Board of Directors

Community leaders, local business owners, and devoted supporters form our Board of Directors. Our Board works tirelessly to further ConnectAbility and build a better community.

Lauren Stephenson

Lauren Stephenson

Secretary

Special Educator

As a teacher of elementary aged children with disabilities, I see the mission of ConnectAbility as an important way to meet the needs of these families that goes beyond school-based education. I fully believe our participants should be known for their abilities,rather than their disabilities. I have volunteered with ConnectAbility for 5 years and was given an opportunity to serve the organization and its families by being a member of the board, and I gladly accepted. Being a part of the board is a wonderful way for me to further serve our families and help bring our mission of empowering individuals to life.

J. Kevin Tharpe

J. Kevin Tharpe

Attorney at Law

I am involved with ConnectAbility because I have seen firsthand the positive impact it has on the lives of individuals and families with special needs and disabilities. I am also involved with ConnectAbility because it is an organization that provides so many ways and opportunities (both small and big) for a volunteer or interested person like me and my family to get involved to help make a difference on the lives of individuals and families with special needs and disabilities in the North Georgia area.

Kandi Ledford

Kandi Ledford

Dawson County Schools

Thomas Odom

Thomas Odom

Interim Treasurer

Federated Insurance

I choose to be on the ConnectAbility board because of their impact on local families that have been affected by disability.  I see true value in how the organization focuses on helping those with disabilities thrive.  The key reason I chose ConnectAbility is because they meet families where they are!  It is not an organization that throws money at an issue!

 

Jon Crais

Jon Crais

Athlete and Participant

I love and appreciate being on the ConnectAbility board. I thoroughly enjoy it because it opens doors for me and others like me to return to the activities we used to do. Activities that make us, us. For me it provides the opportunity to get back into the racing world, the hunting and fishing world, and the world of music. I love these activities and am grateful that ConnectAbility has given me the opportunity to return to them.

Tammi Scales

Tammi Scales

Handpicked by White Interiors

I found out about ConnectAblility through my class project with  Leadership Lumpkin, which turned out to be such a meaningful  experience. My involvement started when I  drove my jeep for ConnectAbility in the July 4th parade and  where I became attached to  Ms. Ella and the twins , James and Archie. I wanted to become involved and help with this great organization.The more I learned the  more  impressed I became with their services for the participant’s and the respite that is offered  for the family members. The 1000 words  gala and Prom night are just a few of the events that you  don’t want to miss.  It’s a close up view of how being involved makes a difference. I am so honored to have become a board member for this much needed organization and I look forward to becoming involved in the upcoming events. Come join us for a night of fun, a chance to meet  new people and to make a difference in someone’s life.

 

Jon Utterback

Jon Utterback

I became familiar with the mission and objectives of ConnectAbility through a Leadership Lumpkin project that I was involved with that led to a great partnership between Leadership Lumpkin, ConnectAbility and the Lumpkin County government that resulted in the new accessible playground being built at Yahoola Creek Park.  Through that process, I had the opportunity to understand the tremendous programs that ConnectAbility has and also a sense the organization is accomplishing so much to help families out.  I wanted to get more involved and contribute to ConnectAbility and now will have the opportunity to work with some amazing people through my involvement on the Board of Directors.

Kate McElliot

Kate McElliot

Kim Scott

I am so honored to sit on the board for ConnectAbility. As a parent of a special needs adult, I was introduced to the program two years ago.

I am passionate about what ConnectAbility has to offer our special needs community and their families here in North Georgia. Not only have I benefited first hand from the respite events and the parent groups, I have witnessed other families make lifetime friendships and connections with others that if it were not for ConnectAbility they would not have been made.

I am excited to be a part of a program that can be life changing to families just like mine.

Kim Bell

As a Director at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, I have had an opportunity to see first hand the way campers and their families have benefited from a week of respite.  I was drawn to ConnectAbility because it provides that sort of experience for folks every month of the year and does so with dignity, intentionality, and stellar volunteers.  The goals of our Sparrowwood program at camp and ConnectAbility both demonstrate our desire to highlight that we are more alike than we are different.  I became a ConnectAbility volunteer and found that it’s like a piece of summer camp- full of laughter, fun, community, and encouragement…and who doesn’t need more of that?!

ConnectAbility is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of volunteers, sponsors and donors. We would greatly appreciate any contribution you may be able to make!


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