Gary Johnstone, MSW

Interim CEO/COO

Gary joined LSG more than 15 years ago and was appointed by the Board of Directors as COO and then as interim CEO in the Fall of 2014.  He designed and built for LSG a statewide social services system focusing on foster care, adoptions, family services, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Kevin Mahaney

VP of Finance

Kevin has managed the Agency’s finances, assets and accounting operations since August 2006.  He has 30 years of experience in the corporate and not-for-profit finance sectors.  His educational background includes a BS in Accounting and a MBA with a concentration in Marketing Management.

 

Marcia Wessels, MPH, CHES

VP of Programs

Marcia has more than 25 years of experience providing leadership and coordination for the development and implementation of social service programs in communities throughout Georgia.

 

Janet Tharp

VP of Development

Janet has worked in nonprofit management and fundraising for more than 25 years.  Janet joined the LSG Team in 2014 after serving as a statewide Executive Director, and in various other program and fundraising capacities.

 

Elizabeth Chandler, M. Ed., SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

Elizabeth has more than 35 years of experience in the Human Resources field most of it spent in the nonprofit sector in Atlanta.  She received her Master's degree from Georgia State University

 

Reginald Brown

Director of IT and Disaster Response

Reggie joined the agency in 2010, and is responsible for directing all technology and communications initiatives for the agency statewide.  Reggie serves on the LSA LITN Board as treasurer and is a member of the voluntary organizations active in Disaster Response in Georgia.

 

Tracie Ball, MA

Director of Program Development

Tracie earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Shorter College.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in outpatient/inpatient mental health and child welfare.

 

Emily Laney, LMSW

Director of Refugee and Immigration Services

Emily Laney has worked at Lutheran Services of Georgia since 2013. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker for the State of Georgia and is a Kennesaw State University Alumnus. In addition to her work with refugees, Emily has worked in anti-trafficking awareness and in higher education, and has spent extensive time working with internally displaced persons and refugees in the developing world.

 

Melissa Austin, LPC, DDP

Director of Home and Community Based Services

Melissa has her Master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology and has been licensed since 1995.  For more than 20 years, she has worked in home- and community-based services in the nonprofit sector, including direct service, program development, compliance, administration and provider network development.    Melissa has been with LSG since 2012.

Mary Fuller, MSW

Executive Director

Mary has her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has more than 15 years of experience working with both prevention and intervention programs serving children and families including program management and contract monitoring.

 

Taylor Brand, LCSW

Director of Children and Family Services

Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a concentration in Community and Administrative Practice. Taylor has almost 20 years of experience working with children and families.  She has been with LSG since June of 2010.

 

Ryan Whitmire

Executive Director of Operations

Ryan has more than 10 years of experience providing leadership within Programs and Operations in the nonprofit sector.  Ryan is responsible for enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure that will allow LSG to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

 
 
 

Board of Directors

 

 

Mr. Valentino Bates 

Khafra Engineering

 

Rev. Ray Borchelt

Judicatory Representative Florida/Georgia District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Retired LCMS Pastor and Teacher

 

Mr. Charles Bridgers, Attorney

Vice Chair

DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, Benjamin, LLC

 

Ms. Keira Ellis Camillo

Self-Employed Fundraising Consultant

 

Mr. Wesley Crenshaw

Inner City Night Shelter ( retired )

 

Dr. Sandra Gustavson

Treasurer

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business (Retired)

 

Rev. Dr. David Hardy

Chair

Pastor, Living Grace Lutheran Church

 

Mr. Don  Larsen

D Larsen Coaching

 

Mr. Paul Littmann

Retired Partner, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

 

Rev. Darrel Peterson

Assistant Secretary 

Judicatory Representative Southeastern Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Pastor (retired)

 

Rev. Beverly Brown Shaw

Secretary

St. John’s Lutheran Church / Sound Advice Sonography