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AFS Georgia Team Leadership

Area Team Co-Chair (Atlanta) -- Catherine Rickelman
Catherine has been a volunteer for more than 5 years now. She lives in Marietta and will cover Atlanta needs as well as work together with the Leadership Team on across Georgia needs. She has been an AFS exchange student herself, and hosted 4 times as well as served as a liaison. Catherine also has helped facilitate our Pre-Arrival  Host Family Orientations. She works for IBM from home and has two cats, loves Halloween, and helping exchange students.

Area Team Co-Chair (Savannah) -- Lindsay Norman
Lindsay has been a volunteer for more than 3 years now. She lives in Savannah and will focus on growing the low-country and coastal Georgia region as well as work together with the Leadership Team on across Georgia needs. She is an AFS returnee, Denmark 82-82, and along with her husband and two children, she is currently hosting a young lady from Germany. She likes languages, teaching, kids, travel, music, reading, and food --in any combination!

Area Team Vice Chair (Macon) -- Megan Glimmerveen
Megan has been a volunteer for more than 2 years now and lives in Macon. She will focus on growing that area as well as working with the Leadership Team on any other overall team needs. She has been an exchange student to both Spain and Switzerland and a liaison for the past two years. One of her first volunteer tasks was to escort all of our students to New York as a chaperone… she survived and is still excited about being part of the team! Megan is an attorney and loves making corny slideshows for everyone to watch!!

Support Chair -- Ruth Blackstock
Ruth has been a volunteer for over 7 years and has served as both Team Chair and Support Chair for most of them. She lives in Atlanta and has hosted numerous AFS exchange students. To say that she has seen it all would be an understatement, which makes her the perfect person to lead our support team.

Associate Support Coordinators


Hosting Coordinator(s) - position open
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Allyson Sicard.


Sending Coordinator - Holly Grimes

Holly has been a volunteer for over 10 years and lives in Decatur. Her son went abroad with AFS in 2001, and she is ready to lend a hand wherever we need her. Her focus, however, has always been on helping our Georgia students go abroad. She coordinates interviews and helps with orientations.

Orientation Coordinator(s) -- position open
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Allyson Sicard.

Sponsored Programs Cluster Coordinator -- Sue Loth
Sue is a long-time AFS volunteer and also an AFS returnee. She has held a variety of leadership positions on the team and hosted a number of exchange students throughout her AFS experience. She will be focused on working with our SP students and helping them meet set requirements.

Team Compliance Coordinator -- Janelle Schultz
Janelle has been volunteering with AFS Georgia for a couple years, shortly after moving to Georgia. She went abroad with AFS as a CBYX Scholar and also hosted a girl from Germany last year. Her role is to work with the liaisons to make sure monthly contacts are made and that we stay compliant.

Independent Travel Coordinator -- Joey Clayton
Joey has taken on the role of working with the students and host families to get required approvals for student independent travel. He has been volunteering for the team for 5 years and his daughter recently went abroad with AFS to Italy. 

Returnee Coordinator(s) -- position open
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Allyson Sicard.

Social Activities Coordinator(s) -- position open
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Allyson Sicard.

Treasurer -- Diane Symcheck

Diane is new to volunteering for AFS, but that hasn't stopped her from jumping in with both feet! She lives in Norcross and will be responsible for making sure we cross our T's and dot our I's with regard to the team budget.

NSLI Interviews Coordinators -- Megan Glimmerveen & Gretchen Sanders
Megan is one of our L-Team members and Gretchen Sanders is an NSLI returnee, both helping with coordinating the student interviews.

Website Administrator -- position open
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Allyson Sicard.

Staff Members:

Community Developer -- Allyson Sicard
Allyson is a part-time staff member for AFS-USA with the primary responsibility of growing and developing the volunteer team. Her goal is to support the team however needed, but stay in the background so that the volunteers are the "face" of the organization. She has been in this role for over 6 years and, in recent years, has taken on more responsibility for host family recruitment. Allyson is an AFS returnee, Venezuela 1982-83, and was a host sister to a girl from Brazil as well as AFS Club President when she was in high school.

Team Development Specialist - Julie Smith
Julie is a full-time AFS-USA staff member who manages the Florida and Georgia teams. In her role as Team Development Specialist, she works in partnership with AFS volunteers on both teams to secure host families, support team plans, ensure compliance, and continually develop the area. She started as a Community Developer for Florida in 2012 and then assumed the role of TDS in 2013. Julie has temporarily hosted several AFS students in her home in Winter Park, Fla., or in her beach house in Cocoa Beach.