d2fd54abe0dd874a6eb839cecc251df5Dr. Sherie Malcom served as Vice President of Operations for over 6 years for Sylvan Learning Systems. After working with AlphaCare Therapy Services she opened Hope Springs Counseling in 2013 in downtown Monroe. In addition to her work with her practice, she also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Adams State University educating future counselors.  Dr. Malcom is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Anger Management Specialist.

SONY DSCLisa Smith ‘s face is familiar to many around Walton County. Her 30 years in education were spread among Monroe Primary, Monroe Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary and Walnut Grove High School. She has served these schools as Media Aide, Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Receptionist, Executive Secretary, Data Entry Specialist and Coordinator of Supplemental Services. She is a member of Carter Hill Baptist Church and is currently involved with Outreach Ministry. Mrs. Smith has served on usher board, in the choir, on couple ministry and as a Minister wives’ associate. Mrs. Smith is currently 1st Lady at Dally Chapel Baptist Church.

6c91992650e0568417a99d29f3fe84e4Melinda Quinn served on founding boards of Walton County Commission on Children & Youth as well as Walton County Boys & Girls Club. Her 10 years as investigator of neglected, abused or exploited children at DFCS was followed by 14 years as Director of The Partnership for Families, Children & Youth. Ms. Quinn has many years of volunteer service in countless community, faith based, and community organizations. She has received the following awards: GA House of Representatives Resolution 1954 in honor of outstanding Public Service, Walton Co. Unsung Hero, Rotary Club Jean Harris Award and Club Woman of the year for Monroe Junior Woman’s Club.


Lee Jourdan is entering his 33rd year of teaching science. He has an EdS in Educational Leadership and is certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. As a lifelong learner, he attended workshops and conferences all over the country. Mr. Jourdan worked as a science curriculum consultant with Pioneer RESA and Newton County School District to prepare teachers for state certification in Gifted Education. He also volunteers as Scoutmaster for Troop 81. A passionate educator of gifted students, Mr. Jourdan advocates for all students to have creative instruction commensurate with their abilities.

630e54cbf6521eab5ae2efb03863ed7fEmily Gallman Russell began her career in Walton County as the Youth Development Coordinator for The Partnership for Families, Children and Youth. Ms. Russell provided over 5 years of innovative and educational youth programming and served as a graduation coach at Loganville High School. Next, Ms. Russell used her creativity and experience in her role as the Main Street Director for the City of Monroe. Presently, she is Director of Marketing and Business Development at Clearview Regional Medical Center. She has a passion for serving youth in her community and has served on various educational centered boards including: Walton County Boys and Girls Club, Team Up Mentoring and Communities in Schools.list.

2575ccddb7f2be7ffce004f4c5380d64Randy Slape has a servant’s heart and his knowledge of facilities and safety will be invaluable. Randy Slape has made his home in Monroe over the past seven years. He is a diligent servant of the Lord and he is always willing to help anyone in need. He has served Grace at the Mill and most Sundays IS found greeting. He is a loyal and dedicated employee who has worked as an outside sales representative for A & A Safe Lock and Door Company over 16 years. Randy specializes in access control and door maintenance. He has assisted Brandon Hall School, Clayton and Atlanta Public Schools.

dee9213cfd3bae3c1f6c89565d8bd93bLee Phillips Malcom has served Walton County and specifically the Monroe Area for a lifetime. Ms. Malcom taught kindergarten through 5th grade for over 20 years in Monroe. Additionally, she was the Public Relations/Partners In Education and Walnut Grove Elementary School Site Coordinator for WCSD. She has been broker and co-owner of Malcom and Malcom Realty Professionals, LLC for over 10 years. Since January 2008 Ms. Malcom has also served the Monroe community as a City Council Member. Walton County has been her home for almost 60 years, and she considers this community an excellent place to live, work and raise a family!

kristie2Kristie Slaughter McDevitt has proudly called Monroe home since birth, and still resides in Walton County. Her husband Daniel, along with their two children, Cameron and Sarah, attend church in downtown Monroe. She is an educator and appreciates the variety of school choices for all families. After adding the Gifted Endorsement to her teaching certificate, Ms. McDevitt became passionate about the value of education the gifted and talented children were receiving, as well as the value placed on the child’s overall love for learning. She is excited to share Rita’s vision with each family she meets. Yet she is most eager for the children of Monroe Country Day School to begin this incredible opportunity of becoming their very best, reaching their most full potential, and enjoying the process along the way.

dr-lawtonDr. Christopher Lawton is co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Georgia Virtual History Project (GVHP). Dr. Lawton is currently promoting the GVHP through his work with The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. His dissertation on antebellum Georgia (UGA, 2011) was awarded the St. George Tucker Society’s Bradford Prize for best dissertation on the U.S. South. He received a 2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching from UGA’s Graduate School and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.