John is a semi-retired consultant with more than thirty year’s experience managing state and local government programs and departments in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. His consulting work focuses on criminal justice / juvenile justice reform efforts using evidence-based practices that optimize outcomes. Clients include federal, state, and local government entities as well as non-profit agencies. John has served as the Executive Director for two non-profit agencies and was a founding member of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators. He is currently a Senior Consultant with the National Drug Court Institute and trains local court systems nationally supported by the U.S. Justice Department. John has a long, successful history of working with the state government and legislature to advocate for adults with developmental disabilities and promote systems change. He lives in Flowery Branch with his lovely wife, Weda, and likes spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. One of John’s daughters receives support from Georgia Options in her own home, allowing her to develop a sense of independence and the opportunity for self-determination that is not available through any other provider in the state. John joined the Board to help support this work and to expand access to others.
CPA, P.C., Board Treasurer
After graduating from LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA with a Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting Ronda embarked upon her accounting career. After Accountant and Accounting Management positions with independent accounting firms, Ronda earned her CPA in 1991 and purchased her first CPA office in 2003. With offices in both Athens and Monroe, GA she and her staff conduct Audits & Financial Reviews for-profit and non-profit business and tax preparations for individuals and all types of entities. Ronda’s firm also provides cash management, payroll, business, and estate consulting services. Business clients include manufacturing, construction, real estate, recreation, product distribution, and various types of non-profits. Ronda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AICPA Peer Review Program, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Accountancy Advisory Board for Athens Technical College, and the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Joe Cubells
Dr. Cubells is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of Medical Services at the Emory Autism Center. Dr. Cubells serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Options because he recognizes the critical importance of supporting adults with special needs so they can live in their own homes, and participate in their own communities. Together with his colleague P. Danielle Belva, MSN, he follows more than 500 patients and families living with autism and related neurodevelopmental or genetic conditions. Working with the neurodevelopmentally disabled community has led Dr. Cubells to advocate for the members of this community because, in his 16 years of work with people living with such disabilities, he has learned that they share the same hopes and dreams that all of us have. Dr. Cubells believes that Georgia Options is at the forefront of formulating innovative strategies for helping adults with special needs live full, dignified lives.
Rita is a retired banker and former owner of a floral and gift shop. She has served in various volunteer roles with Georgia Options since its inception and is the proud mother of an adult daughter that receives services from the organization. Rita also serves on Georgia Options’ Quality Assurance Committee, promoting safe and healthy lives for the people supported.
Jason is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and a founding partner of Highland Trust Partners. He began his financial services career while still in college. Following his graduation from Georgia, Jason had the option to join his family’s cryogenics business. However, a position had been created for Jason on Mark Cross’ team, and he accepted. He was named a financial specialist and placed on the junior broker track. Following the completion of his Series 7 securities representative examination and the junior broker program, Jason obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. In addition to his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, Jason maintains the Chartered Special Needs Consultant® designation. Christy and Jason’s son Drew who is a fun, loving, opinionated and mess-making little boy is a fighter of a rare disease. This has led Jason and Christy to be advocates in all aspects of Drew’s life. If you ask Jason why he chose to help others in the special needs community, “sometimes your job finds you”. For this reason, Jason understands the importance of providing individuals of all abilities the opportunity for independent living.