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Debbie Conway - Chair

Ms. Conway is currently the Executive Director for Cross Plains Community Partner in Dalton GA, where she has served for almost seven years. Previously, she worked for seventeen years at Enable (formerly RRA) as the Director of Quality Enhancement.   Ms. Conway has focused her career on the development and enhancement of supports for people with developmental disabilities. For the past five years, she has worked to establish person-centered practices as the foundation for services delivery at Cross Plains. Through these evolving efforts, Ms. Conway has facilitated a redesign of Cross Plain's organizational structures and systems that have impacted the agency's culture and outcomes for people receiving services. She is a current member of SPADD and represents a statewide advocacy organization, a provider organization and lives and works in Region 1.

Bruce A. Lindemann, Ph.D – Vice Chair

Currently, Dr. Lindemann is the Senior Manager for Georgia Pacific.  He was nominated by SPADD (Service Providers’ Association for Developmental Disabilities) and is the parent of a child living with a Developmental Disability.  He is a member on the DD Advisory Committee for the Jewish Family and Career Services. In the past, Dr. Lindemann has served on the Dekalb Regional Board and as a Board member for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking program and Leadership DeKalb and lives and works in Region 3.

Estelle Duncan - Secretary

Currently, Ms. Duncan works as the DD Program Director for Serenity Behavioral Health Systems in Augusta, GA.  She was nominated by the GACSB (Georgia Association of Community Service Boards).  She has many years of experience, which includes managing program services for seven county areas and overseeing the provision of CAG and Individual services, prevocational services, Supported Employment Groups and individuals, CRA, CLS, Family Support, Respite Services and Specialized Medical Supplies. Ms Duncan is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy organization, provider organization and lives and works in Region 2.

Eve Bogan

Currently, Ms. Bogan is the Director of the Disabilities Division at the Jewish Family and Career Services, Inc.  She was nominated by SPADD (Service Providers’ Association for Developmental Disabilities), where she is currently the president.  She has also held an organizational leadership role at the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) as president-elect. Ms Bogan represents a statewide advocacy organization, provider organization and lives and works in Region 3.

June Allison DiPolito

Ms. DiPolito is currently the Executive Director for Pineland Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.  She was nominated by GACSB (Georgia Association of Community Service Boards).  Ms. DiPolito  has many years of experience with Pineland CSB serving 12 years as CEO, 18 years as the DD Director and 10 years as the Service Center Director. She is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy, provider organization and lives and works in Region 5.

Twana King

Currently, Ms. King is the Executive Director for the Middle GA Behavioral Services, a support Coordination agency that she formed in 2003.  She began her career as a Program Director with the Community Service Board of Middle Georgia and has over 15 years of experience working with people living with developmental disabilities. Ms King represents a provider organization and lives and works in Region 5.

Lynnette W. Bragg

Ms. Bragg was a member of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities for 13 years and was chairperson for a number of years.  She has been the Executive Director of B & B Services, a provider of Family Support and day services. She is on the ABD Task Force through DCH. She is the mother of a son with disabilities, who passed away a few years ago. She is currently the Chair of the Georgia Association of Community Care Providers. Ms Bragg is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy organization, provider organization and lives and works in Region 5.

Nandi Isaac

Ms. Isaac is a self-advocate, living with Down syndrome.  With her mother’s support, she has a scanning and digitizing business called Scan with Nan. Ms. Isaac currently serves on the Region 2 Quality Council, and is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for the Blind. References include Karla Brown, the Regional RSA-DD for Region 2 and Andy Harrell, the Arc CAO in Macon. Her mother, Nalini Isaac, is a long time advocate and a Parent Mentor in Bibb County. Ms. Isaac is a self-advocate and lives and works in Region 2.

