WESTCARE GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL



Dr. Eugene Walker, Chair - Chairman, DeKalb County Board of Education, District 9

Dr. Eugene 'Gene' P. Walker is a native of Thomaston, Georgia and has been a resident of DeKalb County since 1969. Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. in History from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, in 1978; a Certificate in Southern History from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1968, a Masters of Arts Degree in History at Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1969; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science at Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1958. In addition, Dr. Walker was honored with the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Duke University, and the Experienced Teacher Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins University. In the area of public service, Dr. Walker was elected State Senator for the 43rd Georgia Senatorial District. During that time, Dr. Walker served on the following state Senate Committees: Banking and Financial Institutions, Governmental Operations, Urban and County Affairs. Dr. Eugene Walker was the first person of color to hold the position of Majority Whip of the Georgia State Senate and also served as Chairman of the Georgia Reapportionment Committee, which is assigned once every 10 years to provide equity, fairness and projections of the State of Georgia constituency. In January 1995, Dr. Eugene Walker was appointed by Governor Zell Miller and approved by the Board of Department of Juvenile Justice as the Commissioner. He served in this capacity until April 1999 when Governor Roy Barnes appointed him to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, until December 31, 2006. Dr. Walker also belongs to and holds office in various criminal justice professional organizations, including the American Correctional Association, the Georgia Correctional Association, the national Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Parole Association of Georgia and the American Probation and Parole Association. From 2001-2009, Dr. Walker served as chairman of the Development Authority of DeKalb County, the Private Hospital Authority of DeKalb County and the Senior Residential Care Authority of DeKalb County.



Doris Michaux, Vice Chair - Retired from Government

Doris Michaux began and finished her career in Social Services. She realized early in her professional career that her talents and love was in providing services either directly or through others. Her managerial career began in Merced, California. When her Air Force husband was transferred to England, she became a volunteer on base in services to military dependents. Upon her return to the States, she was a manager in the Child Welfare Division in Rapid City, South Dakota. When her husband retired, she returned to Madera, California where she ran the Services division inclusive of Children's and Adult Services. She continued to progress in the field and retired as Assistant Director of Fresno County Social Services. In this role, she became the only African-American responsible for a large agency in the state of California. Due to her expertise, she was sought after by the California State Department of Social Services, the San Mateo Department of Social Services and the San Francisco Department of Children's Services. Currently she serves as Co-Chair of the WestCare Board of Georgia.



Derrick Boazman, Member - Former City of Atlanta Councilman, Radio Personality and Community Activist

Derrick Boazman, a native Atlantan, was born and reared on Atlanta's southside. In 1997, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council and was re-elected for his second term in 2001 and resigned his seat on the city council in April 2004. Mr. Boazman is President and CEO of Facilitation Strategies, Inc., which specializes in strategic planning and group facilitation activities. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Morris Brown College, where he began his political career as President of the Student Government Association. He serves as a certified trainer teaching community leadership and organizational development skills for Midwest Academy, an instruction entity that travels throughout the country, and at the Fanning Leadership Institute of the University of Georgia in Athens. He has also served as an instructor at the Community Development Institute at Clark Atlanta University. He is currently very active with the United Youth-Adult Conference (UYAC).



Debra DeBerry, Treasurer - Clerk, Superior Court, DeKalb County

Debra DeBerry has 20 years of experience in the public and private sector. She currently manages a budget of $6 million dollars and over 90 employees. Since coming to DeKalb County, DeBerry has overseen the DeKalb County Jury Commission and served on the DeKalb County Juvenile Court Citizen Review Panel. She was appointed to the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) - reporting to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, has served on the AIDS/HIV Task Force, and has volunteered for numerous community initiatives. DeBerry has also formed an alliance with Briggs and Associates - an agency which assists the mentally and physically challenged with employment and has hired three employees through the agency.