Board of Directors
Patty Gullick - President
Patty Gullick has been involved with Southside for 10 years. Patty’s family moved to Tyrone, GA when her husband, Richard, left the Army to practice neurosurgery in Georgia. Patty has 3 children, Michael 22, Micaela 20 and Maggie who is 16 and attends McIntosh high school. Patty has a B.S. from the University of Maryland in early childhood Special Education. Over the years, she has held various other positions supporting the special needs community. Because two of her three children have issues with reading, her interest in Special Education grew significantly, especially when teaching reading and writing. This interest led to her getting trained in Orton-Gillingham as well as being a strategic learning coach through Dr. Lynda Boucugnani-Whitehead. Patty owns a private tutoring company called, Tutoring with Patty Gullick and works with children with specific learning disabilities of all ages. Patty also teaches at The Campus. In her free time, Patty enjoys tennis, volunteering, canoeing, gardening, reading and travelling.
Chelsie Nichole - Executive Director
Chelsie Nichole has been involved in non-profit work since high school, often working with organizations focused on children and health. She has lived in Fayette County most of her life, with a few stints around the country and abroad in Italy. While in the Army, Chelsie was awarded the Volunteer Service Medal for her work as a volunteer organizer on base and in the husbandry department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium working with penguins. Her background in finance, business development, graphic/web design, marketing, fundraising, and linguistics gives a multi-faceted approach to her role as Executive Director.
For the past decade, Chelsie has been freelancing as a graphic/web designer and in public relations, marketing, and social media management. Her clients are for profit and not for profit, alike. Chelsie has served on the board for Fayette Art Center and Good Thinking Atlanta and worked with dozens of non-profit groups throughout the years. She is excited for this opportunity to serve families in her community and give back to the organization which has provided so much support to her these past few years. Chelsie has been involved with Southside Support as a parent and volunteer since 2017. She met her partner, Josh, in 2003 and together they have 4 children: Joshua 15, Adelaide 11, Wyatt 10, and Rosie, who was born in 2018 with a very rare genetic mutation known as Pfeiffer Syndrome. Although the surgical schedule has been challenging, the blessings to her family have been immense.
After a lifetime of adventure and travel, Chelsie and her family have opted for a slower pace and settled down on some acreage in south Fayetteville. She spends her free time gardening, bird-watching, baking, shuttling between doctors appointments, and, most importantly, spending time with her family.
In 2007, I began my Edward Jones career as a financial advisor in Peachtree City. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time in understanding what's important to you. Working closely with you, your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I use an established process to help you build personalized strategies to achieve your goals. We will partner together over the long term to keep you on track. A 1994 graduate of Georgia Tech, I hold a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and I am a 2004 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, holding an M.S. in management. In addition, I received the CFP® professional designation in 2011. My family and I have lived in Peachtree City since 2002. I am an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
Ellie White-Stevens - Secretary
Ellie White-Stevens, Creative Director and Marketing Guru, has over sixteen years experience in advertising, sales, marketing and corporate communications. Ellie’s special sauce is the ability to think both analytically and creatively at the same time—which gives her clients the best possible marketing outcomes. A Calvin graduate in communications, Ellie worked with non-profits, healthcare and the media on marketing, prior to opening her own agency in 2009. She has helped hundreds of clients with marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns. Her favorite thing to do is to enact effective strategies with her Sustainable Marketing System clients. Ellie was trained to sing opera and is a consummate foodie. She lives between Newnan and Peachtree City in rural Coweta County, Georgia with her stellar-smart sons and her guitar-wielding husband Matt.
Kay McInroe - Vice President
Kay McInroe is Fayette County’s premier REALTOR. As the 2019 President of the Fayette County Board of REALTORS, Kay leverages her network to be successful, consistently in the top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents worldwide. Kay is a past REALTOR of the Year and past-President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS. Besides serving on the board of Southside Support, Kay also served as the President of the Kiwanis of McIntosh Trail for two years. Kay donates portions of all her commissions to children’s charities.
Dr. Jay L. Lerner
Dr. Jay L. Lerner was born in Belleville, N.J. Dr. Lerner attended New York Chiropractic College located in Seneca Falls in upstate New York. Upon graduation from NYCC in 1997, Dr. Lerner moved back to Northern New Jersey with his wife Lee Ann to live, practice and help care for his parents. Shortly after returning to NJ, Aidan Lee Lerner was born in March 1998. In 2002 , Dr. Jay, Lee and Aidan relocated to metro Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Lerner began his practice at Southern Crescent Clinic in Fayetteville, Georgia in July 2007. In his spare time Dr. Lerner enjoys spending time with his family and their Great Dane Sadie. In addition to various volunteer opportunities and Kiwanis of Fayette County, Dr. Lerner enjoys various sports activities like hiking, biking and spending time at Chabad of Peachtree City.
Hollie Drake - Treasurer
Hollie found Southside Support after her daughter was born with Down Syndrome in 2015. She’s seen first-hand the benefits this wonderful group brings to special needs parents. She also enjoys the camaraderie created within the group by the shared joys and struggles of raising a special needs child. Hollie is passionate about connecting and supporting special needs parents and is thrilled to now be a member of the board of Southside Support for Special Needs Families.
Hollie is a rare native of Atlanta’s Southside, and she and her family currently live in Fayetteville. Her husband, Cem, also grew up in the area, and they are both extremely proud of all its growth and opportunities. Hollie is a graduate of Georgia State University and worked in banking and the financial services industry for many years. She then worked in the accounting office of her husband’s waste and recycling company until the birth of their daughter. Currently, she is employed full time by a super-cute but ridiculously stubborn 4 year old girl that calls her “Mommy.”
Chief Janet Moon
Chief Janet Moon is a 35 year police veteran. Originally from Cedartown Ga, she began her career in the Army, serving as a Military Police Officer in 1985. In 1989 she went to work at the Rome Police Department where she rose to the rank of Lieutenant serving in many divisions of the department. She joined the Suwanee Police Department in 2001 as a Captain over the Field Operations and Communication divisions. In 2006, she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and served as second in command of the department. In August of 2015, she was ready to advance her career and was named as Chief of Police in Peachtree City. She currently resides in Brooks, Ga on her farm with numerous farm animals.
Chief Moon has a Master’s Degree from Columbus State University in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree from Covenant College in Organizational Management, and an Associate’s Degree from Floyd College (now Georgia Highlands) in Criminal Justice.
Chief Moon attended the 205th session of the FBI National Academy, attended Class #11 of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, and attended the 23rd delegation of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Executives to Israel.
Chief Moon is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Georgia Police Chiefs Association, and serves on numerous professional and community based boards of directors.
Sheri Byrd - Development