" 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


David Coffman, Social Services Program Consultant

David Coffman joined GCOA in October 2016. David has spent the past decade working with food banks to advocate for vulnerable families struggling to make ends meet. His previous experience in Louisiana led to the publication of "From the Bayou to the Boucherie", the development of local and state advocacy coalitions, and increased awareness of hunger among state policy makers. David has always advocated for improved senior services as part of his anti-hunger work and brings this passion to Georgia. 

David hails from the mountains of Appalachia and is a graduate of Kentucky's Berea College where he studied sustainable development. He has a Masters of Public Administration with concentration in Nonprofit leadership from the University of New Orleans and was a Bill Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow. 

You can reach David at 404-657-5348 or emailing david.coffman@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 


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.