STEERING COMMITTEE

Andrea Cooke

Andrea Cooke joined the Georgia Women Steering Committee in 2020, bringing new energy, perspectives and ideas to the group! Andrea is a married mother of eight working to complete her doctorate in marriage and family therapy at Antioch University in Keene, N.H. Having received her bachelors degree in social work from THE Fort Valley State University, she went on to obtain a masters in marriage and family therapy from Mercer University. In 2010, along with her mother and husband, they opened the southern center for choice theory, a small counseling business working with vulnerable populations.

Andrea is an advocate for families negatively impacted by DFCS and the criminal justice system and is dedicated to eliminating barriers for women and girls in the state of Georgia.

Paula DelRio

Paula Del Rio joined the Georgia Women Steering Committee in 2020. She earned a BS in Civil engineering and a MBA from EAFIT University, in Medellin, Colombia. Paula has been a Montessori teacher for over 12 years in numerous international and national locations. She currently teaches and holds administrative positions at Montessori of Macon. Since 2014 she has also worked as Director of Religious Education at High Street Unitarian Universalist Church, in Macon, GA. An active and committed member of her community, Paula is passionate about community organizing and social justice. She is one of the founders and part of the leadership team of Macon Periods Easier, an organization devoted to raising awareness of period poverty in Macon-Bibb County. Among other things, Macon Periods Easier provides education and menstrual products to schools, organizations, and the homeless community. She also helped found and volunteers for the Immigration Rapid Response Team, which provides critical resources for local immigrant communities. She and her partner, Hollis Phelps, have four children, Jeronimo, Luci, Alden, and Sebastian. When not traveling, they all reside in Macon, GA.

  Roz Goudeau

  

Roz Goudeau, has been a social activist since her teens.  One of her core beliefs is that there needs to be a level playing field for everyone.  She currently works in private practice as an adolescent and adult therapist.  She graduated from Emory University and University of Georgia where she received a masters in Social Work. She has worked with children and brain injured individuals for 20 years and has director of Admissions, Crisis Team and Counseling at River Edge Behavioral Health Center for 15 years.  Her husband, Richard, her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Walker and Eden are her joys.  Roz is proud to be on the Georgia Women Steering Committee where she hopes to work to insure equal rights for all U.S. citizens.  “There but for the grace of God go you and I.”

Tracie Jenkins

Tracie M. Jenkins serves on the Steering Committee of Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) because she is a scientist, person of faith, wife, mother, and grandmother who believes, like those with whom she serves, that in diversity there is strength and in a strong representative democracy there is hope.

Tracie is a UGA Associate Professor Emerita of Insect Genetics and a graduate of Education for Ministry (EFM), a four-year certificate program in theological education through the University of the South (Sewanee) School of Theology. She is also an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and serves as President of the Board of the St. Francis Arts Center (SFAC), a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to art education for economically and socially at-risk youth and all who strive for artistic self-expression. A master gardener, Tracie cultivates plants and the good insects that help them grow.

Nature may have captured Tracie’s mind and sensibilities as a child growing up in Florida, but Barry Jenkins captured her heart in the mountains of east Tennessee. They have a talented son and daughter-in-law, as well as, two interesting and bright grandchildren. Their life together continues to be an adventure.

Marty Koplin

Marty Koplin is a native of Richmond, Virginia but her educational endeavors brought her to the University of Georgia where she earned a BS in Family Development. While at UGA, she met Evan Koplin and together they fell in love with the Dawgs and UGA Football. Marty & Evan have three daughters.

Since moving to Macon in 1982, Marty has worked in the non-profit community in Middle Georgia. Planting her roots of advocacy for those who don’t have a voice early on, she served as the Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Program for Crisis Line of Macon & Bibb County and as Director of Kids Voting Georgia/Bibb County. Marty’s passion for education and for the Middle GA community were further informed by her work as an Educational Consultant with Discovery Toys and most recently as an Executive Assistant with Macon Economic Development Commission, part of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.

Marty has devoted her time to serving on the boards of Congregation Sha’arey Israel synagogue, Leadership Macon and the Georgia Children’s Museum. Reading, cooking, hanging out with her 3 fierce daughters, attending concerts and traveling are Marty’s favorite past-times but Georgia Women (And Those Whose Stand With Us) has enabled Marty to become an ‘accidental activist’ tying together all of her passions, empowering women to speak truth to power.

Lynn Snyder

Lynn Snyder is Georgia Women’s Treasurer.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing attending on an Army Student Nurse Program scholarship.  She met her husband Rich at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta.  After six years of active duty and eighteen months in the reserves, she left the service to start a family. As a family, the Snyders have lived in six states (Georgia twice) and Lynn worked in a variety of nursing positions in each one.  She earned her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University’s Extended Degree Program while living in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  She decided to hang up her “cap” after almost forty years when she returned to Georgia in 2012.  She taught English as a Second Language at CGTC first as a volunteer, then as an adjunct instructor until recently.  A self-described news junky and gym rat, Lynn reads and knits pink hats in her spare time.

Brenda Wiliams

Brenda Sutton Williams is a product of Bibb County public schools, a Golden Key honor graduate of Morris Brown College; has a MA from the University of Phoenix and completed post graduate courses, focusing on leadership.  Ms. Williams is the first Africa American and female to lead the Houston
and Macon Alternative Dispute Resolution Program serving Superior, State, Magistrate and Probate courts of Houston, Macon Bibb, Crawford and Peach Counties.  She is registered in Civil, Domestic Violence, Specialized Domestic and Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Categories in the state of Georgia.  She is a graduate of Leaderships Macon, Ware, Blackshear and Southeast Georgia Leadership Academy. Ms. Williams
is the creator and a radio personality for the hilarious radio show “All of A Sutton”.  She is on the Steering Committee for Georgia Women and (Those Who Stand With Us).    Lastly, Ms. Williams served on the Mayoral Transition Team for then incoming Mayor Lester Miller.  All of her accomplishments were gained after the age of 40 following a divorce from long term marriage.  “You are what you believe in.  You become that which you believe you can become” Bhagavad Gita.