Rev. Hal Jones is President and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Hal 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, Hal 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. Hal 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 1978-1984, Hal became Chaplain and Coordinator of Staff Support Services at Emory’s Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. Hal thereafter became the Director of Management Support Services for the hospital and led Crawford Long’s newly launched quality improvement initiative. Subsequently, he became the Director of the Division of Quality Management at Crawford Long.
Hal has accumulated 25 years of leadership experience serving in a variety of roles, including Vice President for Quality at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, and Sr. Vice President for The Betty Ford Center, also in Rancho Mirage. In 2003, Hal was hired as the Chief Operating Officer at Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta. Hal returned to Emory in 2006 ultimately becoming Director of Emory Healthcare’s Office of Care Transformation. In 2015, Hal became Assistant Dean at Emory’s School of Medicine.
Stan Reiff is Chief Financial Officer of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Stan’s professional experience includes over 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 many 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, Stan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Alaska and Georgia.
Stan obtained his bachelor’s degree from Hobe Sound Bible College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.
John Cerniglia is Vice President of Development at The United Methodist Children’s Home. John worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America from 2012-2015 to bring new fundraising initiatives through integrated direct marketing and alumni relations. His team developed new models of collaborative fundraising with local clubs, consulted with clubs on major and planned gift strategies, assisted with both strategic planning and board engagement, and provided contemporary resource development education. Previously, John served in a wide range of resource development leadership roles at the worldwide headquarters for Habitat for Humanity International.
Earlier in his career, John served for 11 years as executive director for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, where he was responsible for guiding organizational development, strategy, and constituent relations. John has directly solicited and closed dozens of current commitments from high net-worth individuals, and his accomplishments have been reported in Fundraising Success Magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
John is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He has served as adjunct faculty for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University since 2006, teaching major gifts and capital campaigns. He has served on the U.S. Board of Directors for Africa Inland Mission since 2012, helping govern this $35 million ministry with 700 missionaries.
John and his wife Cassondra met while studying at Houghton College, a Wesleyan liberal arts school in upstate New York. They live in Peachtree City with their son Zac and worship at Peachtree City United Methodist Church.
Stephen Cossett is Vice President of Information Technology and Operations Support at The United Methodist Children’s Home. Stephen worked for Primerica Life Insurance, where he served in various roles since 2000, including, Lead Engineer, Team Lead, Associate Vice President of Distributed Systems, and most recently, Electronics Communications Manager. Prior to his employment with Primerica, Stephen spent some time as a consultant with Healthlink Incorporated, a Project Manager with Abaco Mobile, and a Technical Project Manager and System Integrator with McKesson HBOC.
Also, having served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician, Stephen 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, Stephen understands the importance of service unto others. Stephen and his wife, Tanya, live in Tucker, Georgia with their two rescued dogs, Buddy and Annika. During his free time, Stephen enjoys visiting the mountains and vacationing with his wife. Raised in Griffin, Georgia, Stephen watched his mom work for a non-profit 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. Stephen truly believes that the more sophisticated the virtual work processes, the greater the strategic potential to meet organizational goals; helping execute our mission of deliverance and service to children and families in need.
Thea Chamberlain is Vice President of Human Resources at The United Methodist Children’s Home. Thea is a Human Resources professional with over 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.
She is accustomed to leading numerous internal teams in office locations across the nation. While at The Coca-Cola Company Thea received the Mega-Tag award voted by the executive committee for project work on redesign of Corporate Performance Management system. She led the reorganization during Ernst & Young merger with Cap Gemini resulting in appropriate business and mentoring alignment of 6000 Americas consulting professionals resulting in 93% satisfaction rating from leadership and staff. At Traveler’s she was recognized for superior performance on special project work with an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Versed in Acquisitions and Mergers, Training, Change Management, and Culture initiatives, Thea implemented programs like “Who moved my cheese”, “Safe to Say” executive awareness, and “Build the Best Team” mentoring initiatives.
Thea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Georgia and 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; providing executive leadership and oversight to the Foster Care, Family Housing, Transitional Living, and Independent Living programs. Mary 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. Mary 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.