Key Leadership Team

Alison EvansMs. Alison Evans, President/CEO– The Methodist Home is proud to welcome Alison Evans as our new President/CEO.  Ms. Evans previously served with the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches for 28 years, rising from summer lifeguard to Vice President for Donor Relations.  She held responsibilities as Summer Camp Director, Business Manager, Regional Director of Southeast Florida, Vice President of Public Relations, before serving as their Vice President of Donor Relations. Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business Administration and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Stetson University.  Ms. Evans was honored for her dedicated service as the recipient of the Leadership Award by the Florida Association of Child and Family Agencies and the Friend of Children Award by the Florida Coalition for Children.

Mrs. Jill Myers, Executive Vice President – Jill Myers (MPA) has served at The Methodist Home for over 25 years. She is a central player in our Performance Quality Improvement efforts, and is the key staff member for our Strategic Plan. Jill is a Certified Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation and heads up all accreditation efforts for The Methodist Home (including COA and EAGLE). Jill earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgia College, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the same institution. Jill has been Certified as a CALM (Crisis & Aggression Limitation and Management) instructor, as a Child Care Worker for the State of Georgia, and as a Trainer for Walk Through The Bible Ministries Leadership and Team Building. Jill has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including recognition as Servant Leader of the Year.

Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence, Vice President for Programs and Services/Chief Program Officer – Serving at The Methodist Home since 1985, Jeff Lawrence (D. Min, L.S.W.) has been involved with every aspect of our services. He received his B.A. in Finance from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in 1979. In 1984 he received his Master of Divinity in Christian Education/Church Administration and his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2004 from the ITC-Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, GA. In 1988 he received his Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Jeff Lawrence became a Licensed Social Worker for the State of Georgia in 1991. Dr. Lawrence is a member of The National Association of Social Workers and the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children. He is a certified instructor for CALM Crisis Management Program, a trainer for the Foundations for Helping Professions Course and a sought after trainer throughout the state of Georgia.

Robin TranthamMrs. Robin Trantham, Vice President of Human Resources– Robin Trantham began working with The Methodist Home in 1998 as a Child Care Counselor serving the residents in Miss Margaret’s Cottage.  Robin then transferred to the Human Resources department as an Administrative Assistant providing support in the areas of human resources, training and quality improvement.  In 2000, Robin transitioned to Director of Human Resources for The Methodist Home and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  In her role, she guides the overall human resource strategy of The Methodist Home and provides direction on workforce issues and policy formation. She ensures that Human Resources’ functions are in line with Methodist Home strategies and initiatives. Robin has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mercer University and a Masters in Business Administration from Wesleyan College. She earned her certificates of competency in business administration through the National Center of Professional Certification and went on to become an Assessor of Standards and an Internal Verifier of Standards for the National Center of Professional Certifications.

Mr. Bruce Stanfield, Vice President for Finances – After years of serving in the business world (including as accountant in a local CPA firm, at a restaurant corporation, and with The Macon Telegraph), Bruce Stanfield (CPA) brought his finance and accounting skills to the service of The Methodist Home in 1998. Bruce’s strengths in accounting, analyzing complex financial data, and financial data projections have served The Home well. He is responsible for all financial management, budgeting, and tax reporting for The Methodist Home, as well as assisting with our annual outside audit and IRS reporting forms (including our IRS 990).

Mark Magoni (1)Reverend Mark Magoni, Vice President of Church Relations and Chaplain – Mark Magoni began working with The Methodist Home in June of 2015. He serves in a pastoral role for our residents and staff. Mark also travels throughout the South Georgia Conference speaking in churches to promote the connection between the churches and The Methodist Home. Prior to serving at The Methodist Home, he pastored Wesley UMC in Macon, Georgia. He has also served as the Associate Pastor at St. Paul UMC in Columbus, and the Pastor at Midland UMC. Mark is from Georgia and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Before becoming a UM pastor, Mark spent 13 years in campus ministry and youth ministry. Beginning in the summer of 2000, he has been very involved in ministry to orphans in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine and has made 19 trips to Ukraine. Mark’s wife, Fran, is an ordained Deacon and serves as the Associate Pastor at Martha Bowman UMC in Macon. Mark and Fran have three grown daughters. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities, including shooting and golf.

