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Hancock Community Development, Inc.

Hancock Community Development, Inc.


Our Staff

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Clothilda Barnett

Vita Volunteer Tax Preparer

A volunteer of the Hancock Community Development Corporation VITA Program, Clothilda has provided services in the non-profit sector for the past twelve years.  She has previously served as the Interim Director of HCDC, as well as Program Administrator, Program Analyst and Housing Counselor.  She developed a Housing Counseling Program that provides credit, budget, pre-purchase, post-purchase, and foreclosure prevention counseling, and was instrumental in the process of HDCD receiving Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Counseling Certification in 2006.  


In 2005, she assisted in spearheading a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in collaboration with Athens-Clarke County Weed and Seed.  The VITA Program provides free volunteer tax preparation from January through April to people earning $51,000 or less. The program continues to grow and expand into coalitions with other agencies in Athens and surrounding counties.  Clothilda holds a bachelor degree in Business Education and a master degree in Community Economic Development.

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Alvin Sheats

Executive Director

Alvin Sheats served as Athens District 3 Commissioner  from 1995 to 2003.  During that time, he became heavily involved with plans to revitalize the Hancock Corridor.  He has continued this involvment as the Executive Director of HCDC since 2003.   With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous donations from the community,  Mr. Sheats has overseen and directed services to the Hancock Corridor and surrounding areas..  Since 2005, he has also served as the Greater Athens Economic Development Tax Coalition Chairman (GAEDTC), providing free tax services through the HCDC.  Through these services, HCDC has assisted in returning more than $1.5 million to the Athens community in the form of tax refunds.  


In addition to his community service, Mr. Sheats also served his country with the U.S. Navy.  He is a dedicated husband and father of five children, and a motorcycle enthusiast.

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Mayra Burns graduated from Rhode Island College in 2006 with a B.S. in Education and a concentration in Social Studies.  After graduating, she taught high school for five years. Concurrently, Mayra worked as the translator for the school district. After becoming a stay at home mother, Mayra continued to work part-time as a translator for a medical book. In 2013, Mayra received her HECM certification, and became a bilingual counselor for Hancock Community Development.  She now enjoys using her teaching experience in educating seniors during her counseling sessions.  In her free time, Mayra enjoys serving at her local church and spending time with her family.

Mayra Burns

Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor