Executive director

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Kathleen J. Ernce

Kathleen has worked in aging services since 1982.  In 1986, she became Advocacy Programs Director at The Senior Citizens Council and was appointed as the Executive Director in the fall of 2007.  


Kathleen provides assistance, referrals, counseling, and education on Medicare, care-giving, fraud prevention, and consumer issues.  She served as Chair of the CSRA Senior Expo Committee for seven years, and produced the Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant for 12 years.  


Mrs. Ernce has served on the Board of the Augusta Care Network, the Executive Board of the Georgia Gerontology Society, and co-chaired the 1995 and 2002 statewide conferences of the Gerontology Society.  She also received a Gerontology Certificate from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and is a certified Medicare Counselor by the American Society on Aging.  Kathleen is a member of the Columbia County S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council, co-facilitates the CSRA Elder Rights Conference Planning Committee.  She also serves as co-chair for the TEAS (Taking Elderly Abuse Seriously) organization.  Kathleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia

Meet our Staff

Administrative Assistant

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William B. Sherrod

William  has worked with the Senior Citizens Council since 1985.  He has served as transportation driver.  William currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Corps programs.  He is also the Maintenance Supervisor.


Mr. Sherrod has an Associate Degree in Music from Augusta State University.

Book Keeper

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Ronald Whigham

Ronald manages and maintains financial records ensuring departmental expenditures are current and accurate.  


Ronald has a Bachelor of Science from Fort Valley State University, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems & Telecommunication from Tulane University, and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University.    



Senior Corps Volunteer Coordinator

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Madsy Walter

Madsy has worked with the Senior Corps program staff since 2019, and serves as Senior Corps Volunteer Coordinator.  She is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and managing placement of senior  volunteers.  She also facilitates monthly in-service meetings.


 Madsy has a Bachelor of Science in Social Services with a concentration in Gerontology.

GeorgiaCares Coordinator

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Kerrie Sirmans

Kerrie has worked with aging services since 2005 and has been with the Senior Citizens Council since 2017.  She serves as GeorgiaCares Coordinator.  Kerrie provides information and assistance regarding Medicare and other related health insurance.  


Kerrie has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from James Cook University in Australia.



Records Coordinator

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Juanita Hardy

Juanita has worked with The Senior Corps program staff since 2015, and served as a Foster Grandparent for six years.  She currently works as the Senior Corps Records Coordinator.  Juanita is responsible for maintaining personnel files and processing monthly stipend and travel reimbursement for senior volunteers. 


Juanita attended Westside High School.  She also attended Augusta Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and Floura Daniels Trade School.




Information Specialist

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Joan Roush

Joan has worked with the Senior Citizens Council since 2013.  She initially started as a a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer working as administrative assistant.  Joan left and returned as  the GeorgiaCares data entry clerk in 2018.  She currently serves as Information Specialist.


Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood through University of South  Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Science through Radford University.