Meet our team
Meet a few world-changers guiding the future of Georgia Center for Youth Excellence.
Our Board Members
Tony is currently the Financial Assessment Manager at Emory Healthcare. Mr. Thomas is responsible for several departments with approximately 40 staff members who's duties include Financial Counseling, Inpatient Pre-authorization and Guest Services. Prior to Mr. Thomas's Emory services, he spent 19 years at Piedmont Hospital occupying several roles, including Financial Counseling Supervisor, Financial Clearance Supervisor and Surgery Financial Clearance Supervisor. Mr. Thomas holds several degrees, Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Masters in Management, and an Accelerated Masters degree in Business-Health management.
Chameka is currently a team Student Success Coach with Strayer University. Mrs. Mayes-Smith is responsible for managing and overseeing the financial affairs of the organization. She also conducts guidance to students to achieve academic success. In addition, she has established compliance with all policies and procedures within the organization. Prior to joining as a board member with GACYE, Chameka has served in numerous positions working for Georgia Department of Education, and other colleges and universities. Chameka received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Lane College, and a Master’s Degree in Education Curriculum & Instructions from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Mayes-Smith. is a native of Corinth, Mississippi and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Latoya is a benefits specialist assisting client with Medicare D and other insurance needs while she furthers her education in medical billing and coding. She has a passion for helping others as demonstrated in her previous work assignments in the medical field.
GACYE Leadership Team
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mike retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 20 years and since his retirement he has worked for Georgia Department of Labor as a Youth Employment Specialist and Georgia State University as their Domestic and International Cooperative Education and Internship Coordinator. In 2006, Mike decided to follow his passion and started his own non-profit that served “at-risk” youth and received funding from federal and state agencies, foundations and individuals to support his organization’s mission. Since that time, he started a “for profit” company that concentrates its efforts on developing newly established non-profit companies and writing grants for organizations throughout the country. Mike was recognized by Emory University as a community leader for his work with mentoring children of prisoners and has been featured on the local television and radio stations. Mike holds a M.Ed in Higher Education from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
Pamela Durham Willingham
Pamela Durham Willingham serves as GACYE's Associate Director and assists the Executive Director with providing strategic planning for the organization. Mrs. Willingham has a Master’s degree in Urban Policy Studies with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She is a “seasoned” with over 30 years of experience with business, financial, and grants management. Mrs. Willingham is a nationally certified Research Administrator with other 25 years of “cradle to grave” grants management.
Kevin A. Jones
Kevin A. Jones serves as GACYE's Budget Manager. A Florida native, Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Florida A&M University as well as a masters in Accounting; Financial Management. Mr. Jones has 15 years of experience in accounting and account management, as well as process and information/data management. Mr. Jones is committed to process improvement and teamwork will be a great asset to our organization as we move forward.