The professional and highly motivated United Way of Hall County staff supports the volunteer leadership so that we can all LIVE UNITED.
President & Chief Professional Officer
Joy is the President of United Way of Hall County and served as Vice President of Resource Development before assuming her role as vision-caster and big-thinker for the organization. Joy earned her degree from Georgia State University in Communications and puts that knowledge to work every day as she communicates the vision of a community without poverty here in her hometown. Joy is married to Bryan Griffin and has two boys, Jacob and Rhett. If you can catch Joy you will find her on the sidelines of one of the 3 sports her boys play and she and Bryan coach or with her guitar leading worship or enjoying a moment on her porch with friends and family. Joy currently serves as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville and is a member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership Advisory Board, Gainesville Non-Profit Development Foundation Board and the Hall County Family Connection Network Board.
Vice President of Operations & Finance
Abi is the Vice President of Operations and Finance. She is responsible for keeping the office running. An alumna of North Georgia College and State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management. Abi is married to Gainesville native, Christopher Carter. They have one daughter, Makenzie. She and her husband are avid University of Georgia football fans. They enjoy attending Saturday homes games with their family and friends, keeping up a multi-generational tradition. Abi also enjoys traveling and loves music of all genres, regularly attending concerts and festivals in and around the area.
Campaign and Communications Manager
Matt is the Campaign and Communications Manager. Known affectionately to many as “Wojo,” he wears many hats on the fundraising & marketing side of the organization: money-asker, friend-maker, social media-poster, email-sender, event-thrower, brand-watcher and volunteer-wrangler, to name a few. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of North Georgia. Matt and his wife Jenny have two little monsters, Adam & Miles. When he’s not playing dinosaurs or superheroes with them, he loves playing and watching soccer, going to Falcons’ games, listening to music, drinking sweet tea and eating peanut M&M’s.
Compass Center Coordinator
Shannon is the Compass Center Coordinator and a School Social Worker with Gainesville City School System. She is responsible for leading the work of the Compass Center and assessing and referring clients to local resources. An alumna of the University of Georgia, she holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work and an Educational Specialist degree. Shannon is married to Drew Crook and they have one son. She and her family enjoy relaxing on the lake, attending concerts and spending Saturdays in Athens during football season.
Compass Center Resource Assistant
Jenni is the Compass Center Resource Assistant and the Student Services Resource Assistant for Gainesville City School System. She is responsible for assessing the needs of clients and making referrals to community agencies for the Compass Center. An alumna of Jacksonville State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Jenni and her husband John have two children. She and her family enjoy traveling to new cities, spending time outdoors and volunteering with their church.