Our Team


Cheyenne Thornton, Coordinator

Cheyenne graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a concentration in forensics. Immediately upon graduation she took a position as Victim Services Coordinator with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. While there, she recognized a gap in services for children who had reported abuse and herself, along with a handful of others, started the South Enotah Child Advocacy Center, where she served as the founding board president and Executive Director. In 2018, the Coordinator position with White County Family Connection became available and she jumped at the opportunity to serve families in a more systemic way. Her current job duties as Coordinator include providing leadership and oversight of all programs and services and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission and financial objectives. She has truly enjoyed serving the community in this way and looks forward to many more years of service!

Annette Boswell, Family Advocate

Annette has been the Family and Youth Advocate for 14 years. This includes working with low-income and at-risk youth with Family Connection as well as the Director of a summer camp for 10 years targeting at-risk youth. She has been trained in facilitating Family Team Meetings, facilitating Stewards of Children, Bridges Out of Poverty, Family Promise homeless training, Botvin Life Skills, Check and Connection Mentoring, and received training by the Council on Alcohol and Drugs in various substance abuse-related things. Lastly, she has received IMPACT training given to potential foster parents.

Madison Skilling, Family Advocate

Madison grew up in Metro-Atlanta and now resides in Northeast Georgia, with her husband, Zachary. They are pursuing membership at Christ Family Church after recently moving back from Louisville, KY, where Zachary started seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Madison received her Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from the University of North Georgia. She has previously taught ESL classes, worked at the seminary her husband now attends online, and served families through WinShape Camps and The Branch Church. Madison is humbled by the opportunity to serve White County and is looking forward to each relationship formed and being a part of the Lord’s work in the community!

Board of Directors:

Chair:Marlon Caldwell, Community Volunteer

Vice-Chair: Vacant

Secretary: Shanda Murphy, White County Clerk

Treasurer: Mitchelle Johnson, Retired BCBS Executive

Manning Minton, Associate Pastor of Students and Families at Cleveland First Baptist

Rick Kelley, Sheriff

Michael Humphrey, White County Public Libraries

Dr. Laurie Burkett, White County Schools Superintendent

Steve Barlett, Mountain Education Charter High School

Nan Bowen, City Council 

Mary Guinn, Habersham EMC

Scott Bardenwerper, Retired DNR Officer