Dr. Mark Griffin began his career in child and family services while he was an undergraduate student working as a youth care worker in a residential care and treatment facility for abused and neglected children and teens. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in clinical/community psychology, and continued his career moving into leadership roles as a program and agency administrator. These positions included serving as head of the Orange County, Florida Department of Children, Youth and Family Services, as the county’s Deputy Director for Health and Human Services, and, after moving to Georgia in 1994, as Executive Director of the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, a Georgia Family Connection agency. After 29 years in this field, Mark transitioned into a second career as a psychology and counseling professor and earned a doctorate in counseling psychology. He taught for 20 years concluding his college teaching career at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus from which he retired in 2018. During both of his careers, Mark also practiced as a licensed professional counselor providing individual, marital and family counseling. Finding that he was not yet ready to sit on the sidelines, Mark “unretired” in 2021 and returned to his original passion, child and family services. He is excited to have the opportunity to lead the White County Family Connection collaborative.
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.
Laura has lived in the surrounding area since 2013 and graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2017. After college, Laura spent over three years as a Ministry Assistant at the Mt. Yonah campus of Concord Baptist Church. Her time at Concord ignited a love for serving and building relationships in the White County community. Laura has a passion for strengthening families and advocating for the needs of children. She has experience working among at-risk children, as well as kinship, foster, and adoptive families. Laura is grateful for the opportunity to utilize her passions to serve families in White County!