Team Members

North Georgia Works! Board of Directors
Doug Hanson- President
Andrew Joyner- Commercial Real Estate-Simpson Co.
Ed Albrecht- Vice-President,  Affordable Housing-Purdy Real Estate
Alan Edwards- Pharmacist, Good News Clinics
Sherri Frankum- Secretary, Wilson Orthodontics
Ryan Gerrald- Owner, Ace Comfort HVAC
Josh Everett- New Leaf Landscape Services


Doug Hanson
Doug Hanson loves the Lord.
From his Texas roots, where he met and married Lynne, his wife of 55 years, Doug has been blessed with three wonderful children; Doug IV, Kristen, and Amy. Their children are scattered in Lula, GA.; Gaston, Oregon; and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Together, they have blessed his family with seven grandchildren.
Doug’s career began with a BS degree from The University of Texas in Architectural Engineering, and employment with one company: The DuPont Company. He promoted one product with DuPont, CORIAN® worldwide for 40 years.
Stories of God’s provision and grace are a huge part of Doug’s life after 14 mission trips to Romania, and nine more to other countries. He has a passion for bringing hope to children and healthcare to villages where needs are the greatest. He also has an intense heart for the homeless in his community.
Doug has served on the Board of Good News Clinics – Georgia’s largest free clinic – for 10 years and was appointed in October 2011, by Governor Nathan Deal as a North Georgia Commissioner to the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless.
In November 2011, Doug was appointed to VISION 2030 Transportation Committee, formulating an Express Bus Service Plan for Hall County. He resigned in May 2016.
In March 2012, Doug initiated the Hall County Collaborative in cooperation with Simon Solutions, Florence, AL., to facilitate sharing benevolent assistance of 37 faith-based, volunteer, and government agencies with families in poverty in Hall County. The database is also the linchpin for monitoring our compassion through the United Way Compass Center.
Doug volunteers weekly with Meals on Wheels through the City of Gainesville Community Service Center, and assists efforts at Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity and Promising Futures whenever possible. Doug has been retired for 16 years and lives in Gainesville, Georgia. He worships Christ at the First Baptist Church and Free Chapel Worship Center.

Andrew D. Joyner, CCIM
Andrew joined The Simpson Company in 2004, and since then has specialized in the sale and leasing of commercial real estate in the Metro Atlanta and North Georgia regions, including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, land, and investment properties. Andrew has been a designee of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute since 2007.
Andrew is a member of the CCIM Georgia Chapter, where he served as the 2017 Chapter President. He is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, having served previously on the Board of Directors. Andrew is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Hall County and a member of the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew is a member of the Gainesville Jaycees, having served previously on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. Andrew has worked with various non-profit charities, including extensive work and leadership with North Georgia Works, The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing, and Family Promise of Hall County.
A native of North Georgia, Andrew graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate. He is a member of Lakewood Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon minister. Andrew, and his wife, Maribeth, reside in Gainesville with their three children, Anna, Caroline, and Andrew, Jr.

Alan Edwards

Alan has been married for 28 years to his wife Missy and together they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. Alan is a graduate of Gainesville Jr. College and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. During the first 15 years of his career he worked in community retail pharmacy and for the past 16 years he is been at Good News Clinics; a Christian ministry in Gainesville which provides free healthcare to the local indigent population. Alan oversees the dispensary at Good News Clinics and serves as a preceptor for a pharmacy ambulatory care rotation site.

Ryan Gerrald
Ryan is originally from South Georgia. After losing a close friend and his father to addiction, Ryan moved to Gainesville to seek treatment for his own addiction. Through treatment, Ryan was set free from a life of addiction through the love, grace and mercies of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ryan is the owner of Ace Comfort, a HVAC company. He is thankful that the Lord has allowed him to open multiple businesses in Hall County. He is able to provide his employees with a sober, drug-free & spiritually conducive environment. Ryan is continually blown away by all of the blessings the Lord has given him. He has a passion to help others be set free from addiction and to experience God’s love and grace.

Ed Albrecht
Ed is a longtime resident of Hall County GA, Ed serves as the President of Regent Capital, Inc. and is a realtor with Purdy Real Estate.

Josh Everett
My wife, Beth and I have been married since 1999 and we have two beautiful daughters, Kate and Sara. We have been active members of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville also since 1999, where I actively serve as a deacon as well as on our missions’ team and other volunteer positions within our church. I currently serve as Vice President of Business Development for New Leaf Landscape Services where I have worked since 2012. During this time one of my biggest accomplishments has been starting our mentoring program, where we have mentored 55 team members since 2015. My favorite verse is Matthew 20:28 which says, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” In my free time I enjoy running, reading and hanging out with my family. I am honored to serve on the NGW board and look forward to making an impact in the lives of men in our community.