One of the most important decisions in ensuring the success and longevity of the Envision Athens movement has been the election of a Chair and Vice-Chair to lead and coordinate the efforts of the Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC). In July 2019, after over a year of exceptional leadership and service from Chair Michele Pearson and Vice-Chair Dr. Roswell Lawrence, Jr. a new Chair and Vice-Chair were chosen from among the IOC to assume these roles. It is with great excitement and pride that Envision Athens announces the election of Julita Sanders as Chair and the election of Solomon Smothers as Vice-Chair.
Assuming the position of Chair, Julita Sanders is presently employed with the Athens Clarke County Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Athens Technical College. Julita has worked for Athens-Clarke County for ten years. Julita has been married to Cedric Sanders for 18 years, has a 22-year-old daughter, and is an active member of Timothy Baptist Church. Julita has an associate degree in paralegal studies, a bachelor’s in criminal justice, a master’s in forensic psychology, and a certification in marriage and family therapy. Julita serves on various boards including those of Citizen Advocacy and Morton Theatre. Julita has volunteered her time and talents to filling numerous volunteer positions, including those of Court Appointed Special Advocate, Friends for Life Mentor, and Foothills Charter School Student Mentor. Julita has also volunteered to support many organizations, including the Paralegal Association, Solicitor General Campaign Committee, National Association of Legal Assistants, Advantage Behavioral Health, and Evelyn C. Neely Leadership Class. Julita is a current member of the 2019-2020 LEAD Athens cohort and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.Assuming the position of Vice Chair, Solomon Smothers is the grateful husband of Lora Smothers and father to Ruby and Jericho. He works as the Associate Pastor of Mercy and Worship at Lord of Glory Fellowship. A resident of Athens since 2007, Solomon has served northeast Georgia as a campus and worship minister, community organizer, and non-profit director. A graduate of the 2017 LEAD Athens cohort, Solomon loves Athens and seeks its well-being, understanding that the well-being of his family is intrinsically linked to the well-being of our city.We look forward to many great accomplishments under this new period of leadership, as Envision Athens continues to strive for success in addressing the issues that matter most to our community.