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Rhonda was introduced to Family Promise through her church, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, where she served three years on the Vestry, Fellowship, and Communication Committee. Rhonda is an educational missionary in the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and is the Executive Director of Honduras Development Network. Rhonda and her husband Steve work with the Seven Bilingual Episcopal Schools of Honduras for the past 6+ years. Rhonda now works as an independent contractor with a number of agencies. Working in the education field for 38 years, she holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in computing technology in education. Rhonda and Steve have 3 grown children and 3 dogs.
Lynée is a Professor of English at Georgia State University since 1992 and became familiar with Family Promise through involvement at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Working downtown for thirty years, she has witnessed the ravages of homelessness firsthand and welcomes the opportunity to serve an organization committed to addressing this systemic problem. Lynée is married to Philippe Gaillet, and they have three grown children and a beautiful grandson.
Carl is a retired nuclear management and safety professional who is currently providing bookkeeping and financial reporting for Jones Wealth Management LLC; and World Trader Coffee LLC. He became acquainted with Family Promise with his wife Joy and through their involvement in the host congregation at Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Carl has kept a life-long affiliation with his local churches while actively participating in music ministries, children’s ministries, and positions on church administrative boards. Prior to retirement, Carl dedicated 40 years of service in nuclear power plant management, nuclear systems engineering, and quality oversight of commercial nuclear power generation and fuel enrichment facilities. He spent an additional 10 years as a senior inspector in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, conducting oversight of nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel processing facilities, and providers of nuclear materials and services.
Carl received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Prior to retirement, he was qualified as a certified senior nuclear plant construction inspector, certified quality assurance lead auditor, licensed senior reactor operator, and a registered professional engineer in Florida and Georgia.
Katherine volunteered with Family Promise when her church became a host congregation. She served as their Volunteer Coordinator for several years. She has seen firsthand the impact Family Promise has had in the community. Katherine met her husband when they were both on summer staff at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. They continue to share their love of the outdoors and have been happily married for over 33 years. They have three grown children and have lived in Cobb County since 2019. Katherine’s undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MBA from UNC-Charlotte. She currently works for Gleneagles Group providing extended family office services for ultra-high net-worth families.
Jeff is a Managing Partner and Wealth Advisor of Owenby Jones Wealth Management, LLC. In this role, he offers access to a full range of comprehensive financial services, including estate, financial, and income planning, as well as strategic and tactical portfolio construction and management. Prior to forming Owenby Jones Wealth Management, LLC, Jeff was a Private Financial Advisor and First Vice President at SunTrust Investment Services for nearly 14 years. He has been in the financial services industry since 1997. Jeff graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, earned through studies conducted at Oglethorpe University in 2000. Jeff and his wife, Leslie, reside in Marietta, Georgia, with their three children, Jacob, Carson, and Morgan. He spends his free time with his family. Jeff enjoys tennis, fishing, and going to Auburn games in the fall with his family. Jeff and his family are active members of North Metro Church.
Steve is a VP for United Community Bank and heads up its Public Finance department. In particular, Steve has spent the past 40 years financing nonprofit organizations and local forms of government using tax-exempt bond structures. He became acquainted with Family Promise through his wife, Renee Morrison, and through their involvement with Transfiguration Catholic Church, a host congregation. Together, Steve and Renee have eight children and, so far, 16 grandkids.
Helen is a retired learning and organization development professional with thirty-plus years of experience as a strategic planner, workforce development professional, and facilitator. Her career included working in healthcare organizations and nonprofits in Miami, the Bronx, and Atlanta developing talent and helping people develop high-demand skills that led to good jobs and family-sustaining wages. Introduced to Family Promise of Cobb County through her involvement at Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, she believes safe and affordable housing is a critical equity issue and a key to building successful families. She and her wife Maria live in Marietta with their cat Rosie.
The Rev. Jess W. Speaker, III is a deacon in the Diocese of Atlanta, currently serving at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. He was ordained to the vocational diaconate in October 2022 after several years of formation in both the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Virginia. Jess works as a Senior Business Representative for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. At SAG-AFTRA, Jess serves as the union representative for professional actors and performers working in film and television in Georgia and South Carolina.
Jess grew up in Oklahoma and moved to the Washington, DC metro where he lived for nearly 20 years before moving to Atlanta in 2021. He graduated from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK, and did his graduate work in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts. He is an instructor in Mental Health First Aid and is very active in Scouting with his children, Jessica and Will. His wife, Monica, works at the Alliance Theatre.