Leadership

The Family Literacy of Georgia team is dedicated to our mission, vision, and values. 

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Shavawn P. Simmons

Founder/Executive Director 

Shavawn P. Simmons is the Founder/Executive Director of Family Literacy of Georgia, Inc., whose mission and vision is to boost literacy among families of color with an emphasis on adolescent youth. An avid reader, writer, and artist, Simmons is also a retired 30-year public school educator. A native of Miami, (Opa-Locka, Florida), Simmons currently resides in Morrow, Georgia, and directs the Family Literacy of Georgia from metro Atlanta in Clayton County, Georgia.

 

As a former Literacy Coach coupled with administrative experience in education,  Simmons seeked to continue her servant leadership and utilize her corporate experiences to benefit her community. Ms. Simmons obtained her Bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Business Management and completed her Masters in Advertising at Northwestern University. In addition, she holds an Educational Specialist degree from Mercer University and Educational Leadership certification from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Fueled by her passion for literacy and advocacy for adolescent youth, Simmons strives to help families create safe spaces for children to embrace their differences while promoting life-long reading experiences through Family Literacy of Georgia.  Family Literacy of Georgia’s partnership with Read in Color has made it possible to provide communities and children of Clayton County with accessibility to free diverse books placed in book-sharing stations (also known as Little Free Libraries) throughout the county.

 

Ms. Simmons has found success with corporate sponsors such as The Home Depot and Best Buy both located in Clayton County. With a newly-formed Board of Directors, Family Literacy of Georgia is well-positioned to soar!

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Patricia G. Sebo-Hand

Councilwoman and Chair of Board of Directors

Councilwoman Sebo-Hand a 47-year resident of Clayton County, was elected to the City Council originally in 2010 and is currently serving her fourth four (4) year term. Mrs. Sebo-Hand was a 20-year employee of Clayton County Public Schools retiring in 2018. Before her employment with the Clayton County Public School System, Mrs. Sebo-Hand was co-owner of Photos by Sebo photography studio in Jonesboro. 

During her tenure as Councilwoman, Mrs. Sebo-Hand has achieved several distinctions and accolades including a  Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia Municipal Association.  Sebo-Hand is also a 2012 Graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Clayton Program and recently completed the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute course. 

In 2020 she was awarded the City Service Award for her Commitment, Service and Dedication to the City of Jonesboro. Mrs. Sebo-Hand has served on numerous organizations and boards throughout Clayton County. To name a few, The American Cancer Society (Clayton Unit), the Clayton Developmental Center, Co-Chaired the Business & Professional Committee through the Foundation Board at Southern Regional Hospital and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity United Church of Christ. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Good Shepherd Clinic and is the Chairwoman of the Family Literacy of Georgia Board. 

Among her many duties and responsibilities as a Councilwoman. Sebo-Hand is also the Manager of the Jonesboro Farmers Market. Mrs. Sebo-Hand was selected by her fellow Council members numerous times in the past 12 years to serve as Mayor Pro-Tempore. 

Councilwoman Sebo-Hand is a dedicated servant to the citizens of Jonesboro and is committed to making our city a safe, viable community to live, work and play. 

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Caroline Shepard

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Caroline (Cal) Shepard was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina. She spent much of her career working in public libraries and at the State Library in NC.

In 1990 she moved back to Atlanta to work for a non-profit library network serving institutions of all types in the southeast.  She managed the Continuing Education department and then launched and managed a library consulting firm. During this time,  the regional network expanded and began serving other parts of the country. Cal provided training and consulting herself, employed full-time staff to do the same, and worked with an array of adjunct experts across the country. 

 

Shepard capped her career back in North Carolina as the State Librarian of North Carolina. In this role, she worked closely with libraries and other organizations of all types across the state. She was also active in various organizations across the country. She served in numerous elected and appointed capacities over the years for the North Carolina Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. Shepard has also participated as well as served in an advisory role for numerous groups and projects both library and non-library related.

 

Cal is (not surprisingly) a voracious reader. She currently serves in her local neighborhood association, the local Friends of the Library organization and, of course, Family Literacy of Georgia as Vice Chair.

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Rev. Dr. Steve Parker

Treasurer, Board of Directors

The Reverend Doctor Steve Parker is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in Ellenwood, Georgia with his wife Keisha. He matriculated at Hampton University, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and Virginia Union University, where he earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

 

For more than two decades, Dr. Parker has commended his leadership gifts to organizations in the Church and corporate spheres. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of The First Bank’s Jonesboro branch.

 

Dr. Parker is actively engaged in service to his community. He is a member of Family Literacy of Georgia’s Board of Directors (Treasurer), Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Clayton State University’s College of Business Advisory Board, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

In his spare time, Dr. Parker enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

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Roger Radcliffe

Board of Directors

Mr. Radcliffe was born and raised in Detroit MI, a standout athlete in high school receiving local honors in three sports. He comes to Morrow, GA regularly to conduct business and visit family. He joins the other esteemed members of the Family Literacy of Georgia Board to enrich and enhance the families in providing books to their neighborhoods, especially children. Radcliffe wants children to see the value of reading by gaining knowledge of themselves and others. 

 

“Roger” (as he prefers to be called) graduated from Fisk University in Nashville TN with a B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration. During his time at Fisk, he was active in many activities including Special Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs; Chapter President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. A radio host on the campus radio station/announcer for Fisk University football; Roger represented all sororities on campus and hosted several nationally known musicians on stage during concerts. He was a charter member and founding member of the initial Optimist Club of Nashville, TN.

 

Mr. Radcliffe is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Europe and in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm as a Military Policeman both enlisted and as an officer. His duties included Company Commander; Commander of an Enemy Prisoner of War Enclosure and; Director of Security for the largest Army ammunition storage site in Europe. He also retired with honors from the Michigan State Police including receiving two lifesaving awards. 

 

After retirement, Mr. Radcliffe served the communities of Dayton, OH, and Detroit, MI as Operations Manager and Senior Location Manager for student transportation. Presently while serving as a Board Member for Family Literacy of Georgia, he continues to serve the Jewish community by providing security services to the local synagogue.

 

Mr. Radcliffe is looking forward to moving to Morrow/Clayton County to better work and serve the community through Family Literacy of Georgia.

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