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.
Chacolby Burns-Johnson- Director of Development
Chacolby Burns-Johnson joined MACOA in November 2014. Chacolby holds a Bachelor's in Business from Auburn University and a Master's in Public Administration with concentration in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Auburn Montgomery.
Throughout her career she has excelled with an impeccable blend of business and public administration in various capacities of community outreach, public relations, events management, program and volunteer management, and fundraising at Partners In Education, State of Alabama Governor's Office, Family Guidance Center of Alabama, the Montgomery Education Foundation, and Alabama State University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Alabama Chapter where she serves as Communications and Public Relations Chair and she is also a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Montgomery Chapter.
With a genuine commitment to her community, Chacolby has served and actively participated in a diverse array of boards and organizations to include the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology, Montgomery Capital Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassador Committee, Junior League of Montgomery, Leadership Lowndes County Class I, Leadership Montgomery/EMERGE Torchbearers Class III, BONDS Board member, Montgomery Ballet Board member, and Montgomery (AL) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Chacolby enjoys traveling, watching movies, and time on the dance floor. She is married to her husband of nearly fourteen years Fredrick Johnson of Valley, Alabama.
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- Meals On Wheels Coordinator
Gwendolyn Kelly-Hayes joined MACOA in April of 2011. She was a Senior Center Manager for MACOA before she became the Meals On Wheels Coordinator. 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.
Gerri Lusane - Office Manager
Geraldine “Geri” H. Lusane is the Office Manager for MACOA. She graduated with honors from Alabama State University with a BA in Journalism/English and as a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Her love for community service and compassion for the aging population has evolved into 20 years with MACOA.
In addition to her work with seniors, she either formerly or currently volunteers with the Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society, MLK Memorial Choir, ASU Alumni Association, Editor of church newsletter church newsletter, Choir Director, and Co-Director of Children Church.
She is also proud to have assisted in the writing and proofing of the memoirs of the late Lt. Col. Capers A. Homes, Jr. USAF Ret.
Mrs. Lusane and her husband Edward reside in Montgomery, AL and have three daughters (Keiyuna, Eleshia, and Alaina) and eight grandchildren (Ro’keria, Roderick, Jatavian, Tabareus, Christian, Kaitlin, Jackson, and Taylor).
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.