Committee Members

 

Justice David E. Nahmias (Chair), Supreme Court of Georgia- Justice David E. Nahmias was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on August 13, 2009 by Governor Sonny Perdue. In November 2010, Justice Nahmias won a statewide campaign for election to a full six-year term on the Court, defeating two opponents. In 2016, he was elected to another six-year term without opposition. 

 

Ms. Kim Anderson

Ms. Kim Anderson - Kim Anderson served as CEO for Families First in Atlanta for eight years until her retirement in May 2017.  She has a commitment to helping strengthen and sustain families, and while at Familes First oversaw the delivery of services in the areas of child and youth permanency, healthy families and relationships, and family sustainability and empowerment.  Ms. Anderson received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.

 

Justice Michael Boggs, Supreme Court of Georgia - Justice Michael P. Boggs was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on December 7, 2016. Prior to his appointment to the Courts of Appeals was superior court judge and legislator. Among his legislative accomplishments, Judge Boggs authored the "Child Protection Act", a bill aimed at protecting children from sexual predators.Judge Boggs is also a recipient of the Georgia Sheriff's Association "Leadership Award" and was awarded the Georgia District Attorney's Association "Commitment to Justice Award" for his support of law enforcement and victim's rights legislation.

 

Mr. Bradley Bryant

Mr. W. Bradley Bryant, Georgia Student Finance Commission - William Bradley "Brad" Bryant was appointed superintendent of public schools for the U.S. state of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2010, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Kathy Cox. From 2003 until his appointment as superintendent, Bryant served as a member of the state Board of Education. Previously, he had served on the DeKalb County Board of Education for twelve years, including seven years as its Chair. Bryant holds a Bachelor’s from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. He is an attorney and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

 

Attorney General Christopher Carr - Christopher M. Carr was sworn into office as Georgia's 54th Attorney General on November 1, 2016. Carr serves on Georgia's Judicial Nominating Commission, the body charged with reviewing and recommending judicial appointments. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the Human Trafficking Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General and the Executive Committee for the Georgia Older Adults Cabinet. 

 

Ms. Lindsay Caulfield 

Ms. Lindsay Caulfield, SVP Marketing and Planning at Grady Health System - Lindsay Caulfield joined the Grady executive team in January 2012, recruited from global public relations agency Cohn & Wolfe, where she served as executive vice president.Lindsay has served on several boards throughout her career.  She served on the board of Heart to Heart, an organization committed to saving babies and children aboard dying of congenital heart defects.  She was on the advisory board for Seneca center, an organization that provides mental health treatment and support services to emotionally troubled youth.  She most recently sat on the board for Park Pride here in Atlanta.

 

Chief Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard - Chief Judge Dillard was appointed as the 73rd judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia on November 1, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior to his appointment, Judge Dillard was in private practice with James, Bates, Pope & Spivey in Macon, serving as chairman of the firm's appellate practice group. On July 31, 2012, Judge Dillard was elected by his fellow Georgians to serve a full six-year term on the Court (2013-2018). On July 1, 2017, Judge Dillard was sworn in as the 30th Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

 

Ms. Darice M. Good - Darice Good is a trial attorney specializing in child welfare cases, paternal legitimation, criminal law, and appeals.  Darice is certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, a nationally-recognized presenter and trainer, and a judge pro tempore for the Fulton County Juvenile Court.  She uses her expertise to work across the country to build stronger families and communities.

 

 

Judge Britt Hammond, Superior Court, Toombs Judicial CircuitJudge Britt Hammond was sworn in as Judge to the Superior Court for the Toombs Judicial Circuit on December 2, 2016. Judge Hammond previously served for 13 years as the Toombs Judicial Circuit's Juvenile Court Judge. 

 

Mr. Duaine Hathaway 

Mr. Duaine Hathaway, Director, Georgia CASA Mr. Duaine became the Executive Director of Georgia CASA in September of 2000. Prior to his retired from Georgia Power since 1998, he was previously with Central Atlanta Progress, a nonprofit downtown Atlanta business association. He currently serves on the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children and Governor Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council.

