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.
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.
Cheryl Mathis has taken on multiple roles with the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance since 1998, including her current position as the Board Secretary. Her past positions include Chair of the Education Committee for the Arabia Alliance, where she worked to bring an Environmental High School to DeKalb County, now known as Arabia Mountain High School and located in the National Heritage Area. Mathis is an entrepreneur in her own right and has worked in various business development and administrative roles in corporate America throughout her career. Outside of her work with the Arabia Alliance, Cheryl’s current efforts include managing her own mortgage company and serving nonprofits as a business consultant and grant writer, as well as serving her community on the Executive Committee of the Klondike Area Civic Association, Inc.
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.