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UGA Team

A multi-disciplinary team will be working together to implement and evaluate this campus-community partnership initiative

HMRE Project Leadership Team

Ted Futris, Ph.D.

Ted Futris, Ph.D.

Dept. of Human Development and Family Science,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Futris serves as Project Director, leading the design and implementation of the HMRE project and programming.

Mahogania Smith, MSW

Mahogania Smith, MSW

Dept. of Human Development and Family Science,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Ms. Smith is the Project Coordinator for the Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Project (Project F.R.E.E.), facilitating program services and campus-community partnership efforts.

Jay Mancini, Ph.D.

Jay Mancini, Ph.D.

Dept. of Human Development and Family Science,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Mancini provides leadership to our community engagement efforts, focusing on developing community partnerships and identifying families in need.

Lance Palmer, Ph.D.

Lance Palmer, Ph.D.

Dept. of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Palmer is co-leader of economic services, providing financial literacy training for professionals and programs to families.

Joseph Goetz, Ph.D.

Joseph Goetz, Ph.D.

Dept. of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Goetz is co-leader of economic services, providing financial literacy training for professionals and programs to families.

Jennifer Elkins, Ph.D.

Jennifer Elkins, Ph.D.

School of Social Work

Dr. Elkins is co-leader of family engagement efforts, developing protocols that incorporate appropriate community-based, trauma-informed support into HMRE services.

Jerry Gale, Ph.D.

Jerry Gale, Ph.D.

Dept. of Human Development and Family Science,
College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Gale is co-leader of family engagement efforts, developing program service protocols and training staff to appropriately identify and meet family needs.

HMRE Program Implementation Team

Brittney Thompson

Brittney Thompson

Program Coordinator, Cluster 3,
UGA Extension, Newton County

Ms. Thompson is coordinating HMRE programming in Newton, Rockdale, Morgan, and Greene Counties within DFCS Region V.

Brigette Love, MSW

Brigette Love, MSW

Program Coordinator, Cluster 2,
UGA Extension, Walton County

Mrs. Love is coordinating HMRE programming in Barrow, Jackson, and Walton counties within DFCS Region V.

Mikki Burnett

Mikki Burnett

Program Coordinator, Cluster 1,
UGA Extension, Oconee County

Ms. Burnett is coordinating HMRE programming in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Elbert Counties within DFCS Region V.

Maggie Walter

Maggie Walter

Program Specialist

Mrs. Walter coordinates the implementation of the weekend intensive program with foster caregivers and coordinates the implementation of financial education program services.

HMRE Program Evaluation Team

Karen DeMeester, Ph.D.

Karen DeMeester, Ph.D.

Program Evaluation Group,
College of Education

Dr. DeMeester is the Independent Evaluator, supervising program evaluation, performance measurement, and reporting activities.

Jana Thompson, BS

Jana Thompson, BS

Program Evaluation Group,
College of Education

Mrs. Thompson is the Performance Measurement and Data Coordinator, facilitating data collection and management for program evaluation.

Hye Jeong Choi, Ph.D.

Hye Jeong Choi, Ph.D.

Department of Educational Psychology,
College of Education

Dr. Choi oversees the analyses of data collected as part of the program evaluation.

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