Board of Directors

John Hurt, Chair



Currently serving as the Phoenix Pass Board Chair.
McDonald’s Franchise Owner-Operator of 12 restaurants in Southeast of Atlanta serving 4.7 million customers annually with 545 employees. CEO & President of a Sleep Inn & Suites in West Ga.

Past President of the Atlanta Black McDonald’s Owners Association, Atlanta Business League member, board member of The Wheels of Dreams Youth Foundation & the Phoenix Pass Foundation , Past 2 term President of Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Assoc. & Executive Board Member, member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, & St. Philip AME. Board member of Rockdale County Development Authority & Treasurer of Wellington Creek Estates Homeowners Association/Past President.

Degrees includes a BBA Accounting, MBA Business Admin., McDonald’s Bachelor’s degree of Restaurant Mgmt. in Hamburgerology. Awards include McDonald’s Ray Kroc Community Support, Outstanding Contributor, Optimist, People & Sales Excellence; Putnam County Business Leader; 2011 Ga.College & State Univ. Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service. John resides in Conyers, Ga. with wife Shiroleen , 3 children, Ashley, Courtney, Jonathan & grandson D.J.


Patty Riley, Treasurer

National EMS


Patty Riley is the Chief Financial Officer for National EMS, Conyers, Georgia.  She received a B.A. from Georgia State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and has been a Certified Public Accountant for 27 years.  Patty is very active in her community with the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation and has served as treasurer since 2005. She also has served as treasurer of Phoenix Pass, 2012-2017.  She is an avid supporter of numerous non-profits benefiting the improvement of life for women including breast cancer education, physical and mental health, and homelessness.  She is also an active member of the Rockdale County Rotary Club where she is a Paul Harris Fellow, Will Watts Fellow and received the GRSP Co-host Family Award. Patty has been an avid tennis player, receiving the USTA Service and Sportsmanship Award.  She also completed Leadership Rockdale in 2011.  Patty and Doug have been married for 32 years and have twin daughters, Rebecca and Shannon.


Allison Cason, Secretary

Shurett Dental


Allison Cason has been a board member at Phoenix Pass since 2013 and has served as secretary since 2015. She is Director of Operations at Help A Child Smile and Shurett Dental Group where she has worked for over a decade.  Allison participated in Leadership Rockdale in 2013 and currently sits on the advisory committee. She has also previously served on the advisory committee for Hands Across Rockdale. She enjoys volunteering for various charities in the Metro Area. Allison was born and raised in Newton County and attended Oxford College and Emory University where she majored in International Relations and French Literature. She attends First Baptist Church in Conyers with her family. Allison is an avid reader, who loves to travel and spend time with her fiancé, Eric. She currently lives in Gwinnett County.


Tim Baker

Edward Jones


Tim Baker has been on the board of Phoenix Pass since 2014.  He is a Financial Advisor & Limited Partner with Edward Jones and his office has been in Conyers since 2007.  Tim holds a B.B.A from Mercer University and an M.B.A. from The University of Georgia.  Tim graduated from the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rockdale Class in 1998 and co-chaired the program for 10 years afterwards.  He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Conyers since 1998 and was it’s president during the 2002-03 Rotary year.  Tim and his family are members of Corinth Christian Church in Loganville.  Tim lives with his wife Carla in Walnut Grove and they have adult twin daughters, Sidney and Casey.


Jim Calhoun

United Community Bank


Jim has worked in the Conyers area since 1983 and moved his family from Decatur to Rockdale County in 1986. He began a long-term career in banking with Trust Company Bank after graduating from Georgia State University in 1973. He is currently employed as a Senior Vice President with United Community Bank in Conyers. During his career, he has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Jim was asked to join the Board of Phoenix Pass in 2008 and serves on its Budget Committee. Jim’s interest in homelessness dates back to the early 1980’s when served on the Board of the Christian Council of Metro Atlanta and also volunteered as a host at the men’s night shelter operated by Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur. Jim and his family attend Haven Fellowship Church in Conyers which is a financial supporter of Phoenix Pass.


Nina Daigle

Sparkmon & Associates, CPAs

Nina Daigle

Tax Manager at Sparkmon & Associates, CPAs. Began professional career in Savannah, Georgia in 2011 in public accounting. Expertise in tax compliance and planning, in addition to business valuations and consulting. Also worked as a controller for a small manufacturing company in Athens, GA. Grew up in Long Island, New York. Graduated from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. Originally (born) from Bogota, Colombia, South America.

Jerry Randolph

Antioch AME Church


Jerry Randolph served as the contact person for Magnet Schools and Alternative Education Programs within the Georgia Department of Education. Jerry established an alternative school network with the Georgia Association for Alternative Education and National Alternative Education Association. He has established professional development opportunities, developed state wide chess competition for alternative school students to address behavior modification, developed an Alternative Education Advisory Board to assist in the Redesign of Alternative Education, completed Georgia Alternative Education Standards providing standard for alternative schools and articulation among alternative schools, traditional schools and central office personnel. He worked extensively to incorporate services with the department of education and external agencies to impact the resources available for alternative schools.

Jerry is a retired educator who began his work as a counselor at Mississippi State University in 1974. Jerry is a native Mississippian with experience in higher education, serving as an administrator at Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Mary Holmes College and Mississippi State University. He served as the race equity director for the Mississippi Department of Education and has wide-ranging experience working with at risk youth. He has an extensive background in education as an administrator, guidance counselor, student achievement specialist, and teacher. These successful and diverse experiences include school improvement implementation, planning, test data analysis, and knowledge of federal and state legislation. He attended Lane College and is a graduate of Mississippi State University obtaining a B.S in psychology. He continued his education at Mississippi State University obtaining a M Ed in Vocational Rehabilitation and did further study at Troy University. Jerry is married to Brenda and they are blessed with four daughters and five grandchildren . He is an active member of Antioch AME Church and currently serves as the Steward Pro Tem for the Antioch Conyers Campus. Jerry and Brenda cofounded Clay Prentiss LLC, an educational and financial consultant firm.


