Staff

Julie Phillips, M.Ed.
CCR&R Director
706-556-6820

ECE Experience: 27 years
Years with Leap: 25 years
Hometown: Martinez, GA
Education: Georgia Southern and Augusta University
Dream job as a child: Teacher

Regina Little
Assistant Director
478-365-1798

ECE Experience: 32 years
Years with Leap: 13 years
Hometown: Livingston, TN
Education: Tennessee Tech and GCSU
Dream job as a child: Teacher

Jason Jacobs
Assistant Director
478-365-1858

ECE Experience: 29 years
Years with Leap: 17 years
Hometown: Clarksburg, WV
Education: Queens University of Charlotte
Dream job as a child: Paleontologist

Tambe Arline
Technical Assistance Coordinator
470-527-9301

ECE Experience: 20+ years
Years with Leap: 3 years
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Education: Fort Valley University

Amanda Blizard, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Team Leader
478-972-6956

ECE Experience: 34 years
Years with Leap: 11 years
Hometown: Griffin, GA
Education: Mercer University and Georgia College & University

Rebecca Cowan
Technical Assistance Coordinator
470-426-5432

ECE Experience: 25 years
Years with Leap: 7 years
Hometown: Killen, AL
Education: Brenau University
Dream job as a child: Teacher and/or Chemical Engineer

Candy DeHart
Professional Development Coordinator
706-922-7186

ECE Experience: 30+ years
Years with Leap: 3 years
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Education: Florida State University
Dream job as a child: Teacher

Pamela M. Fields, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
404-821-0778

ECE Experience: 18 years
Years with Leap: 9 years
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Education: Southern Crescent AS, Mercer University and Ashford University

Deidra Fitzpatrick
Technical Assistance Coordinator
478-297-7298

ECE Experience: 20 years
Years with Leap: 7 years
Hometown: Barnesville, GA
Education: MUW and TWU

Aleta Gass
Professional Development Specialist
762-685-8119

ECE Experience: 40+ years
Years with Leap: 6 years
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Education: Tennessee Technological University

Allegra Jackson, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
770-317-8834

ECE Experience: 25+ years
Years with Leap: 14 years
Hometown: Trenton, NJ
Education: Rutgers University

Tomekia Kemp, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
770-317-9414

ECE Experience: 15 years
Years with Leap: 12 years
Hometown: Soperton, GA
Education: Georgia Southern University

Tanisha Knight, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Team Leader
404-556-3327

ECE Experience: 24 years
Years with Leap: 9 years
Hometown: Pike County
Education: Ashford University
Dream job as a child: Air Force

Gail Ledezma-Smith, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Team Leader
404-304-2923

ECE Experience: 23 years
Years with Leap: 5 years
Hometown: Miami, FL
Education: Florida Atlantic University
Dream job as a child: Nurse

Traci Lewis, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
478-508-7145

ECE Experience: 21 years
Years with Leap: 9 years
Hometown: Sparta, GA
Education: GMC, Troy University and Walden University

Ricci Lewis-Johnson, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
404-556-3341

ECE Experience: 20 years
Years with Leap: 7 years
Education: Georgia Southern University
Dream job as a child: Lawyer

Quantisha Perkins
Data Operations Coordinator
706-755-3650

ECE Experience: 4 years
Years with Leap: 6 years

Rachael Charles McKenzie
Professional Development Specialist
706-840-7532

ECE Experience:  23 years
Years with Leap:  3 years
Hometown: Conference, St. Andrew’s Granada
Education: Georgia State University and Ashford University
Dream job as a child: Interior Designer

Kimberly Reid
Technical Assistance Coordinator
706-993-5748

ECE Experience: 26 years
Years with Leap: 7 years
Hometown: Greensboro, GA
Education: Georgia College & State University/University of Phoenix/Ashford University
Dream job as a child: Doctor

Sally Rich
Technical Assistance Coordinator
706-993-5929

ECE Experience: 33 years
Years with Leap: 5 years
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Education: University of Southern California

Shantel Thomas
Technical Assistance Coordinator
770-639-7172

ECE Experience: 10 years
Years with Leap: 3 years
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Education: Mercer University and Waldon University

Christina Thompson
Fiscal and Operations Coordinator
706-755-6447

ECE Experience: 5 years
Years with Leap: 5 years
Hometown: Army Brat/Augusta, GA
Education: Cairn University
Dream job as a child: Air Force Fighter Pilot or Marine Biologist

Lois Walker, M.Ed.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
678-780-8204

ECE Experience: 20+ years
Years with Leap: 13 years
Education: Mercer University and Grand Canyon University

Leslie Lewis
Technical Assistance Coordinator
706-993-0439

ECE Experience: 25 years
Years with Leap: 1 year
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Education: Albany State University and Augusta University

Kalinda Hathorn
Technical Assistance Coordinator
762-685-8097

ECE Experience: 6 years
Years with Leap: 1 year
Hometown: Leah, Georgia
Education: Grand Canyon University and Walden University

Ashley Shook
Professional Development Specialist

ECE Experience: 23 years
Years with Leap: Less than 1 year
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Education: East Tennessee State University
Dream job as a child: Mother

Heather Manis
Program Assistant
706-922-7182

Years with Leap: Less than 1 year
Hometown: Surgoinsville, TN
Education:  Northeast State Community College
Dream job as a child: Veterinarian and Lawyer