Debra Cook, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Debra Cook brings many years of nonprofit management, marketing, development and fundraising experience to the Center. For the past eleven years, Debra has been the Executive Director of the Rome (GA) Symphony Orchestra. She was formerly Executive Director of United Way in Cartersville (GA), and served as North Georgia Regional Director for the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. Debra is a member of the Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Leadership, a Rotarian, timist Club member and co-chaired the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay through North Georgia. She enjoys camping, gardening, reading, and antiquing.
Connie Chancey, PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
I was raised in Cherokee Co. N.C. 1 sister and 3 brothers; I have a twin brother; I grew up listening to my uncles and grandfather tell stories; I myself told stories mostly scary ones.
I have traveled over half of the U.S. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Loved singing in church; 4 years of chorus in High school; I have taught Sunday school, children’s choir; directed VBS
I had two girls by the time my twins were born. I became a stay at home Mom. I loved this job teaching and playing with my kids. When the twins went into first grade I decided I had to fill my days with a job. My best friend Lisa who taught Pre-K in Murphy called me up that very day and told me she had the perfect job for me. I interviewed at the Craddock center for music, it was now my dream job. A few years later Betsy Doty did a workshop for the CC artist and she brought back out the storyteller in me…
I enjoy hanging out with my family and photography…
I married an army man from Epworth, Ga. Shawn is my best friend and soulmate.
The one reason I like working for the Craddock center is the children. Not just because I can deliver “Happy and Hope” to them each week but they give me “Happy and Hope”. When I walk into a room they meet me asking for one of their favorite stories; What a Blessing.
Angie Davis, ARTS SPECIALIST— MUSIC
Amanda Galloway, ARTS SPECIALIST— MUSIC
Amanda Galloway has worked as a Music and Movement specialist for the Children’s Enrichment Program for 13 years. She is from Morganton, Georgia, is married, and has 2 daughters. Amanda has been playing the piano since she was only 4 and began playing at her church, Concord Baptist, when she was 10 years old. She still plays piano there today, in addition to teaching a children’s Sunday school class. Amanda enjoys sharing her musical gift with children and believes that music should be felt and moved to in a way that brings happiness. It gives her joy to share her love of music with children here in the Appalachian Mountains where she has lived her entire life. Amanda would like to personally thank all the donors and volunteers who have helped her deliver happy and hope to students through the Children’s Enrichment Program for the past 13 years.
Natalie Jones, ARTS SPECIALIST— STORY & MUSIC
Sharon Kiser, ARTS SPECIALIST— STORY
Candi Stanley, ARTS SPECIALIST— MUSIC
Teri Slemons, ACCOUNTANT
Devonne Martin – Administrative Assistant
Devonne is a lifelong resident of Cherokee C
ounty, North Carolina. She is married to Enoch Martin and together they have 3 beautiful daughters and 8 wonderful grandchildren. Devonne worked as an insurance agent for 11 years, a medical transcriptionist, agent assistant for a local real estate office, and front office and billing for an area medical office. She is presently working to obtain a degree in Business Office Administration. Devonne enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano, singing, fishing, and just being outdoors. Devonne said she has been blessed with the opportunity to work for the Craddock Center and to be instrumental in delivering “Happy and Hope”.