Meet Our Board
a family man with a lovely wife, Audrey, and two lovely children Sam and Isabel. He was born and raised in the Atlanta metro area and moved his family to Dawson County in 2010 where he has played a very active role in the community. As a civil engineer, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Corey was previously employed as the Dawson County Engineer and now owns his own firm, Ensite Civil Consulting. Corey became a mentor in 2010 upon his arrival in Dawson County and continues to lead the young men of our community as a mentor and as a Board member of the Next Generation Youth Development program.
Chad has been a resident of Dawson County for all his life. He is a graduate from North Georgia College with a degree in Computer Science. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for 18 years and they have a 14 year old son, Lucas. He has been employed at Geek Squad for 9 years and works throughout the year with the Geek Squad Academy program, running STEM camps with at-risk teens in 13 states. This program provided the passion he found to help mentor at-risk teens. He had the opportunity to spend time at the Clubhouse, and was able to attend a few events with the teens and fell in love with the program. Chad is NxTG's newest board member, having joined in 2020.
Gaye has been a resident of Dawson County for over 25 years and has been employed by Dawson County Board of Education for the past 15 years. She has a strong ties and commitment to the community as seen by her volunteer experience which includes: service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), youth mentor with Next Generation Youth Development, and PTA President & Secretary/Treasurer for Dawson County Middle School and Riverview Middle School. Ms. Palmer has served as a Board member for the Dawson County Library and Family Connection. Previous employment includes community organizations such as Ric-Rac and Dawson County Parks and Recreation. She is Next Generation’s longest standing board member, having joined in 2002.
Dr. Lauren C. Johnson is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia. She is currently serving as Interim Department Head for Culture, Language, and Leadership in the College of Education. She received her MA in TESOL from Teachers College of Columbia University and PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Johnson has taught at the K-12 and university levels in the United States, Venezuela, and China. She conducts research in the areas of cultural studies, applied anthropology, and the anthropology of education on issues of ethnicity and inequality, immigration, and diversity pedagogy. She has published peer-reviewed articles and has presented at numerous academic conferences on the topics of diversity in the field of anthropology, social justice education, and social inequality in the Unites States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Jacqueline is a retired labor and delivery nurse who resides in Fulton County. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BSN degree, where she went on to work for 22 years for Northside Hospital. She has been married for 30 years to Robert, and has two grown girls, Haedan 28 and Kate 23. She has a heart for children, and was a foster parent for 38 newborn babies. She was first introduced to the Clubhouse by her daughter, Kate, who was an education major at UNG. She had the opportunity to spend time at the Clubhouse, and was amazed to see how they were changing the lives of at risk kids. This is her second year as a NxTG Board member.
As Interim Director of Finance & Administration for NGN, Alyssa is responsible for the financial operations, administrative services, and strategic business planning of NGN. Alyssa has been a part of the NGN family of companies for over six years now and has played a key role in a variety of different business sectors within the organization. She began her career in 2013 with NGN Connect, where she oversaw the company’s accounting functions, managed daily office operations, instituted the company’s new billing system, and played a strong role in the launch of the NGN Education Exchange with event coordination, website development, and strategic partner relations.
Alyssa graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, with a concentration in Telecommunications and a Graduate Certificate in Media Industry Research.