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.
Director of Operations & Finance
Abi is the Director 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. 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.
Community Resource Coordinator
Cheryl is the Community Resource Coordinator. She assists with matching consumers to the many resources available in our community. An alumna of Georgia Southern University, she holds a bachelor of science degree in communications. Cheryl is very active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also enjoys leading an active lifestyle. She is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys reading. She reads an average of four books per month. Cheryl and her husband Corey live in Flowery Branch.
Campaign and Communications Manager
Ana is our Campaign and Communications manager. She also oversees our Young Leader Society Program and marketing. Ana graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. Ana has lived in Gainesville for the majority of her life and attended North Hall High School. She loves visiting new places, tea (not coffee), spending time with friends and family, food, and her dog, Roxy.
Read Learn Succeed Program Coordinator
Ruth is our Program Coordinator for Read Learn Succeed. She provides recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, tutoring and supports children in Hall County. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ruth Demby received both her Bachelor of Science in English Education and Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She also received a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Demby served as Chaplain and Counselor at Brenau University and as a Chaplain with Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center before entering into her current role at First Baptist Church Gainesville as an Associate Pastor of Missions and Outreach.
Compass Center Manager
Joshua Silavent is the manager of the United Way of Hall County’s Compass Center. In this role, he works to educate the community about poverty issues, recruits residents who can benefit from local resources and services, and oversees a team of volunteers connecting those in need with financial, medical, housing and other forms of assistance.Silavent is graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He worked as a government, business and social issues reporter for newspapers and magazines across the country for 10 years before joining the United Way. Most recently, he led the coverage of poverty issues, including affordable housing and homelessness, for the Gainesville Times.