GVRS Board Member Bios
Thomas W. (Tom) Wilson
Wilson retired as manager of the Athens Unit, Vocational Rehabilitation Program for the Georgia Department of Labor. Following his retirement, Wilson worked an additional five years as a part-time rehabilitation counselor. He previously served as president of the Georgia Chapter and the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association and as president of the Georgia and National Rehabilitation Associations. Wilson is a current member of the Franklin Springs City Council and is a fellow of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He is also a recipient of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association Professional Achievement Award and the Georgia Rehabilitation Association Citation Award. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Cathie, have two children and four grandchildren. They reside in Franklin Springs.
Perdue is an insurance agent for State Farm. She was previously a senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Independent Living Skills Training Program at Roosevelt Warm Springs and a senior disability adjudicator. Perdue is secretary of the Three Rivers Regional Commission, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Meriwether County and a member and former chairperson of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Leadership Meriwether. Perdue earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She and her husband, Chip, have two children and live in Gay.
Sandy D. Adams
Adams served as Elbert County Schools Adapted PE teacher and PE Department Chair until retiring in 2013. She is founding president of Friends Helping Friends Club, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization providing educational opportunities for Elbert County students who have special needs at no cost to the school system or to the students served. Adams spent three summers as Fitness Instructor for the Governor's Honors Program at Valdosta State University. She received an associate's degree from Emmanuel College, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia, an education specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont College, obtained Georgia Master Teacher Certification and National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Adams and her husband, Jeff, reside in Elberton.
Camuso is the regional vice president for state government affairs at CSX Transportation in Atlanta. He sits on the board of governors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors for the Georgia Railroad Association and the honorary board for Special Olympics Georgia. Camuso is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Camuso and his wife, Kim, have two children and reside in Lawrenceville.
For the past 27 years, Dooley has dedicated her life to raising her boys. Her youngest son was born prematurely with cerebral palsy, and she has supported many organizations that help those with physical and cognitive challenges in the community. She has been hands-on in fundraising for organizations pertaining to disabilities, whether serving as chair or committee member. Dooley was raised in Athens, and she went to the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in marketing. She currently resides in Athens and is married to Daniel Dooley. They have two sons, Michael and Matthew.
Hill is a public service and outreach faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute where her focus is in community leadership development programs. Prior to her current role, Hill served as the director of development and alumni relations for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Before joining the university, she was director of program development and education for the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Hill holds an associate’s degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a bachelor’s degree in Science and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia.
Mackey is a human resources generalist at the Walgreens distribution center in Pendergrass. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Anderson University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. Mackey and her husband, Christopher, live in Braselton.
Vincent F. Martin
Martin is a totally blind graduate research assistant and Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech. He currently serves as vice president of the Georgia Radio Board of Directors. Martin is also a retired U.S. Paralympic athlete and the first blind graduate of Southern Polytechnic University. He received an associate’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree from Georgia Tech. He and his wife, Jacqueline, reside in Atlanta.
Taylor graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics. He has maintained his life insurance license under the guidance of Active Financial Group in Kennesaw. Taylor sustained a C-5 spinal cord injury in March 2011 while playing for the University of Georgia baseball team. After extensive rehabilitation, he returned to the university to complete his degree. He resides in Kennesaw.
Jimmy Defoor (Chair Emeritus)
Defoor retired as assistant commissioner over rehabilitation services in the Georgia Department of Labor. He served as division director of rehabilitation services in the Department of Human Resources. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Georgia. Defoor is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and past president of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association. He and his wife, Aurena, have three children and eight grandchildren.