BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda retired as Director of Information Technology for Norfolk Southern Railway in 2004, and since that time she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of families and individuals who are living with Developmental Disabilities through advocacy, support and training.
Terri has served the students with disabilities and their parents here in Coweta County for over 25 years. Upon her honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, she began her career as a Self-Contained Special Education teacher at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School.
Immediate Past President
Born and raised in Newnan, Carol is a graduate of Newnan High School and West Georgia College with degrees in Special Education. She is retired from 34 years with the local school system. She worked with the Rutledge Chorus for 17 years and has served on the board for over 20 years.
A graduate of Georgia Tech, Jay lives with his wife Michele and daughter Reese in Newnan. Jay has worked for Morgan Stanley since 2017. Prior to this Jay worked as an Insurance Agent at Country Financial and was a Mortgage Loan Officer with BB&T.
A resident of Newnan since 1991, Jane began working for Rutledge Center, Inc. in 1999 as bookkeeper. Jane has a passion for helping everyone so Rutledge’s mission gave her a fulfilling career until her retirement in 2015 as the Business Manager.
Nancy Hardegree Burks has lived in Coweta County her entire life and has served on the Rutledge board for over 35 years. Retired from C & S (Bank of America) Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she is not on the golf course.
Toni Noles is a Collaborative teacher in the Math Department at Newnan High School. Her and her husband, Jerry, have been married for almost 41 years and their family has lived in Coweta County since 1991. Jimmy, her son, is a client at Rutledge.
Lori is a graduate of Warren Wilson College (BA in Elementary Education and minor in French, 1989), Western Carolina University (MA in Special Education, Behavior Disorders, 1993), and Lincoln Memorial University (Eds in Curriculum and Instruction,1998).
In China, through volunteering at a municipal orphanage, Lori met and adopted her daughter, Sarah, who has cerebral palsy. Since the adoption, Lori has dedicated much of her life to providing the services, treatments, and equipment needed for Sarah to achieve her best potential possible. Lori and Sarah moved to Newnan in 2010 and have enjoyed being part of the community. They have taken part in Special Olympics activities through both Coweta County Schools and Reece Center for Handicapped Horsemanship. Lori has participated in fundraising activities for Special Olympics, Lyndsey Riggs Foundation, the Reece Center, Camp Dream, etc. The Whitneys enjoy engaging in the community through events like Taste of Newnan, Newnan Nights, Art in the Park and other community activities. They are also active members of SonRise Baptist Church.
Lori is currently pursuing opening a business to employ adults in Coweta County with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal is to provide meaningful and worthwhile employment, while creating bridges in the the non-disabled community and removing the stigma surrounding disability.