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
Kathy Floyd, Executive Director
Kathy Floyd is a veteran of the Georgia aging network, working for over 24 years on senior citizen issues. Originally from Henderson, North Carolina, Kathy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She completed a Masters in Business Administration in Finance at Georgia State University after relocating to Atlanta. She brings tremendous experience as an advocate, a wealth of knowledge about the aging network, deep concern for the needs of elders and their families, and respected relationships with policy makers and legislators.
Previously Kathy was the Policy Director for AARP Georgia, where she spearheaded legislative campaigns on state and federal issues including Social Security, Medicare, long term care, elder abuse and consumer issues. She is the past Chair of the board of directors of Georgians for a Healthy Future and past Treasurer of the board of directors of Georgia Watch. She also served as Legislative Chair on the board of directors for the Georgia Gerontology Society. She and her husband have one son and live in Roswell.
You can reach Kathy by emailing Kathy.Floyd@gcoa.ga.gov
Natasha Taylor, Deputy Director
Natasha Taylor has always had a passion for advocacy. She discovered that she could turn her passion into a career while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU). After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Natasha continued on to pursue a Master’s degree with the GSU Gerontology Institute. While in the program, she was chosen to work as a fully funded research assistant with the Convoys of Care study. This study focused on how to support informal care networks in assisted living communities in ways that promoted residents’ ability to age in place with optimal resident, and informal and formal caregiver quality of life. She also received the Fulton County Gerontology Award and graduated with honors. Throughout her college career, Natasha expressed a strong desire to work for the Georgia Council on Aging in order to position herself to be an effective advocate for the senior population in Georgia.
In the Fall of 2019, Natasha officially joined the GCOA team as the Social Services Coordinator. In addition to her vast academic knowledge base, Natasha brings over 15 years of management, event planning, and consumer relations experience. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy serving at their local church and giving back to their community.
You can reach Natasha by calling 404-281-0430 or emailing Natasha.Taylor@gcoa.ga.gov
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 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.