Meet Our Staff
Paula Phillips - Executive Director: Paula's experience in providing rehabilitation programs spans over 28 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work, and her Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Non-Profit Organization concentration from Brenau University.
Beth Cook - Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper: Beth is responsible for all contracts, grant management, and Georgia State billing procedures, including accounts payable and payroll.
Wayde Powell - Job Readiness Trainer: Wayde earned his Masters Degree from North Georgia College. He has two years of post-graduate study in Adult Education at the University of Georgia. He instructs clients in interviewing skills, job applications, and location of job opportunities.
Roger Swafford - Marketing & Employment Specialist: Roger is responsible for job training and community site development. He also coordinates transportation needs for the trainees.
Louella Cagle - Contract O.E. Manager: Lou is responsible for the Organization Employment Services trainees. Her duties also include quality control, shipping & receiving and production management.
Linda Amato - Special Projects Director: Linda is a graduate of Piedmont College and earned her Masters in Art Therapy from the Vermont College of Norwich University. Linda develops new programs to expand client�s options for services and employment opportunities and researches alternative funding sources for the organization. In addition, she assists trainees who are interested in starting self-employment and conducts various assessments and evaluations.
Kevin Dockery - Contract Training & Project Manager: Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from North Georgia College & State University. His duties include production management and shipping & receiving. Kevin works closely with many of our contractors to ensure the set-up and completion of the production orders.
Jeanene Blake - Trainer: Jeanene teaches work skills and supervises trainees in meeting daily production goals. She also has extensive training in sign language.
Linda Belden - Employment Specialist-Partnership Development: Linda has over 10 years of staffing and HR experience. Linda works with organizations throughout Georgia to create partnerships and programs with companies for our production and logistics services. Linda also educates organizations on working with persons with disabilities, which allows us to provide training for our clients. This offers our clients the experience and ability they need to gain employment in the community.
Ron Smith - Marketing and Employment Representative: Ron joined Rehabilitation Industries in 2011 to assist in job development in the Athens area and surrounding counties. He assists individuals with applications, interviews and support on the job.