" Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved."

- Mattie Stepanek

Kathy Floyd, Executive Director

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Kathy Floyd came on board as GCoA Executive Director on Monday, February 17, 2014 and immediately launched into a full week at the Capitol representing the needs of older Georgians. Kathy is well known as the Policy Director for AARP Georgia, where she worked for 19 years. She brings tremendous experience as an advocate, a wealth of knowledge about the aging network, deep concern for needs of elders and their families, and respected relationships with policy makers and legislators.

Kathy hails from Henderson, North Carolina and is a graduate of 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 and her husband have one son, who is a familiar face at the Georgia State Capitol where he has served as a legislative page for Chairman Wendell Willard for a number of years now. 

You can reach Kathy by calling 404-657-5342 or emailing kathy.floyd@gcoa.ga.gov

Eric Ryan

Eric Ryan, Communications Outreach Specialist

Eric Ryan has worked in Aging Services for 16 years. He obtained his Bachelors 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 our Communications Outreach Specialist. During his tenure , Eric has enjoyed referring older Georgians and their families to the appropriate Aging agencies and resources; maintained a wide network of Aging Services colleagues; and has participated in numerous advocacy functions, conferences, rallies and training. In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching baseball, going to movies and relaxing with friends and plenty of sunshine.

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

 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.

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.