The board is made up of ordinary citizens, who volunteer their time and expertise to support the work of Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb.
Bo Gaiason, President
Classical guitarist Bo Gaiason is an Atlanta native. Bo currently works on the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. “Serving on the Board of Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb is a way to embody the ideal that a community that neglects even one of its members is no community at all.”
Gillian Grable, Vice President
“Citizen advocacy gives our community a heartfelt experience of the beloved community that Martin Luther King, Jr. so fervently challenged us all to create. When people see their neighbors, co workers, friends, and family in relationships with folks who have been invisible, people experience an image of what is possible.”
Woodrow (Woody) A. Hall, Treasurer
Woody has been involved with Citizen Advocacy for more than 25 years. Having formerly served as Board Chair, Woody is now contributing his skills and expertise as Chair of the Fundraising and Finance Committees.
Les Klemperer, Secretary
Les is a former VP and Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Delta Air Lines. He currently teaches contract law at Emory University.
Donald is an Atlanta native who works for the Atlanta City Council. He sees “servant-hood” as his highest calling. “I enjoy being a servant to the Public. My role as a Citizen Advocacy board member allows me to echo the voice of those often not heard.”
When he is not serving the Public, Donald can be found admiring Japanese Cherry Blossom trees. He is even growing his own.
Jacquee is an Atlanta-based business writer whose love for language launched a celebrated writing career. “I love digging in and uncovering our true selves through the art of storytelling.The same thing that draws me to a good story – a personal commitment to build community – is what attracted me to Citizen Advocacy. It is one of the ways I pay my rent for being here, by contributing to improving the human condition.”
Paula is a civil trial lawyer who began representing people with developmental disabilities and actively participating in the disability movement in 1990. She served on the Board of Citizen Advocacy some years ago and is pleased to return to the Board this year to support its work and mission.
Garrick started out as an advocate for the blind community, but broadened his activism upon realizing that all people with disability labels are in a fight for equality. His greatest joy is helping vulnerable people feel empowered and he considers it a matter of personal integrity to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
Garrick is a self-described “sports fanatic” and “feminist.” He brings his deep passion for social justice and quick wit to this board.
“I make friends easily and have always had a lot of friends. They say I make them happy, but I say they make me happy. I have always wanted to teach people how to treat people with disabilities. I have taught my friends.” Betty has three suggestions: “1) Don’t pity me or people like me. 2) Don’t talk loud because you think all people with disabilities are deaf. Ask first. 3) Talk to the person with a disability, not through another person.”
Zak has worked in the non-profit arena for more than 13 years. He currently works for Apple. In addition to serving on the board, he is a citizen advocate matched with an amazing woman named Michele.
Morgan is a native of Southwest Atlanta. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Hampton University. Since discovering her passion for human rights and advocacy, Morgan is striving to bring awareness to issues surrounding discrimination against people with disabilities. This is her first year serving on the Board and she looks forward to many more.