Ann Williams, Distinguished Older Georgian 2017

Ms. Ann Williams grew up in Manchester, GA.  She earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology from Georgia State University where she was a member of Mortar Board Honor Society and Psi Chi Honor Society and earned the Dean’s Key at Georgia State. 

In 1995, Ms. Williams was named by Governor Zell Miller as a Governor’s Delegate to the National 1995 White House Conference on Aging held in Washington D.C.  A year later, she was named as a member of the Clinton/Gore Georgia Advisory Committee on Aging Issues. 

In 1997, Ms. Williams was appointed by Speaker Tom Murphy to the Georgia Council on Aging and was re-appointed by the Speaker’s office.  While on the Council, she served as Senior Week Chair for two years, as Co-Age Chair for two years, and as Legislative Chair for seven years.  Ms. Williams continues to serve on the Legislative Committee and works with legislators to testify on bills designed to help and protect seniors. 

Ms. Williams understands the plight facing Georgia seniors and cared for her mother who had dementia and resided in a Personal Care Home and then a Nursing Home until her death in 2004.  Following her mother’s death, her sister’s health has declined and Ann has been active in ensuring she receives quality care in a New York nursing home. 

She has served on the Aging Services Task Force of the Atlanta Regional Commission and as a Board member of the Georgia Gerontology Society. Since 2004, Ann has served as Chair of the Long Term Ombudsman Advisory Council, receiving the national Janet Tulloch Memorial Advocacy award from the Long Term Care Ombudsman in 2015. She was recently appointed to Governor Deal’s Older Adults Cabinet and is a tireless advocate for Georgia’s seniors.