Gwinnett Coalition Staff
President and CEO
Renée Byrd-Lewis serves as President and CEO of the Gwinnett Coalition an organization dedicated to leading systems change to address Gwinnett County’s most complex social issues. Nearly three decades of private and public sector experience fuels a diverse portfolio of capabilities in community development, social responsibility, and communications. Previous roles include Vice President of Advancement and Strategic Communications at Georgia Gwinnett College, Director of Community Relations at Cisco Systems and Scientific Atlanta, and senior consultant for nonprofits seeking to increase organizational capacity. Ms. Byrd-Lewis is adept at transcending industry and functional boundaries and leveraging an extensive network to achieve desired outcomes.
A Gwinnett County resident since 1995, Ms. Byrd-Lewis is an engaged leader with deep community knowledge. She is a Past Board Chair of Leadership Gwinnett Foundation and serves as a Board member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. Ms. Byrd-Lewis earned a master’s degree from Georgia State University, dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Emory University and resides in Buford with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Teresa Raetz
Chief Operating Officer
Teresa Raetz went to college and stayed for the next couple of decades, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University, her Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, and working in higher education for 25 years. She moved to Lawrenceville in 2002, serving in roles as Director of Student Affairs for Extended Campuses for UGA and Director of Policy Analysis for Georgia Gwinnett College. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Gwinnett Coalition. She has served as a higher education consultant and served in leadership capacities in the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association, Georgia College Personnel Association, ACPA: College Educators International, and the Association of College and University Policy Administrators. Teresa has volunteered at many organizations, including Rainbow Village, North Gwinnett Co-op, Adopt-a-Highway, Girl Scouts, and Scouts BSA. She served as a board member for Covenant Counseling and Family Resource Center. Her professional and academic interests include servant leadership, organizational culture, stress and coping, and wellness.
Director, Program and Grant Management
Kem Hobbs serves as Director, Program and Grant Management for the Gwinnett Coalition. Kem is responsible for managing the Gwinnett Helpline, Gwinnett County Veterans Resource Center, and volunteers. She is also a very active member of our community and dedicated to providing leadership and support for several committees serving in our local community.
Kem has a vast array of experience working for an international nonprofit organization. Her previous roles include Business Manager and Program and Grants Compliance Manager in the metro Atlanta Area. Kem’s educational background includes Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Business Administration and currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Human and Social Services. She also is a Certified Grant Writer from the University of Georgia.
Director of Engagement
Vala Clark serves as the Director of Engagement for the Gwinnett Coalition. Vala attended the University of Georgia where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology. For nearly a decade, she worked in the private sector focusing on project management and process development and optimization. Though the work was exciting and allowed her to spend time abroad, Vala had a desire to impact and serve her community, which ultimately led her to return to college…as a member of the staff. At Georgia Gwinnett College, Vala spent several years serving in leadership roles within Academic and Student Affairs and Public Affairs where she specialized in digital communications, communications strategy, and engagement. When Vala isn’t strategizing and creating for the Gwinnett Coalition, she can be found exercising her green thumb, painting, and enjoying the outdoors.
Kamesha Walker, MPH
Community Health Program Manager
Kamesha Walker serves as the Community Health Program Manager for the Gwinnett Coalition where she is leading initiatives and programs that build capacity and improve community health in Gwinnett County.
Kamesha has a bachelor’s of Biology from Spelman College and a master’s of Public Health from Mercer University. She is an experienced clinic manager and public health professional with a strong background in patient care management, program management, grant writing and community outreach. Kamesha is passionate about positively impacting hospital and healthcare program development in our community.
Health Equity Coordinator
Felicia Drummond serves as the Health Equity Coordinator at the Gwinnett Coalition and functions as a key part of the Health Equity Team. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University and a master’s in Health Administration from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.
Felicia has extensive experience with project management and in-depth knowledge of community, healthcare, and social service systems. In previous roles, she has promoted the connection between health and social services and the community, and she has advocated for equitable access to medical services. Felicia is passionate about improving health outcomes and increasing health knowledge for higher risk populations through local outreach and education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.
