Hal-Jones-Pic-072016Rev. 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.



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.


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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.


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Ebony Harris
is Director of Residential programs at  The United Methodist Children’s Home.  Ebony has spent most of her career advocating and developing systemic programming for transition-age foster youth. Ebony previously served as State Independent Living Program Director for Georgia’s Department of Human Services Division of Family & Children Services from 2007 – 2012 and has over 15  years of child welfare field experience in the areas of independent living, foster & therapeutic group care, adoptions, and youth transitional services.  Ebony has Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Alabama State University and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.




maryMary Vincent is Program Director of Foster Care Services at The United Methodist Children’s Home where she works primarily out of the Decatur office. 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.




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