Staff

Linda C. Foster - Executive Director
Linda comes to Family Connection with 9 years experience with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.   She began with Family Connection in June, 2013 and brings a passion for helping families be self sustaining and to build the collaboration into a powerhouse for the betterment of Jackson County.
She has a BS Ed from the University of Georgia and has served on many different boards and civic groups in Jackson County.  She is currently serving on the board of directors of Lindsay's Legacy Mentoring, the CLCP (Certified Literate Community Programs), The Jackson County Arts Council, and the Regional MHDDAD (Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases) Board. She is also the Chair of Region 5 Family Connection Partnership and represents the region at State Peer to Peer Action Committee meetings.  Linda is active in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force, Teen Dating Violence Sub-committee, (SST) Student Support Team, (LIPT) Local Interagency Planning Team & (CHINS) Child in Need of Services, and Attendance Review Board.   She is a member of the Humane Society of Jackson County where she and "Lucy" participate in the Pet Therapy Dog program and she is a current member of the Jefferson Area Business Association, Hoschton Business Alliance, and The Chamber of Commerce. 

Linda was the 2015 winner of the Jackson County Community Outreach Community Leadership Award and was the 2016 Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year.

She has also served on The Boys & Girls Club Board and the Advisory Board for Wellspring Camp.  Linda is a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church and she lives in Maysville with her husband Cary and their many dogs.  She and Cary have two grown children, Chris and Taylor.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Linda Foster - Executive Director (non-voting)
Mary Barrett Yancey - Fiscal Agent - Interim DFCS Director (non-voting)
OFFICERS:
CHAIR - Christy Queen - Jackson EMC
TREASURER - Kristy Cowart - Advanced Personnel
SECRETARY - Dawn Ferry - Southeast Toyota Dist. LLC


DIRECTORS:
Jessica Cook - Jefferson Recreation Department
diAna Kunz Huckins - Lucy 77 
Dr. Howard Ledford  - Lanier Technical College - Commerce Campus
Roshuanda Merritt - Jackson County Health Dept.

Cindy O'Barr - Jackson County Sheriffs Dept.
Kevin Poe - Jackson County Manager
Destiny Silich - Jackson County Schools
Lisa Turk - Sparkle Pro