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
- Rev. Kim Jenkins, Vice Chair
Ann Bradshaw Drew is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated from The University of Cincinnati and worked for a number of years as a litigation paralegal. She is currently a resident of Augusta, Georgia, where she is an active member of The Church of The Good Shepherd (Episcopal). She has two daughters and two grandchildren living in Augusta. One of her daughters is a resident of a DDM home. Ann is now in her second term as a member of the board of trustees, having previously served from 2007 to 2011.
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.
,RN, is associate professor of nursing at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University. She is a graduate of the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, the Medical College of Georgia, and Georgia State University. She has taught at the school for 30 years and received many awards for excellence in nursing. Elaine and her husband, David, have six children and three grandchildren. Elaine is a member of First Baptist Church of Tucker where she has served for 22 years as director of the Randolph Special Education Department. In 2010 Elaine received the Mary Frances Duren Teacher of the Year Award, presented each year by DDM to an outstanding special education teacher in the local church. She and David also serve as respite volunteers for FOCUS (Families of children under stress).
Carol Hawkins Reddish Carol Hawkins 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.
Rev. Kim E. Jenkins is executive director of Open Door Community House, Inc. in Columbus. A native of McDonough, she is a graduate of Georgia College in Milledgeville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; and Columbus State University. She previously served as a pastoral counseling fellow and resident at The Pastoral Institute in Columbus and as a campus minister intern at the Baptist Student Union of Columbus State University. Kim has served on a number of special committees and boards both with the United Methodist Church’s Women’s Division and the City of Columbus, tackling such social issues as homelessness, the global fight against AIDS, and the campaign to stop human trafficking. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus where she serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
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. Phil Nall The Rev. Phil 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 financial advisor and portfolio advisor with Merrill Lynch. 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 and his wife, Karyn, have two young boys and Rich 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.
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.
Dr. Ina Wise is a retired educator and community activist from Atlanta. She attended Clark College and graduated from Georgia State University where she earned a PhD degree in the area of special education. She taught special education students in various metro Atlanta schools for over 30 years, retiring from the Cobb County School District. She has served as president of the Atlanta Council for Exceptional Children and is currently a board member of United Christian Family. She and her husband, William, have two adult twins and one grandchild. She is a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta.