Chief Operations Officer/Behavior Specialist/Developmental Disability Professional (DDP)
Danny stepped into the role of COO on July 1, 2023. Danny graduated from Valdosta State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Danny has 5 years’ experience working with children with severe emotional disorders and 6 years’ experience working as a co-teacher in the regular education setting to meet the unique needs of children with a wide variety of special education needs. June 2013 to June 2016, employed part time with Diversified Enterprises as a Behavioral Specialist/Developmental Disability Professional. June 2016 to present full time working in the same capacity. Currently working alongside other behavior professionals, direct support professionals, supervisors, and managers to facilitate the implementation of behavioral supports in the state of Georgia and striving to fulfill the vision of Diversified Enterprises to release the potential of the individuals supported to live the life that THEY LOVE!!!
Izolla began this position on November 1, 2022. Prior to becoming Residential Director, Izolla was Group Home Manager since April 1, 2014. She has been employed with Diversified Enterprises since October of 2011. Izolla has served as a part time and full time Direct Support Professional, as well as a Team Leader before her promotion. Izolla graduated from Berrien High School and also studied psychology for 2 1/2 years at ABAC. She has a background in production where she served as a Product Supervisor II with a poultry company. One of Izolla’s greatest strengths is that she thrives in difficult situations, because of her calm and upbeat personality. Izolla is inquisitive and likes to learn new things. Every job she has ever had, she started at the bottom as worked her way up the ladder. Izolla enjoys working with people and making a difference. Her mission is to always be the example for the people under her leadership. Izolla feels accomplished when she can help enhance someone else’s life. She currently lives in Alapaha, Georgia.
Community Supports Manager
Melinda oversees the day to day operations of the community support division. She is a native of Ashburn, Georgia and has over 17 years of experience in the area of developmental disabilities. Melinda has a passion to provide a means of people to achieve things that they never thought conceivable. Melinda’s top priority is empowering her employees through coaching and mentoring. The community support division encourages and builds on existing social networks and natural sources of support, and promotes inclusion in the community and safety in the home environment.
Community Supports Assistant Manager
Sharon assist the Community Supports Manager in coordinating community services. Sharon has worked in Community Supports since August 1999 as a Direct Support Professional. Sharon has a bubbly personality and is well loved by her co-workers and people she supports. You can always count on her for a good laugh. She was promoted to Assistant Manager in July 2023. She is also a CPR instructor for the organization.
Community Employment Manager
Melissa lives in a rural area about 15 miles south of Tifton, Georgia. She started in the field of Developmental Disabilities in 1999 thru her employment with Diversified Enterprises. Melissa first worked as a clerk in the front office, after about a year she was offered a position as the Community Support Manager, she held this position until 2006, when she was offered a position as the agency trainer and worked as the agency trainer until 2010 when she was offered the position of Community Employment Manager. She has fully embraced the Discovery technique to help people find meaningful employment in the community. Melissa is a certified Direct Support Professional 2011. Melissa has gone thru the Discovery and Profile training Michael Callahan offered in the State of Georgia in 2012. Certified in Customized Employment 2016 and Systematic Instruction 2017, she is also a CESP (Certified Employment Support Professional) 2017. Diversified Enterprises is an Employment First Agency. She has been successful in using the tools taught in Discovery and Profile training to assist people to find employment.
Community Employment Assistant Manager In Training
Sam started his career at Diversified Enterprises in Supported Employment Department as a Job Coach in April 2022. He was promoted to Assistant Manager in Training July 2022. He is currently taking courses through UGA/ACRE for the Employment Services Certificate Program/Professional Level. Sam also works as a professional wrestler on the weekends, so his outgoing personality has allowed him to connect with the people he supports both on and off the job.
RN Nurse Administrator
Brandi graduated from South Georgia College and became a licensed Registered Nurse in 2003. After working in a hospital setting for 6 years, Brandi started part time with Diversified in 2009. Brandi transitioned to full time in 2011, and then became RN Nurse Administrator in 2012.
Amanda started at Diversified Enterprises in December 2022 as the Human Resources Specialist. She had previously worked along side the organization when she worked for New Hire Solutions as their recruitment specialist. In that role, she assisted the organization in finding qualified staff. In her role with DE, Amanda reviews applicants, completes tasks associated with onboarding, and other HR related duties. She also serves as our events coordinator.
