Our Board of Directors

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Beverly and her granddaughters

Dr. Beverly Oxley, President, Executive Director

Beverly Oxley is an ardent defender of the powerless and the young. Although she has retired twice from stimulating careers in psychology and education, her dedication for helping those in need will likely keep her in the workplace for many more years. It’s that commitment that motivated her to open up Wellsprings Psychological Resources in 2009 and it’s that zeal that is driving the founding of The Ark, a place where shattered families can become whole again.

Dr. Oxley’s heroine is her maternal grandmother (“Grandma Clink”) who lived to be 97, sharing her flowers, home-made jams, and organic vegetables with her neighbors, the homeless, and her extended family. Grandma Clink unashamedly showed loving kindness to people of all walks of life.

A radical passion for sharing life and her faith with people has taken Dr. Oxley around the globe, leading numerous mission trips with her husband Paul into East Africa, but also for cross-cultural training in psychology/ counseling in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Romania) and in Asian countries (Malaysia and Singapore). If you want to see her become animated and her eyes light up, ask her about her grandchildren. She has two of her own and several others she has “adopted” over the years. If a child wants a “Gigi,” she is the first in line to volunteer!

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Qualifications:

Owns and directs a for-profit counseling center; Licensed Psychologist in Georgia; Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor; in private practice since 2001 and has been working with foster children in northeast Georgia since 2003; 16 years of experience as special education teacher and 17 years as school psychologist in both Oklahoma and Georgia; 16 years at Emmanuel College serving in the Education and Psychology Departments; led or co-led numerous missions’ teams to East Africa, Malaysia, Romania, and Europe. International teaching on many psychological and spiritual formation topics in Kenya, Malaysia, and Ukraine.

Duties:

Direct and manage daily affairs of the Ark; public spokesperson for the Ark; preside over Board meetings; work with the Board to develop projects and funding for the Ark.

Length of Term in Office:

six years

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Wendy and her son

Wendy Vinson, Board Chair

Growing up in a “not-so-perfect” family, Wendy understands the pain and fear involved in everyday life. Wendy was inspired by the way her mother and grandmother overcame some serious challenges in their lives. Although they didn’t wear capes, they taught Wendy that set-backs and pain don’t have to keep a person down. There is hope, and the scars each of us carry help to validate us as heroes when we overcome our circumstances. Wendy believes in the mission of The Ark and that it is a safe place to help individuals conquer life’s struggles.

In her spare time Wendy enjoys outdoor activities and watching movies with her son.

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Qualifications:

Over 23 years of sales and marketing experience; experience working for two international ministries/nonprofit organizations; Virginia Cable Hall of Fame Inductee; currently the Vice-President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Emmanuel College.

Duties:

Supervise and manage all the assets, business, and affairs of the Ark; perform other duties as directed by Bylaws of the Ark.

Length of Term in Office:

six years

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Terry Shugart

Terry Shugart, Chief Financial Director

Terry finds inspiration in the everyday miracles of life from babies to rainbows. He believes every child needs a hero. He admires Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan because they were straight shooters that inherited the country in difficult times, turning the tide. He sees the Ark as a place filled with heroes that can help people turn the tide when they are facing difficult and trying circumstances in their own lives.

Terry enjoys golf, cycling, and reading about strange historical events. He also retains lots of useless trivia knowledge.

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Qualifications:

Mid-manager with a Fortune 500 for over 25 years; in business for over 12 years; expert in planning, team building, and financial management; held positions on Boards for church, non-profits, and elected positions with McDonald’s Corporation; member of the Chamber of Commerce in three counties, former assistant Chairman of Hartwell, GA Downtown Development Authority. Supportive of: The Ronald McDonald Houses in Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia; New Beginnings Ministries of Martin, Georgia.

Duties:

Provide financial advice in consultation with Executive Director for budget planning; provides guidance for fund-raising events; assists with solicitations from private donors.

Length of Term in Office:

four years

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Paula and her daughter

Paula Dixon, Secretary-Treasurer

Paula’s life has always revolved around her family. They taught her to help, serve, respect, and love unconditionally. Paula admires people who give themselves for the benefit of others and honor the Lord by the way they live. She believes family is a lifelong bond and commitment that must be renewed each day. She knows the services provided by the Ark can assist families in strengthening their relationships by teaching them how to work through their differences as they love and care for one another.

When folding laundry, Paula now crams the sheets inside a pillow case instead of folding them just to save time – but please don’t tell her mother! She and her husband have three children and a beloved puppy dog named Bubbles.

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Qualifications:

Director of Communication for Emmanuel College for four years; Associate Professor at Emmanuel College for 20 years; has held numerous positions of academic and publication management responsibilities at Emmanuel College as well as her local church and other non-profit and education organizations.

Duties:

Keep and maintain records of minutes of Board meetings; keep and maintain corporate records. Approves all fund-raising events and communication related to those events or solicitations. Perform other duties as directed by Bylaws of the Ark.

Length of Term in Office:

six years

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Keena, husband Laine, and son Coleman

Keena Bodine, Board Member

Keena’s parents have always been her heroes. Despite facing numerous hardships and challenges throughout their lives, they have remained strong in their faith, love, desire to help others, and their commitment to each other. Keena’s work with the Ark has given her an immense appreciation of the amazing things that can be accomplished when people from all sectors of the community join together for a common purpose to help those in need.

Keena enjoys various activities with her family, hiking, fishing, putting together puzzles and playing word games. Keena also enjoys doing the “robot” dance with her preschool son Coleman… preferably when no one is watching.

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Qualifications:

Eleven years of experience with maintaining records of all grants, keeping records of all finances, and writing quarterly and annual reports for a nonprofit organization. Experience as a Compliance Manager requiring intense attention to details, autonomy, and staying abreast of HIPAA regulations, etc. Currently a licensed professional counselor at Wellsprings Psychological Resources.

Duties:

Provide direction and consultation with those charged with grant writing and record keeping requirements of grants.

Length of Term in Office:

two years

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Lynn and husband Tim

Lynn M. East, Board Member

As the oldest of 5 children, Lynn learned early the importance of family relationships and found joy in helping others. From Girls Scouts to Woman’s Clubs, Lynn has served in various public arenas. Her volunteer spirit has paved the way for opportunities to hold leadership positions in churches, schools, and political organizations. Lynn’s belief that community should support the stability of families and encourage them to work through the trials of life together is what drew her to the mission of The Ark.

Lynn delights in spending time with her family, pursuing amateur photography, and writing poetry and short stories. She also enjoys training her dog Tango to do simple tricks.

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Qualifications:

B.A. from Georgia State University – Journalism/Psychology. Graduate of Leadership Franklin and Georgia Academy for Economic Development - Regional Economic & Leadership Development. Currently serving in leadership positions in the Carnesville Woman’s Club, Franklin County Republican Party, 9th District Republican Party, Stateside Prayer Advocate for International Mission Board. Past experience with service to GAGOP State Committee, Republican Women’s Club, PTA/PTO, Public School Parent Advisory Councils, League of Women Voters, various leadership positions in churches as teacher (adults, children, teens), Bible Study; Franklin County Mentor Volunteer.

Duties:

Assist with fundraising activities; maintain spreadsheets of donors; send donor receipts and thank-you letters; respond to questions and comments on social media; organize volunteers for various functions; ensure that notifications of classes and events are published in a timely manner;

Length of Term in Office:

two years