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eNewsletter - November 2019

Advisory Board News

We are proud to introduce our newest Advisory Board Member, Amber Thomas-Hutson. Amber is deeply devoted to the well-being of others and believes in the importance of serving her community and family. She completed Leadership Paulding in May 2016 and served from 2017 to 2019 as a board member of CareLink of Northwest Georgia, a nonprofit health and resource center serving the needs of uninsured and underinsured residents of Paulding County. She is currently a member of Honorary Commanders Association and serves as military counterpart to an active reserve Marine and his family who have been in Acworth for one year. Amber also serves as AVP of Operations for WellStar Medical Group overseeing ambulatory healthcare operations for primary care and Behavioral Health services. She received the Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50 Emerging and Executive Leaders Award in 2018. Amber received her BSN from Kennesaw State University in 2001 and obtained her MBA and MHA degrees from Georgia State University in December 2014.

Amber has been married for 14 years and has three boys and three girls that make up her beautifully blended family. She volunteers in and around her community and attends many youth sporting events with her children. Amber and her family are devoted members of Linked Up Church in Powder Springs, Ga. Devereux Georgia is grateful to have the opportunity to add such a wonderful leader to our Advisory Board.

Campus News and Events

Do you often wonder what's behind Devereux Georgia's gates? Take a peek inside to view our campus full of Hope and Healing.

We are incredibly grateful for our advisory board members, sponsors, guests, friends and employees who attended our Hope Event held on September 19, 2019 at the Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga. "Painting a Picture of Hope" was our theme and we believe we did just that for each attendee! Devereux staff, advisory board members, and volunteers shared their “why,” moving each guest in the audience.

Diana Skeete, who has been employed with Devereux for 12 years, was given the opportunity to present her “why” she continues to serve at Devereux. In her own words she says, “Our clients are in our care for various reasons-- mental illness; abuse or neglect that led to mental illness and behavior issues. When I think of them, when I think of my own children and now my grandchildren I would want them to receive great care, great treatment and genuine concern if any of them needed it. I would want someone to be available to translate if I only spoke Spanish “a veces yo soy esa persona que traduces.” Sometimes I am that person who translates. I would want someone to assist those who care for my loved ones with excellence, to coordinate travel, scheduling meetings, and to offer them cold water on a hot day or dress up in costume for the Harvest Festival last year I was a Canadian Mountie, this year I am joining with another department and we will be dressed as X-Men characters. I’d like to think that I am offering a touch of caring, a touch of normalcy to their lives. One of my favorite quotes is “Perhaps strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places-- Tal vez la fuerza no reside en no haber sido roto, sino en el valor necesario para crecer fuerte en los lugares rotos.


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A Servant’s Heart

The Devereux Foundation's VP of Operations and Devereux Georgia's Executive Director, Gwen Skinner, a TRUE servant at heart. Mrs. Skinner has been appointed to Governor Brian Kemp's Behavioral Health Reform & Innovative Commission and we are SO proud.

Mrs. Skinner says she is honored to be selected by Speaker Ralston to serve on Governor Kemp’s Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. She sees this as a unique opportunity to share and join knowledge and expertise with an outstanding group of behavioral health professionals who will allow Devereux to consider new ideas and opportunities to improve Georgia’s service delivery system. Mrs. Skinner believes the Commission now has the potential to positively change the future outcomes of Georgia’s individual citizens and State as a whole.

Partnering Up with our Community

When opportunity knocks on Devereux’s doors, we answer!

We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Kennesaw State University! We were extremely honored to host YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) this past September. This is the fourth opportunity we have had to host YSEALI Fellows on our campus, and we always learn so much from the fellows, who are leaders in their home countries, running nonprofits and creating social change.

How YOU Can Help

“We make a living by what we GET, but we make a life by what we GIVE” - Winston Churchill.

Devereux Georgia is seeking your help! Your generous donation of NEW coats, hoodies, fleece jackets, etc. can make an enormous difference in the lives of the youth we serve. Please contact Liz Bunder at to learn how you can support Devereux Georgia in changing lives and saving families.



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