Implementation Oversight Committee (IOC)

In May 2018, an Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) was formed, comprised of community members and institutional partners. Like the Steering Committee that preceded it, this group of citizens is reflective of the demographic, geographic, and socio-economic aspects of our community.

The IOC is charged with guiding and supporting the implementation process for the Envision Athens Action Agenda, including keeping the public informed and engaged to ensure that we, as a community, achieve the change that we want.

The IOC meets on the first Thursday of the month from 8:30 AM – 10 AM in the community room of the Athens-Clarke County Water Resources Building located at 780 Barber Street, Athens, GA 30603.

Meeting agendas may be viewed here: IOC Meeting Agendas.

Meeting minutes may be accessed here:  IOC Meeting Minutes.

For a list of all scheduled meetings or to verify the IOC meeting use this calendar on Google. Descriptions have been added to each work group.

In an unprecedented move, the IOC collectively decided to provide financial resources to ensure the successful implementation of the priority Action Agenda. The key step in doing so involved hiring a Project Manager. On March 29, 2018, the IOC unanimously seleted Erin Barger for this role. For more about Erin, follow this news link.

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Barger

Project Manager
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Another equally important decision to ensuring the success of this one-of-a-kind community-wide effort was the election of a Chair and Vice-Chair to lead  the effort. At their December 13, 2018 meeting, the Implementation Oversight Committee selected Michele Pearson, Chair, and Roswell Lawrence, Vice-Chair.


Michele Pearson, Chair

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
(Representing Athens Housing Authority)
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Linda E. Davis

Adjunct Instructor, Athens Technical College
(CCSD School Board Member, Representing Clarke Co. School District)



Dodd Ferrelle

Account Representative, Hagemeyer North America
Representing City of Winterville as Mayor


Mariah Parker

Commissioner, Representing Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County


Bonnie Chastain

Development Authority of The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Member


Dr. Charles Peck

Piedmont Athens Regional Health Care System, CEO


Elaine Cook

Piedmont Athens Regional Health Care System, Director of Health and Community Relations


Ann Gomes

St. Mary’s Healthcare System, Director of Orthopedics


Kelly Girtz

Mayor of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government


Kathryn Smith

University of North Georgia, Sergeant of Patrol

Representing Athens as Citizen


Solomon Smothers

Action Ministries, Regional Development Director

Representing Athens as Citizen


Courtney Vickery

St. Mary’s Healthcare System, Director of Corporate Health Services


Nick Chapman

Athens Technical College, Dean of Business and Education


Tim Denson

Commissioner, Representing Athens-Clarke County Unified Government


Roswell Lawrence, Jr., Vice-Chair

Assistant to the VP for Finance and Administration &
Director of Client Relations, University of Georgia



Alison Bracewell McCullick

Director of Community Relations, University of Georgia



Emily Nicholos

Director of Community Impact, United Way of Northeast Georgia



Rick Parker

Executive Director/President, Athens Housing Authority



Greg Waddell

Waddell Realty Group, Principal/Broker

Development Authority of The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Member


Dr. Demond Means

Clarke County School District, Superintendent



Dr. Xernona Thomas

Chief of Staff, Clarke County School District


Anthony Ferguson

Georgia Power, Northeast Regional Director


Alvie Coes

Athens Technical College, Dean of Technology, Engineering, & Manufacturing Division


Julita Sanders

Athens Clarke County Police Department, Neighborhood Service Officer

Representing Athens as Citizen

Steering Committee

On December 1, 2016, a 38-member Steering Committee was formed to guide the Envision Athens planning process. The make up of the Steering Committee is representative of the great diversity within our community. Specifically, they reflect the community’s demographic, geographic, socio-economic, and diverse interests and perspectives.

The group held its official kick-off meeting in November 2016 and continued to meet regularly throughout the planning process until December 2017 when the Action Agenda was finalized. The Steering Committee was instrumental in helping to guide the substantive parts of the planning process and assisted in spreading the word and inviting citizens to get involved and provide input. The group formed two subcommittees (Outreach and Communications) to ensure that everyone in Athens-Clarke County had the opportunity to get involved and have their voice heard.

Meet the committee members:


Caroline Angelo
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Athens Technical College
33 years in community



Erin Barger
Vice President of Programs, Action Ministries, North Georgia
7.5 years in community



Heather Benham
Executive Director, Athens Land Trust
17 years in community


Alejandra Calva
Community Relations Manager, UGA-Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute
3 years in community



Lenn Chandler
Electric Utility Vice President, Georgia Power Company, Athens
Works in community



Dr. Andrea Daniel
President, Athens Technical College
Works in community



Linda E. Davis
Adjunct Instructor, Athens Technical College
(Representing Clarke Co. School District)
38 years in community



Sharyn Dickerson
Environmental Consultant, Sharyn Dickerson & Associates, LLC
(Representing Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia)
48 years in community



Susan Dodson
Director of External Relations, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
9 years in community



Doc Eldridge
President/CEO, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
64 years  in community



Dodd Ferrelle
Account Representative, Hagemeyer North America
(Representing City of Winterville)
24 years in community



Broderick Flanigan
Visual Artist, Flanigan’s Portrait Studio
26 years in community



Houston Gaines
Student Body President, University of Georgia
21 years in community



Bob Googe
Owner, Jittery Joe’s Coffee
18 years in community



Mike Hamby
Office cleaning business
(Representing Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia)
28 years in community



Diana Hartle
Librarian, University of Georgia
25 years in community



Ann Hunter
IT Specialist, USDA-ARS-AFM-EBSC-IT Branch
17 years in community



Marty Hutson
CFO, St. Mary’s Healthcare System
9 years in community


Richie Knight

HW Creative Marketing
7 years in community



Wilson Lattimore

Pastor, Chestnut Grove Baptist Church
32 years in community



Roswell Lawrence, Jr.

Assistant to the VP for Finance and Administration &
Director of Client Relations, University of Georgia
10 years in community



Deborah Lonon

Attorney, Citizen
18 years in community



Dean Mannheimer

Banker, Athens First Bank and Trust
(Representing Athens Area Chamber of Commerce)
18 years in community



Alison Bracewell McCullick

Director of Community Relations, University of Georgia
33 years in community



Humberto Mendoza

Auto Mechanic
17 years in community



Catherine Neace

Co-owner, Barberitos Downtown Athens
32 years in community



Emily Nicholos

Director of Community Impact, United Way of Northeast Georgia
6 years in community



Caroline Paris Paczkowski

Director of Communications– School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
9 years in community



Rick Parker

Executive Director/President, Athens Housing Authority
27 years in community



Nakia Payne

Homemaker
12 years in community



Michele Pearson

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
(Representing Athens Housing Authority)
35 years in community



Dr. Charles Peck

President and CEO, Piedmont Athens Regional Health System
Works in community



Whit Richardson

Owner, Tazikis Cafe
(Representing United Way)
2 years in community



Danny Riddle

Maintenance Mechanic, Athens Housing Authority
Lifetime in community



Johnelle Simpson

Great Promise Partnership/Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Clarke County School District
5 years in community



Barbara Sims

Recruitment Coordinator, All God’s Children Adoption Agency; Radio Personality, WXAG
19 years in community



Xernona Thomas

Elementary Principal, Clarke County School District
47 years in community