Shawn Ryan, Executive Director
Shawn Ryan joined Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency as Executive Director on February 18, 2019. He previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, which provides state agencies with business services in the areas of state purchasing, risk management, human resources administration, fleet management and surplus property. Mr. Ryan is also a former president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. He previously served as the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history, and as director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Mr. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their son live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Kevin Harris- Deputy Executive Director
Kevin Harris has been with the agency since shortly after its inception in 2012, most recently serving as the Chief External Affairs Officer. Under Kevin’s leadership, the organization has expanded the services it offers, established strong legislative and board relationships and strategic marketing and communications plans to strengthen statewide outreach. Prior to coming on board with GVRA, Kevin served as the Georgia Political Director for a U.S. presidential campaign, as Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party and as the Political Director for Governor Nathan Deal’s first gubernatorial campaign. He also spent 17 years teaching at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA.
Kevin is a proud double Dawg, with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and an Associate’s Degree from Young Harris College.
Dr. Christine Fleming - Vocational Services Director
Christine Fleming oversees all local Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office functions and residential services. She worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for over 15 years in the private sector and within VR. She has maintained her Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC) since 1990. At GVRA, Christine also worked as an Employment Specialist, Human Resource Development Specialist, and the Manager of the Performance Improvement & Technical Assistance unit. A few of her priority initiatives were the creation of the organization’s marketing plan, case management training program, curriculum for the employment specialist role, and interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with the most significant disabilities. In the fall of 2013, Christine moved to Auburn, Alabama, to be the Executive Director of the Center for Disability Research & Policy Studies at Auburn University. She also held the rank of Assistant Research Professor with the Special Education, Rehabilitation & Counseling department. There, she successfully secured over $8.8 million for her research in Vocational Rehabilitation consumer satisfaction, safety and the security of women with disabilities incarcerated, accessible housing, accessible agriculture, establishment of the Individual Placement and Support model, and system change within disability service organizations.
Christine earned her PhD in Rehabilitation from Auburn University, her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, and a BA in Psychology/Sociology from Washington & Jefferson College.
Lauren Knox - Field Services Director
Dr. Lee Brinkley Bryan - Residential Services Director (Roosevelt Warm Springs and Cave Spring Center)
Charlie Garrett - Business Enterprise Program Director
Rita McWhorter, JD - Disability Adjudication Services Director
Mike Jackson - Georgia Industries for the Blind Director, Operations
Luis Narimatsu - Georgia Industries for the Blind Director, Services
Deborah McCloud - Office of Business Applications
Robin Folsom - Office of Communications and Marketing
Richard Eskridge - Office of Facilities
Minerva Nixon - Office of Fiscal Services
Elizabeth de Janes, JD - Office of the General Counsel
Marya Calhoun - Office of Human Resources
Mike Riley - Office of Information Technology
Rajaunnda Gandy - Office of Strategy and Innovation