Rev Dr Robert Certain
The Rev. Dr. Robert Certain was recently the Rector at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta, GA. In late 2012 he became the Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association. In 1969 he earned a bachelor's degree in history at Emory. Commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, he flew 100 missions as a combat aviator in Vietnam and was held four months as a prisoner of war. His book, Unchained Eagle published in 2003, recounts his experience. He went on to earn a master of divinity from the School of Theology at Sewanee and served as an Air Force chaplain on active duty and in the reserves, reaching the rank of colonel. After serving parishes in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arizona, he became rector of St. Margaret's, Palm Desert, Calif., and a 2,000-member parish that included President Gerald R. Ford. When President Ford died in 2006, Certain was chosen to lead all memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan. Certain currently serves as a member of the Defense Health Board and the Psychological Health Advisory Group regarding the health of combat veterans for the Secretary of Defense.
Peter McCall is a member of St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta, GA. He is a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and received an MBA from Boston University in 1974. He is a veteran having served on active duty and in the Reserves for 9+ years. After his active military service, he worked for IBM in their Sales organization for 22 years and then in their Supply Chain Consulting Services organization for 10 years. He retired in the summer of 2007 and subsequently attended the Emory Continuing Education School for Certification in Web Design/Development. He is currently the Executive Director of a Non-Profit named CareForTheTroops, Inc. Its mission is to help provide improved mental health care for veterans and their families returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as previous conflicts. He is married to Catherine McCall who has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years currently practicing in Roswell, Georgia.
Board Memeber, Director of Justice and Peace Ministries, Archdiocese of Atlanta
Kat is a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister and currently the Director of Justice & Peace Ministries for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. Prior to that, she has worked at the local Catholic parish level as a Pastoral Associate, Director of Parish Life and Director of Justice & Outreach Ministries, as well as being a Youth Minister for 10+ years. She has owned and managed store front and service businesses and has held credentials in both recruiting and financial planning. She studied Industrial Design at Auburn University and Theology at Springhill College-Atlanta. She is currently pursuing advanced Social Justice credentials with The University of Dayton. Kat works to inspire all people to move towards greater social responsibility through transformative, relationship-based actions.
William B Harrison
Board Member, Legal and Brotherhood Support
A partner in his law firm since 1985, Mr. Harrison has substantial experience in a broad range of property and casualty insurance matters, encompassing a variety of environmental, personal injury, property damage, and construction cases. He, also, is a certified mediator with extensive experience in mediation of civil cases. He belongs to the Atlanta and American Bar Associations. As a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Mr. Harrison served as editor of the Younger Lawyers Section Newsletter, 1981-1982, and as the Chairman of the Aviation Section, 1985-1986. He is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Defense Research Institute, Inc., and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Mr. Harrison was born in Sewanee, Tennessee, on December 6, 1946. He received a B.A. from the University of the South in 1968 , and an M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1970. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Mercer University in 1977. He served as a Captain in the USAF, 1970-1974 . Mr. Harrison is a very active member of The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta, Georgia, where he has served as chairperson of several organizations, including the church's last search for a new rector. He is very active in the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, International, having served as the local chapter President at his church for several years and presently as the President of the Diocese of Atlanta Assembly and a member of the National Council.
Board Member, Pathways Community Network, Inc
Bill Matson is Executive Director and co-founder of Pathways Community
Network, a nonprofit organization that works to support communities
with information systems, research and data analysis, training and
technical assistance to help human services providers work together,
reduce costs and increase the impact of their services, so more people
find the path to success. Bill has 18 years of experience in
nonprofit administration and project management, and 18 years of media
experience, including stints at Cox Broadcasting, Gannett Newspapers,
United Press International and Jacor Communications (now Clear Channel
Communications). He has been a member of the board of directors of the
National Human Services Data Consortium since 2002 and now serves as
the NHSDC's chairman.
Alan Baroody, LMFT
Board Member, Fraser Counseling Center, Hinesville, GA
Dr. Alan N. Baroody, Executive Director for the Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families, Inc., is a Presbyterian Minister as well as a Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has served in pastoral positions in South Carolina and Georgia for 15 years and directed Mental Health and Pastoral Counseling Centers in Colorado and Georgia for 12 years. He is an active member of Savannah Presbytery and serves on the board of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Baroody is also an approved supervisor for AAMFT. The Fraser Counseling Center is located in Hinesville, GA just outside of Ft Stewart. A large component of the Center's clients is associated with the military.
Dorie Griggs, Citadel Parent
Board Member, Member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
After a career in various public relations and marketing positions, Dorie L. Griggs attended Columbia Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2002.
During her final year at Columbia, Dorie developed a model of chaplaincy for journalists who cover traumatic events. She has served as a volunteer with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, an organization founded by Dr. Frank Ochberg, MD.
In addition to her volunteer work Dorie served as the Communications Manager for the nonprofit, Faith And The City, In that capacity she produced the award winning interfaith dialogue cable TV program, Faith And The City Forum.
She is the author of a self-care advice column for newspaper journalists, One-On-One, which appeared in the e-Letter of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in 2003-04
She is a member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies; Is a commissioned Stephen Minister at Roswell Presbyterian Church; serves on the Communications and Publications Committee of the Association for Professional Chaplains; and is a committee chair for the Citadel Family Association, a support group for parents with cadets at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.
Her background in traumatic stress studies has helped her in her role as mother to 3 children: Nelson, 21, a cadet at The Citadel; Taylor, 19 a senior in high school; and Chelle (pronounced Shelley) 11, the family princess.
She is married to Stanley Leary, a freelance photographer.
Renee Bennett, LMFT
Board Member, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Renée Bennett is a member of Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia where she serves as an Adult Sunday School teacher, Missions Committee Chair, Nominating Committee member and where she sings in the sanctuary choir. She is a 1968 graduate of Mercer University and received an MRE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1971. She also completed a Master's in Family Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1994. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, having worked in both the public and private child welfare sector for 35 years in Texas and Georgia. Much of her experience has been with residential child care with Georgia Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, as Southeast Area Administrator, and with Morningstar Children and Family Services, as Chief Operating Officer for Programs. Currently, Renée is working as Assistant to the Coordinator for Finance with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. She is pursuing part time private practice in marriage and family therapy in the Macon area. Renée is supportive of the work of CFTT as an advocate for children and families impacted by military service as well as for the mission partnership with CBF/GA. She is the mother of two married adult children and grandmother of five grandchildren. Renée recently joined the Middle Georgia Dulcimer Club.