Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees2019-01-12T13:44:53+00:00

Volunteers serve on Family Promise of Gwinnett’s Board of Trustees. They usually serve for three years, but it is possible to serve in short-term roles. For information on becoming a Board member, e-mail

The current members are:

Sarah Jackson is an accountant and consultant with over 10 years of experience in federal grant funding for education, training and workforce development for unemployed and underemployed individuals. She truly knows “it takes a village” and is extremely passionate about empowering families to achieve self-sufficiency.

While serving on the board for Family Promise, Sarah would like to increase community partnerships, as well as college student involvement/volunteerism in addition to collaborating with families for education/career opportunities.

Dr. C. Douglas Johnson is a multi-faceted scholar/practitioner with varied experiences in academia, consulting and corporate America. He leverages his educational, applied and lived experience to facilitate active learning geared to enhance personal and professional development. Equipped with degrees (and practice) in accounting, human resources, and industrial/organizational psychology, Douglas engages in competency development with students and serves in the community to affect the quality of life through education leadership development efforts. He strives to inspire social action and transformation, while serving as a voice for those living in the shadows of society to include those facing housing insecurity.

He is an active community leader, serving in roles and on boards of organizations whose missions align with his objectives (such as Leadership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Public Schools Community-Based Mentoring Program, and the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated). He is committed to the development of the next generation of leaders as evidenced by his work as a Professor of Leadership and Management at Georgia Gwinnett College, his research, volunteerism, and being an active father.

Gwen Perkins is a vice president and Treasury Product Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank. She has 23 years of experience in banking, primarily in Treasury Management serving in sales and consulting roles. Gwen has earned designation as a Certified Treasury Professional from the Association for Financial Professionals. She holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Mississippi State University. Gwen became interested in the cause of homelessness as a volunteer at a homeless shelter many years ago. Over the past 20 years she has worked to design and deliver training and personal development initiatives in various settings. Gwen’s passion is helping others understand and experience the abundant life that comes from knowing themselves and who they are in Christ. She currently serves as a mentor with the Family Promise Mentoring program and as a volunteer with the Salt Light Center. Her hobbies include traveling, sports and music.

Greg Starks is an award-winning media professional with over two decades of experience in video production. He is a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.

Greg’s favorite Bible passage comes from Ephesians 6. The directive to put on “The Full Armor of God” resonates with him because he sees it as a call to stand for those who are in need. Greg’s public service work includes feeding migrant farm workers in north Florida, assisting in an adult literacy program, and producing video content for numerous charitable organizations. He is a recipient of the Ronald McDonald House “Caring and Sharing” Award.

Greg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia in 1996. A native of Dalton, GA, Greg currently serves as Assistant Director of Digital Media at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

Hope Underwood is the Senior Accountant at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville.  She received a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Auburn University.  Hope and her family have been active members at FUMC Lawrenceville since 1990 and she has been on staff since 1996.

Through her church, Hope has volunteered with Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, the Lawrenceville Co-op, Wishes 4 Me Foundation and other local and foreign missions.  Serving on the board of Family Promise in an honor and a great place to join God where he is already at work in our community.