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 email@example.com
Duane Tolson, Social Services Coordinator
Duane Tolson has worked with mature adults for 20 years. He has a Masters Degree in Business Ethics and Leadership form Duquesne University in PA and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University of PA. Joined the board of directors for the Lehigh County Senior Center in 1998. Two years later he became Director of Operations for the same Center. Working with every aspect of operations like budget creation, business forecasting, accounts payable, maintenance projects, supervising staff and volunteers. Duane later became Vice President of Board of Directors for Active Life Senior Center. Most of his focus was on senior programming, budgets and advocacy.
In 2018 Duane joined the Georgia Council of Aging as the Social Services Coordinator. Duane is responsible for assisting in the coordination of statewide aging advocacy activities which includes recruitment, training and mobilizing to affect positive change for Georgia’s growing senior population.
You can reach Duane by calling 404-281-0430 or emailing Duane.Tolson@gcoa.ga.gov
Eric Ryan, Communications Outreach 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.