MACOA Leadership Team
Donna Marietta - Executive Director
Since Sept. 2012, Donna Marietta has been the Executive Director of the Montgomery Area Council On Aging. Moving here from Daytona Beach, FL to join MACOA, Donna is very familiar with the area. She has lived here several times and worked at Huntingdon College, Baptist Medical Center, South Central Alabama Girl Scout Council and Child Protect. She is a graduate of Huntingdon College, Magna cum Laude and received a Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. Donna was a member of the first class of Leadership Montgomery.
While in Florida, Donna was the CEO of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties and later the CEO of the North Coastal Division of the Children’s Home Society. She has diverse experience in management and leadership positions successfully executing the mission of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Donna spent ten years in the Atlanta area as the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Columbia Healthcare Corporation.
Donna and her husband, Tom Gannaway, have five children and eight grandchildren. They are members of the First United Methodist Church and both enjoy being involved in the community where they live.
Jennifer Dvorak - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Director
Jennifer has a BS from Auburn University Montgomery. Her background is in membership development and she has been working with volunteers since 1986. She was director of the international organization, American Society of Portrait Artists, for eleven years before she became director of the MACOA/RSVP Project in March of 2004.
Her community involvement includes her membership in the Peter Forney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution under her ancestor Sgt. William Wright, serving in her church, including singing in the choir and at occasional weddings. She has three beautiful daughters and she and her husband are the parents of five rescue pets.
Martha Furr- Finance Director
Martha Merrell Furr is MACOA’s Finance Director. She has been Finance Director since April of 1997 when she came down to “help out” temporarily until a new Finance Director could be found and hired!
Martha is a retired Certified Public Accountant with a background in public accounting as an auditor and audit manager. She attended Ole Miss, where she met her husband while both were performing in “The Pride of the South,” the Ole Miss Marching Band.
Martha graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has been married to husband Bill for forty-five years and they have three children: Billy, John and Rachel.
Pam Goodwin - Director of Senior Services
Pam Goodwin attended Francis Marion College and has been married to Bill Goodwin for 33 Years. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. She spent over twenty years in the Nursing Home Industry in Arkansas before moving to Prattville, Alabama in July 1997. Pam worked for the Autauga County Department of Senior Services for three years as the Gillespie Senior Center Manager. She has worked for MACOA’s RSVP Program for the past fifteen years. She loves to quilt, watch old movies and spend time with her family.
Gwen Hayes-Assistant Director of Senior Services
Gwendolyn Kelly-Hayes joined MACOA in April of 2011. She was a Senior Center Manager for MACOA before she became the Assistant Director of Senior Services. She worked with her family business for 30 years. She enjoys
family, puzzles and seniors.
Traci Herndon- Archibald Center Coordinator
Traci has an Associate of Science (Criminal Justice) degree from South University. Her community involvement currently includes her involvement with the Montgomery Humane Animal Shelter. In the past, she has volunteered with Montgomery Habitat For Humanity and AIDS Outreach. She is involved in the music worship at her church. She and her husband have a daughter and a son; also parents of three rescued pets.
Dawn Marie Williams - Director of Donor Relations and Major Gifts
Dawn Marie Williams joined MACOA in April 2018, after relocating to Montgomery from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She proudly claims St. Louis, Missouri as her hometown. Dawn Marie holds Bachelor’s degrees from Washington University-St. Louis in Anthropology and International Development and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University – St. Louis with a concentration in Management. Dawn Marie added to her leadership skill tool kit by attending the Executive Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Dawn Marie began her professional career as a frontline social worker with the Division of Family Services (DFS) in St. Louis County providing home-based services to families with a history of child abuse and neglect. While at DFS, Dawn Marie co-wrote a State grant to implement an enrichment and education program for teen girls. It didn’t take long for Dawn Marie to realize that she had a passion for program development, philanthropy, and non-profit management leading to her career in the non-profit sector serving as a Program Director for a United Way agency with the mission of child abuse prevention, policy work as a Community Development Analyst focused on systems reform utilizing school-based/school-linked service delivery, and as a Medical Social Worker serving medically fragile homebound older adults. With her background and understanding of gaps in service delivery, Dawn Marie began a consulting career mainly with non-profits and foundations. This proved to be a turning point in her career working as a program officer and grants manager for several foundations including the St. Louis Community Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Episcopal-Presbyterian Charitable Health Trust, and St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation. In Washington, DC she worked in the area of national grant-making and policy as a Program Officer with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) managing a portfolio of AmeriCorps grantees and later with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Program Analyst focused on policy and food insecurity programming for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Staying focused on connecting with the community, she has served on a variety of boards and service organizations including Square One Foundation, United Way Allocation panels, the Junior League of St. Louis, and was a participant of Missouri Women in Leadership. Dawn Marie also served as a technical advisor for the Emmy-award winning documentary “When the Bough Breaks” which explored the impact on children with an incarcerated mother. Dawn Marie received a military spouse fellowship and is currently an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC ®).
Dawn Marie is married to Lieutenant Colonel (R) Gregory Harris and they have one grandson. She enjoys acting and is a SAG-AFTRA member, gardening, spending time at the beach, and is a traveling foodie.
Gregory Smith - Director of Development
Gregory Smith joined the MACOA staff as Development Director in June 2019. Gregory holds a Bachelor’s degree from Troy University in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Auburn Montgomery.
With a background in State government, non-profit management, as well in the for-profit sector, Gregory began his professional career as Minority Recruiter at Alabama State University recruiting non-traditional students to the HBCU. His next stop was with the Alabama Department of Public Health as a Health Services Administrator. In that role he was the lead administrator of the Alabama Unwed Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. He then transferred to the Alabama Department of Child Abuse Prevention where he remained for the next 10 years, starting out as a Field Director and ending as Interim Director of the Department.
After leaving State service, Gregory went into non-profit management as Executive Director of Montgomery ARC where he managed an organization of 240 employees and 265 consumers of services. He then became the Executive Director on Mental Health America in Montgomery. After obtaining an Assisted Living Administrator II License, Gregory became the General Manager of Eastdale Estates, a retirement community with over 100 residents.
Gregory currently sits on the Alabama Department of Mental Health Board of Directors and is the Board President of Mental Health America in Montgomery.