Sheila Studdard, Chairperson - Sheila earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercer University and her Master’s Degree from Georgia State University. Sheila was a member of the Atlanta Police Department from August 1990 until January 2001. She was first elected to serve as Fayette County’s Clerk of Courts in 2000. She serves as Clerk and Court Administrator for the Superior Court, State Court and Magistrate Court of Fayette County. Sheila was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to Chair the Superior Court Clerk’s Retirement Fund of Georgia. Sheila also serves as the District 6 Director of COAG (Constitutional Officers of Georgia). Sheila was honored as one of three finalists for Georgia’s Clerk of the Year in 2010. She and her husband David live in Fayetteville and have one son, Jack.
Kevin D. Abernathy – An attorney in the Atlanta office of Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, served as Deputy Legislative Counsel and Special Deputy Legislative Counsel to Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. Abernathy earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Georgia State College of Law. He was appointed to the Clerks’ Retirement Board in 2010.
Brian Brannon – Brian was elected Gordon County Clerk of Superior Court in 2004. He has served on numerous committees in the GSCCA and is presently serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia. Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Brian to the Board of Commissioners of the Superior Court Clerks’ Retirement Fund of Georgia in 2008 and was recently appointed a second term. In his spare time, Brian enjoys hunting and fishing, weight training and endurance sports. He also enjoys spending time with his “Clerk Family”. Brian resides in Calhoun, GA with his wife, Melissa and two daughters, Anna and Jenna.
Joanne Caldwell – Joanne served as Superior Court Clerk of Rockdale County from January 1, 1985 to December 31, 2008. During that time she was singled out for many awards including Clerk of the Year State of Georgia, 1995. She was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to the Superior Court Clerks Retirement Board in 1992 and is a current Board Member as well as past Chairwoman. She was President of Georgia Superior Court Clerks Association in 1994 and a member of the Superior Court Clerks' Training Council. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Conyers where she is an adult Sunday School teacher. She was married to the late James W. Caldwell, has one son and three grandchildren.
Sandra C. Glass – Sandra was elected Clerk of Superior Court of Oconee County in 1979, having been Deputy Clerk as well as Clerk to the Oconee County Board of Commissioners. She retired December 31, 2000. As Superior Court Clerk, she served on the Superior Court Clerks’ Training Council; was appointed to the Georgia Courts Automation Commission; and served on the first Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority Board as it was being developed. She was Chairperson of the 10th District Clerks’ Association and President of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Association. Sandra was appointed to the Retirement Board in 1994. Sandra now lives in Greensboro, her home town. She was married 53 years to the late Roger P. Glass, Sr. and has five children and seventeen grandchildren. Sandra is very active in her church as Choir Director and Sunday School teacher.
Carolyn Williams – Carolyn began serving as Clerk of Superior Court on July 1, 1987 when, as Chief Deputy Clerk, she filled the unexpired term of the former clerk. She was then elected in July 1988. She has also served as Juvenile Court Clerk since being elected. Carolyn was appointed to the Retirement Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2008. She has since been appointed to a second term. She also serves on the Superior Court Clerks’ Training Council and is Chairperson of the 4th,5th & 6th District Clerks.
Carolyn also serves on various committees of the Clerks Association, the Council of Superior Court Clerks and the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia She has served as Secretary/Treasurer, 1st Vice President, President and Past President of the Clerks’ Association of Georgia. She was also appointed to the Georgia Court Automation Committee and various committees in the state.
When not working, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading and line dancing.
She lives in Concord with her husband of 48 years, John. They have four children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. She goes to the Church of Joy in Williamson.
When asked what she likes about being Clerk, she responded “I love people and serving them. It is most rewarding to me when I have helped someone or solved a problem for them. A whole new world opened up for me when I became Clerk. I gained new friends and a new family.”
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