Mr. Todd Bennett, Chief Development Officer -Todd Bennett started working in the non-profit industry when he left Country Music management in 1994.  He began as a District Executive for the Southwest Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America in Americus, GA.  Next he became a Senior District Executive for the Flint River Council located in Griffin, GA.  He then served a District Director for the Mecklenburg County Council in Charlotte, NC, before becoming the Training Director for the Crossroads of America Council in Indianapolis.  Todd last served the Boy Scouts in Midland Texas as Chief Operating Officer for the Buffalo Trail Council.  Wanting to return to the Southeast, he started BCS Nonprofit Consulting in Auburn, AL.  He worked to help nonprofits reach their potential in fundraising and nonprofit management.  Todd was born in Columbus, GA and attended college at Auburn University where he obtained his bachelors degree in Communications; he then attended Georgia Southwestern State University for his Masters in Business. Todd now works as Chief Development Officer for The Methodist Home.  In this role, he works to position The Home’s development staff to raise funds to support the mission of the agency. Todd also serves in the National Guard.  He is currently a Captain in the Military Police Corps.   His hobbies include mountain biking and Native American artifact collecting.  He is involved in Rotary, Wounded Warrior Association, the Masons and the International Cycling Association.  Todd is married to the former Beth Whipkey of Darlington, IN and has two children Nova and Wren.

Mr. Lonnie BivinsMr. Lonnie Bivins, Vice President of Facilities – Lonnie Bivins began working with The Methodist Home in March 1994 as Director of Food Services providing supervision for all food and hospitality services in Macon.  In 2005, Lonnie transitioned to Director of Facilities for The Methodist Home.   As Director of Facilities, Lonnie is responsible for overseeing the main campus and five regional campuses, including supervision of all construction, maintenance, and food services.  He is an integral part of the service we provide to our children in need. Mr. Bivins attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus and completed coursework in Product and Recipe Development at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  Prior to coming to The Methodist Children’s Home, Mr. Bivins served as Director of Food Services and as a Certified Teaching-Parent at The Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon. He also served as Food Service Supervisor at Charter Northside Hospital in Macon and as Assistant Director of Food Services/Catering Director with ARA Services at Kentucky State University.  Mr. Bivins was honored as 2009 Servant Leader of the Year by The United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana. With the unanimous support of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and in recognition of his leadership with our hospitality team, statewide facilities management and the Tags of Hope Thrift Shoppe, Mr. Lonnie Bivins was promoted to Vice President of Facilities in April 2016.

caroline1-2Mrs. Caroline Edenfield – Chief Executive Officer Foundation of The Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference, Inc.–  Caroline Edenfield began serving in the non-profit sector in 2002 and has worked in the field of finance and accounting since 1997. Mrs. Edenfield’s previous experience includes working as a senior accountant for the Methodist Home, as a Controller for CareSouth Homecare Professionals, as the Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, as well as serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation of the Methodist Home. Mrs. Edenfield received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and English from Brenau College and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Mercer University.

Regional Directors

Mr. Cameron BishopMr. Cameron Bishop, LCSW, Americus and Macon Regional Director– Cameron Bishop, LCSW was raised in Middle Georgia and currently lives in North Macon with his wife and two daughters. After attending The University of Georgia, Cameron earned his Masters of Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. His introduction to Child Welfare was during his undergraduate studies when he worked as a Lifeguard for The Methodist Home.  Cameron completed a graduate level practicum in the STARS Program prior to being hired as a Family Consultant.  Although he left the organization for several years, he returned as a Human Service Professional and now holds the position of Regional Director. Cameron has been practicing social work for over 12 years in both non-profit organizations and private practice.

