Fozia Eskew is the Director of Child Health for the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Eskew previously worked as an Early Intervention Coordinator, promoting pediatric perspective among public heath staff regarding their programs and services they provide for children. She serves as a board member for Childkind, Inc. and on the March of Dimes Grants Review Subcommittee. Fozia has two daughters and resides in Fayette County.
Heidi Evans is the Director of Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services (PINES), an early intervention program for children who have hearing loss and/or vision loss. Prior to being named Director, she served as the SKI-HI Program Coordinator for Georgia PINES. Evans worked as an educator for two decades in the Cobb County School District: Twelve years as a PreK/Primary teacher for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, two years as a Lead Teacher for the D/HH and Vision Impaired programs of the district, and six years as Special Education Supervisor for the D/HH, VI, and OI (Orthopedically Impaired) programs in the Cobb district. She was also responsible for the district-wide hearing and vision screening program, Assistive Technology department, Audiology, Educational Interpreters, and Adapted PE programs. Prior to her work in Cobb, she served DHH students in Fulton County for two years, and in Hillsborough County, Florida, for six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Education for D/HH students from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida – as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in Education from Walden University. Evans holds a certification in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Technological Early Intervention Tools for Families of Children with Hearing Loss: Parental Perspectives.”
Lori Jackson is a Regional Coordinator at Parent to Parent Georgia, assisting families who have children with special needs in all aspects of life. Jackson has recently focused on helping families transition from youth to adult healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University. Jackson has two children and resides in Lowndes County.
Windy Scott is an EFMP Family Support Coordinator at Moody Air Force Base. Scott assists Moody family members with special needs and ensures that families have the resources and medical care they need when they arrive to or depart from, any military installation. Scott and her husband, Craig, are the parents of two children and reside in Lowndes County.
Judy Threlkeld is the district manager for the South Health District’s Babies Can’t Wait program and has over thirty years of experience in the field of Early Intervention. Judy holds a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. She sits on several community boards and coalitions that serve young children and families, including the Lowndes Interagency Coordinating Council, Lowndes Family Connections, Georgia Home Visiting, Head Start, Birth to Eight, and VSU Special Education and Communication Disorders. She has been the recipient of several state awards such as the Excellence in Partnership and Right Work-Right Way Award for her contributions to community partnerships and to the organization. Threlkeld is the mother of three adult children and resides in Valdosta with her husband of thirty-five years, Bennett.
Taylor Worland is a parent of a child with multiple special needs. Her daughter is nine years old and diagnosed with Autism. Worland has experienced early intervention services firsthand and works as an Early Intervention Specialist with Georgia PINES, serving families of children with hearing and/or vision impairments. She received her M.Ed. from Utah State University’s SKI-HI program in 2011 and has been working in early intervention since that time.
Marcus Wiedower is a member of the Georgia State Legislature, representing State House District 119. Wiedower is a Real Estate Consultant and the father of three children. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for twenty years and are members of Athens Church.