Our Staff

Who we are

The small staff here at GCOA is committed to advocating for the seniors of Georgia. We rely heavily on our Council Members and their time and efforts and we are always looking for more people who are interested in advocacy for seniors. If you would like to volunteer for us in any capacity, please complete this form and submit it to us so we can get you started!  

" Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration

wonderful things can be achieved."

- Mattie Stepanek

Executive Director - Vacant

Deputy Director - Vacant

Eric Ryan, Communications Specialist


Eric Ryan has worked in Aging Services for over 21 years. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia in 1995, interned at the Division of Aging Services and Atlanta Urban League in the summer of 1996 and earned his Gerontology Certificate at Georgia State University in 1997. In January 1998, Eric officially started his career in Aging by working for the Health Insurance Counseling Program (HICARE) housed by the Division of Aging Services. During this time, Eric provided Medicare Counseling to older Georgians and their families. HICARE later changed to GeorgiaCares and Eric continued his work as a Medicare Counselor until 2004.

In 2004, Eric joined the Georgia Council on Aging as the Communications Specialist. Eric manages the Council’s Facebook page, works closely with GCOA media consultants to disperse press releases, maintains the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly’s (CO-AGE) database, refers older Georgians and their families to the appropriate aging agencies and resources, maintains a wide network of Aging Services colleagues and participates in numerous advocacy functions, conferences, and trainings. In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching baseball, going to movies and relaxing with friends and getting plenty of sunshine.

You can reach Eric by calling 404-657-5344 or emailing Eric.Ryan@gcoa.ga.gov 

Internships Available

Internships for students in MSW, Gerontology or Public Policy programs are encouraged to apply if they have an interest in the older adult population, advocacy and policy development. The internship terms vary based on the requirements of your degree program. If you would like more information about our internships available please contact us via the Contact Us page.