Meet the Team

Professional Staff

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Dr. Randell E. Trammell

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Randell has been involved in the “Y” Club programs in Dalton since he was in sixth grade. In 1998, he served as the State Chaplain. Randell has served in many capacities both as a volunteer and as a staff member since 2004 with the State YMCA and was named State Executive Director/CEO in 2009. In 2014, he completed his Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership and communication. That same year, after seeing a dire need for resources and support in the area of civics education in Georgia, he developed the concept of the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement.

In 2017, Dr. Trammell officially launched the Center as a 501c3 nonprofit becoming our founder and President & Chief Executive Officer.

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Jeremy Austin

Vice President

Jeremy has been involved with the organizations programs almost his entire life. In 2000, he served as State Vice President as a student participant. He has attended every conference, served as an intern, college alumni staff, and now he is a member of our staff! He has served in roles for the organization ranging from District Director, Senior District Director, State Program Director, and now as Vice President.  He manages our staff and daily operations.  Jeremy joined the staff of the State YMCA of Georgia in 2007 and continues to serve the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement.

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Brooke Hamil

State Program Coordinator Brooke has been involved in the organization’s programs since high school where she attended many conferences and served as a presiding officer. Subsequently, she volunteered as college alumni staff and served as Program Intern for Georgia United Nations Assembly. Brooke graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 and worked in the hospitality industry and nonprofit development following graduation. Brooke manages all programs offered by the organization, as well as overseeing our field staff. She joined staff in August 2020. Email Brooke at


Dr. Angela Hargis

Director of Educational Services

Dr. Hargis joined us in late 2019 after retiring from a distinguished career in education. She served most recently as the principal of Westside Middle School (Whitfield County Schools) since 2013 until her retirement in December of 2019.

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Davina Alvarez

Student Accounts Coordinator & Director of Administrative Services

Davina comes to us, most recently from the great state of California. She recently made the move to Georgia, along with her husband and son. She brings great expertise to our organization with her background in all operations of hotel management! She joined our staff in 2019.

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Ross Hargis

Executive Intern

Ross joined us in August of 2020, and is an alumnus of Youth Assembly and is studying political science at the University of Georgia on a pre-law track. Ross’ experience with GCCE programs inspired a passion for government advocacy and lobbying. He currently serves as Executive Intern and manages special projects under the guidance of CEO, Dr. Trammell.

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Program Staff


Samantha Ayoub

Program Assistant – Northeast District

Samantha joined us in August 2020 as the Program Assistant and contact for the Northeast District. She is currently attending the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics. While participating in our programs all four years of high school, Samantha served as the Speaker of the House at the 74th Youth Assembly Program, as well as serving in leadership at Georgia United Nations Assembly.

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Tia Brown

Program Assistant – Southwest District

Tia joined our team in August 2020. She is currently studying Political Science and Advertising at Valdosta State University. While in our program, Tia served in official capacities at the 74th and 75th Youth Assembly.  She is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Southwest District.

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Kendall Chamberlain

Program Assistant – Northwest District

Kendall joined us in August of 2020, and is majoring in Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University with plans to attend law school and was selected for the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Undergraduate Program. She is an alumna of the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement’s programs and served at Chief Justice for the 73rd Annual Youth Assembly. She is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Northwest District.

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Hannah Conway

Program Assistant – Southeast District

Hannah joined us in August of 2020, and is an alumnae of Youth Assembly and is currently studying Writing & Linguistics, Pre-Law at Georgia Southern University. She is a member of the University Honors Program and the Model United Nations delegation. Hannah’s experiences within GCCE programs familiarized her with the role of global governance and inspired her to pursue a career in Human Rights Law.  She is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Southeast District.

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Sonia Doshi

Program Assistant – Metro District

Sonia Doshi joined us in August of 2020 is currently a student at Georgia Institute of Technology studying Public Policy and Business. Within our programs, Sonia served as the Secretary General of the Georgia United Nations Assembly.  She is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Metro District.

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William LeRoy

Program Assistant – South Central District

William joined us in May of 2020 while seeking a college internship focusing on marketing and communications.  He is currently attending Georgia Tech studying Business Administration/Marketing.  While a student in our program, William served as Speaker Pro-Temp at the 73rd Youth Assembly Program, as well as a Presiding Officer at our Georgia United Nations Assembly Program.  He is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the South Central District.

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Sammy Marks

Program Assistant – Centralwest District

Sammy Marks joined us in August of 2020, and he is currently a first year student at the University of Georgia majoring in political science on a Pre-Law track. Sammy has participated in Youth Government starting with Model United Nations program since 2016 and held the position of Secretary General during the 2019 Model United Nations conference.  He is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Centralwest District.

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Toby Upshaw

Program Assistant – Central East District

Toby joined us in August of 2020. He has participated in our programs for the past seven years both as a participant and program volunteer. He is attending LaGrange College in pursuit of a degree in exercise science. While participating in our programs, Toby served as the Speaker Pro-Temp of the House of Representatives.  He is currently the Program Assistant and contact for the Central East District.

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Board of Directors

Dr. Eddie Bennett

Liza Chapman

Scott Maxwell

Dr. Randell E. Trammell