Board of Directors
Rev. Rosalyn Panton, Board Chair

The Rev. Deacon Rosalyn Panton, the current President of our Board of Directors, has been involved with St. Stephen's Ministry for over twenty years. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia HIV/AIDS Commission, and is a Member of the Provence IV Kanuga HIV/AIDS Retreat Planning Committee. Rosalyn is a Deacon at St Alban's Episcopal Church in Augusta, and also serves as clergy for the Georgia KAIROS Prison Ministry.

Rev. Billy Alford

The Rev. Alford has served on the St. Stephen’s Board since 1992. Billy has also served on numerous boards and commissions in the Episcopal Church dealing with HIV/AIDS, including The National HIV/AIDS Commission and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC).  Fr. Alford is rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, GA and Dean of the Augusta Convocation of Episcopal Churches.


Kathleen Barnhart

Kathleen Barnhart, RN, MS - SSM Board member since 1995, President of the Board 1996-97. Retired Veterans Health Administration and LTC (ret.) US Army Nurse Corps
Graduate, University of the South Education for Ministry program. Currently Chair, Community and World Ministries Commission, Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal)

Joan Bieker

Joyce Brown

Dr. Martha Eames

Martha Eames is a graduate of Emory University with a B.S. in chemistry and an M.D. from the School of Medicine. She also trained at Parkland Hospital and Children's Medical Center in Dallas with a Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Martha later changed specialties to Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry. She moved to Augusta in 1995 and has loved it here ever since. Currently, she enjoys volunteering at the Golden Harvest Food Bank for St. Stephens Ministry.


Carroll Foster

Carroll Foster became a St. Stephens Board of  Directors member in March,2009 and currently serves the Board's Vice-President. Mr Foster is retired from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia (n.k.a. Serenity Behavioral Health Systems ) where he was employed in a variety of management and administrative positions, Carroll is married to Cheryl and is the father of Will and Meredith. He is a graduate of Wofford and Augusta Colleges and earned a BS in Psychology and a MEd in Special Education.

Elena Gregory


Jim Jurgens

Jim Jurgens had an active career in the Mental Health field from 1970 until 2004. He retired from the S.C. Corrections system in 1999, then worked as a rehab counselor at the S.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation until 2004. He has taught at Aiken Tech and at Augusta State University in both the Education and Psychology fields. He is currently teaching part-time for the Department of Psychology. He is married, has two daughters and three grandchildren. He enjoys volunteering at community agencies including St. Stephens Ministry, and is an active choir member at the Church of the Good Shepherd.


Barbara Kiernan

Barbara Kiernan is presently College of Nursing faculty at Georgia Health Sciences University. She has worked with children with HIV diseases since 1991 and has seen them grow into fine young adults. Her husband, Tom, is a retired VA physician. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children and five equally wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. Richard Martin

Richard Martin, BA, MDiv, JD, PhD, was on the faculty of the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Georgia where he taught Medical Ethics and Medical Law and was consultant in Clinical Ethics from 1972 until retirement in 2000. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2002 and served as President 2005-2007.


Sister Faith Anthony Moore

Sister Faith Anthony is an Episcopal nun of the Order of St Helena. She has a doctorate degree with a study in immunology in HIV infection from University of Tokyo. Her wish has always been to work for the cure and wellbeing of people with HIV/AIDS.

Lillian James-Thomas

Originally from Phila. Pa.
Member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. Was Chair of the "Outreach Committee for fifteen years.
Her husband Walter retired from the Military. They are proud parents of four sons between them,eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Dave Sandlin

Dave Sandlin has been on the board since 2006. He retired from International Paper - Augusta and the Army Reserves. He is presently a Lay Mister at the Church of The Good Shepherd. He graduated form University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Engineering and a MBA from Notre Dame.


Georgia Vesely