Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

GACCRRA Board of Directors
Board Officers
Pam Runkle, President – Pam has worked in early care and education for 24 years. She is the Executive Director of CCR&R for Quality Care for Children.  Since 2000 Pam has served as the President of the Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.  She worked closely with the state to secure funding for the state network office.  She serves on various statewide and national committees that impact child care providers and families including Georgia’s Early Childhood Comprehensive System Committee, the Advancing Careers Committee, Georgia’s Economic Impact Study Committee and the Quality System Indicator Committee.   Pam has been a member of NACCRRA’s State Network Leadership Council representing Georgia and is now Georgia’s representative on the Membership Council.  She served on the 2000 NACCRRA’s Urban Committee and helped plan the Urban Conference track.  Pam served on the NACCRRA Regional Conference Planning Committee for two years and served as the Chair for the NACCRRA 1998 Southeast Regional Conference.  Pam has a B.S. in Social Work from Georgia State University. She has certificates in Advanced Day Care Administration and Child Care Resource and Referral from Wheelock College.  She received the Georgia Association on Young Children 2005 Advocate of the Year Award.
Julie Phillips, Vice President – Julie is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of East Georgia at Augusta.   As a graduate of the Family & Consumer Sciences Program at Georgia Southern University, Julie began her career as a Child Protective Services Investigator for Richmond County Department of Family & Children Services.  In Savannah, she was the Director of a Day Habilitation Program for adults with developmental disabilities.  She then became Director of the Savannah CCR&R.  Shortly after, her administrative home was awarded the contract for the Augusta CCR&R and Julie returned to Augusta to provide leadership to the new agency.  She has served as the Director of this office since 1998.  During that time, she has obtained her M. Ed.  Julie is a member of NACCRRA, NAEYC, SECA, and GAYC.  Julie currently serves on the United Way Community Impact Council, the Head Start Education Advisory Board, The Partnership for Children and Families, and is the Chair of the Augusta Tech Early Childhood Advisory Committee.
Sherry Costa, Treasurer – Sherry is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Southeast Georgia at Savannah.  Prior to that, she was the County Coordinator for APPLES for Children; Child Care Resource and Referral serving Western Maryland.  She is a member of NAEYC, SECA, GAYC, and NACCRRA.  In Maryland, Sherry served on the Advisory Board for the Garrett County Maryland Community Action and Head Start programs, the Garrett County LICC, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, and the County Commissioner’s Women’s Advisory Council.  Currently, Sherry is on the Early Education Council for Church of the Cross.    She is a Chatham County Early Childhood Advisory member, a Child Care Collaborative Board member, an Interagency Coordinating Council member, and serves on the Chatham County BOA Collaborative as an Economic Development Advisory member – Please verify names of committees – the form was unclear.  Sherry also serves on the Student Success Committee and Early Childhood Curriculum Review Committee with Savannah Technical College.
Mary Jackson, Secretary – Mary has been the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral of West Georgia at Thomaston for 12 years.  Prior to that, she worked as a Social Worker at a Child Development Center where she was responsible for enrollment, recruitment, children’s record maintenance, management of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, staff training organization and, maintaining programmatic compliance with DHR standards.  Mary also worked as a central office staff person with the Thomaston-Upson County Board of Education.  Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Tift College. She sits on the Family Connection Boards in Upson, Meriwether, and Heard Counties.  She was the 2006 recipient of the Jo Cato perseverance on Behalf of Children and Families Award from the Georgia Association on Young Children.  Mary has volunteered for United Way, served as a Discipleship Ministry Leader at Bethel Baptist Church, and was a VIP Reader for 5th grade class at Upson-Lee North Elementary School.
Board Members
Gloria Calhoun – Gloria is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Northwest Georgia at Cartersville.  Prior to this position, she served the R&R as their Inclusion Coordinator.  She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, NAEYC, SECA, GAYC, and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) – I added this myself.  She volunteers with First Steps, the Bartow County Judicial Citizens Panel Review Committee, and the Red Cross.  She serves as a Board/Advisory Committee member for PTC Cartersville Primary School, the Bartow County Collaborative Board, North Metro Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Dalton State College, and is the District 10 Board Representative for GAYC.  Gloria is also the Youth Choir Director and a Musician at Greater new Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
Maya Carter, Ed.S. – Maya owns Kids 4 Kompany Learning Center and is an Adjunct Professor at West Central Technical College.   She is a certified teacher and is a member of Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and the National Black Child Development Institute (NCBDI).  She is a Partner in Education with New Birth Church and belongs to the Morrow Elementary Parent Teacher Association.  She is the current Secretary for her Homeowner’s Association.  She served on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a member of the Bias Review Committee ensuring that the teacher certification test is free of bias.  Maya also served on the West Central Technical College Advisory Board.
Tammie Collins – Tammie is the Executive Vice President, Community Impact, for the United Way of Central Georgia. She currently serves as the Administrator for the United Ways of Georgia Association, is the past chair of the Knight Foundation Local Advisory Committee and is a member of the Macon Housing Authority, Moving to Success Budget Committee. Tammie is active in a variety of community organizations and outreach efforts including the Career Women’s Network and the Pilot Club of Macon where she served as past president and past treasurer. She was instrumental in developing a 2-1-1 Information and Referral service for general information and is on a statewide committee that relates to the Public Service.
Jean W. Gowen, Ph.D.  - Jean is the director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Northeast Georgia at Athens.  She is a member of NAEYC, SECA, GAYC, and NACCRRA (added myself).  She is an Emeritus Member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.  Jean served on the Board of Directors for the Hillsborough County Association for Coordinated Services for Children, the Leagues of Women Voters, Community Connection, and Athens Area Homeless Shelter, where she was the Chair of the Operations Committee.  She has also been a member of Clarke Family Connection, the Child Health and Guidance Committee, and the Religious Society of Friends, where she served as a Clerk and the Day School Coordinator and Teacher.  She was on the Orange County Therapeutic Preschool Task Force and Adolescence Task Forces, and the Hillsborough County Association for Education of Young Children, where she chaired the Legislative Committee.  Currently, Jean serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Athens Justice Project, where she served as Secretary and President.  She is the Co-chair of the Early Care and Learning Task Force for Partners for a Prosperous Athens.
Jerri J. Kropp, Ph.D. – Jerri is a Child and Family Development Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University.  She is a Board Member for the Southeast area Make-A-Wish Foundation.  She belongs to Phi Kappa Phi, NAEYC, SECA, GAYC, the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers, and the Child Life Council.  She was on the Birth to Five statewide Consortium and the Project Exceptional Committee with Georgia Southern University.  Currently, she serves on the Planning Committee for the Southern Conference on Children and is on the GAYC Board of Directors and chairs the Quality Improvements and Accreditation Committee.   Jerri is also on the Bright From The Start Quality Systems Indicator Advisory board.
Kay Laws – Kay works for Head Start in the Ninth District Opportunity where she is Executive Director and leads the Policy Council in her district.  She led her district to win the Quality Initiative Program of Excellence (in what year?).  She serves on the Georgia Head Start Association Board and is on the Finance Committee.  She is a member of the National Head Start Association.  She is collaborating with the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency serving Northeast Georgia at Gainesville to help the Head Start teachers in her district to obtain their Child Development Associate Credential, their Associate of Science Degree in Early Care and Education, and ultimately their Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Care and Education.  Kay is a member of the Band Booster Club for Winder High School and belongs to Christian First Baptist Church in Winder.

