North Georgia Works! Board of Directors
Josh Everett, President- New Leaf Landscape Services
Andrew Joyner- Commercial Real Estate-Simpson Co.
Alan Edwards- Pharmacist, Good News Clinics
Sherri Frankum, Secretary- Wilson Orthodontics
Ryan Gerrald- Owner, Ace Comfort HVAC
Jason Lester- FCA VP of Field Ministry for Georgia
Darrell Rochester- Rochester & Associates Inc
Brian Pierce, Treasurer- Walker, Pierce & Tuck, P.C.
Doug Hanson, Founder
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 as President on the NGW board and look forward to making an impact in the lives of men in our community.
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 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.
Jason Lester Jason graduated from Johnson High School in 1990 and married his high school sweetheart, April Bennett, and they have 3 daughters, Lindsey (24), Bailey (21), and Alli Jay (17). Lindsey was recently married to Tyler Arnold.
Jason was a teacher and a coach for 13 years here in Hall County.
Jason taught Physical Education at McEver and Oakwood Elementary.
He coached football at Johnson High School and North Hall High School.
Jason was called into the ministry in March 2006.
Jason became the Area Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Gainesville/Hall Co. in June of 2006. He became the Multi-Area Director for N.E. Georgia in August of 2011 and was named VP of Field Ministry for Georgia in May of 2020.
Jason is starting his 15th year of ministry with FCA. Jason attends Chestnut Mountain Church.
Darrell Rochester Darrell applies large-project design experience and direct land development experience to meet clients' needs while satisfying governmental requirements. His decades at Rochester combined with his work at an ENR100 firm and an international developer of large Master Planned communities has given him the insight to successfully develop project scopes, plans and schedules, and conduct analysis, design efficiency and cost feasibility studies. His high standards for quality assurance and quality control on high profile and multi-year projects have earned him recognition in the southeastern engineering community; most notably being named to Georgia Trend Magazine's Top 40 under 40 and one of Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering's Outstanding Young Alumni. Darrell serves as a mentor to the trainees of NGW! and leads their Celebrate Recovery Class at Lakewood Baptist Church.
Brian Pierce Brian began his career in public accounting after graduating from North Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1985. In the early years of his career, Brian worked for a few local CPA firms in both Gainesville and Atlanta before passing the examination for becoming Certified Financial Planner on his first attempt. He was named tax manager of a local firm in Gainesville before starting his own CPA practice in 1995. Since then, he has been very involved in the Gainesville community by serving on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. He has been the Treasurer for Choices Pregnancy Care Center since 1997. He was recently named President of the Board of Trustees for Good Samaritan Ministries of Northeast Georgia, LLC. He is a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Professionally, Mr. Pierce is a member of the AICPA, Georgia Society of CPA’s and the AICPA Tax Section. Away from the office, he enjoys golfing and mountain biking with his son, traveling with his wife, and coaching AAU girls basketball.
Doug Hanson, Founder
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 volunteered 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. Doug's relentless passion and energy for this program and community relationships has brought North Georgia Works! forward to the successful program it is today. Doug retired as the President of this organization in December 2020. Thank you Doug & Lynne for your investments into the lives of all the men who will become Trainees at North Georgia Works!