Staff

Kathleen J. Ernce

Kathleen J. Ernce Executive Director

Ms. Ernce has been a member of The Senior Citizens Council team for over thirty years. Her love of this work, compassion, and knowledge has made her the perfect person to lead our organization. She began her work in aging in 1982 and joined The Senior Citizens Council in 1986 as the Advocacy Programs Director, and in 2007 was appointed as Executive Director. She provides information and assistance, referrals to community resources, counseling, and education on a variety of topics concerning seniors including Medicare, options for successful caregiving, Elder Rights and Elder Fraud Prevention. She is a Certified Medicare counselor and a Nursing Home Administrator. She has a Gerontology Certification from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Membership & Awards

  • Served on the Board of the Augusta Care Network, and the Executive Board of the Georgia Gerontology Society
  • Co-Chaired the 1995 and 2002 Georgia Gerontology Society’s statewide conferences
  • Produced the Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant for 14 years
  • Member of the Columbia County S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council
  • Co-Chairs the TEAS (Taking Elder Abuse Seriously) Collaborative and the CSRA Elder Rights Conference Planning Committee

Meet Our Team

Sherrod Williams

William B. Sherrod

Administrative Assistant Director

Mr. Sherrod is a Retired Lieutenant from the Augusta Fire Department and has an Associate’s Degree in Music from Augusta State University.

He has worked at The Senior Citizens Council since 1985. He began serving as a transportation driver, Maintenance Supervisor, Housekeeping Director, and currently serves as Administrative Assistant Director and Maintenance Supervisor.
sherrod@seniorcitizenscouncil.org

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Ronald Whigham

Bookkeeper

Mr. Whigham manages and maintains The Senior Citizens Councils financial records; ensuring departmental expenditures are current and accurate.

He comes to our organization with an extensive background in Accounting and has taught the subject at numerous junior colleges. Mr. Whigham has two Bachelor’s of Science degrees: one from Fort Valley State University and his second Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Telecommunication from Tulane University. He received his Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University.
rwhigham@seniorcitizenscouncil.org

Madsy Walter

Madsy Walter

Senior Corps Volunteer Coordinator

Ms. Walter has worked with our Senior Corps program staff since 2019 and serves as the Senior Corps Volunteer Coordinator. She is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing the placement of our senior volunteers, developing volunteer stations, facilitating monthly in-service meetings, and assisting with reporting outcomes of volunteer placements.

She served in the United States Army and worked in customer service prior to joining our staff.

Ms. Walter has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Services with a concentration in Gerontology from Perdue University.
mwalter@seniorcitizenscouncil.org

Kerrie Sirmans

Kerrie Sirmans

GeorgiaCares Coordinator

Ms. Sirmans has worked in senior services since 2005. She joined The Seniors Citizens Council in 2017 as the GeorgiaCares Coordinator. She travels throughout the CSRA, Georgia providing education, information, and unbiased assistance regarding Medicare and other related health insurance. Her twelve years' experience working in senior services prior to joining our team plus her knowledge of Medicare makes her a valuable asset to our agency and our community.

She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from James Cook University in Australia.
ksirmans@seniorcitizenscouncil.org

Juanita Hardy

Juanita Hardy

Senior Corps Records Coordinator

Ms. Hardy joined the Senior Corps staff in 2019 after volunteering as an Administrative Assistant for over a year and serving as a Foster Grandparent for six years. As the Senior Corps Records Coordinator, she is responsible for maintaining volunteer files as well as processing monthly stipend and travel reimbursements for our senior volunteers.

She graduated from Westside High School, participated in Floura Daniels Trade School, and the Augusta Opportunities Industrialization Center.
jhardy@seniorcitizenscouncil.org

Joan Roush

Joan Roush

Information Specialist

Ms. Roush began working with The Senior Citizens Council in 2013. She originally started as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer, working as an Administrative Assistant. She left and returned as the GeorgiaCares Data Clerk in 2018. She now serves as the agency’s Information Specialist.

Ms. Roush has a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Consumer Science from Radford University, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood from the University of South Carolina.
jroush@seniorcitizenscouncil.org