The Board of Trustees for Developmental Disabilities Ministries has the ultimate authority over the organization – setting policy and directions, overseeing the finances, and hiring the president/CEO. The board can have up to 15 members, all of whom are committed to DDM as a Christian ministry. It is self-perpetuating and uses a rotation system of five-year terms, with new members rotating on each year. The full Board meets three times a year with other committee meetings added as necessary.
- Dr. Colin Harris, Chairperson of the Board
- Mrs. Elaine Harris, Vice Chair
Susan Gilbert is CEO and Co-Founder of Apogee Interactive, Inc., a company she co-founded 24 years ago. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Susan writes a monthly column, “Tech Talk,” for her community newspaper, “The Smoke Signal.” She and her husband, Joel, are the parents of an adult son. They live in Stone Mountain and are members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, where Susan serves on the Finance Committee, Welcoming Committee, and has served as a deacon.
John Hamrick is an Atlanta lawyer and partner with Holland & Knight. A graduate of Samford University and Georgia State University College of Law, he is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. He has edited sections of the Georgia State University Law Review and has served as a lecturer at Emory University’s Trial Techniques Program. John and his wife, Ellen, are residents of Peachtree Corners and have three children. The family attends Simpsonwood United Methodist Church in Peachtree Corners.
Dr. Colin Harris is professor emeritus of Mercer University, where he taught for 35 years. He is a graduate of Mercer, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Duke University, where he earned the Ph.D. degree. He previously taught at Meredith College and Southeastern Seminary, both of which are in North Carolina. He and his wife, Faye, are the parents of two adult children and several grandchildren. They live in Stone Mountain and are members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain where Colin teaches Sunday School and has served as deacon chair.
Elaine Harris RN, MS, CCRN, recently retired as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. For 41 years she taught Adult Health Nursing and represented the College of Nursing on the University’s Interprofessional Education Committee. She is a graduate of Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia, and Georgia State University and holds advanced national certification in Adult Critical Care Nursing. She has presented research nationally and internationally and has received many awards for excellence in nursing. She is a past recipient of DDM’s Mary Francis Duren Teacher of the Year award in recognition of her 29 years of service in the Randolph Special Education Division at First Baptist Church of Tucker. Elaine and her husband David have a combination of six children and 12 “GrandBlessings” and together they are involved with FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress) as respite volunteers. Recently Elaine joined the staff at FOCUS as the Registered Nurse for Saturday respites and summer camps. Elaine is currently serving her second term on the DDM Board of Trustees and brings expertise in the areas of health and wellness for our residents.
Cathy Humphrey is a Georgia native and resident of Flowery Branch. She has a BBA from Valdosta State and MS from Mercer University in Health Care Policy and Administration. She and husband Lloyd have a daughter, Amanda, son-in-law David Kirkindoll, and son Baker. Cathy has worked with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Georgia Baptist Health Care System, and Developmental Disabilities Ministries, where she retired in 2013 from her position as residential services director. She is now employed as executive director of Clairmont Crest Senior Living Community in Decatur. Cathy and Lloyd are active members of Flat Creek Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Andy Kennedy is an Associate Director with AT&T. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and earned his Master of Accounting degree from the University of Mississippi. Andy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Atlanta and has two young daughters. He has served on the personnel committee and as a deacon at his church, as well as being church pianist.
Dr. Jimmy Lewis is the retired senior minister at First Baptist Church of Jasper. Since retirement he has been serving an interim pastorate at First Baptist Church of Tucker. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of Shorter College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree. Prior to going to Jasper, Jimmy served as pastor of churches in Kentucky and Georgia and was missions coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. He has been involved in a number of local civic organizations and with numerous mission projects, including service on the boards for Habitat for Humanity in Pickens County, the national coordinating council for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Georgia Free Clinic Network. He and his wife, Sandra, live in Toccoa, and they have two married sons, and grandchildren.
Rev. Phill Nall is the Minister of Education at First Baptist Church of Tucker. He is a graduate of Samford University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.A. degree. Rev. Nall’s involvement with developmentally disabled persons includes joining a group every week for Wednesday night dinners where big events are shared and celebrated and hugs and laughter are freely exchanged. He serves on the board in part so that he can be an advocate and voice for our residents and friends. Rev. Nall is married to Lisa, and they are the parents of two children.
Cliff O'Conner operates his own financial planning office in Norcross. Cliff grew up as a "preachers kid" in Georgia, graduating from Georgia State University. He is a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain through which he has been a frequent volunteer for various DDM building projects. He and his wife, Alice, live in Lilburn and they have two grown children, Danielle and Kevin. Cliff's interest in ministry to the disabled came from his mother's work at the Georgia Rehabilitation Center in Warm Springs, where she taught disabled students.
Rich Reasoner Rich Reasoner is a Senior Wealth Strategist with ACG Wealth. He has worked in the financial industry for more than 15 years, and previously served as a graphic designer. A graduate of William Jewell College in Missouri, Rich did graduate studies at the Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. He has two boys and is active in coaching their sports teams and serving as a volunteer with Boy Scouts. The Reasoners live in Suwanee and are active members of Twelve Stone Church in Lawrenceville.
Carol Reddish is a retired school teacher who taught at Oconee County Elementary School. She previously served as Director of Preschool and Children’s Work at St. Andrew’s Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she holds a Masters degree in family and child development. She and husband, Allen, have two grown daughters and a son, Matthew, who died at age 12 from developmental disabilities. His legacy lives on through Matthew’s Time and Camp Hawkins, two programs sponsored by Georgia Baptist Children’s Home for children with developmental disabilities. Carol is active in the First Baptist Church of Athens where she serves on the Missions Committee, sings in the choir, and is both a Stephen Minister and deacon.
Mark Sanders VI is president and CEO of Sanders and Associates, an advisory firm specializing in public affairs. His office is in Atlanta but Mark lives in Bogart. He is a graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia as well as the Joseph Henry Lumpkin School of Law. Mark is a member and leader with many organizations, including Leadership Georgia, Associated Baptist Press, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Wake Forest Divinity School (Board of Visitors), Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (Board of Visitors), and Georgia College and State University Foundation. He and his wife, Beth, have two children who are away at college. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Athens where Mark has taught Sunday School and served as deacon chair. Mark’s family has experienced the challenges of disability because of a nephew who was injured in a tragic accident while an adolescent.
Judge Brenda Weaver The Hon. Brenda S. Weaver of Jasper is Chief Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. A graduate of the University of North Georgia and the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Judge Weaver is also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper. In 2015 she was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year. Her desire to serve persons with developmental disabilities is both personal and professional; she recognizes it as a duty and a privilege. Judge Weaver is married to George, and together they have five children and five grandchildren.
Beth Willetts is retired from the pastorate. She has served Baptist churches in Fairfax, VA, McLean, VA, Annandale, VA, and South Wales. A graduate of South Wales Baptist College, University of Wales in Cardiff, she holds degrees in Theology and Pastoral Studies. Beth is a council member of the Mid Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Stone Mountain and are the parents of three children.