Council term: 2012-2014
Anthony is the Court Improvement Coordinator with Georgia EmpowerMEnt, and he also travels across the country as a foster care advocate speaking on behalf of youth in foster care. Prior to joining Georgia EmpowerMEnt, Anthony was an Intern with the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children. Anthony worked alongside the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Perdue, in January 2006, advocating for policies that support the state’s foster care parents and foster care agencies. Anthony is also a Foster Club All-Star. In 2007 he was recognized for his work on behalf of foster youth by the Georgia State House of Representatives with House Resolution 789. In 2008 Anthony was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to serve on the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism.
Anthony’s passion for helping youth in care stems from his own personal experiences. He entered the State of Georgia’s Foster Care System at the age of eleven because his grandmother was no longer able to care for him, and his mother could not be found. While in foster care, Anthony lived in more than five different foster homes and shelters before finally receiving permanent placement with Families First. Anthony found stability in a family-like atmosphere there, where his social worker, Grady Jenkins, provided fatherly guidance and continues to be a paternal role model. With the help of Families First, Grady Jenkins, and his inherited maternal figure/mentor, Angela Stover, Anthony’s foundation grew strong.
After graduating from high school, Anthony earned an Associates Degree in Electronic Computer Technology from the DeVry Institute. Anthony has also worked Families First as a Relief Parent where he gives back to the kids just as Grady Jenkins gave to him. Anthony is now in the process of starting his on the organization, Leaders of Change, which utilizes his talents to motivate and inspire others.