As Director of DeKalb County Parks in the late 1990s, she enlisted Kelly Jordan to help create the Arabia Alliance to support and advocate for the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and other important natural, cultural and recreational resources in the area. As Director of the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites System, she was instrumental in securing matching funds to stabilize the historic Vaughters Barn. Becky now works as Director of Operations and Planning for Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park and currently serves the Alliance as Vice-Chair.
Ron Williams has served on the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance Board since 2010. He has a long history of community involvement both locally and nationally, including on the Board of Directors of Friends of Panola Mountain State Park and representing the USA Track and Field International Teams. Ron’s favorite hike in the National Heritage Area is to the top of Arabia Mountain.
Kelly Jordan is co-founder, along with Becky Kelley, of the Alliance back in 1998. He was the volunteer head for many years of the successful effort to assemble the expansive greenspace connections of the Heritage Area, and he lead the multi-year planning process that led to designation as a National Heritage Area. After building up a paid staff, with renovated headquarters on the historic Vaughters’ Farm, he remains the Treasurer of the Alliance, still assisting the staff with multiple projects.
Deborah Jackson, longtime community advocate and former Mayor of the City of Lithonia, works to bring about positive changes in Lithonia, Georgia and the surrounding area. Deborah especially enjoys the natural trails the run alongside waterfalls at various points in the National Heritage Area. Deborah was a leader in efforts to expand the PATH trail within Lithonia city limits and to list the City on the National Register of Historic Places.