Sheryl Arno

Currently, Ms. Arno works as an Independent Consultant and Owner of Ability Matters.  She also contracts with Georgia State University for The Center for Leadership in Disability.  She was nominated by GACSB (Georgia Association of Community Service Boards).  Formerly, she was the Executive Director of the DeKalb Developmental Disability Council and was Program Director for day supports at the Frazier Center. She sits on the Advisory Council for the Marcus Center. Ms. Arno is a mother of a child with disabilities and has over 20 years of experience working in DD. Ms Arno is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy organization and lives and works in Region 3.

Mitzi Proffitt

Currently, Ms. Proffitt is a family member and self-advocate working as a Manager at Parent to Parent of Georgia in Statesboro.  She was recently appointed to the Board of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and is a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking leadership program focused on disability issues.  She is the parent of a child with DD and she covers and assists families in over 29 counties. Ms Proffitt is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy organization and lives and works in Region 5.

Rita Young

Currently, Ms. Young is the Director of Public Policy and Education with AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities).  She is the mother of two sons with autism and has worked in DD for 13 years overseeing a leadership program that supports families. She serves on the Milton County Zoning Board and the Executive Committee for the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Board. Ms. Young is a family member, represents a statewide advocacy organization, provider organization and lives and works in Region 3.

Heidi Moore

Currently, Ms. Moore is a mother of a child living with disabilities.  She has served on the Olmstead Committee and has supported the Unlock the Waiting Lists Campaign, the Georgia Autism Society and Special Olympics. She served as an Executive Board member and Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta from 2002 to 2006. She is a parent advocate for children with disabilities. Ms. Moore is a family member and lives and works in Region 3.

William Scott Crain

Currently, Mr. Crain works for Parent Mentor Special Education in the Hall County School System.  Mr. Crain has served on the Regional Board for Region 1, has been a leader in the Statewide Leadership Council for Parent Mentor Partnership in Georgia and has been a local Coordinator for Special Olympics. He is the parent of a child with a developmental disability. Mr. Crain is a family member, represents a statewide disability organization and lives and works in Region 1.

Nicki Wilson, Director of Respite/Family Support Services

B.A. – Organizational Leadership – LaGrange College
Currently enrolled at Troy University in the Master’s of Public Administration program

Wilson began working with Easter Seals Southern Georgia as a Respite and Family Support Coordinator in July 2002. In September 2003, she was promoted to Director of Respite and Family Support Services. As the program director, Wilson is responsible for managing the contract, supervising 22 staff, overseeing program operation across the 54 county service area, providing financial oversight for each program, acting as site administrator for data management system, responsible for all reporting and service evaluations, developing and implementing policies related to program operations, handling customer service related issues, etc.

Since then, she has successfully pioneered the opening of Easter Seals’ children’s respite home, Megan’s House, in 2004. After that, a second home was opened in Waycross in 2006 with great success and full occupancy. In 2010, a third location was opened in Valdosta with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, in 2012, Easter Seals of West Georgia replicated the project in Columbus. 

In 2007, Wilson secured the grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for the state-wide program known as Champions for Children in partnership with the four other Georgia Easter Seals affiliates and Parent to Parent of Georgia. She has directed the program design and state-wide implementation for the coalition of affiliates.

Wilson has served on the Special Olympics Management Team since 2003. She was selected as 2004 Employee of the Year for Easter Seals. Wilson served as the 2006-2008 Co-Chair for Babies Can’t Wait –ICC.

Bobby G. Holcombe

Mr. Holcombe currently serves as Executive Director of the Arc of Carroll County, a position he has held since 1999 upon his retirement from Southwire Company with 38 years of service in management.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carroll County Water Authority and on the Civil Service Review Board for Carroll County most recently as Vice Chair.  In the past, he served on the Arc of Georgia board and served over 10 years on the Regional Board representing Carroll County, three terms as Chairperson. Mr. Holcombe is a staunch supporter and past Chairman of the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.  He is the parent of a son with Down syndrome, age 50 and was nominated to the Council by Senator Mike Dugan and SPADD.  He lives in Region 6.