three grandchildren.
Ms. Ellen Warren
355 Hancock Street
Madison, GA 30650
A Commissioner from Morgan County District 4, Ms. Warren has been an active Morgan County resident and cattle farmer for 28 years. She is Treasurer of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy and the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association; member of the Board of Trustees of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center for the past ten years; past Chair and current member of the Morgan County Board of Equalization for the past 12 years; member and past Board Member of the Morgan County Humane Society; member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Agribusiness Committee. Among her many distinctions, Ms. Warren received the FFA 1999 Honorary Member Award, her family was named Farm Family of the year in 2004, and she was a 1996 Olympic Torch Bearer. She was also Chair of Leadership Morgan County, and served on the Future Land Use Plan Steering Committee. Ms. Warren received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She retired from Delta Air Lines after 33 years of service. She is a member of the Pennington United Methodist Church.
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