Annual Conference

Save the date for the Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference April 12, 2024!

The purpose of the GAFCS Annual Conference is to increase engagement and foster relationships between family and consumer sciences professionals and students in the state of Georgia through educational sessions and networking. Visit this site regularly for conference updates. 


Awards/Scholarships are presented annually to deserving GAFCS members.

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Toot Your Own Horn!

Let us celebrate you! Please tell us about the award(s), promotion, honors and/or recognitions you have received during the most recent membership year: (Include professional and/or personal). Examples include: Published Work(s); Promotions; Tenures; Teacher of the Week, Month, and/or Year; National Board Certifications; AAFCS Recognition/Awards; Marriages, Children, Grandchildren, etc. 

Complete the form below to be recognized at the GAFCS Annual Conference!

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Event Details

**Optional Pre-Conference Event**

Join us for a tour of the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Dawson and Barrow Halls! This is a great opportunity to see updates, and learn about the history and degree programs offered at UGA FACS. The tour will begin at 3:00 PM and end at 5:00 P.M. Please register for the tour on the conference registration form. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Synovus Bank – 2nd floor

150 W. Hancock Avenue

Athens, Georgia

Registration Cost:

Early Bird, Professional (until March 15) $65
Registration, Professional (after March 15) $75
Student  $25

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Conference Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30 Registration
  • 8:30-9:30 Opening Session  (1PDU for CFCS, 1 PDU for CWNE) 

The Keys to Successful and Engaging Cooking Demonstrations: Rebecca Lang

  • 9:30-10:30 Post-Secondary Update Panel  (1PDU for CFCS, 1 PDU, CWNE) 

Dr. Anisa Zvonkonvic, University of Georgia (virtual)  Dean, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Professor in the Department of Human Development and    Family Sciences 

Dr. Francine Hollis, Fort Valley State University Associate Professor and Department Chair, Family Sciences and Technology, College of Agriculture

Dr. Beth McGee, Georgia Southern University Assistant Chair in the School of Human Ecology, Associate Professor in Interior Design 

  • 9:40-10:30 Student Session 

Why AAFCS Membership is Important to You! Led by Sarah Catherine Fowler, Student Unit Director of GAFCS and FCS teacher and FCCLA advisor at Decatur High School 

  • 10:40-11:40 Legislative Aide Panel   (1 PDU for CFCS, 1 PDU for CWNE) 

The UGA Legislative Aide Program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!  A panel consisting of Representative Houston Gaines, former aides, and one current aide will share their experiences with the program, the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes at Georgia's Capitol that gets legislative work done.  Representative Houston Gaines will share the value of an aide to legislators, former  Aides will discuss the impact of the program and how their careers have evolved since their terms, and the current Aide will give us a first-hand account of the daily tasks they do to assist legislators.  

  • 11:45-1:15 Lunch and Business/Recognition Session Business Meeting- Ashleigh Geurin, GAFCS President 

         Awards and Recognition-Vickie Rundbaken, GAFCS Vice President of Awards and Recognition

         Officer Installation- Jackie Ogden, AAFCS Past-President 

  • 1:30-2:30 Textiles, Merchandising, Interiors  (1 PDU CFCS) 

Dr. Sha’mira Covington, Assistant Professor University of Georgia "Threads of Change: Advancing Fashion Sustainability in Georgia and Beyond" 

  • 2:30-3:30 Food and Nutrition Issues   (1 PDU for CFCS, 1 PDU for CWNE) 

Skye Estroff,  Television personality and business owner “Finding a Creative Food-Filled Career Path with FACS” 

  • 3:30-3:45 Closing Session 

 Ashleigh Geurin, President and Tracey Brigman, President-elect Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 

AAFCS Pre-Conference Credentialing Exam 

GAFCS has graciously offered to sponsor the AAFCS credentialing exam as a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

***Registration OPENS February 1st, 2024 and is separate from Annual Conference registration!***

Registration: Fee is $95 for this paper-and-pencil exam

Link to Online Test Registration Form:

For more details, check out this information sheet

Hotel Information

GAFCS has reserved a room block at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Guests may book their hotel room online at using the group code to be provided. Guests must enter the Group Code (6326) online to receive their room at the discounted rate. Guests may also call the Georgia Center Hotel reservations office at 706-542-2134.

For other hotel options, please see the document provided here: Hotel List


What do I need to wear?

Wear your red or blue!

Who will be there?

Family and consumer sciences professionals, retirees, alumni, and students from across the state of Georgia and beyond. 

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Send an email to

What activities should I expect?

The conference will provide opportunities for networking, panels, and educational sessions. Be prepared to have fun and make connections! A final agenda will be added to this website at least one day before the event. Check you're email closer to the date.

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