Managers & Coordinators
Tara Self, Development Manager, TSelf@CovenantHouse.org
Tara Self, LMSW, came to Covenant House GA in May of 2015 after completing her Masters in Social Work at Georgia State University. Tara grew up in Macon, GA and also lived in Milledgeville, GA while completing her B.S. in Psychology at Georgia College & State University. Her background consists of work in both the non-profit and clinical fields of Social Work where she has worked with DFCS, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. During these experiences Tara realized her passion for helping young people and is so excited to have found a place at Covenant House where she can do exactly that. Tara is enthusiastic about using her passion for youth and her skills in community development to fundraise and support the youth that we serve.
James Thornton, Shelter Coordinator, JThornton@CovenantHouse.org
James Thornton came to Covenant House Georgia in 2013. He later moved into his current role as the Shelter Program Coordinator during 2015. James received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and Management from Morris Brown College. Immediately after graduating from college, James experienced several stints in the National Football League and NFL Europe as a professional football player. Once his football career was over, he started a fitness company. It is here where he developed the necessary skills to oversee an organization’s day to day activities and also work on some attributes that struck a harmonious cord while engaging with clients.
James found passion with helping others in search of solace and assistance. He believes that everyone is entitled to basic human rights without discrimination and regardless of nationality, sexual orientation, preference, ethnicity, color, religion or any other status used to categorize people. This perspective led him to Covenant House Georgia.
James strives to be a champion for at-risk homeless youth and an extension of God’s love. The youth we serve are the abused, trafficked, bullied, abandoned, misunderstood, sufferers of mental health and other injustices. He vows to be a part of the solution by bringing about awareness and methods of dealing with the affects left behind by trauma.
Jillian Robinson, Development Coordinator, JRobinson@CovenantHouse.org
Jillian started with Covenant House in August of 2015 after moving to Atlanta from Oxford, Mississippi where she completed her undergraduate work in Public Policy Leadership, International Studies, and French. As a member of the Development Team, she manages CHGA’s annual A Night of Broadway Stars gala as well as the Disney Home Team races. She is also helping to launch Help Us Grow (HUG), CHGA’s new gardening social enterprise as local food systems are an issue about which she is passionate. Interested in community economic development, she loves working with Covenant House Georgia which does great work in helping homeless youth reach their fullest potential.
Georgia O'Farrell, Volunteer Coordinator, GOfarrell@CovenantHouse.org
Georgia O’Farrell completed her undergraduate studies in sociology and French from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2014. Born and raised in Southern California, she was lured to Northeast Georgia, where she is seventh generation on a family farm. She became involved with the local food movement there, and was hired as Regional Assistant for a three-year pilot program called Northeast Georgia Farm to School — a collaboration between the FoodBank of Northeast Georgia and Georgia Organics. Through this position she learned more about the inner workings of non-profit organizations and gained experience in volunteer management and program coordination. Her initial experience with non-profit work was a collaboration project between a local San Luis Obispo non-profit and the San Luis Obispo County Jail to implement a garden program for male and female inmates. This project increased Georgia's interest in bringing people together through community service and developing programs that promote social, mental, and physical health for all people. She is excited to bring what she has learned thus far to her wok at Covenant House Georgia!