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Janie Butts Reid was born and raised in Putnam County, Georgia, Janie Butts Reid is the mother of two daughters and a grandmother of four. 

In 2004, Janie was elected to serve a four-year term on the Putnam County Board of Commission, re-elected in 2008, and in 2012 serving a total of twelve years as a Putnam County Commissioner representing District 2; having achieved the rank of Certified County Commissioner. In 2017 Janie was elected to Eatonton City Council Ward 3 and just recently on November 2, 2021, was re-elected to serve another four-year term. Additionally, Janie is also the First Lady of the city of Eatonton (married to Mayor John Reid).

Geralyn Smith is Human Resources Consultant for Evolution Management, Inc. A company that specializes in management consulting services including organization development, strategic human resource management, staff training and development, and organizational change management.  Geralyn is also the Owner of Red Diamond Leadership Development, LLC.  A company that specializes Leadership Training, Facilitation and Coaching.  Ms. Smith is a Certified Professional in Human Resources with over 25 years of Human Resources experience to include Leadership Training and Development.  She is a John Maxwell Team Member and Korn Ferry Architect. As an HR Professional she provides leadership and consultation to company’s executive team and line managers on the people-related matters impacting the business.  She provides competency-based training, soft skills facilitation and other HR-related training to company leaders. Throughout her career, has held various leadership management positions with the responsibilities of employee development, training, managing employee relations, recruiting, internal investigations and project management.  Her strengths include excellent oral and written communication skills, comfort in meeting and talking to new people, and great organizational and development skills.

 

Ms. Smith obtained her bachelor’s Degree in Personnel/Industrial Relations from Norfolk State University, master’s Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  Geralyn has held the role of Vice President of Diversity for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Atlanta, Vice President of membership for The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and President of the local chapter of NAAAHR, where she was awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award.  She has served on several civic and non-profit boards of directors including The Breakthru House, Leadership DeKalb Emerging Leader Program and Youth Leadership DeKalb Advisory Board.  She is a graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership DeKalb and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Michael Taylor is the founding Site Director of CEO Atlanta, joining Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), the largest reentry employer in the United States in April 2021.  Before joining CEO, Michael was a Program Manager at Jobrise where his responsibilities included recruiting, relationship management with both public and private stakeholders, and business development focused on reentry employment.  Michael was also a Training Supervisor at WorkSource Atlanta earlier in his career. 
In addition, Michael currently serves in a volunteer capacity as Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition (MARC), an organization comprised of a multi-jurisdictional body of members 
who contribute to reentry efforts in the metro Atlanta area.   
Michael is a graduate of Morehouse College, majoring in Political Science and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Originally from Arkansas, Michael resides in 
Decatur, GA and enjoys developing young leaders and spending time with friends and family.

Asher Levans is a Navy veteran and serves as the consolidated veteran’s representative with the Atlanta Career Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a passion for helping veterans with employment and connecting employers to candidates that align with their companies with a specialty in workshop presentations and career coaching. Asher has a radio broadcasting Diploma, an applied science degree from SAE, two years of Christian leadership study at Beulah Heights University, and a Business Administration Management degree from Strayer University.

 

In 2019, Mr. Levans and the Atlanta Career Center received a Veteran Incentive award for volunteer community efforts with nonprofit, Safehouse outreach collaborative effort with the church he attends that does a monthly feeding and ministry word to the veterans and the community.  In his free time, he enjoys assisting having communities with economic empowerment, digital recording, announcing and faith-based Christian text.

 

 

As United States Navy Veteran he serviced as Hospital Corpsman during the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign. With a balanced approach of assisting veteran-friendly employers, he helps bridge the language-translation difference to assist them in hiring their practices of veterans in the area.

Jasmine Radford serves as the Project Leader of Workforce Development at The Home Depot. Jasmine supports trade training programs and advanced education initiatives.
Jasmine earned her M.Ed in Adult Education/Workforce Development from Valdosta State University and a BBA in Human Resource Management with a minor in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. Jasmine has over seven years of experience in the areas of workforce development, work-based learning initiatives, higher education, and apprenticeships. Over the last few years, she has held roles at WorkSource DeKalb, the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Fort Valley State University.  
When she is not working, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and exploring local eateries and venues. She likes spending time outdoors, traveling with her husband. 

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Valerie Myers

CEO

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Janie Reid

Board Chair

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Geralyn Smith

Board  Vice-Chair

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Michael Taylor

Board Member

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Asher Levans

Board Member

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Jasmine Radford

Board Member

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Jerry Myers

Executive Director 

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