STEERING COMMITTEE

Claire Cox

Claire Cox, President of the Steering Committee, has a Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an accounting degree from Macon State.  Although work in these fields is a part of her life story, prior to the Women’s March, Claire spent her time as a wife and mother, volunteering in Bibb County Public Schools, leading various ministries at her church and establishing a longleaf pine tree farm. She and her husband, Charlie, are lovers of live music and spend their recreational hours attending concerts and promoting Macon’s music history. As a member of Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us), Claire led the group in its organizational efforts, creates liaisons within the Middle Georgia area to facilitate coalitions, and works closely with the Immigration and Civic Engagement Work Groups.

Roz Goudeau

Roz Goudeau has been involved in social activism and politics since she was a teenager. In the 60s, she studied under Saul Alinsky and participated in grass roots campaigns for environmental issues and access to social welfare programs. Her core beliefs are that everyone needs a fair chance in life and that "there but for the grace of God go you or I.""  Roz is a Masters level social worker and has worked in hospitals with children and physically handicapped individuals, and in mental health centers for over 40 years. Currently Roz works as an adolescent and adult therapist in private practice. She is married to her best friend, Richard and loves laughing, being with her children and grandchildren, dogs, gardening, hiking, canoeing, reading and working on the Georgia Women Steering Committee.

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. As a Steering Committee member, Tracie is particularly passionate about environmental advocacy including coordination with the Georgia Water Coalition.

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 her passion for civic engagement and 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 ("it's cheaper than therapy"), Lynn reads and knits pink hats in her spare time. Issues surrounding access to affordable healthcare are particularly close to Lynn's heart but she is probably best known as the  passionate and poignant author of the weekly Lynn's List.

Brenda Sutton

Brenda A. Sutton, an honor graduate of Morris Brown College and the University of Phoenix studying Organizational Management, is currently working on her doctorate with a focus on Conflict Management Skills of Millennials. Brenda is a registered Mediator and is the Program Director for a local alternative dispute resolution program. She is a graduate of several community and regional leadership programs, including Leadership Macon, for which she has served as an advisor the past four years. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys photography, reading and writing. As a member of the Steering Committee for Georgia Women (And Those Stand With Us), she works with Marketing and Community Outreach as well as serving as the organization's photographer. Brenda is the mother to four adult children, seven grandsons and a darling princess granddaughter.  She resides in Macon with her loyal canine friend, King Pup. 

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