Board Members

Board Chair:  Raymond Frank Mullis, Jr., DCou (Clinical Representative)

Dr. 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. He holds a Doctor of Professional Counseling from Midwestern College in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Master of Theological Studies in 2004 and Master of Divinity in Counseling in 2000. He holds a 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. 

Vice Chair:  Gerard W. Armorer (Law Enforcement Representative)

Gerard Armorer is a Parole/Probation Officer assigned to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit for the Department of Community Supervision; after recent service in the capacity of field training officer and senior parole officer assigned to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Officer Armorer was previously the chief deputy marshal of the DeKalb County State Court Marshal’s Office 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 an on air producer for Newsweek magazine. 

Member:  Jerry Bruce, JD (Victim Advocate Representative)

Jerry Bruce has been a parent attorney, guardian ad litem, prosecuting attorney, delinquency and adult defender, Special Assistant Attorney General representing DFCS, and a juvenile court judge – essentially every job an attorney can do in Georgia’s juvenile courts.  He led the Georgia Supreme Court’s Court Improvement Program for five years. In June of 2021, he was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to be Georgia’s Child Advocate, leading the Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children.  He is an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law, co-lead faculty for Georgia’s Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse and Neglect Institute, and is co-author of Georgia’s The Guardian ad Litem in Dependency Proceedings: A Guide to Best Interest Advocacy.  He regularly writes, speaks, and trains on child welfare issues in Georgia and nationally.

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. 

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. 

Member:  Vacant

Member:  Mindy White Ackerman  (Clinical Representative)

Mindy White Ackerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has specialized in evaluating and treating juvenile and adult sex offenders for the last 25 years. She started her career working with domestic violence and sexual abuse victims and then transitioned into working with sexual offenders shortly afterward. She has worked with this specialized population in several states including residential placements, correctional facilities, out-patient facilities, and private practice. Ackerman has performed numerous psychosexual evaluations and established the arousal management unit at the Florida Civil Commitment Center. She has presented trainings and workshops at various conferences around the country focusing on juvenile sex offenders’ treatment. Currently, Ackerman holds the position of Sex Offender Treatment Services Administrator at the Department of Juvenile Justice and is responsible for the clinical supervision of the Sexually Harmful Behavior Program.

Member:  Katie Gropper, Esq. (Public Member Representative)

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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.   

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 GPACS.  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:  Vacant