Advocates for Children Administrative Staff
We couldn’t touch the lives of so many children and families without the dedicated work of our talented staff. Meet the team that makes it all happen below.
President & CEO
Karen joined Advocates as Director of Development in December 2009. A native of Cincinnati, she is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Journalism. She spent several years working in event fundraising for a national non-profit organization and three years as a development professional for a Catholic religious order before joining the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce in 2007. She resides happily in Cartersville with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
Director of Development
Amy has more than 20 years’ experience as a fundraiser for colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. She came to Advocates in April 2016 from the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and is thrilled to be working for an organization that does such important work for children and families. A native of Iowa and a graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, Amy enjoys running, reading, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. She lives in Kennesaw with her husband and two sons.
Deborah is originally from Decatur, and is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in English. She has been employed by Advocates since 1997, and became the Bookkeeper in her second year of employment. She is a volunteer on the Citizen Panel Review for Bartow County Juvenile Court and a member of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. She has lived in Cartersville since 1978 and is married with three grown daughters and one grandson.
Melissa was born and raised in Rome, Georgia, and moved to Bartow County in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing. After working nearly 10 years in the banking industry, Melissa felt the need to pursue a new career where her talents could be used for a greater purpose within the community. She has been married to her husband, Kip, for four years and while they have no children of their own (yet), they both feel passionately about shaping a positive and successful future for the children of Bartow county and beyond.