 

 

Judge Amanda Heath, Juvenile Court, Augusta Judicial Circuit - Judge Heath was sworn in on October 1, 2016 as the Augusta Circuit Juvenile Court's first African-American woman judge, and is also the youngest judge in the Circuit.  Judge Heath has worked as an assistant district attorney and as a family law practitioner prior to her appointment to the bench.  

 

Dr. Sharon Hill, Georgia State University - Sharon Hill is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She holds a BA in Psychology from Delta State University (Cleveland, MS), an MPA from the University of Illinois (Chicago), an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago) and a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration from the University of Texas (Arlington). Her current committee work includes the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children and the Georgia Conference on Children and Families.

 

Mr. Glen Jackson, Jackson Spalding - Glen Jackson co-founded Jackson Spalding in 1995. He provides leadership for the agency, many of its clients and also serves as a speaker for organizations looking for inspiration. He has special expertise in real estate, professional services,  and not-for-profit marketing communications. Glen is a thinker, a student and a teacher, constantly evolving and looking for new ways to teach others what he has discovered and realized.

 

  

Judge Lisa Jones, Juvenile Court, Southwestern Judicial Circuit - Lisa Jones is the Juvenile Court Judge for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit (which includes Lee, Macon, Schley, Stewart, Sumter and Webster Counties).  She has recently begun her fifth term, having taken office on March 1, 2001.  Judge Jones currently serves as Treasurer for the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia and serves on the Georgia Commission on Child Support and Advisory Board for the Office of Child Advocate.  She has previously served on the Committee on Justice for Children and been named Honorary Community Member by Sowega CASA.

 

Judge Michael Key, Juvenile Court,Judicial Circuit - Until he was appointed as a full-time judge in 2017, Judge Key had been a part-time juvenile court judge in Troup County since 1989. He was in private law practice from 1979. He previously served as chairman of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, as president of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, and as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

 

Chief Nealie McCormick - Nealie McCormick is an enrolled member of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe. He has been Police Chief in Pelham, Georgia for 32 years and has 40 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. Recently the Pelham Police Department along with the assistance of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has introduced into the Pelham Middle School the S.T.Y.L.E. Program (Successful Tips for Youth on Law Enforcement Encounters). This program is designed to foster positive relationships between our youth and the law enforcement community and to equip our youth with the tools necessary to have a positive encounter when dealing with law enforcement. Nealie has been appointed by four different Governors to the Council on American Indian Concerns. The agency is responsible for protecting and preserving American Indian Culture indigenous to Georgia, to foster economic development in American Indian Communities and to assist with disputes between American Indian Tribes. Nealie currently serves as Chairman of the Council on American Indian Concerns. The Council is currently working on a project to supply Traveling Teaching Trunks to public schools; to assist in teaching Georgia’s American Indian culture and history.

 

Dr. Garry McGiboney

Dr. Garry McGiboney, Georgia Department of Education - Dr. McGiboney currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Policy and Charter Schools at the Georgia Department of Education. He has over 30 years of experience in public education, having served in several school level and district level positions. Dr. McGiboney has 35 professional publications on topics including adolescent behavior, bullying prevention and intervention, emergency and crisis planning, school law, policy development, parenting, incarcerated youth, and mental health.

 

Commissioner Avery Niles, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice -After his appointment by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2012, Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles was sworn into office by the Governor followed by a unanimous vote of the DJJ Board. Commissioner Niles leads a workforce of more than 4,300 state juvenile corrections employees working in 26 facilities and 97 community services offices, engaged in the restorative justice of thousands of youthful offenders.

 

 

Representative Mary Margaret Oliver - Representative Oliver is a resident of District 82 in DeKalb County and has served in the Georgia General Assembly in both the House of Representatives (1987-1992) and 2002 - present, and the Senate (1993 -1998). She has contributed to passing significant legislation for the protection of children and consumers, including Georgia's anti-stalking law, along with legislation to protect neighborhood activists from intimidation.

 

Director Virginia Pryor, Georgia Divison of Family and Children Services - Virginia Pryor served for over a decade as the Senior Director of Strategic Consulting for Casey Family Programs, travelling the country to help child welfare jurisdictions to improve outcomes for foster children.  She became the Deputy Director of Child Welfare for the Georgia Division ofand Children Services in 2015.  In November of 2017, she was named by the Governor as Interim Director of Georgia DFCS.