Angela Walker, CPA

Angela Walker

Angela M. Walker is a local CPA and sole shareholder of McDaniel Walker, PC. Her firm provides tax and accounting services, including compilations, reviews and audits. She has been self-employed for 20 years and has over 30 years’ experience in providing various accounting and tax services. Ms. Walker has served a number of years on the finance committee of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and will serve as chairperson for 2017. She is currently Vice President of New-Roc American Business Women’s Association and has served in other positions for the organization over the years. Other memberships include American Institute of CPA’s and GA Society of CPA’s. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Valdosta State University. During her years as a CPA, she has participated in the financial statement and 990 preparation for nonprofits such as: domestic violence shelters, chambers of commerce, private schools, community art centers, parks, hospices, nursing homes and temporary housing.


Scot Ward

Scot Ward Funeral Services


Scot Ward is the founder and president of Scot Ward Funeral Services. Scot began working in his family’s funeral business, Horis A. Ward, Inc., while in school at Gupton-Jones.  Scot has contributed over $1,300,000 to over 300 churches and charities through 2015 through his “Community Contribution Program”.  This program contributes ten percent of the service charges of his funeral home and cemetery charges to a local church of a family’s choice, or to the charities Scot Ward Funeral Services supports.  This contribution is given in memory of the loved one cared for by Scot Ward Funeral Services. The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce awarded Scot the 2007 Community Spirit Award and the 2008 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Scot is a graduate of Leadership Rockdale 2007.  He has been a past board member of the Rockdale Special Olympics, Rockdale Medical Center Foundation and the Rockdale Jaycees. Scot often states that he has had some of the best role models a boy could have ever had, referring to his father and grandfather.  They taught him a love for the Lord, a love for others and a desire to give
back to the Lord and to the community that gives to you.


Harold Danforth

Buffington-Burns Electric


Harold and his family moved to Conyers in 1988.  He began working for Buffington Burns Electric in Conyers in 1982 and bought the business in 2002.  Harold is the Vice-Chairman of the Phoenix Pass Board of Directors, serves on the Property Sub-Committee, and is first call on all maintenance issues.  He also serves on the board for the National Electrical Contractors and the Atlanta Electrical Contractors  Harold is active in local Missions as well as foreign missions and travels to Nicaragua yearly to build houses for families without adequate housing.  The Nicaragua Mission Team just celebrated building their 50th house and second Church.  He and his wife, Iva, worship at Conyers First Baptist Church where they both serve in numerous areas.


Virginia Dixon

Retired Educator


After completing her career in public education both as a teacher and retiring as a school administrator, Virginia relocated to Conyers in 2005 from New Jersey.  Virginia has extensive experience with families that have faced similar challenges as those at Phoenix Pass. Her passion is to continuing to grow in Christ and mentoring other women to know Him. Prior to joining the board at Phoenix Pass, she served as part of a team that specifically mentored Romanian women through the Scripture and leading them to Christ. Virginia currently leads in Bible Study Fellowship, volunteers in the After School Program at Phoenix Pass, and serves as the Board’s devotional leader.


Staff Members:

Jean Yontz

Executive Director

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Jean has lived in Conyers since 1983. She and her family operated their family business, Glenn’s Bar-B-Que, in Conyers for 25 years. She has always been a strong supporter of Rockdale County through 33 years of committed service which included, but was not limited to: Rockdale Cares, Rockdale Juvenile Court, Rockdale Casa Program, Rockdale Emergency Relief, 1996 Olympics Rockdale Committee, Rockdale Public School System, 2007 Billy Graham Evangelist Crusade-Conyers, Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation, Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, and served on the original founding Committee of Phoenix Pass. Jean also was the Executive Director of the Rockdale Medical Center Foundation prior to their purchase by Life Point Health. Her service to her community also includes twelve years of service on the Rockdale County Board of Education.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Phoenix Pass, Jean was again an employee of Rockdale Medical Center in the Marketing and Business Development Department. One of her most humbling recognitions was to be honored as the recipient of Life Point Health’s most prestigious award, the Mercy Award. The annual Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. It recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint’s 72 healthcare facilities, and the Health Support Center based in Brentwood, Tenn., who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

Jean is blessed to be the mother of four children, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is an active member of Conyers First Baptist Church where she has served as the Women’s Ministry Leader, and Sunday School Teacher.


Auvronette Guilbeaux

Director of Family Services


Auvronette Guilbeaux joined the staff of Phoenix Pass in March 2012. Auvronette currently serves as the Director of Family Services. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the stand point of human services, education, case management, and general community counseling.  Auvronette holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services from Shorter University and a Master’s of Science degree in Post-Secondary Education in Psychology from Troy University.  She is currently in the Dissertation phase of earning her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Mercer University.  She is a Trained and certified Christian Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Before joining the Phoenix Pass Staff, Auvronette held the position as a Christian Counselor where she received the Employee of the Year for initiating support groups and training others to mediate support groups and training others to mediate support groups.  She worked at a Boy’s Home as supervisor/coordinator as well as an in-home therapist.  Auvronette currently serves as Adjunct Faculty member at Troy University, where she received the honor of Adjunct Faculty of the year award for her outstanding service and leadership in education.  Her professional career outside of Human Services and academia includes consulting families in crisis through her Certified Family Violence Intervention Program, and publishing author. Auvronette has spoken and presented research at various conferences over the years regarding issues of poverty and homelessness and generational academic challenges for adult learners.