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. 

Representative Mary Margaret OliverOliver 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.

Representative Wendell WillardWillard 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.

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.

Judge Benjamin Brinson, Juvenile Court, Atlantic Judicial Circuit- Judge Benjamin P. Brinson is currently the President of the Council of the Juvenile Court Judges, from 2016 to 2017. On October 1, 2000 he was appointed Chief Judge of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit. Prior to his appointment as Chief Judge he was Municipal Court Judge of the Cities of Claxton and Hagan. He was also partner in the law firm of Callaway, Neville, and Brinson. He obtained a BBA and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. Brinson is currently an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow.

Judge Michael Key, Juvenile Court, Coweta Judicial CircuitKey has been a part-time juvenile court judge in Troup County since 1989. He has been in private law practice since 1979 and is currently practicing at Key, Gordy & Key, PC. Key serves on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children. 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.

Judge Britt Hammond, Superior Court, Toombs Judicial Circuit-Judge 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. 

 

Judge Sheri Roberts, Juvenile Court, Alcovy Judicial CircuitJudge Sheri Roberts was appointed On April 16, 2013. She serves on the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program that will determine how funds are allocated to counties from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Judge Juliette Scales, Juvenile Court, Atlanta Judicial CircuitJudge 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 John Sumner, Juvenile Court, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit

 

Judge Phil Spivey, Juvenile Court, Ocmulgee Judicial CircuitJudge 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 CircuitJudge Whitfield is the presiding Judge Juvenile Court of Cobb County. Hewas appointed on 1st of January 2005. He is the presiding Judge in the Juvenile Court of Cobb County. Since his 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.

Dr. Sharon Hill, Georgia State UniversitySharon 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. Bobby Cagle, Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children ServicesMr.Cagle serves as commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Previously, he served as the director of legislative and external affairs for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. He also served as the family services director for DFCS and was responsible for statewide policy and program development in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault and provider contracting.

Dr. Garry McGiboney, Georgia Department of EducationDr. 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.

Mr. W. Bradley Bryant, Georgia Student Finance CommissionWilliam 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.

Mr. Ross King, Director, Association County Commissioners of GeorgiaMr. King is the Executive Director of ACCG, Georgia’s county association. ACCG works on behalf of Georgia’s county officials and their communities, with a focus on public policy and advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement and cost-efficient programs such as insurance and retirement.

Mr. Duaine Hathaway, Director, Georgia CASAMr. 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.

Ms. Sharon N. Hill, Director, Georgia AppleseedSharon Nelson Hill is the founding executive director of Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Hill joined the Fulton County Juvenile Court in 1997. Hill served as a member of the Council's Permanency Planning Committee (focusing on ways the court could help children in foster care return to their own families or find new adoptive families as soon as possible to end "foster care drift") and the Model [Deprivation] Courts Advisory Committee (to improve the way child abuse and neglect cases are handled by the court). 

Ms. Kathleen Dumitrescu, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation 

Ms. Elizabeth Imes, Esq. 

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Medical Director, Child Protection Center, Children's Healthcare of AtlantaDr. Greenbaum, a forensic pathologist, has been working in the field of child maltreatment for nine years. She performs inpatient and outpatient medical evaluations of suspected victims of physical or sexual abuse and child neglect. On December 3rd 2009, Dr. Greenbaum, was announced medical director for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Child Protection Center, and joined its board of directors as Secretary.  She is a strong supporter of child protection efforts and has memberships in many professional societies including the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and has served as President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

Ms. Diana Rugh Johnson, Child Welfare Law SpecialistMs. Johnson is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS). A majority of her practice is devoted to the representation of parents and children in child abuse and neglect cases involving the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). She began her legal career representing the Department of Family and Children Services and now advocate for parents and children involved in the child welfare system. 

Ms. Marie Watson, Child Welfare Law Specialist 

Ms. Rachel Davidson,Georgia Division of Family and Children Services -  

Mr. Thomas Worthy, Vice President of Government and External Affairs at Piedmont Healthcare - Thomas Worthy is currently the Director of Governmental and External Affairs at Piedmont Healthcare. Prior to this role, he has served as Director of Governmental Affairs for the State Bar of Georgia and Deputy Executive Counsel in the Office of Governor Nathan Deal during the administration's first term. Mr. Worthy earned his undergraduate degrees in politics and sociology from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and his juris doctor from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. 

Ms. Lindsay Caulifield, SVP Marketing and Planning at Grady Health SystemLindsay 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.