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Julie’s first learned about Family Promise when she helped to start the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, NJ in 1993. Children, families, and homelessness have all been priorities for Julie, and she has worked as a teacher and directed a mentoring program in Fulton County. In addition, Julie has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Forsyth County, been active as a volunteer and board member with Habitat for Humanity, and has volunteered with Stand Up for Kids Atlanta in working to end teen homelessness.
Hale retired from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in December 2011 where he was employed as a Scheduling Lead and, prior to that, as an Internal Audit Supervisor. Hale and his wife Diane are members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. Hale is currently serving as a Sunday School Teacher & the Youth Mentor Coordinator at St. Catherine’s. Hale has one son, Chris, a daughter-in-law Megan, a granddaughter born December 21, 2013, and a grandson born January 20, 2017.
Bob is a consultant on Health Reform, Medicare and Social Security, having retired after 39 years with the Federal Government. His most recent position was as Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Atlanta. Mr. Foster spent 6 years as an OIG Special Agent in addition to assignments in CMS’s policy, budget, anti-fraud and external affairs. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgia State University. He is admitted to the bar in Georgia and is a member of the Bar’s Health Law Section. He is married, with 3 children and six grandchildren. He is an elder and teaches adult Sunday School in his church.
Charlene is a Patient Care Secretary for Vitas Innovative Hospice located here in Atlanta for the past 12 years. She is a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Taylorsville, GA. She loves to sing in the choir, as well as being part of the usher board. She currently serves as a volunteer at Shepard’s Rest Ministry in Paulding County, which is a domestic violence shelter for battered and abused women and children. She attends weekly meetings as well as raises funds for the shelter. She volunteers one weekend a month to answer the crisis line. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and advocates for support of area churches to participate in area events.
Lane enjoys speaking, team training and leading corporate and faith-based retreats. She also works with Georgia Trend magazine in developing new relationships with corporate advertisers. Most of her career experience has focused on sales, management, and training with business print publications and she has also worked for MUST ministries in corporate relations. Lane is married to Sam, a Presbyterian pastor, and they enjoy hosting friends and family in their home and long hikes with their fun, “never-met-a-stranger” pup, Moxie.
Kathleen is retired from Cobb Senior Services as Director of Volunteer Services managing Meals-On-Wheels program. Before retirement, she served on the United Way Board of Cobb County, the Georgia Council for Aging, and the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metro Atlanta. Recently she served as Chair of Enrichment of Life Movement (ELM) life-long learning for senior adults. She is a Deacon and proud member of Pilgrimage UCC. She is married to Bill and they have three children and seven grandchildren.
Thalya is the VP of Quality for Coca-Cola, and a graduate of the United Way VIP training program for those desiring to become Nonprofit Board Members. Thalya has volunteered in various capacities including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Domestic Violence Programs, Habitat for Humanity and several mentoring programs for women. Living in Cobb County, Thalya is an active member of Turner Chapel AME church.
Mark was introduced to Family Promise of Cobb County when his church, Zion Baptist Church of Marietta, became a host church. Mark served 6 years in the Marine Corps and has been employed by Anheuser-Busch for over 20 years and both employers encourage community involvement. Mark has worked on several Habitat for Humanity builds, been a key volunteer for Hosea Feed the Hungry of Atlanta and has served on the Board of Directors for Cobb Christmas, a non-profit organization that has provided free toys to children during the Christmas season, since 2015. Mark will fill the role of Board President of Cobb Christmas in 2017. Mark is married to Makeba and they have 3 children.
Bruce’s interest in Family Promise was heightened by witnessing first hand as a volunteer at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church the beneficial outcomes for all involved in the activities of the program. He is a retired physician who specialized in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. As well as clinical practice, he was in senior leadership positions in large multispecialty medical groups for much of his career. After retirement from his last leadership position, he had a rewarding encore role as a faculty member of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where he taught healthcare policy and leadership for health professionals. He has the experience of being on multiple boards. He and his wife have been married for over 43 years. He is interested in photography, hiking, and kayaking as well as travel with his wife.