Tammy Mixon – Tammy serves as Executive Director of the Wesley Community Center, working extensively with Smart Start, the local CCR&R, and many other partnering agencies to advocate for quality early learning programming in the Savannah and surrounding communities.  A member of the National Association of Female Executives, she sits on many local and regional Boards, including the Lifeline for Children Council, the Southeast Chapter Division of the March of Dimes, the AIDS Coalition, and the R.O.C.K. Group. She is also active in personal service and faith-based causes, including the Savannah District Board of Missions for the United Methodist Church.


Jenny Nicholson – A former local television news personality, Jenny has positioned herself as a community leader, championing many causes in the Albany area.  Chair of Phoebe’s Community Outreach Council, she also sits on the Friends of Chehaw Park Board of Directors and the Southwest Georgia Rural Health Collaborative.  She is especially supportive of local fundraisers promoting physical fitness and service, participating annually in fundraising “walks” for the American Heart Association, Light the Night and the Alzheimer’s Association.  She is this year's Chair for the American Cancer Society Albany chapter Relay for Life.


Elizabeth Tabor – Elizabeth is currently serving as the Director of Grants and Contracts for Mercer University in Macon.  She was formerly an Audit Partner of Cherry, Bekaert, & Holland, LLP, an accounting firm dedicated to serving not-for-profit and government entity clients.   Elizabeth has 35 years of experience in the accounting field, and served on the firm’s Executive Board and Not-For-Profit Committee.  A contributing member of national, state and local professional CPA  and business executive associations, she was the recipient of the Georgia Society of CPA’s 2006 Public Service Award and served on the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs.  She previously served on the Boards of Quality Care for Children as well as the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club and has held the office of Treasurer on both, in addition to serving as President of the board of Quality Care for Children for a two-year term.

Dru Thomas – Dru is the director of the CCR&R serving Northeast Georgia at Gainesville.  She serves on the board and the personnel committee of the Ninth District and is a member of Gainesville State College Women’s Organization.  She leads the committee for the Gateway House.  Dru is a member of NAEYC, SECA, GAYC, NAFCC, and NEGFCCA.  She volunteers as the Secretary and Treasurer of Aldersgate class at First United Methodist Church and with the Chestatee High School Drama Booster’s Club. 

Kay Wilson – Kay is an Instructor for Early Childhood Education at Swainsboro Technical College and serves on the local CCR&R Advisory Committee.  Serving as Director for the CCR&R of East Central Georgia at Swainsboro for 13 years, Kay is responsible for expanding the local CCR&R services through opening the Dublin satellite office.  She holds years of service on the American Heart Association Board, additionally continuing active membership in the Georgia Association on Young Children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and American Cancer Society, particularly supporting the Relay for Life fundraiser.

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