James N. Defoor

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.

Thomas W. (Tom) Wilson
(Vice Chair)

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.

Sandy D. Adams

Adams served as the Elbert County Schools Adapted PE teacher and PE Department Chair until retiring in 2013.  She is the founding sponsor and president of Friends Helping Friends Club, Inc., a 501(c) 3 charitable organization raising all funds and providing support for Friends Helping Friends Club (FHF), a young 300 student member club at the Elbert County (EC) High School and EC Middle School, which provides exceptional educational opportunities including school trips and special events for students who have special needs.  Adams also spent three summers as a 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 and an education specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont College.  She is the first teacher in Elbert County to obtain Georgia Master Teacher Certification and is also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).  Adams and her husband, Jeff, reside in Elberton.

Diane Davis

Davis is a retired regional director for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, health coach and personal trainer for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Davis is a member of Friends of Georgia State Parks and the Dougherty County Rotary Club. She volunteers for the Wilson Hospice House and the Albany Area YMCA. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University. She resides in Albany. 

Louise Hill

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.

Angela Mackey

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.

Faye Perdue

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.

Jonathan Taylor

Taylor graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics. He is currently preparing for his life insurance exam 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.