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Board of Directors

Erika Walker - Chair
Erika Walker
Chair

Erika T. Walker, MBA, MsED, CSA and Owner, SAGE WAVE Consulting, LLC conducts strategic planning across the country with businesses and communities helping them to prepare for the growing aging population.  With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Walker has served as Director of the SAGE Institute and Director of Geriatrics at Greenville Hospital System and presents at national conferences on replicating best practices in aging services.  As a Wisdom Project graduate and Wisdom Keeper, she volunteers her services as Co-Chair of ITNLanier.

Stan Appleton - Secretary
Stanley (Stan) Appleton
Secretary

Currently President & Owner ChixChat,LLC…a sales, marketing, recruitment & consulting company for Poultry and swine industries globally.

Worked within the food & agriculture businesses involving M&A’s.

Retired as President of Merial Select,Inc. (Wholly owned subsidiary of Merial,Ltd.) from 1997-2008 and was Executive Director of Merial Avian Global from 1998-2008 along with being Vice President, Merial Avian North America during the same years. Served as President of Select Laboratories,Inc. from 1996-1997. Before that was Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Services for Rhone Merieux Avian Global from 1995-1997.

Helped start up Select Laboratories,Inc. in Gainesville, Ga. as Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Services in 1980 through 1995.

Grew up in the family Hatchery and egg business in NE Alabama.

Was graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Agricultural Economics/Poultry Science in 1965.

Involved in community organizations since retiring and love Auburn University football and golf. Married to Susie and have two grown stepsons with one grandson, Miles Jackson Gignilliat.

Jerry Butler - Treasurer
Jerry Butler
Treasurer

Jerry L. Butler is a retired technology executive from the computer and communications industry.  He spent his career forming and building high performance teams to conceive and develop innovative products.  He recently retired from NCR Corporation and has lead engineering teams at large as well as new start-up companies.  He is an electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech.

Julia K. Greene - Board Member
Julia K. Greene
Board Member

Julia K. Greene joined Stewart Melvin & Frost in January of 2014, concentrating her practice in family law and civil litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College and her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She began her law career in 2005 as the staff attorney for the Honorable Kathlene F. Gosselin, Judge of the Superior Courts of Hall and Dawson Counties. As a staff attorney, Julia worked on all areas of civil litigation, domestic matters and criminal cases.

Julia is active in the community currently serving on the Quinlan Visual Arts Center board and she is a member of the Grace Episcopal Church Vestry. She is the Past-President of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. She was a member of the Leadership Hall County class of 2008-2009. She is a member of the Orr Inn of Court, having previously served as secretary-treasurer. She previously has served on the Agnes Scott Alumnae Board, Habitat for Humanity Woman Build Board, North Georgia AIDS Alliance, the Northeast Georgia Speech Center and as President of the Lakeview Academy Alumni Association.

Emily McCord, LMFT - Board Member
Emily McCord, LMFT
Board Member

Emily joined the Kimbrough Law Firm in 2016. Originally from Georgia, Emily completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. For several years, Emily worked as a counselor at Medical Center of Central Georgia for the Palliative Care Team. She also served as a counselor for the Psychiatric Unit of Coliseum Hospital.

Emily began her career in Elder Care Coordination in 2011 when she joined a firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Emily has a passion for improving quality of life. She spends her time at Kimbrough Law Firm working with the client, families, and the team to develop a plan of care that will maximize the client’s independence while coordinating and advocating for the most comprehensive care available.

Vicki Miller - Board Member
Vicki Miller
Board Member

I am employed by Northeast Georgia Health System as the Director of Regional Network Development and have enjoyed 13 years of service. I touch many areas in this role; providers, consumers, employers, and civic organizations. I consider myself an ambassador for the organization, not only in my role but as a community volunteer to bring and attract more senior services to Hall and the surrounding counties. What I bring to ITNLanier is the close connection to the healthcare providers in Hall County, energy and spirit, and a real desire to help seniors. Prior to this I have enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in the healthcare arena as a Registered Nurse working in many varied capacities such as management, case management, Behavioral Health, sales, outreach, and referral development.

I have been a member of many volunteer initiatives such as Hall County Meals on Wheels and on the Board for the Hall County Community Council on Aging. In addition I volunteer to assist seniors at a local skilled nursing facility, primarily as a companion. I hold a certification in gerontology from the University of Georgia.

Patrick O’Rouke - Board Member
Patrick O’Rouke
Board Member

Patrick O’Rouke is a Fisheries Biologist with Georgia Power.  As part of Georgia Power’s Environmental Affairs department, he is responsible for fisheries and compliance issues across the state related to company operations.  Prior to joining Georgia Power, he was the biologist responsible for managing Lake Lanier for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  Patrick and his wife, Tate, have been living in Hall County since 2011 and in 2014 welcomed twin sons, Wright and Benson.  Patrick is a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a 2013-2014 graduate of Leadership Hall County.  He currently serves on the Youth Leadership Hall County Planning Team.  Patrick is a native of Sugar Hill, GA and holds a BSFR from the University of Georgia and a MS from the University of Florida.

Kathy Kirkpatrick Oates - Board Member
Kathy Kirkpatrick Oates
Board Member

Kathy Kirkpatrick Oates is a retired Special Education teacher.  Now she supervises student teachers for UNG part time.  She is a native of Gainesville who enjoys volunteering at the NEGA Medical Center and NEGA History Center.  Her family has deep roots in Gainesville and she is glad to have more time now to give back to her community.  After being very involved with her late mother’s care, she knows firsthand what is needed for transporting seniors who need drivers.  Kathy is married to Richard and they have 2 grown sons.  More importantly, they have grand twins–identical toddler boys.