Jeri has been the CEO of the Center for Family Resources since 1984. Under her guidance, the organization has grown from a small financial assistance agency to a multi-function human service organization, serving the needs of the whole family in order to help them attain self-sufficiency and responsibility for their family.
In 1984, the organization employed 11 staff, had a budget of $250,000, and rented 3,000 square feet from Kennestone Hospital. Today, the Center for Family Resources, a United Way funded organization, employs 25 staff and has a budget of near $3,500,000. The organization also owns a 60,000 square foot building valued at $10,000,000 which functions as a one-stop center offering both office space to nonprofit tenants and meeting and conference space for the general public. The organization also operates 8 apartments off-site for short-term housing, in accordance with a new focus on Rapid Re-Housing initiatives. These programs offer families that are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless housing assistance and supportive services for terms between 3 and 6 months.
Prior to coming to the Center for Family Resources, Jeri served as the Director of Volunteer Cobb, a United Way service, and as Agency Relations Director for United Way. Born in Iowa to a career Navy officer, Jeri has lived throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. She moved to Cobb County in 1973.
Since becoming part of our community, she has been very active in many civic and volunteer activities. Jeri is a recent past President of the Kiwanis club of Marietta and is an active member of Leadership Cobb (Class of 1985-1986), the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, CEW, and Cobb Republican Women’s Club. She has been Chairman/President of the East Cobb Newcomers Club, Cobb Christmas, Cobb County Rape Crisis Center, and Cobb County Community Council. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for Kennesaw State University’s Master in Public Administration and MSW programs and a member of Wellstar’s “First Steps” Advisory Board.
Jeri is a Past Chair of the Cobb Collaborative and Past Chairman of the Cobb Community Transit Advisory Board. She has also taken an active leadership role with Special Olympics for Cobb, Junior League of Cobb/Marietta, Council of Volunteer Administrators, United Way Advisory Committee, and Cobb County Children's Center (now the Center for Children and Young Adults).
Jeri was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Equal Opportunity. She was also appointed by the Cobb County Commission to serve on the Regional Commission On Homelessness, representing the interests of Cobb County.
She was accepted into the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations sponsored by the Goizueta Business School at Emory, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in 2007; the Regional Leadership Institute sponsored by Atlanta Regional Commission in 2007; and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University in 2002.
Jeri was chosen in 2008 as one of the 75 Women Leaders of Cobb by the Junior League of Cobb/Marietta and was selected by Family Connection to receive the 2007 Community Achievement Award for her role as Chair of the Cobb Collaborative. She was also honored as one of Atlanta’s 25 Power Women To Watch in 2006 by Atlanta Woman magazine and chosen as Mrs. Cobb County by the Smyrna-Oakdale Moose Lodge #1917 for 1996 and "Woman of Achievement" for 1993 by the Cobb County YWCA.
Previously, Jeri was a panel speaker for the Cobb Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Cobb County School District and the Cobb Schools Foundation, and a speaker at The Nonprofit Centers Network’s 2007 Collaborating For Success National Conference in San Francisco.
Jeri is married to former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr and lives in Smyrna. They have four children, nine grandchildren, and two Airedales.
The Center for Family Resources is a proud community partner of the following organizations: