Dr. Pam Colvin, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Pam joined The Craddock Center as our Executive Director in September 2019. She has enjoyed a 40+ year career as a teacher and educator in the state of Georgia. Her leadership experience includes work as a school and district administrator as well as a Program Manager and Educational Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. Most recently, Pam served until 2019 as a Leadership Coach and Part-time Professor in Educational Leadership at KSU and continues as an adjunct professor at Piedmont College.
Pam and husband, Tom, are newer residents of Cherry Log. They have two married sons and three wonderful and active grandchildren. Pam brings laughter and love for kids to her work at The Craddock Center. In addition to being “mom” to their Wheaten Terrier, Tucker, she enjoys reading, entertaining friends and family, and loves living in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Stop by the Center soon and meet Pam and hear about the programs offered through The Craddock Center.
Connie Chancey, PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Connie was raised in Cherokee Co. N.C.. Connie grew up listening to her uncles and grandfather tell stories; Connie herself told stories as well.. mostly scary ones. Connie has traveled over half of the U.S. Connie has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. She interviewed at the Craddock center for music, it was her dream job. Now, Connie is The Craddock Center’s Program’s Director. The one reason she likes working for The Craddock Center is the children. Not just because Connie can deliver “Happy and Hope” to them each week, but they give her “Happy and Hope”. When Connie walks into a room, they meet her asking for one of their favorite stories; What a Blessing.
Amanda Galloway, ARTS SPECIALIST — STORY & MUSIC
Amanda Galloway has worked as a Music and Movement specialist for the Children’s Enrichment Program for 16 years, and is working on Storytelling. 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
The Craddock Center’s own storyteller extraordinaire has delighted audiences as a professional storyteller across the Southeast for over 20 years. A former park ranger, teacher, and librarian, Natalie hails from Eastern Kentucky, a great growing ground for stories. Her interactive style engages listeners of all ages. Natalie has performed at the National Storytelling Conference in Gatlinburg TN, the Jimmy Carter Library and at schools and libraries all over the state of Georgia. In 2016, she was crowned Georgia’s Biggest Fibber and was the People’s Choice Bold Faced Liar at the Festival of Carolina, both of which are actually compliments. She has joined forces with the Craddock Center and is thrilled to spreading joy through stories and music to the children of the mountain region.
Anne Williamson, OFFICE MANAGER
Anne joined The Craddock Center as our new office manager in September 2019. After leaving the corporate world and the transient lifestyle it brings, Anne moved to Blue Ridge where she’s made it her home for the last 20 years. Anne was the part owner of Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, founder and past president of the Humane Society of Blue Ridge and enjoyed several years as a real estate agent.
Anne is “mom” to four rescue dogs, Dudley, Lester, Zena, and AJ. She brings a fun and lighthearted spirit to her work at The Craddock Center. Please stop by and visit her at the Center.
Judy Chastain, TEACHER — STORY & MUSIC
Judy Chastain is a retired teacher from Cherokee County, NC and is a certified teacher with a BA in Elementary Education, K-6, from Mars Hill College. During her career as a teacher, she has earned the title of Teacher of the Year at Hiwassee Dam School and served as the director for “For Our Kids’ Sake” serving Birth to Pre-K children. This program provided free enrichment books and different educational games/supplies that could be checked out by the parents through the program. Judy also served as the director for the 21st Century Aftercare at Ranger School where she tutored children who needed extra help. Throughout the program, she also implemented music, art and STEM projects. During her teaching career, Judy could be found in her classroom, along with her students and her guitar. Judy resides in Hayesville, NC with her husband, Cliff. They have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren who are the love of her life. She is very excited about being a part of The Craddock Center, spending time with those she loves most………. children!