Janice Smith is one of the founders of the Promenade Foundation Incorporated.
She graduated from Lower Columbia College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. She is a registered nurse and certified case manager.
Janice also serves as co-chairman of social and special events for the 2019 National Square Dance Convention and as Senior Vice President of Environment for Wildlife Action Georgia.
She enjoys square dancing and actively works to promote the future of square dance in her community.
Lonnie E Thomas is one of the founders of the Promenade Foundation Incorporated.
He studied organic chemistry at the University of Alabama,
works for Kone Elevator an Escalators North America.
Lonnie also serves as co-chairman of social and special events for the 2019 National Square Dance Convention and as executive board member for Wildlife Action Georgia.
He enjoys square dancing and actively works to promote the future of square dance in his community.
Raiford has a varied background with experience in a number of different areas. After growing up on a small farm in rural south Georgia, he earned his BSA from the University of Georgia and taught high school chemistry and physics for several years.
After a short time with the USDA as Agricultural Management Specialist/Loan Officer, he assumed leadership of a small family- owned corporation. He worked as a licensed realtor for years, then returned to his alma mater to earn his Masters Degree with emphasis in Public Administration and Leisure Services. He finally found his true calling!
Raiford worked for over 15 years in local governments as Parks and Recreation Director, and during this time he successfully applied for grant funding for several new programs and facility renovations. He also earned his NRPA-CPRP credentials and served as a consultant for the Council on Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. In this capacity, he worked with several local governments across the country to certify their compliance with accreditation standards.
For most of his working career, Raiford served as adjunct professor at local colleges and universities, focusing on administration of recreation departments, including budgeting and public finance.
Raiford’s passion and academic interests are in intergovernmental relations, the structure and management of nonprofit organizations, and the efficient use of public assets.
In addition to his professional service, he has been an active leader and served as treasurer for various youth sports and civic organizations over the past 45 years. He is now retired from public service and lives with his wife, Connie, near Dallas, GA.