Financial Operations Generalist
Jason accepted the position as Financial Operations Generalist July 2023. He started at Diversified Enterprises in March 2007 and worked in data entry for human resources and then moved into payroll. He left for a short while between July 2017 to May 2021 to work as a Bank Examiner for the Department of Banking and Finance. He returned to Diversified to fill the Billing Specialist position in May 2017. Jason has an Associates in Business from ABAC and a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Angel stepped into the role of Residential Manager in October 2022. Prior to this, she worked as a team leader of a group home since 2009. She has shown dedication to the field and the people we support and she strives to make Diversified Enterprises a better organization for the people we support and for our staff.
Developmental Disability Professional
Raven has served as the full time DDP for Diversified Enterprises since July 2022. She reviews documentation and meets with individuals to ensure the quality of services being provided. She attends ISP meetings and monitors progress towards goals. She also serves as the head of the Incident Report Committee.
Host Home Manager
"Without a vision the people perish" is a statement that drives Yolanda to be the mother, wife, advocate, and team player she is today. She has continued to serve people supported at Diversified Enterprises since 2005. Mrs. Powell currently serves as the Residential Manager of the Host Home Life Sharing Department. Mrs. Powell is a certified Person Centered Thinking Trainer. She is also a certified trainer in the Mandt System, Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention, and BCLS. Mrs. Powell has served on the Georgia Learning Community Board, Local School Governance Team for two years, and is the Vice-President of a faith based initiative. She is also co-founder of Parent and Advocate Coalition of Tift County (P. A. C. T.) whose focus is to empower parents with the tools and supports needed to help their children with disabilities gain access to supports in their communities. For the past two years Mrs. Powell has also served as a supporting parent through Parent 2 Parent of GA.
Inclusion is not an event, it's a lifestyle.
Barbara worked as a team leader from April 2016 until January 2021. At that time, she was promoted to Residential Supervisor in the CLS Department. Barbara is well loved by the people she supports because of her kindness and soft-spoken personality. As supervisor, she coordinates services within the CLS department as well as providing direct care when needed.
Chequila has been in her position as Residential Supervisor since March 2023. Though she has left and came back, she has worked as a DSP and Team Leader on and off since 2013. Through her hard work and dedication to the people we support and to the organization, she has excelled in her career and has become a valuable asset to the team. In her current role, she coordinates care within the group homes and provides direct care as well when needed.
Accounts Payable/Training Coordinator
Brianne started in her new role as Accounts Payable/Training Coordinator in August 2023. Prior to that, she worked as an Accounting Clerk and assisted in Human Resources. She assists individuals with managing their Social Security benefits, paying bills for the agency, and does EVV billing for the agency. Brianne has an Associates in Design and Media from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.
Alicia has served as Payroll Clerk since December of 2020. She reviews timesheets and processes payroll on our end for all NHS employees and part-time employees. She also manages the bank accounts for all CLS and Community Supports individuals that Diversified is the representative payee for. Alicia has a Technical Diploma in Business Technology and has a long history of working in bookkeeping, administration, and customer service. She comes to us from Wilcox County and enjoys working with numbers.
Lindsay Van Avery
Lindsay started her career with Diversified Enterprises in October 2008 as a DSP. She was quickly promoted to House Manager/Team Leader within 6 months. She worked in this position until May 2022 when she accepted a position as Records Clerk. "Being a DSP allowed me to experience so many different things over the years. I grew as a person, and it has been life-changing for me with the relationships I built with people over the years." Lindsay's experience working in the field has contributed to her being able to excel in her current position.
Rhonda has worked for Diversified Enterprises since January 2018. She started as a DSP in the CLS Department and then accepted a position as Residential Assistant in July of 2018. Rhonda assists with administrative tasks for the residential department such as updating medication histories, printing forms, updating records, and invoicing of host home providers. She also exemplifies a true team player and assists when needed by providing direct service when the organization is short staffed.
Candace currently serves as DDP and Behavior Specialist since February 2022. Prior to becoming DDP/BSS, Candace worked as Human Resources Specialist for Diversified since March 2014. Candace earned a Masters of Science Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University in 2011. She has several years experience in Human Resources within different fields of employment. Upon working for Hospice as the Volunteer Coordinator and later Business Office Manager, Candace developed an appreciation for employees who choose to work with others to give those individuals a better quality of life; she enjoys that she can provide the administrative support to help Diversified Enterprises’ individuals and employees meet those goals.