Melanie Kagan 

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie has more than 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit field in leadership positions that include fundraising, policy and advocacy, nonprofit management and program oversight. She has spent the last two years as the Northwest Regional Director for the United Way of Greater Atlanta where she had oversight of Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding Counties.

Prior to relocating to Cobb County, she held leadership positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico and the United Way of Central New Mexico. Melanie was honored as both a Women of Influence in 2016 and a 40 Under 40 young professional in 2017 by the Albuquerque Business Journal. She currently serves on the boards of the Cobb Collaborative and Georgia Metro Dance. Melanie and her husband Maxwell, along with their five children, reside in Cobb County.

 

 

JERI BARR

Chief Legacy Officer

Jeri held the position of CEO of the Center for Family Resources since 1984 until her announced retirement in July 2019.  Under her guidance, the organization grew 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.

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.

Jeri has been very active in many civic and volunteer activities, including recent past President of the Kiwanis club of Marietta and an active member of Leadership Cobb (Class of 1985-1986), the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Executive Women, 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: