Gwinnett Coalition Staff
Renée Byrd-Lewis has served as Executive Director of Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services since October 2020. Past professional experience in private and public sector organizations fuels a diverse portfolio of capabilities in community development, public relations, 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 currently serves as Board Chair of Leadership Gwinnett Foundation and 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
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 the Associate Director 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.
Programs & Grants Manager
Kem Hobbs serves as the Program and Grants Manager 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.
Lecia joined the Gwinnett Coalition team as the new Program Coordinator working closely with the Program Director. Her responsibilities include overseeing the G.R.E.A.T. Little Minds project, supporting and coordinating events and programs, and managing all social media accounts on behalf of the Gwinnett Coalition.
Lecia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.