BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board:

Linda Wilson

Linda Wilson

President

lpwilson01@gmail.com

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.

In 2005, she completed the nine-month Partners in Policymaking program and was the recipient of the 2006 Georgia Council on Developmental Disability Advocate of the Year Award. She joined the Board of Directors of All About Developmental Disabilities (now doing business under the Bobby Dodd Institute, BDI) in 2006, going on to serve as Board Chair from 2008 to 2012. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the Georgia Community Trust of BDI and the Board Chair for The Rutledge Center whose Board of Directors she joined in 2006. She is a co-founder of Coweta Supporters of Developmental Disabilities, and Community At Home. Linda continues to work closely with the Coweta County School System’s Parent Mentor to provide education whenever possible. Linda has been married to Chet since 1981 with two grown daughters and one granddaughter. Their younger daughter, Cheryl, is profoundly delayed and lives with them. In her spare time, Linda enjoys golf, reading, and travelling as well as spending time with her family.

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Terri Baggarly

Terri Baggarly

Vice President

terri.baggarly@cowetaschools.net

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.

She later served as the In-School Coordinator for Special Education at Smokey Road Middle School and has been in her current position, Special Education Program Specialist at Central Office, since 2004. Specifically, her responsibilities include Special Education programming at each of the schools that feed to Northgate High School, the district’s Vision Impaired Program, Elementary Self-Contained, Extended School Year Programming, Summer Reading Remediation, and Collaboration/Co-Teaching. She is very proud of her time serving the families of Coweta County and is excited to extend her service to Rutledge Center.

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Carol Glover

Carol Glover

Immediate Past President

carolj@glovernet.org

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.

She loves music, and sings in the choir and a trio at Central Baptist Church. She also plays in a family bluegrass/gospel band. She loves restoring antique furniture and had a shop in downtown Newnan for almost 6 years. She has an identical twin sister and a famous brother; as well as, a doting husband, a son and daughter, 2 granddaughters, 2 dogs, and 3 granddogs. She has recently gotten into RV camping.

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Jay Awbrey

Jay Awbrey

Secretary

jayawbrey@yahoo.com

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.

Jay is an active member of Kiwanis Club of Newnan, Coweta Board of Realtors, and Coweta County Chamber of Commerce.  Jay has been a volunteer at Rutledge Center for over ten years. He enjoys golf, woodworking, outside activities and spending time with his family. 

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Jane Shirley

Jane Shirley

Treasurer

janeshirley54@gmail.com

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.

Her years of involvement in nearly all aspects of Rutledge’s operation made her a great candidate for its Board of Directors. Offered a seat on the Board in 2019 Jane has been serving proudly ever since. In January 2021 she began her term as Board Treasurer. Jane has two children who live nearby with their spouses.  She also has two grandsons and a granddaughter on the way in June.

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Mike Barber

Mike Barber

Director

Nancy Burks

Nancy Burks

Director

nancy4aces@numail.org

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.

 

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Daniel Campen

Daniel Campen

Director

Yolanda Cheatham

Yolanda Cheatham

Director

Cathy Nenov

Cathy Nenov

Director

ccbuon@aol.com

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Toni Noles

Toni Noles

Director

tonia.noles@cowetaschools.net

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.

She also has a daughter, Jeanette, and two grandsons (Nolen and Johnny).

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Lori Whitney

Lori Whitney

Director

lorenawhit@yahoo.com 

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).

Lori started her teaching career in Cherokee, North Carolina, on the Cherokee boundary, first as an elementary teacher and later as a special education teacher. From there, she moved on to teaching students in a day treatment center run by a mental health agency. After teaching for ten years in North Carolina, Lori felt a spiritual calling to teach Christian school in China. She served in China for ten years as an elementary and principal.
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.

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Beverly Yeager

Beverly Yeager

Director

bevyeager1@gmail.com 

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