CEO & Co-Founder
In her role as CEO, Heather is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the organization’s mission and strategic priorities. Ms. Stockdale’s passion for child advocacy, youth development and government policy began during her time working under the Office of the Child Advocate. Her aspirations and dedication to these areas led her to a career at the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF). In her role at Georgia Cares, a passion for child advocacy, policy, social justice, and innovative solutions are joined in the fight to end modern day slavery in the form of child sex trafficking. Ms. Stockdale serves on several advisory boards and groups for trafficking and youth related issues, is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
Director of Programming
In her role, Shanequa directs the provision of all our programs and services at Georgia Cares. She collaborates with each and every program coordinator as they work towards fulfilling the agency’s strategic plans. Shanequa’s goal is to ensure that every program at Georgia Cares results in a positive, evidence-driven impact on the youth in communities served. She helps our agency meet its mission by overseeing the organization’s daily operations as well as leading our advocacy and policy reform efforts. Shanequa obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Jacksonville State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England. She gained valuable experience while working for the Department of Family & Children Services and the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.
Grants & Data Manager
Hannah is the Grants & Data Manager at Georgia Cares, where she helps with policy and procedure, grants management, grant applications, our standards for safe home providers, and data management through our annual evaluation, collaborations, and continuous quality improvement projects. She helps ensure youth in Georgia get the highest quality of care possible. The Quality Assurance Program also assists in the certification and technical support of residential safe homes across Georgia for confirmed youth victims of DMST/CSEC. She received her LMSW/MPH from the University of Georgia and recently received her LCSW in 2018. Aside from serving Georgia Cares, Hannah enjoys being a full-time mom to a wild one-year-old!