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Meet the Staff

Lance Palmer

Lance Palmer

Lance has coordinated UGA VITA for over ten years and teaches the weekly VITA class as well as the prerequisite, FHCE 4230/6230. Lance also leads the in-person VITA sessions throughout the Athens Community.

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Joan Koonce

Joan Koonce

Joan provides leadership to UGA Virtual VITA by training Cooperative Extension agents, connecting agents with student tax preparers, assisting agents with taxpayers’ questions, and teaching and supervising virtual sessions.

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Wil Golden

Wil Golden

Wil assists with VITA client meetings and coordinates community outreach in Athens.

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Anthony Mallon

Anthony Mallon

Tony is the director of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations at UGA. He primarily designs, implements, and evaluates community-based interventions related to unemployment, job training, and financial asset-building.

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Drew Lockhart

Drew Lockhart

Drew is a second-year MSW candidate, graduate assistant, and certified tax preparer. Currently, she is our CCSD Extension Agent, community outreach coordinator, and Linkedin account manager.

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Addison Bone

Addison Bone

Addison is a Nonprofit Management and Leadership Master's student working as a graduate assistant with VITA. She oversees social media, community outreach, and grant proposals.

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Michaela Mcelroy

Michaela Mcelroy

Michaela is a second-year MSW candidate helping the UGA VITA program expand its outreach to the local homeless populations.

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Jessie Weaver

Jessie Weaver

Jessie is Taxation Master's student working as a Site Coordinator for UGA VITA.

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Austin Rowland

Austin Rowland

Austin is working on his Master's in Financial Planning and is a Cite Coordinator for UGA VITA.

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