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Our Affiliates

The Community Foundation of Central Georgia also serves the Coffee County, Fort Valley, and Lamar County areas through our affiliate Foundations.

Meet our Staff

Kathryn H. Dennis

Kathryn Dennis serves as President of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.  She joined CFCG in June 2002 and works closely with the Foundation’s Board, staff, and donors to make our communities stronger and to encourage philanthropy in our region.  Kathryn is a native Georgian and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in History.  She is also a Leadership Georgia and a Leadership Macon graduate.   She was a 2003 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Peyton Anderson Foundation, Community Health Services. Inc., Leadership Georgia, and the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance.  She is also a member of Navicent Health’s Audit Committee, the Foundation Center’s Atlanta Advisory Board, Career Women’s Network and Vineville United Methodist Church.  Kathryn is a tri-chair of the One Macon! Community and Economic Development Initiative. She is the convener of the Macon Council of Foundations.  She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Macon, the Junior League of Macon and the Macon Estate Planning Council, and a past chair of the Stratford Academy Board of Trustees.  She has served on the boards of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, United Way of Central Georgia, the Macon Economic Development Commission, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the Navicent Health’s Children’s Hospital, the Center for Racial Understanding, and the Mentors Project of Bibb County.  She and her husband, Brown, have 3 children.

Hazle Hamilton
Executive Vice President

Hazle Hamilton manages the Foundation’s finance and administrative functions and is your contact for all financial-related inquires.  Hazle joined the staff in August, 2000.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA's, and the Georgia Society of CPA's.  Hazle currently serves as President of the Community Foundations National Standards Board and is a member of the Fiscal and Administrative Officers Group for Community Foundations. She was a 2006 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow.  Locally, she is a member of the Macon Estate Planning Council and the Career Women's Network of Macon and served as President of both. She has also served as Treasurer of the Middle Georgia Regional Library Board.  She is a graduate of Leadership Macon.  Hazle holds a BBA degree in accounting from Mercer University and is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute of the College of William & Mary.

Julia Wood
Director of Development and Donor Services

Julia joined the Foundation in 2008 as the Director of Donor Services.  She is responsible for the development and maintenance of strong relationships between the Community Foundation and its fund holders, and she assists potential donors and their professional advisors in establishing funds.  Julia graduated from Mercer University with a Master of Business Administration and the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In 2010, Julia received a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from The American College.  She is the chair elect of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon, a past president of the Junior League of Macon, a 2011 5 Under 40 Young Leader, a founder of the I Love Macon campaign, a 2010 Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and a 2007 graduate of Leadership Macon.  Julia is married to Lynn, and they have one daughter.

Alex Leahy
Program Officer

Alex Leahy joined the Community Foundation full time in September 2011. She previously worked part time at the Foundation since July 2005. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and she has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia College and State University. Alex serves on the Macon-Bibb Age Friendly Advisory Committee and the Miller Lanier Central Board of Advisors. She is a member of the Leadership Macon Class of 2015 and is a 2016 Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.  Alex is married to Patrick, a History teacher at Northside High School in Warner Robins; they have two dogs, Ruby and Rocko. 

Monique Pitts-Taylor
Foundation Associate

Monique Pitts-Taylor manages the Foundation’s scholarship programs.  She is the primary contact for students applying for scholarships, high school counselors, and scholarship selection committee members.   Monique graduated from Southwest High School, and she received a Bachelor’s of Arts Dual Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Fashion Design & Merchandising from Clark Atlanta University.  She loves to travel, and she is married to Arnez. 

Carol Johnson
Administrative Assistant

Carol Johnson supports the entire CFCG team and she is responsible for processing all charitable contributions received by the Foundation and processing weekly grant recommendations from the Foundation’s donors.  She is married with three children, and she enjoys fitness and loves dogs. 

Leesa Woodall
Development Associate for the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation

Leesa joined the CFCG staff in 2015 to grow the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation.  Leesa is a native of Macon, GA, and the daughter of Betty and the late Wendell Barnes. She graduated from Central High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Medical College of Georgia.  She has resided in Barnesville, GA since 1983 with her husband Lee.  They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Leesa has served in developing capacities in Barnesville for the Clean Community Commission, the Barnesville-Lamar Agricultural Authority, Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church, and John’s Place Adult Day Care.

“It has been a true privilege to raise my family in such a loving and vibrant community as Barnesville, and is now my privilege to work to strengthen Barnesville by encouraging philanthropy."