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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the Hall-Dawson CASA Program plays an integral role in the growth and development of the program.

“Our board members bring a broad range of life experiences, professional expertise, leadership and talents to lead Hall-Dawson CASA, helping us fulfill our mission of serving children in foster care because of abuse and neglect,” says Janet Walden, executive director of Hall-Dawson CASA. “They ensure that our staff and volunteers have what they need. They help share our story in the community.”

2023 Board Members


  • Chair:  Linda E. Kern - Brenau University
  • Vice Chair: Amy Boone -National Education Equity Lab
  • Treasurer: Cindy Campbell - Rushton & Company CPA
  • Secretary: Lauren Talley - Lanier Technical College

Board Members:

  • Maria Calkins - Gainesville Housing Authority
  • George Danns - University of North Georgia
  • Ginny Early - Enemies of the Average
  • Debora Holcombe - 1st Presbyterian Church
  • Lauren Johnson - University of North Georgia
  • Jonathan Pope - Hasty Pope, LLC.
  • Cathey Sexton - Retired, Human Resources
  • Jack Spencer - Centers for Disease Control, Retired
  • Andy Stewart - Peach State Bank 
  • Dana Vandiver - Mortgage Broker, Retired
  • Alexandria Williams - Modern Woodmen of America
  • Joel L. Williams - Mar-Jac Poultry

2023 Advisory Council:

  • Kirk Barrett - Little & Davenport Funeral Home
  • Kevin Boyd - Boyd's Cleaning Service
  • Marshall Bruner - Psychologist
  • Steve Burrell - Johns Manville, Retired
  • Dorothy Gilbert - Ameris Bank
  • Patsy Kilmartin - AT&T, Retired
  • Scott Lippman - Brainstorms
  • Carol Reed - Professor of Occupational Therapy, Retired
  • Louis Spear - Radiologist, Retired
  • Janie Wolf-Smith - Professor, Retired

If you would be interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please fill out the below form and email it to Janet Walden, Executive Director, 

Board Member Spotlights