Board Members

Board Chair: Gerard W. Armorer (Public Member Representative)

Gerard Armorer is a field training officer and senior parole officer assigned to the State Board of Pardons and Parole’s South Metro Parole Center. He was previously the chief deputy marshal of the DeKalb County State Court Marshal’s Department and served as jail school administrator, deputy sheriff III, and post-certified instructor for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Armorer graduated magna cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications. Before his career in Georgia law enforcement, he served in the U.S. Army as a flight operations specialist and worked for Newsweek magazine. Mr. Armorer and his wife, Fatimah, have one child and reside in Stone Mountain.

Vice Chair: Jessica K. Moss, Esq. (Public Member Representative)

Jessica Moss is the Solicitor General in Cherokee County. She previously served as Chief Assistant Solicitor General within the Cobb County Solicitor General’s Office, and has served in state and local government for 25 years as a Prosecuting Attorney. Moss earned a bachelor’s degree from Brenau University and a juris doctorate from Mercer University. She was named Assistant Solicitor General of the Year by the Georgia Association of Solicitors General in 2004. Moss has three step children and two step grandchildren. She and her husband, Garry, reside in Ball Ground.

Member: Donna E. Andrews (Public Member Representative)

Donna Andrews is a senior U.S. probation officer for the Northern District of Georgia, serving as an intensive supervision specialist. She is recognized nationally as an expert in the field of location monitoring. She completed the Federal Judiciary’s Leadership Development Program, has received numerous awards and has served on several national committees during her 24-year career. Andrews earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Georgia. She and her husband, Robert, have one son and two granddaughters. They reside in Ball Ground.

Member: Representative Mandi Ballinger (Public Member Representative)

Mandi Ballinger represents the 23rd District in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is the chair of the House Juvenile Justice Committee. Ms. Ballinger also serves on Rules, Appropriations- Public Safety, Transportation, Judiciary Non-Civil, and Information and Audits Committees. She sits on the Georgia Child Fatality Review Board and is a member of the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence. Ms. Ballinger, began her career working for a domestic violence shelter and worked as a victim advocate for the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office. She lives in Canton.

Member: Matthew B. Connelly, M.S., LPC (Clinical Representative)

Matthew Connolly is the director of A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services. He serves on the board for the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Connolly earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Georgia College and State University. He and his wife, Eva-Maria, reside in Atlanta.

Member: Shannon Dunlap, Ph.D. (Clinical Representative)

Shannon Dunlap is a psychologist in private practice at Counseling Services, Inc. located in LaGrange. He is currently serving as president-elect of the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dunlap earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree from Columbus State University and a doctorate in Psychology from Auburn University. He and his wife, Jane, have one son. They reside in LaGrange.

Member: Gary Holstad, M.S., LPC (Clinical Representative)

Gary Holstad worked as a prison counselor in the Iowa Correctional System for 22 years. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, coordinated the community Little League baseball and softball programs, and was a local Jaycee member, where he was selected as one of the top 40 local presidents in the nation. Mr. Holstad has counseled offenders for 38 years, currently as a therapist and licensed professional counselor with Family Recovery, Inc. in Gainesville. He is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia. He and his wife, Marcia, have five children and three grandchildren and reside in Duluth.

Member: Jenitha Gouch (Victim Advocate Representative)

Ms. Gouch is a victim assistance supervisor with the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. She was previously a co-chair and secretary for the Clayton County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Task Force. Ms. Gouch is a member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration. Ms. Gouch and her husband, Marcell, live in Jonesboro.

Member: Paul Freeman, M.S., LPC (Public Member Representative)

Paul Freeman retired as Victim Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta Field Office. He has served on board of directors for the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the Georgia Council on Elder Abuse and was a member of the National Victim Assistance Standards Review Consortium. Freeman earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Counseling and Human Services from Florida State University and is a licensed professional counselor. He and his wife, Vikki, reside in Atlanta

Member: Lori K. Rozier (Public Member Representative)

Lori Rozier is currently employed with the Department of Community Supervision, where she is the manager of the Sex Offender Administration Unit. She has been employed with the state of Georgia since 1995, serving in various roles with probation and facility operations. She is a member of the Georgia Probation Association. Rozier earned a master’s degree in Education from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Capella University. She and her son, Connor, reside in Dublin.

Member: Chris Steverson (Public Member Representative)

Chris Steverson is the sheriff of Telfair County. He currently serves on the Jail Operations and Standards Committee of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and was a member of the 22nd Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Delegation to Israel. He serves as a voting member on the Area 8 All Hazards Council and as a member of the Community Relations Committee for Corrections Corporation of America’s Federal Prison in McRae-Helena. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Regional Police Academy’s 89th Session. He and his wife, Shelley, have three children. They reside in McRae-Helena.

Member: Jason Swindle, Sr., Esq. (Public Member Representative)

Mr. Swindle is the senior partner at Swindle Law Group, P.C. He is an adjunct professor for the Criminology Department at the University of West Georgia and represents the Coweta Judicial Circuit on the Board of Governors at the State Bar of Georgia. He also serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of the West Georgia Autism Foundation. Mr. Swindle earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Georgia Southern University and a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He and his wife, Shea, have two sons and reside in Carrollton.

Member: Katherine 'Katie' Strayhorn (Victim Advocate Representative)

Katherine Strayhorn is currently employed by District Attorney Lee Darragh of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, where she serves as the director of the Dawson County Victim Assistance Program. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from Jacksonville State University and went on to graduate from the National Victim Assistance Academy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Strayhorn is a volunteer with the United States and Georgia Crisis Response Teams. She and her son, Wyatt, reside in Dawsonville.

Member: Richard Vandever, Esq. (Public Member Representative)

Richard Vandever is the deputy chief assistant district attorney in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Mr. Vandever instructs law enforcement officers at the Gwinnett Police Academy and has been an instructor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council and the National Advocacy Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of West Florida and a law degree from Mercer University.