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Stephen D. Dolinger, Ed.D

Joined the Partnership in 2002 as its third president.  Served as the Superintendent of Schools for Fulton County for seven years prior to joining the Partnership.  He served in the Fairfax County, VA school system for 26 years before accepting the Fulton position.  He has an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University, an M.Ed. from George Mason University, and B.B.A. from Wake Forest University.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including: the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Voices for Georgia's Children, and the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement. In addition, he has served on the Education and Health Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and has been recognized on Georgia Trend magazine's "100 Most Influential Georgians" 2013 list.

Diane Hopkins, CAE
Vice President

Joined the Partnership in 1992.  She has 30-plus years experience in non-profit management. Prior to her Partnership service, she held positions with the Industrial Development Research Foundation and the Business Council of Georgia.  She became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1999.  She has served as a board member of the Georgia Society of Association Executives; a member of the American Society of Association Executives; a member of the Education and Workforce Development Committee of the Georgia Economic Developers Association; and  a member of College Access Challenge Grant State Team.  She holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama and a Masters degree from the University of Alabama.

Alice Ford
Administrative Assistant

Joined the Partnership in 1998.  She has 15-years administrative experience and has particular expertise in scheduling and travel planning and conference, meetings and other large event coordination. She earned an Associates Degree in Business Management from Georgia State University.

Caitlin Daugherty Kokenes, MSPP
Project Associate

Joined the Partnership in April 2016 after serving as a Policy Analyst for the Southern Regional Education Board. She has worked in the past as a tutor, instructor, teacher, and program director. She holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Hispanic Studies from Auburn University as well as a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Auburn University. Caitlin serves as a mentor to undergraduate public policy students through Georgia Tech’s Alumni Association.

Bill Maddox
Communications Director

Joined the Partnership in 2004 after serving seven years as the director, external communications with the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.  He has more than 30-years communications experience, much of that in public affairs assignments with the U.S. Army.  He holds a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Atlanta Press Club as well as the Georgia School Public Relations Association.  He serves on the communications committee of the Georgia Council of Economic Education.

Dana Rickman, PhD
Policy and Research Director

Joined the Partnership in July 2011 after serving as the Director of Research and Policy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation -  Atlanta Civic Site.  She has also worked for more than 10 years at Georgia State University conducting research on education programs within Georgia.  She holds a PhD from Georgia State University in Political Science and a BA from Mary Washington College. She has authored multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters related to education policy and is the primary author of the Georgia Partnership's annual Top Ten Issues to Watch report.