Board of Trustees

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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:

Valerie Curry

Valerie Curry is the 2017 founder of Ms. Curry’s Neighborhood, an educational consulting business that empowers the academic and personal growth of children (especially at-risk and exceptional ones), their families, and their educators. Valerie taught school for 13 years, was a technical trainer/writer at Bellcore and Bell Labs for two decades, and also worked for a decade as a professional actor and playwright.

Valerie did graduate work in theology at Drew University as a Stafford Scholar and in teaching at New Jersey City University; she completed her bachelor’s degree at Brown University. She is a mother and grandmother, and has been a Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteer since 1989. She and her late husband spent their first nights together in Millburn, NJ, as overnight hosts!

Sarah Jackson

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.

Eboni Johnson, a Tennessee native, earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from  Tennessee State University in Nashville. She also earned her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Memphis.

Eboni taught primary school for over 15 years and had the pleasure of teaching college courses during that time as well. She has served on the board of several non-profits over the past 15 years and truly feels it is her duty to help others. Eboni currently resides in Duluth with her three children, and she is actively working as a realtor.

Douglas Johnson

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.

Greg Starks

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.

Smitty Thomas earned a degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He began his career with The Singer Company then transitioned to a food service distributor in the Baltimore / Washington, D.C., area before being employed by Sonoco Products in Norcross. He and his wife Emily have one daughter and two grandsons.

Smitty has been very involved at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville for more than 30 years. He was one of the first volunteers for Family Promise of Gwinnett County and has been a Sunday morning truck driver as well as volunteer with the Bed Race. He has been involved with the Central Gwinnett High School Foundation and was recently appointed to the Lawrenceville Development Authority.

Hope Underwood

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.