Would you like a speaker from The Methodist Home come to your church, Civic Club, or other event? We have many fine speakers who are available to represent The Methodist Home. For information on scheduling a speaker, please contact Dr. Derek W. McAleer or Debbie Coleman at 478-751-2800.
Dr. Derek W. McAleer, Vice President for Development & Church Relations – Derek came to The Methodist Home staff in 2006 after serving in local church pastorates across South Georgia for 26 years. As a former Board of Trustees member for The Methodist Children’s Home, Magnolia Manor, and The St. Marys UMC Foundation, Derek has a good understanding of the work of Methodism and charitable institutions across South Georgia. Derek currently serves as national chair of the section on Public Relations, Development, and Marketing of the United Methodist Association. Derek has special interests in the areas of leadership development, fiscal accountability, and leadership accountability in the local church, and has led workshops on the local church, district, and conference level.
Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford, President, The Foundation of the Methodist Home - Dr. Lanford was Vice President of Development for The Methodist Home for 13 years before moving full-time to The Foundation of The Methodist Home in 2007. As a child welfare advocate, he has served as a Commissioner for the Georgia Children’s Trust Fund Commission and as a board member for Georgia Association for Homes and Services for Children Foundation. His background includes experience with budgets and fundraising in churches as well as serving on various local and state boards, including serving as past national chair of the section on Public Relations, Development, and Marketing of the United Methodist Association. Lanford is an active member in the Macon Exchange Club; on the Macon-Bibb County Law Enforcement Foundation Board; and Chairs the Investment Committee for the South Georgia Conference Trustees for the United Methodist Church and the Disciple Covenant Conference Team. He currently serves as the Senior Law Enforcement Chaplain for Homeland Security under the Office of the Governor. He has completed training for Fund Raising and Estate Planning and also conducts trainings on fundraising and planned giving. As an experienced trainer, Dr. Lanford teaches workshops on fund-raising, motivation and team building.
Dr. Steve L. Rumford, President/CEO - With over 35 years experience in human services, Steve Rumford (A.C.S.W./L.C.S.W) has been the CEO of The Methodist Home since 1984. He has served as chair of both Kentucky and Georgia Associations for Homes and Services (twice) for Children and Families and currently is the chairperson of the United Methodist Association’s Health and Welfare Association. With an extensive accreditation background he has chaired Council on Accreditation reviews across the nation and served as chairperson of the EAGLE Accreditation Commission of the United Methodist Association. Steve has been a presenter at conferences across the nation and in the United Kingdom as well as serving on numerous task forces and work groups on a state and national level. His special interests are in the areas of collaboration, strategic planning and visioning, program development and workforce enhancement. He was the first American to achieve the Scottish Level 5 Strategic Management Award and has received numerous state and national awards. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ministry from Asbury College in 2006.
Mr. Jim Waters, Chaplain- Jim has worked at The Methodist Children’s Home for since 2004, first as a Child Care Counselor, and currently as Chaplain. Jim is responsible for many of the spiritual growth activities on our campus, including weekly chapel services, Bible studies, youth events, discipleship, and prayer for our residents and staff. Jim came to The Methodist Children’s Home after a career in business, where as a certified Character First! trainer, he pioneered the use of Character Development curricula in the workplace. Jim also has experience in children and youth recreation, marriage and family support, leadership development, and facilitating the creation of organizational mission & vision statements.
Ms. Elizabeth Hart, Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations — Elizabeth is best known as publisher of the Gateway quarterly publication, our much-appreciated magazine. Her work at The Methodist Home also includes heading up Celebration Day, guiding our corporate sponsorships, overseeing artistic creation of all brochures and marketing materials, and (in her spare time) serving as staff photographer. A graduate of UGA’s Terry College of Business, Elizabeth worked at Atlanta’s Notre Dame Academy as their Special Events Director before coming to The Home in 2007. Active in Junior League and at Vineville United Methodist Church, Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Directors of The Hay House.
J. Corinne Simmons, Valdosta Regional Director — Corinne Simmons (LPC) has been employed with The Methodist Home for 11 years working with children and adolescents with mental health and behavioral disorders. She started out as a Family Consultant at the Americus regional office for 6 years, and then as a Clinical Director in the Columbus regional office for 2 years. She has served as the Regional Director in the Valdosta Regional group home office since 2008. She is a native of Mississippi and attended Tougaloo College earning a Bachelors of Science in 1990. Corinne continued her education at Mississippi State University where she completed studies towards a Master 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 of Science in Counseling and Educational Leadership at Columbus State University in 2005.
Tracy K. Hall, Americus Regional Director — Working with families and youth throughout the state of Georgia since 1994, Tracy Hall (MFT) came to The Methodist Home in 2010. Prior to coming to us, Tracy was the State Clinical Director for Georgia’s Family Intervention Team, where she provided crisis intervention for Georgia’s adoptive families. Also, she has served as Director of Federal Contracts for the Healthy Marriage Initiative offering relationship enrichment to both adoptive parents as well as lower-income single parents. As Director of Clinical Services she was responsible for growing an outpatient services program in Atlanta, GA. Tracy is especially vested in healthy family formation and enjoys seeing communities grow upon the foundation of family. A graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine’s Family Therapy program, Tracy is an active member of Salem United Methodist Church and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Southwestern State University.
Mike Duggar, Columbus Regional Director – Mike Duggar has been employed at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth for 9 years and currently serves as the Regional Director for Our House at Carpenters Way and Arabella Home for Girls. He began his tenure at The Methodist Home in 2002 as the St. Marys Regional Director. Mike has a background in residential and community based services for children and families as well as staff training and organizational development. With over nineteen years of experience in the social service field, Mr. Duggar has provided services in community based and residential settings. Mr. Duggar received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1992. In 1998 he received his Master of Community Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Devon Loggins, Regional Director – Devon Loggins (MSW) began working at The Methodist Home in 2006 as a Family Consultant and in 2008 became the Regional Director for our St. Marys Campus. Devon obtained his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Arkansas State University and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon’s work history entails extensive experience as a Forensic Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor in adult correctional institutions in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. During his career in corrections, Devon’s primary responsibilities involved providing individual and group psychotherapy, critical incident debriefing and training, sexual assault investigations, and suicide and crisis interventions. Devon also remains active in his community serving on the Board of Directors for Coastal Counseling Center, NAMI of Coastal Georgia, and, as the current President of the United Way of Camden County’s Board of Directors.