Developmental Disabilities Ministries has a large staff of full-time and part-time workers (direct support professionals and coordinators) who are scattered throughout the state working at our various group home sites. The Administrative Staff is located out of DDM’s central office, The Richard C. Davis Building, at 6320 Amherst Ct., Norcross, GA 30092. All may be reached through the main switchboard number, 770-623-4899.
Ryan Whitmire joined the DDM staff in December 2017. As a "preacher’s kid," he grew up in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. It was in the movement studies clinic at UGA where he first developed a passion for working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has over 15 years of experience with Georgia’s Medicaid Waiver Program, and has served in various roles in non-profit organizations, including case manager, program director, and administration. Ryan, his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Lily, live in Jefferson, GA. They are members of Athens Church, where Ryan and his wife lead a small group for married couples. Among his many interests are surfing, scuba diving, traveling, and UGA football.
Director of Finance
Cindy Marshall joined the staff of DDM in 2008. Her entire professional career has been in non-profit organizations, with her longest tenure being at the Home Mission Board, SBC (now North American Mission Board). A native of Florida and a graduate of Carson-Newman College, Cindy is a "preachers kid" and big Florida Gators fan. She lives in Tucker and is an active member of Briarcliff Baptist Church where she serves as deacon and organist/pianist. Cindy is single but has a gallery of nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. She loves antique linens, craft shows, country music and Braves baseball.
Director of Operations
Danny Henderson joined the DDM staff in 2008 after serving as an independent remodeling contractor and Atlanta Director for HouseCalls International. He had previously served as a minister of music for 28 years, serving First Baptist Church, Covington, TN, Southeast Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN, and First Baptist Church, Sugar Hill, GA. Danny graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN and attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Anne, live in Sugar Hill and are members of Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta, where Danny has served as deacon chair and choir president. The Hendersons' are parents of two children, a married daughter and a son whom they lost to leukemia in 2002. They recently welcomed a new grandchild into the family.
Director Residential Services
Denel James was DDM Trustee and minister to children at First Baptist Church of Griffin, where she coordinated an outstanding program for children with disabilities. She was elected as Residential Services Director in November 2013. Before joining the church staff in 2000, she served for 17 years as a special education teacher, notably at Griffin High School. James has a master's degree in special education from West Georgia State University. She and her husband, Dennis, have three children. Denel is very active in community affairs, serving as president of Griffin Ballet Theatre, president of Carver Road Middle School Council, and a member of both the Griffin Downtown Council and the Griffin Area Resource Center Board. Her interest in DDM has been influenced by her brother who has disabilities.
Associate Director of Residential Services
Alice joined the DDM staff in 2011 after having worked for 10 years with the State of Georgia serving adults with DD. She has conducted Positive Behavior Supports and Person Centered Planning training. Alice is a "Good to Great" coach and has served as co-chair of the Georgia Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Alice is a graduate of Athens Technical College as a Direct Support Professional. She and her husband, John, live in Winder, and they have two children. They attend Hebron Christian Church where they enjoy helping with the children's ministry. Alice enjoys travel, especially mission trips with her family. One of her most memorable trips was to Israel. She also enjoys working with her flower and vegetable garden.
Asst. Director of Finance
Beth joined the Business Office staff in May of 2015 after serving for a number of years as the Finance Manager at First Baptist Decatur. Beth is nearly a native of Lilburn, where she and her husband Van currently live with their two boys. Beth graduated from GACS and then GA State University with a degree in English Lit, but her jobs throughout college gave her experience in accounting. In fact, she and Van met while she was working as a staff accountant in a firm located in the building right next to DDM’s Central Office. However, she initially studied Theatre Arts in college and has been able to put those skills to use by volunteering as the drama director at her boys’ school, Parkview Christian School in Lilburn. Every spring, she is knee deep in Shakespeare, so don’t be surprised if she lets a bit of the King James English slip from time to time. She and Van love to stay active – he is an avid runner, but she is a self-proclaimed loper. Their family attends Grace Fellowship in Snellville.
Anne came to work for DDM in 2004. Anne attended Union University in Jackson, TN, and for many years was a full time mom, her favorite job! In addition to her regular responsibilities, she enjoys participating in volunteer work days at our DDM homes. She and her husband, Danny, live in Sugar Hill and are members of Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta. She serves as Sunday School care group leader and a member of the sanctuary choir. The Hendersons are parents of two children, a married daughter and a son whom they lost to leukemia in 2002. They recently welcomed a new grandchild into the family. Hers is the voice you are most likely to hear first when you call the DDM office.
Residential Services Policy and Procedures Specialist
Sylvia joined DDM in 2013, Sylvia came to the agency with over 13 years in the public sector of DD/BH/SA. She attended Truett McConnell College and UGA with a certification in Photography. She and her husband Steve have a chicken farm in Bogart. The Crowe's have one son who helps with the family business. Sylvia is an active member of Hebron Christian Church where she has been involved in the Children's Ministry for over 25 years. She taught 3rd and 4th graders for 10 years and is currently co-teaching the Adult Seniors class. The Crowe's love to travel and when Steve can fish he drags Sylvia along where she always catches the bigger fish. Sylvia loves being outside and is always looking for that "perfect" photo op.
Residential Accounts Manager
Sherry is a native of Griffin and graduate of Colorado Technical University with a degree in Business Administration/Human Resource Management. She joined the DDM staff in 2010 and served for several years as a residential coordinator. Sherry has a teenage son and two godsons age seven and five who recently moved to Canada. She is a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church where she has served as secretary of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Sherry enjoys decorating, listening to and learning to play the piano, and gardening.
Deb Leamon, R.N., joined the DDM staff in 2011 as the agency's first staff nurse. She came to the agency with over 30 years of clinical experience, most recently as a surgical nurse at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing and received her B.S.N. from Medical College of Georgia. Deb and her husband, Gary, live in Lilburn and are members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, where Deb is a deacon and choir member. She has also been co-leader and nurse for the church's Honduras mission team for the last 9 years. The Leamon's have two grown children and two grandchildren. Deb is also an artist, primarily oil painting (landscapes and portraits) and enjoys interior decorating. Her heart for people with developmental disabilities stems from her journey with her nephew, Matthew, and his family. Matthew has Angelman Syndrome and has brought the family and community much joy and encouragement to serve others.