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New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Mandy Barr and Kira Ramseur join RCI

Many Barr and Kira Ramseur joined the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving as Program Assistants on June 1, 2020.

MandyBarrMandy was born and raised in Plains, GA and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts with a minor in English in 2004 from GSW. She began teaching secondary English literature, composition, and drama in 2005, working primarily with at-risk youth in the Early College program on campus. During these years, Mandy also assisted her family in caring for her grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as served on two mission trips to Honduras.  From 2009-2011, she taught ESOL to international students in GSW’s English Language Institute, working as both an instructor and an International Student Advocate.

It was during this time that Mandy met her husband Charles, a combat veteran, while performing in the community production South Pacific. Experiencing first-hand the effects of PTSD on her husband and within the home, Mandy was eager to help other caregivers and family members coping with these issues as she began working for the Rosalynn Carter Institute in 2011 as a Program Coach with the Operation Family Caregiver during its early formation. Since her experience with the RCI, Mandy has served in the roles of Executive Director over the Americus Literacy Action, Inc. organization and as Academic Success Counselor at GSW.

Mandy is now pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Columbus State University in order to become a future LPC. Living in Americus, she enjoys various outdoor adventures with her husband and three children, daughters Riley and Emily and son Cuyler, who has an ultra-rare brain disorder. Being a caregiver to a special-needs child, Mandy hopes to provide resources and support to other caregivers needing advocacy and dreams of starting a local non-profit organization that provides counseling, support, and resources to families of special needs individuals.

KiraRamseur

Kira Ramseur has lived in Americus, GA for fifteen years, graduating from Southland Academy in 2007 and earning a B.A. in Psychology from Fort Valley State University in 2019. She is also a Certified Patient Account Representative and has leadership training from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.

Kira began her professional career by working for six years as a Patient Access Specialist at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. After deciding to focus on working in mental health, Kira became a Certified Peer Specialist as well as a Whole Health Action Management Coach and began working at Perry Wellness Center in 2017. In addition to supporting and advocating for Peers, this position gave her the opportunity to serve as the interim Transportation Director, where she created and implemented policies and procedures in addition to a digital management system. She also served as the Peer Workforce Director, where she aided Peers who are in recovery with discovering their job strengths in order to find local jobs.

When she is not working Kira enjoys reading novels from various genres, traveling to both the beach as well as New York City, spending time with her friends and family, and engaging in evening walks with her chihuahua, Tinkerbell. Kira plans to begin working towards obtaining a Master of Business Administration as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management in the next year.

 


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