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Board of Directors:

Our Board is comprised of representatives from various community sectors including nonprofit, government, education, faith, business, healthcare and military. Directors serve a one-year term and provide overall direction to the Collaborative, ensuring that our programs and activities support the mission.

Sabrina Watson, Board Chair

Dr. Christopher L. Boyd, Board Chair Elect

Lee Freeman-Smith, Secretary

Chris Fields, Treasurer

Emily Carter, Chair of CCNP Grant Process Committee

Rev. Roger Vest, Chair of Membership Committee

Doris Dawkins, Member at Large

Darion Dunn, Member at Large

Shari Martin, Member at Large

Dayna Parker, Member at Large

John Skelton, Member at Large

Dan Zachman, Member at Large



Irene Barton was appointed as the Executive Director in September, 2018, succeeding Karen Carter. She had served previously as the Resource Manager for the Collaborative. Irene brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to this role, with an emphasis on membership recruitment and retention, advocacy, communications and marketing. In addition, she has extensive community involvement through the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Georgia PTA, local schools, and civic organizations. She is passionate about strengthening stakeholders to address the issues impacting our community.

She is a wife and mother of two teen-aged children and a rescue dog. The Bartons reside in Cobb County.

  Executive Director Irene Barton – ibarton@cobbcollaborative.org