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.


Phyllis Fenn-Director of Donor Relations

Phyllis Fenn joined MACOA in October 2015.  An Auburn graduate with a BA in Journalism, her professional career has its roots in the River Region. 

As Membership Director of the Capital City Club for the past 30 years Phyllis contributed to the continued success of Montgomery’s only private dining club meeting the needs of its Members on both a business and social level.  Prior to this she spent eight years in the Advertising, Marketing and Promotion Department for Bass Anglers Sportsman Society coordinating the printing and publication of catalogs, direct mail and magazines.  Fuller & Dees Marketing Group brought her to Montgomery originally as a copywriter and editor for a vast array of fundraising books.

Phyllis is a proud graduate of Leadership Montgomery Class XXXI and a founding Member of Women of Hope supporting breast cancer survivors and their families.  Active in Woodland United Methodist Church in the Pike Road community she donates her time and talents through multiple committees.

Married to her high school sweetheart Jim and the proud mother of one daughter Anna, she loves the combination of a good movie and a bucket of buttered popcorn to make her day.


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.

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 twelve years Fredrick Johnson of Lanett, Alabama. 


Jennifer Dvorak - 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

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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).