Silvia Molina has 20 years of experience working as a personal and confidential assistant for Senior Executives. After 32 years of federal government service, she retired on December 31, 2019. At that time, she was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Region, Atlanta, GA. She served as Executive Assistant to the Regional Forester, serving in that position since 2005 and during her tenure served under five Regional Foresters. Prior to such she worked with several other agencies under U. S. Department of Agriculture such as Veterinary Services and Veterinary Biologics.
Since her retirement she has been serving in a volunteer role in the Southern Retirees Association as their Membership Chair. Silvia is also a Veteran who has also served in the U.S. Army. She is a native of Puerto Rico and fully bilingual. Silvia serves as a part-time administrative assistant to support all programs of the Coalition.
Senior Helpline Specialist
Elizabeth Norman serves as the Senior Helpline Specialist for the Gwinnett Coalition. Elizabeth is actively involved in her local community. She has been a Girl Scout leader for over 15 years and has served in many capacities in leadership throughout her career. She has a great deal of experience working with the At-Promised youth and young adults ages 16-24 in providing case management, employment opportunities, and social skills. Her previous roles included Manager, Career Counseling and Program Manager for Management and Training Corporation. Elizabeth’s earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mercer University in Macon, GA and a Masters of Business Administration from Devry College in Atlanta, GA. Elizabeth has been a resident of Gwinnett County for over 20 years.
Johnson A. Johnson, DrPH
Health Equity Navigator
Johnson A. Johnson serves as one of Gwinnett Coalition’s Health Equity Navigators.
Having earned a bachelor’s in Healthcare Management, a master’s and doctorate in Public Health and Administration, Johnson is passionate about evidence-based research and is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community. He specializes in socio economic disparities, disease infection prevention, analyzing epidemiological data, conducting state-of-the-art analyses, and program design.
Outside of his work at the Gwinnett Coalition, Johnson serves as an online adjunct professor at both Chamberlain University and Colorado Technical University and is proud to call Nigeria home.
Cathony Reid, MPH, CHES®
Health Equity Navigator
Cathony Reid serves the Gwinnett Coalition as a Health Equity Navigator.
She is a proud native Atlantan raised on the Eastside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain. After high school she pursued a degree in higher learning at Georgia Southern University (Go Eagles!) in Statesboro where she completed her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry and her Master of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology. Now a seasoned public health advisor, Cathony is pursuing her DrPH at Mercer University in Diverse Populations and Health Equity.
Cathony’s love for public health came after completing her BS when she realized biology was not her calling, but she wanted to focus more on population health within communities like her own. Her personal areas of interest are mental health, health equity, access to care, and epidemiology.
Health Equity Navigator
Deicy Vega serves as one of Gwinnett Coalition’s Bilingual Health Equity Navigators.
Her name is Deicy just like the flower that blooms in adversity. She became involved with her community at a very young age and loves to give back. She has more than six years of experience working within local hospitals and nonprofits which has provided her with the skills needed to navigate the healthcare system and be able to provide assistance to the community. Her motto is “Be the change you would like to see in the world”. Outside of work, Deicy is a college student pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
Milcah Mccall serves as a Helpline Specialist for the Gwinnett Coalition. Upon retiring from a major airline in 2020 as a Ground Operations and Customer Service Leader, she decided to follow her passion, which is helping her community. Milcah has held many extraordinary leadership positions where she was responsible for providing distinctive customer service and a delightful experience, all of which helped her grow in many aspects of her in life. Her background also includes being a Finance Manager for over 13 years, college-level coursework in Childhood Education and Entrepreneurship, owning a restaurant in her hometown Chicago, where she spent countless hours cooking for families in need.
Felicia Theobald serves as a Helpline Specialist for the Gwinnett Coalition, where she is responsible for assisting Gwinnett County School System officials and residents of Gwinnett County in obtaining assistance with various types of crises. She has been active in the school system and has served the special needs community for the past six years. Felicia is a New York native, a dedicated mother, and has a passion for helping others, both in her personal and professional life. Her goal is to help turn stressful situations into solutions all while putting a smile on everyone’s face.
Kelly Chromey serves as a Helpline Specialist for the Gwinnett Coalition. A native of Minnesota, she has lived in Gwinnett County since 2017 with her husband and 2 kids. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the customer service field. She has a passion for helping others succeed and finding resources for those in need.