Meet the Staff
Who Makes This Work?
Why it’s Jesus, of course! But He gets a bit of help from these folks who make it possible for the volunteers to become superstars!
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
Laura Drake, Director
Laura has served as Director of the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op since 2008. Prior to this position, Laura volunteered at the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry for 7 years. Laura’s call to serve came shortly after asking Christ into her life. She desires to create a haven of rest for all who are weary and need hope and encouragement.
Dot Desjardin, Assistant Director
Dot joined the Co-op staff in 2017. Her previous experience with local mission has equipped her for this role with the Co-op. Dot has a heart for serving the Lord. Her attention to detail and love for the community combine to make her an effective and dynamic member of our Co-op staff. Dot manages the front end office and oversees our volunteer ministry.
LaShawn Alford, Pantry Manager
After volunteering at the Co-op since 2014, LaShawn has joined our staff as Pantry Manager. LaShawn has a passion for serving people and enjoys growing and empowering volunteers as she serves the community. Her welcoming spirit and leadership presence are a blessing at the Co-op.
Regan Wooley, Special Programs
Regan oversees programs that serve our senior clients, including Seasoned with Love and CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program). We are blessed by Regan’s compassion, kindness, and vision for serving the aging in our community.
Linda Tyler, Staff Assistant
After volunteering for several years in all capacities, Linda has joined our staff in the role of Staff Assistant. She is committed to serving with integrity, dedication, and resourcefulness.
Tonya Hagan, Staff Assistant
Tonya joined our staff in April 2020 to assist in our response to Covid 19. She plays a critical role in our data integrity and reporting accuracy. Tonya is committed to not only the business side of the Co-op but also building relationships with the families that we serve.
Board of Directors
The local church is the heart of our organization. Churches that donate at least $1,200 during a calendar year, conduct at least one food drive, and encourage volunteer participation at the Co-op are designated as Supporting Churches. Each Supporting Church is entitled to appoint one of its members to the Co-op’s Board of Directors. Currently, 22 churches are qualified as Supporting Churches of the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.
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