Director – Matt Elder
Matt was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia when he was four years old. He went to Gwinnett County Public Schools then went to college at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public administration. Before joining Family Promise, he worked for four years with the Gwinnett County Community Development Program here he oversaw the administration of the Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnerships Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant. He and his wife Amanda live in Lawrenceville.
Whitney Bexley, Program Director, came to Family Promise of Gwinnett County from Street Grace where she spent four years as a program manager, fighting to put an end to domestic minor sex trafficking. At Street Grace, she also collaborated with state-level agencies and served as the liaison for both faith-based and community partners. Whitney received a Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology and brings a unique set of skills that include community outreach, grassroots organizing, and developing collaborative solutions through public private partnerships.
Rodney Jones, SaltLight Director, grew up in a military family and knew early on his passion for serving individuals in need. After earning his bachelor’s degree in education from Brewton Parker College, he had the opportunity working in the criminal justice system rehabilitating violent offenders as a counselor. He brings more than 20 years of case management and social services experience to Family Promise of Gwinnett. Rod’s experience working with a wide variety of people made him the ideal candidate for the Salt Light Center Director. He previously worked as a case manager with Fulton County Accountability Court serving individuals who suffered with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. He has also held positions working with homeless veterans affiliated with the VA hospital, incarcerated men and women seeking help in areas of permanent supportive housing, and juveniles needing positive mentors to allow for successful growth. His diversity brings added strength for crisis intervention, addiction counseling, and expertise in the field of case management.
Sebrina Durden, SaltLight staff
Brittany Hunt, SaltLight staff
Joe Jones, Van Driver
Susan Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator
Billy Lloyd, Van Driver
Robin Pangborn, SaltLight staff
Yvonne Waters, Resource Advocate