Board Chair: Douglas Silvia (Public Member Representative)
Douglas Silvia is a retired Sex Offender Officer from the Department of Corrections. Doug started his career as a Corrections Officer, then Administration Assistant to the Warden before moving to Probation. Doug became a Probation Officer in 2005 and worked as a Sex Offender Officer until his retirement in 2013. Doug has 1970 hours of Public Safety Training with numerous courses in sexual crimes. Doug retired from the United States Army in 1992 after 20 years of Combat Arms Service. Doug has recently been declared a Disabled Veteran by the Department of Veterans of Veterans Affairs for combat related injuries. It was these injuries that finally forced him to retire from Probation. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University and majored in Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Genevieve, have one child, a daughter who is currently serving in the U. S. Air Force.
Vice Chair: Raymond Frank Mullis, Jr., LPC (Clinical Representative)
Raymond Frank Mullis, Jr. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. He began his career in 2004 as a sex offender counselor with STOP, Inc. He currently counsels sex offenders on State and Federal probation and parole throughout Middle and South Georgia. Frank is currently pursuing his Doctor of Professional Counseling at Midwestern College in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Master of Theological Studies in 2004 and Master of Divinity in Counseling in 2000. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia College in 1994. He also holds an AS in Psychology and an AA in Education from Middle Georgia College. Frank is married to Roslyn L. Mullis, and they have four daughters: Catherine, Rachel, Emily, and Ashley.
Member: Gerard W. Armorer (Law Enforcement Representative)
Gerard Armorer is a field training officer and senior parole officer assigned to the State Board of Pardons and Parole’s South Metro Parole Center. He was previously the chief deputy marshal of the DeKalb County State Court Marshal’s Department and served as jail school administrator, deputy sheriff III, and post-certified instructor for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Armorer graduated magna cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications. Before his career in Georgia law enforcement, he served in the U.S. Army as a flight operations specialist and worked for Newsweek magazine. Mr. Armorer and his wife, Fatimah, have one child and reside in Stone Mountain.
Member: Representative Mandi Ballinger (Public Member Representative)
Mandi Ballinger represents the 23rd District in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is the chair of the House Juvenile Justice Committee. Ms. Ballinger also serves on Rules, Appropriations- Public Safety, Transportation, Judiciary Non-Civil, and Information and Audits Committees. She sits on the Georgia Child Fatality Review Board and is a member of the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence. Ms. Ballinger, began her career working for a domestic violence shelter and worked as a victim advocate for the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office. She lives in Canton.
Member: Ezell Brown (Law Enforcement Representative)
Ezell Brown is the Sheriff for Newton County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. He began his Law Enforcement career with the Covington, Georgia Police Department in 1973 as a Patrolman. Later in 1978, he joined the Sheriff's Department. After being promoted to Captain in 2008, Ezell was assigned to the Newton County Sex Offender Unit. He has implemented several programs to improve the functions of the Sheriff's Office and improve the quality of life in Newton County.
Member: Matthew B. Connelly, M.S., LPC (Clinical Representative)
Matthew Connolly is the director of A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services. He serves on the board for the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. MR. Connolly earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Georgia College and State University. He and his wife, Eva-Maria, reside in Atlanta.
Member: Rachel Davidson (Victim Advocate Representative)
Rachel Davidson is the Director of the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate (OCA). She has more than a decade of experience as a child welfare attorney and was previously a policy analyst for OCA. Davidson has represented children in dependency cases with the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center and served as a fellow for the Cold Case Project administered by the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. She also served as a juvenile court liaison for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and as the unit manager of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. She is a member of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children. Davidson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Business Administration and a law degree from Stetson University.
Member: Shannon Dunlap, Ph.D. (Clinical Representative)
Shannon Dunlap is a psychologist in private practice at Counseling Services, Inc. located in LaGrange. He is currently serving as past-president of the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dr. Dunlap earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree from Columbus State University and a doctorate in Psychology from Auburn University. He and his wife, Jane, have two sons and two daughters.
Member: Martin Patrick Ferrell (Public Member Representative)
Deputy Chief Marty Ferrell joined the Marietta Police Department in July 1990, and is currently the commanding officer of the Uniform Patrol Division. Deputy Chief Ferrell has served in the Investigative Services Division, Uniform Patrol Division, Support Services Division, Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit and as the Major over Zone's 3 & 4. Deputy Chief Ferrell also served as the commander of the Marietta Police S.W.A.T Team.
Member: Katie Gropper, Esq. (Public Member Representative)
Member: Megan Horton, (Public Member Representative)
Megan Horton is a Senior United States Probation Officer in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta office. Ms. Horton became a U.S. Probation Officer in 2010. She was previously a Senior Parole Officer with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Ms. Horton has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice.
Member: Bert Reeves, Esq. (Public Member Representative)
Bert has been practicing law in Cobb County since 2006. He currently is a partner with the Marietta law firm Smith, Schnatmeier, Dettmering & Reeves, LLP. In 2014, Bert was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as the representative for District 34 (Marietta, Kennesaw). As a Legislator, Bert is a Floor Leader for Governor Brian Kemp, serves as the Vice-Chairman on Judiciary Non-Civil and Higher Educations. He also serves on Appropriations, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, and the Insurance Committees. Bert’s wife Amy is a pediatric physician assistant and they have two boys, Charlie and Albert.
Member: Lori K. Rozier (Public Member Representative)
Lori Rozier is currently employed with the Department of Community Supervision, where she is the manager of the Sex Offender Administration Unit. She has been employed with the state of Georgia since 1995, serving in various roles with probation and facility operations. She is a member of the Georgia Probation Association. Ms. Rozier earned a master’s degree in Education from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Capella University.
Member: Richard Vandever, Esq. (Public Member Representative)
Richard Vandever is the deputy chief assistant district attorney in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Mr. Vandever instructs law enforcement officers at the Gwinnett Police Academy and has been an instructor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council and the National Advocacy Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of West Florida and a law degree from Mercer University.