Corinne SimmonsMs. Corinne Simmons, LPC, Valdosta and St. Marys Regional Director– Corinne Simmons is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor employed with the Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Valdosta, GA. There she serves as the Regional Director of the Valdosta and St Mary’s Regional offices. In this capacity, Corinne is responsible for the management of the budget, overall management of the staff and program, and a liaison to the community on behalf of the agency. Corinne has been employed with The Methodist Home for almost 16 years working with children and adolescents with mental health and behavioral disorders. She is a native of Mississippi and attended Tougaloo College earning a Bachelor’s of Science in 1990. Corinne continued her education at Mississippi State University where she completed studies towards a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration in 1993. After working at the Methodist Home for a couple of years, Corinne returned to school to pursue a degree in counseling. She completed a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Educational Leadership at Columbus State University in 2005.

Mr. Nick Alford, Columbus Regional Director –
Nick Alford serves as Regional Director for our Columbus campuses: Carpenters Way Ranch and Arabella. Nick has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked as a Human Services Professional at Averett House on the Carpenter’s Way campus since August 2013. Before joining our team, Nick previously worked in the areas of therapeutic foster care, juvenile justice and in workforce development.

img_0645Mrs. Kim Hayes, Americus Regional Director –
Kim Hayes serves as Regional Director at our Americus campus. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern College in 1993. She originally began her career with The Methodist Home as a houseparent at the Americus group home in January of 1994. Kim left the cottage in 1996 and began working with our therapeutic foster care program as well as our former Genesis program. She also started teaching life skills to the residents of the Americus cottage and former residents who were in local colleges. Kim then went on to become one of the first staff members to achieve her NVQ qualifications with Cities and Guilds of London and headed up our efforts with the NCPC process. During this time, Kim transitioned into a training role and began to work with staff throughout the agency at all of our locations. Before she left us in 2006, she was our Director of Professional Certification. Kim moved to the Cincinnati area in 2006 with her husband. She worked for NorthKey Community Care for a year before relocating to Dover, Delaware. In Delaware, she was an Area Operations Manager for the Department of Labor. In 2011, Kim and her husband moved back to the Cincinnati area, where she went back t0 work at NorthKey. Kim returned to South Georgia in December 2014 and is excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Regional Director of the Americus Group Home where her journey began so many years ago. Through all of her moves, changes in employment and life experiences, Kim has always measured other agencies by the gold standard of The Methodist Home. Her desire is to continue the tradition of serving the children at The Methodist Home with the greatest love, care and support.

Counseling Services Leadership

Ms. Mica RenfroeMs. Mica Renfroe, MA LPC, Director of Community Services Mica Renfroe completed her undergraduate studies at Mercer University, which brought her to Macon from her hometown of Thomasville, GA.  She is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX, where she earned Master’s Degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling and in Religious Education.  Prior to coming to The Methodist Home, she served as a Family Therapist in Ft. Worth at The Salvation Army/First Choice for a Second Chance, a residential substance abuse treatment center for single mothers and their children.  Mica has been at The Methodist Home for 20 years.  During her tenure she has served as a Family Consultant in both the HOPE Therapeutic Foster Care Program and in the residential program of the Macon Campus.  She has also served as the Director of Training.  She currently serves as the Director of Community Services, liaisoning with DFCS to provide services to families through the Intensive Visitation Program as well as the Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment / Wrap Around Programs. Mica has also served as an Adjunct Professor at both Wesleyan College and Darton College.

Jill StapletonMrs. Jill Stapleton, Vice President of Clinical Services – Jill Stapleton obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mercer University and a Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University before joining our agency in May 1999. She began her career at The Home as the Unit Director (therapist) for Collum Cottage. In December 2003, Jill advanced to the Director of Foster Care and Adoptions with our HOPE Program. When Lighthouse for Families, the community counseling arm of The Methodist Home was created in July 2007, Jill transitioned into the role of Clinical Director. Jill is a licensed clinical social worker and was promoted to Vice President of Clinical Services in March 2017.

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