Bernadette Davantes Heckman, Ph.D. is a Georgia-licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Development Services, and Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. She also created and currently serves as Director of the Clinical Health Psychology subspecialty within the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program. Much of her research and clinical career has been dedicated to fighting the AIDS epidemic. Her work in this area began in the early-1990s, when she was actively involved in frontline efforts to reduce HIV-risk reduction via community-level HIV prevention interventions for vulnerable populations at elevated risk for HUIV infection (e.g., individuals who were homeless, persons with severe mental health illness, etc). She later pursued her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and continued to pursue research and clinical services to conceptualize, implement, evaluate and deliver culturally-contextualized risk reduction interventions. Her spouse, Timothy Heckman, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. She has two wonderful children, Adam and Shea.
Jean Martin-Williams is a professor of music at UGA and also serves as Associate Dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She performs regularly with the New York Pops Orchestra, the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, and the Georgia Brass Quintet. A native of Decatur, GA., Jean’s education was at the Manhattan School of Music, from which she was the first brass player to receive a doctoral degree. Dr. Martin-Williams is an active volunteer with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, has twice completed the 3-day 60 mile Breast Cancer walk, and has served on the Parents Advisory Board of the Athens Clarke County School District. She joined the Board in November 2017.
Marcus Head is a graduate University of Georgia with a PhD in Medical Microbiology. He has been with USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service for 18 years where he works as a microbiologist. Marcus is married with 2 wonderful children. He and his family are committed to serving their community and helping out those in need.