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Executive Board

Who We Are

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Lin Harris


My name is Lin Harrison, and I am a servant-leader who enjoys being a catalyst for community transformation. My passion is discovering the strengths of individuals, groups, organizations, and sectors within a community, and connecting them for collaborative action to achieve collective goals. I am energized by new perspectives on familiar challenges and believe true leadership happens in relational interaction, careful listening, and honest dialogue. Collaborative conversation is music to my ears. My contribution to this “music” is the union of my experience as a minister with a deep interest in assisting community stakeholders to see how their story (or melody) intersects the stories (melodies) of others and connects to a larger narrative (to create harmony).

Pastor John Bailey

Vice Chair

Christopher and his twin brother were born the small country town of Woodlawn, Virginia. After a devastating fire left the family homeless, Chris and his family moved to Roanoke, Virginia. Following graduation from Patrick Henry High School in 1993, Chris attended Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, from which he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Communication Studies. In 2005 he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University. In 2014, Chris earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

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Pamela Dingle


Pamela Dingle has served as the Program Coordinator of the Austell Youth Innovation Center since its inception in 2018.  Pamela Dingle has served as a passionate advocate of learning for 37 years.  Having taught in classrooms from PreK-12th grade and served as an education leader- Principal & Curriculum Director for 22 years, Pamela Dingle brings a unique skill set to program development and cultivating innovative learning experiences that reach all youth.  As an engaged community leader, Pamela has served on the Cobb Safety & Education Foundation Board, the Cobb Business & Education Chamber Board, the International Academy of Smyrna Governing Board, the South Cobb High School PTA Board, and the Austell Community Collaborative Board.  Additionally, 

Chandra Winford


Chandra Winford is the CEO of Winford Financial located in Austell, Georgia. She is also a top producing Mortgage Loan Officer assisting clients with navigating the loan process. Winford Financial’s focus is on
providing practical solutions for clients. Services include bookkeeping, tax services, financial consulting and analysis to assist businesses with making better financial decisions. Her prior position was Chief Financial Officer for a worldwide ministry. Under her direction, the ministry has overcome a $10 million dollar deficit in a little over a year. Best known for her ability to push entities into the black. She is an author of a book “Money Does Matter and So Does How you Handle It”. 

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