Rev. Hal Jones is President and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Jones is an ordained Elder in The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and an accomplished business executive and leader. In his various leadership roles at Emory Healthcare and beyond, Jones has accrued training and deep experience in organizational and team development, leadership development, conflict management, strategic planning, systems and process analysis, quality improvement and customer service. Jones has been driven by his vision of one day using his talents in direct service to The North Georgia Conference and its ministries.
Following a six-year appointment at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church from 1978 to 1984, Jones became Chaplain and Coordinator of Staff Support Services at Emory’s Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He thereafter became the Director of Management Support Services for the hospital and led Crawford Long’s newly launched quality-improvement initiative. Subsequently, he became Director of the hospital’s Division of Quality Management.
Jones has also served as Vice President for Quality at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, and Senior Vice President for The Betty Ford Center, also in Rancho Mirage. In 2003, he was hired as Chief Operating Officer at the Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta. Jones returned to Emory in 2006, ultimately becoming Director of Emory Healthcare’s Office of Care Transformation. In 2015, he became Assistant Dean at Emory’s School of Medicine.
Joshua Harrelson is Vice President of Advancement at The United Methodist Children’s Home. He provides strategic leadership for all aspects of The Children’s Home development, fundraising and marketing initiatives that are aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the ministry.
Harrelson brings several years of advancement experience, marketing strategy and fundraising success to The Children’s Home, including positions at Point University, the North American Mission Board and the Atlanta Mission.
During his tenure at Point University, alumni giving doubled, year-over-year revenue grew by 33 percent and the donor acquisition rate grew more than 10 percent. He also led the development of a new brand strategy at the North American Mission Board.
An ordained minister, Harrelson comes to The Children’s Home eager to engage in care for children and families who come from challenging situations and to be their advocate.
A graduate of the University of Colorado and an outdoors enthusiast, Harrelson lives on a farm with his wife, Pattie, and their three children.
Stan Reiff is Chief Financial Officer of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Reiff’s professional experience includes more than 30 years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting and international missions. He has a unique ability to balance strategic thinking with a deep knowledge of and hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of numerous types of organizations. His civic and professional involvement entails membership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Christian Leadership Alliance and Georgia Society of CPAs. An ordained minister, Reiff is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Alaska and Georgia.
Reiff obtained his bachelor’s degree from Hobe Sound Bible College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska–Fairbanks.
Stephen Cossett is Vice President of Information Technology and Operations Support at The United Methodist Children’s Home. He previously worked for Primerica Life Insurance, where he served in various roles including Lead Engineer, Team Lead, Associate Vice President of Distributed Systems and most recently, Electronics Communications Manager. Cossett has also worked as a consultant for Healthlink Incorporated, a Project Manager for Abaco Mobile and a Technical Project Manager and System Integrator for McKesson HBOC.
Having served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician, Cossett brings a wide range of experience and expertise to The United Methodist Children’s Home and a wealth of knowledge directly connected to controlling and evaluating electronic data operations.
A passionate dog lover and dedicated husband, Cossett understands the importance of service unto others. He and his wife, Tanya, live in Tucker, Georgia, with their two rescued dogs, Buddy and Annika. During his free time, he enjoys visiting the mountains and vacationing with his wife. Raised in Griffin, Georgia, Cossett watched his mom work for a nonprofit organization and find purpose in helping others.
His business philosophy expresses the need to utilize informational technology to enhance organizational capacity and sustain the organizational mission of The United Methodist Children’s Home. He truly believes that the more sophisticated the virtual work processes, the greater the strategic potential to meet organizational goals, helping execute UMCH’s mission of deliverance and service to children and families in need.
Thea Chamberlain is is Vice President of Human Resources at The United Methodist Children’s Home. She has more than 25 years of experience at major companies like Regions Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, ADP, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, The Travelers Companies and Georgia Power. Her knowledge and expertise includes workforce planning, employee relations, workplace investigations, career counseling, performance management, compensation and recruiting.
Chamberlain is accustomed to leading numerous internal teams in office locations across the nation. While at Coca-Cola, she received the Mega-Tag award, voted on by the executive committee, for project work on the redesign of the Corporate Performance Management system. She led the reorganization during Ernst & Young’s merger with Cap Gemini, resulting in the appropriate business and mentoring alignment of 6,000 consulting professionals, resulting in a 93 percent satisfaction rating from leadership and staff. At Travelers, she was recognized for superior performance on special project work with an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Chamberlain holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Professionals and volunteers for United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia.
Mary Vincent is Vice President of Programs at The United Methodist Children’s Home. In her position, she provides executive leadership and oversight to the Foster Care, Family Housing, Transitional Living and Independent Living programs. Vincent has been with The Children’s Home since 2005, when she joined the organization as a foster care worker. In 2010, she took on the role of Independent Living Program Manager, before returning to the Foster Care Program in 2011 as the Program Director. Vincent is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work.