Meet Our Board

Sandy Jones

C.A. Sandy Jones was born and raised in Macon, Georgia.  He graduated from Mercer University in1972, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University in 1976. His diverse career has included experience in project coordination while with Dekalb County involving local, state and federal funding, planning and construction of health services facilities. As County Manager of Rockdale County he was responsible for administrative, operational and financial functions. When employed by AT&T to participate in an “Up Or Out” Manager Development Program he served on a national account management team and subsequently was responsible for hiring candidates for the Manager Development Program in the nine state Southeast Region.  Beginning in the mid 80’s, he was sales manager for a company specializing in both traditional and non traditional outdoor advertising.  In 1990, he was given the added responsibility of managing airport concessions, concentrating on business services, entertainment and retail concepts. In 1994, these experiences led to him become an owner and founding partner in several companies that handle airport concessions along with a solely owned company which owns, operates and/or manages the marketing and sales of outdoor advertising. His responsibilities as an owner of BTS involve all its day-to-day legal, financial and administrative matters.  As the sole owner, he is President of Mahalo Marketing, Inc. Sandy is married to Leigh Lockridge Jones, a former attorney and they have two beautiful daughters, Aubrey and Annie.

Trudy Whitehead

Trudy grew up in Charlottesville, VA.  She has been married to Ricardo for over 30 years and is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother to two grandchildren.  Trudy hosts a ladies small group at her home each week and attends Passion City Church where she is a Door Holder who assists with greeting children and their parents each week. Trudy earned her undergraduate degree in Communications Disorders from Hampton University, her master's degrees in Communication Disorders (Graduate Fellow) and School Administration (Principal's Fellow) from Hampton University and UNC-CH. Trudy was the Assistant Principal at Wakefield Elementary (2004-2007) in Raleigh, NC.  She has been working with people with disabilities since 1989 and is currently residing in Alpharetta, Georgia, where she is the cluster leader for the speech pathologists at Alpharetta High School.  She is excited to be serving on the board of directors for The PIER Foundation and has a love and passion for adults with disabilities and helping them to get fully integrated in to the community after graduating.

Stephen Taylor

Stephen is a rare native of Atlanta from Marietta and have lived there for most of my life.  He is also a person with special needs; a severe to profound hearing loss that requires the uses of hearing aids in both ears.  Currently, he is the Special Needs Ministry Pastor at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek and a third year student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Stephen is seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church via the deacon track.  His call to ministry is to be a bridge between the Church and the special needs community.  He believes that the Church should be an inclusive environment that encourages Churches to be welcoming and including those in the special needs community.  The Church needs the special needs community as much as the special needs community needs the Church.  Stephen is also actively involved in creating solutions for the special needs community regarding independent living and educating others about the gifts that individuals within the special needs community have to offer.  He is the proud father of two teenagers: Haileigh and Ryan.

Stacey Martin

Stacey grew up right here in Georgia along with most of her family.   She graduated from Milton High School, received her BS in Special Education from North Georgia College (long before it became NGCSU).  Currently, she is pursuing a MA in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College. Stacey has always felt a call to serve individuals with exceptional needs and has taught in public school classrooms for 25 years. She currently teaches in Forsyth County Schools and is blessed to work in a program called Project Life, which is a transition program preparing adults with disabilities for independence in the workforce and life.  The program allows students, after high school requirements are met, to become immersed daily into a work setting with teachers as job coaches and working and training alongside the employees of each business.   Soft skills needed for successful employment are the main focus of training to allow the student interns to build a resume of skills and behaviors and prepare themselves for the workforce. Stacey currently serves/ trains students in Siemens and NCR, both located in the south end of Forsyth County. Stacey has a passion for ALL individuals to reach their full potential, contribute to their own community and fulfill their call in this life!  We were all created with unique abilities and talents for a purpose! She feels honored to be a part of the PIER Foundation Board.

Stacey is also blessed with an amazing family!  Gary, her husband, was called into the ministry over 20 years ago. He served bi-vocationally as pastor for 15 years and was blessed to sing with a local gospel ministry, Liberty, for the past 3 years.  Most recently, he joined the ranks as full time pastor of Coal Mountain Baptist Church.  We feel humbled to serve such a loving and generous community right here where the PIER Foundation is rooted and serves as well!

Stacey and Gary have two talented sons.  Ethan, the older son, is currently serving at Grace Baptist Church as youth pastor  here in North Forsyth County and is married Kathryn and they will be having the first Martin grandbaby in Oct.!  Stacey will soon be a Grammi!   Jed, their younger son, is currently a freshman in college and is on staff as a musician/vocalist with the praise and worship band at Creekside UMC in South Forsyth County. 

Advisory Board

Ron Dunn

CEO of Alliance Flooring

Founder of OneThing Ministries

Kevin Herbert

President of Herbert Automotive

 

Dr. Robert Jolly

Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Cumming, Georgia