Susan Boatwright is a longtime member of GPHSA, and took over as GPHSA Executive Director in 2021. Susan recently retired as the DFCS Director of Communications and continues to work to facilitate Road Shows and other events. She has a rich career of service in DFCS including time as the Director of Gwinnett County DFCS. Her experiences have led to many positive relationships with key legislators and stakeholders. She works closely with the Leadership Team to assure that our mission of supporting the professional staff that serve individuals, families, and children continues and is enhanced.
Angie Thompson has worked for the Department of Family and Children Services since 2002 and has been a member of GPHSA since that time. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University in 2002, and her Master of Social Work from Valdosta University in 2010. She started her career in Worth County as a case manager is Foster Care and has worked in several positions throughout Regions 8 and 10. She is currently the County Director for Henry County DFCS. She is married to Patrick Thompson and they have three children - Destiny, Nash and Addie. She and her family are members of McDonough Christian Church.
Susan Cooper began her career with the Division of Family & Children Services in 1997 and has been a member of GPHSA since that time. She attended Berry College, Dalton Junior and Georgia Highlands College receiving a degree in Mental Health Sciences. She started her career in Gordon County as a Family Support Worker in Social Services. She has served in the role of OFI Case Manager, Foster Care Social Services Tech, the North District Employee Wellness Coordinator, and is currently an Administrative Assistant at Walker County DFCS. She is married to Scott Cooper who is an auxiliary GPHSA member and they have two sons, Tyler and Christopher Robin. Ms. Cooper's passion is employee wellness and feels that GPHSA is a great way to help support that.
Lynn Green has worked for the Division of Family & Children Services since 2002, and has been a member of GPHSA since that time. She is currently serving as the Regional Program Director for Region 3 DFCS. Lynn believes in the core values of social work: service, social justice, dignity, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. She looks for creative responses to challenges that staff are facing, and advocates for their best interest. Lynn has served as a GPHSA Foundation Trustee and as the chair of the Technology and Membership Committees. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the DHS Leadership Academy, and currently serves as a Leadership Development Coach for the Georgia LIFT Academy through NCWWI. Lynn lives with her family in Rome, Georgia.
Darbi has worked for the Department of Family and Children’s Services since 2014. She started in OFI, then transferred to Regional Accounting. She has been a member of GPHSA since 2018, when she immediately started attending meetings/conferences; joined the Legislative Committee, participated in a salary study, and has been part of the Advocacy Academy. GPHSA has inspired “out of the box” personal growth, and working with this wonderful group of people has provided confidence to accept challenges and new opportunities. Darbi graduated from Sanford Brown Business College in 1991. She is married to Dean Hixson, who works at Gerdau Ameristeel in Cartersville. They have five wonderful children; Nick, Spencer, Sydney, Millie, and Sam, and two amazing grandsons, Eli and Chance. The family has attended Northpointe Church in Adairsville, GA since 2004.
Vicky Perkins has worked for the Division of Family & Children Services since 2017 and joined GPHSA during orientation. She serves as the Business Support Analyst for Region 3. Vicky believes in making a positive difference, being a team player, striving for excellence and being a good steward with what she's been given. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Shorter University. Vicky serves as a co-chair for the Legislative Committee and was a member of the Advocacy Academy. Vicky is married and resides in Rome, Georgia, but spends as much time as possible at "Perkins Paradise", her home on the lake. She is excited to serve GPHSA as the Secretary and looks forward to the new opportunities this role will provide.
Rhonda began her duties as Executive Secretary on April 1, 2020. She retired from DFCS on February 1, 2020 after a 30+ year career in Region 5. During this time she was a member of GPHSA serving as Treasurer, Board Member, Foundation Member and also served on various committees. Rhonda has always been a strong advocate of GPHSA and feels an honor now to serve and work for those still doing the great work of the organization. Rhonda holds a degree in Accounting and also serves as Administrative Assistant for the Georgia State Retirees Association. She resides in Elberton on the family farm where she enjoys horses, dogs and her grandsons.