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 four times a year with other committee meetings added as necessary.
- Dr. Jimmy Lewis, Chairperson of the Board
- Mrs. Elaine Harris, Vice Chair
- Mr. Charles Bailey
- Judge Joseph Booth
- Ms. Ann Bradshaw Drew
- Mrs. Susan Gilbert
- Mrs. Elaine Harris
- Mrs. Cathy Humphrey
- Mr. Ronnie Jowers
- Mr. Andy Kennedy
- Dr. Jimmy Lewis
- Mr. Terry McMichael
- Rev. Bart McNiel
- Rev. Phill Nall
- Judge Brenda Weaver
- Mrs. Beth Willetts
Mr. Charles Bailey
Charles E. Bailey is an Atlanta native, and the proud father of two children, including an adult son with developmental disabilities. He and his family reside in Decatur, Georgia, and are active members of Oakhurst Baptist Church where he teaches the All Right Class, a Sunday School class for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Bailey is an attorney and registered neutral who provides alternative dispute resolution services. He also serves frequently as guardian ad litem representing the interests of children in contested custody matters. In addition to his private law practice, Mr. Bailey serves as a judge for the Decatur Municipal Court, and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the City of Decatur. He is past chair of the Board of Directors for Oakhurst Recovery Program, a non-profit organization that provides free residential treatment to homeless men struggling with chemical dependency. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bailey worked for a community mental health center providing intensive case management services to people with chronic and severe mental illness. He also worked for several years in high education administration, serving as an assistant director of undergraduate admissions and later as the director of student activities for his alma mater, Vanderbilt University.
Judge Joseph Booth
Judge Joseph Booth grew up in rural Jackson County, Georgia, attended public school in Commerce and enrolled as a freshman at North Georgia College in 1970. Active in the Corps of Cadets and Sigma Nu fraternity, he was enrolled in senior ROTC, and planned to be commissioned upon graduation, until a motorcycle accident and resulting spinal cord injury led to a discharge from the Army Reserves at the end of his junior year. After rehab, he rejoined his class at North Georgia to complete his BS in Business Administration in 1974. He graduated from Atlanta Law School in 1977 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia later that year. He worked primarily as a private practice attorney, in Decatur and then in Jefferson, for 25 years until being appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Roy Barnes in 2002. He has served as a Superior Court Judge in the Piedmont Circuit – consisting of Barrow, Banks and Jackson counties- since January, 2003. Judge Booth and his wife Susan Allen Booth have been married for 32 years, and they live on the family farm in Jackson County. Susan is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Their daughter, Whitney Booth, is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, and employed with Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
Ann Bradshaw Drew
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 lives in Augusta, Georgia and is an active member of The Church of The Good Shepherd (Episcopal). She has two daughters and two grandchildren, also in Augusta. One of her daughters is a resident of a DDM home. Ann is now in her third term as a member of the board of trustees, having previously served the first term from 2007 to 2011 and a second term from 2013 to 2017.
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.
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.
Ronnie Jowers is a former Trustee for DDM. He is married to his blind date, Kay Byars, whom he met at Furman University. They have been married for 45 years and have two children, 5 grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law. Born in Williston, SC, Ronnie received his BA from Furman University in Greenville, SC, majoring in Economics and Business Administration. After working for First Piedmont Bank and Mortgage Company, he went into medical education with the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. While there, he received his MBA from Clemson University. In 1987, he became the Administrator of Internal Medicine with Emory University. In 1991, he was promoted to Assistant Vice-President of Health Affairs for The Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. Over time, he was promoted to the role of Vice-President for Health Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center which consists of Emory’s schools of medicine, nursing, and public health, the Yerkes Primate Center, and Emory Healthcare with its numerous hospitals and physician practices. He has served as Vice-Chair of Emory-Adventist Hospital and on the Board of Pathways for Success. He retired from Emory in 2016. He is active at First Baptist Church, Decatur, serving as Chair of the Finance Committee, a Deacon, and the Personnel Committee.
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 Decatur and has two young daughters. He is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur.
Dr. Jimmy Lewis
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.
Mr. Terry McMichael
Terry McMichael is a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and has been practicing public accounting for 15 years in McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks and Co.’s Not-For-Profit group. Terry was admitted as a Partner of McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks and Co. in 2015. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, AICPA, Chartered Global Management Accountants and National Association for Cooperative Accountants with a primary practice focus in audit and taxation for Not-For-Profit organizations in the Southeastern United States. Terry and his wife, Jaime, are residents of Monticello, GA and have three children. The McMichaels are active members of Macedonia Baptist Church in Jackson, GA, where Terry serves as a Deacon and Treasurer.
Rev. Bart McNiel
Rev. Bart McNiel serves as Associate Pastor at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Bart has been teaching and preaching in churches for more than 30 years. Prior to accepting a call to full-time Christian ministry, Bart worked as a civil defense attorney for 12 years, serving insurance and corporate clients. Bart has a B.A. from the University of Mobile in Religion & Psychology, an M.A. from Florida State University in Religion in Western Antiquity, and a J.D. from Florida State College of Law. Bart and his wife Stacey live in Snellville, GA with their two daughters ages 9 and 11. Bart enjoys day trips with his family, reading, music and movies.
Rev. Phill Nall
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.
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.