The Jack Hadley Black History Museum’s 23rd annual meeting is Sunday, August 20, at 4 p.m. in the museum’s Perra S. Bell Community Resource Library, next door to the museum. The public is invited to attend.
Guest speaker will be Andre` Hadley Marria, the 2017-18 president-elect of the Rotary Club of Thomasville, and the first female African-American to serve as president-elect in the history of the Thomasville Rotary Club.
Marria graduated from Fort Valley State University in 1973 with a B.S degree in music. In 1975 she received a M.S. degree in mental health counseling. Marria spent 34 years with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, retiring as the first African-American director of Thomas County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in November 2008.
Prior to her retirement, Marria lent her leadership skills to Southwestern State Hospital as a unit director and licensed nursing home administrator, assisting in the initial licensure of Rose Haven ICF/MR/SNF, a 110-bed facility. Marria went on to work as the assistant director for Southwest Georgia Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases Regional Board. She was instrumental in establishing the first substance abuse prevention programs in 14 rural counties and revitalized community-based mental health services in those same counties.
Currently Marria is a consultant and serves as fidelity manager/trainer of trainers for the Morehouse School of Medicine Health Promotion unit, overseeing a research-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Scales Grant in Thomas, Grady, and Dougherty counties. This is a five-year Scales Grant Initiative being implemented in five other north Georgia counties.
As a licensed professional counselor, past president (2004) of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, Inc., Marria is an independent contractor and works as a certified clinical supervisor of B.S., and masters’ level child and adolescent therapist who are seeking state licensure.
Marria is a 12-year member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville. She is a Distinguished Will Watt, Paul Harris, Hue Thomas Fellow, and is a member of the Paul Harris Society. Previously she was 2010 Volunteer of the Year for the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Georgia. She is a member of…