  

 

Director Tom Rawlings, Georgia Office of the Child Advocate -Tom Rawlings was appointed by the Governor in January 2017 as Director of the Office of Child Advocate.  This is the second time Mr. Rawlings has held this position, having been appointed previously by Governor Sonny Perdue.  He has deep and broad expertise managing and improving judicial, legal, and social services systems to achieve safety, stability and permanency for maltreated and vulnerable children and at-risk youth, gained over 15 years’ experience in senior positions as a judge, state child protection system ombudsman, national director for a respected international justice NGO, and part-time academic. Mr. Rawlings is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, and is completing his Master's Degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

 

 

Judge Juliette Scales, Juvenile Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Judge Scales was appointed to the bench in June, 2002. Judge Scales has served Fulton County as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for over 10 years and was recently appointed as Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge in May 2013. Previously she has served as both a Special Assistant Attorney General and as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County.She is an active committee member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia.

 

Judge Phil Spivey, Juvenile Court, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit - Judge Spivey is the presiding Judge at Baldwin County Family Dependency Treatment Court. He was appointed judge in July, 2013. His mission is to provide a structured, rigorous addiction treatment system for parents whose children have been removed from their care or custody in the counties of Baldwin, Jones, Putnam and Wilkinson.

 

Judge James Whitfield, Juvenile Court, Cobb Judicial Circuit - Judge Whitfield is the presiding Judge Juvenile Court of Cobb County. He was appointed on 1st of January 2005. He is the presiding Judge in the Juvenile Court of Cobb County. Since beginning the practice of law in 1980, he has practiced in all Georgia trial and appellate courts and all Federal trials. His activities include being on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children, the Strategic Planning Committee – Judicial Council of Georgia; and various State Bar of Georgia Committees that include numerous business and civic activities and boards.

 

Representative Wendell Willard - Representative Willard represents the 51st District in the Georgia House of Representatives. He has been instrumental in passing several pieces of landmark legislation, including the 2006 passage of Georgia’s Eminent Domain law, which strengthened personal property rights for all Georgians, and the 2004 Child Protection Law, which protects children against reckless and abusive caregivers.

 

The Right Reverend Robert WrightThe Right Rev. Robert Christopher Wright was elected June 2, 2012, by lay delegates and priests of the Diocese of Atlanta to become the 10th bishop in the diocese's 105-year history. He was ordained and consecrated a bishop on Saturday, Oct. 13, in a special worship service at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. He is the first African American to become an Episcopal bishop in Georgia. Wright was born Feb. 3, 1964, in a Roman Catholic orphanage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at the age of nine months was adopted by Earl C. and Charlene Wright. After graduating high school, he served five years as a U. S. Navy helicopter crew chief and search and rescue diver before entering Howard University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from Howard in 1991 with a degree in history and political science, he worked as a child advocate for two mayors and for the Children's Defense Fund. He later earned a certificate in biblical studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge University in England, and a master of divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

 Ms. Catherine Vandenberg - Catherine Vandenberg has been the Deputy Director of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society since 2016.  She was previously the Managing Attorney of the Cobb County Office of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society for 16 years.  For many years, she had a special focus on representing children with special needs in Juvenile Court dependency cases.  

 

 

Ms. Stephany Zaic - Stephany Zaic began her law practice at Bach, Dewberry & Hipes, LLC in 2000. She formed Williams & Zaic, LLC with Jeff Williams in 2007, before forming the Law Office of Stephany Zaic, LLC in 2015. Her litigation practice is child and family-based, focusing on child welfare law, Guardian ad Litem work and probate litigation. Stephany is appointed as the Special Assistant Attorney General for Towns and Union DFCS, and she is also appointed as the attorney Guardian ad Litem for children in Superior Court custody cases. She participates in the Administrative Office of the Court's Court Improvement Initiative, the Enotah Family Treatment Court team, and the Towns and Union County Child Abuse Protocol Committees. Stephany is also the Project Lead for the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate's Peer Review Project. She is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist.