Our Staff


Jonathan Carter

Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor

Jonathan Carter is a reverse mortgage counselor who specializes in helping seniors understand the mortgage program. Prior to working with Hancock he originated loans and sold real estate. Today, he puts his experience to work assisting local clients in the process of planning their financial futures, and in the process, helping to build a better community.

Shirley Mitchell

Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor

Ms. Mitchell provides comprehensive Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) counseling services to prospective homebuyers and existing homeowners. Private counseling sessions empower clients with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to navigate the entire home-buying process, and then properly repair and maintain their investment. Ms. Mitchell's is proud to support the community as an educator and coach, and to help our clients progress toward meeting their long-term goals.

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Angel McCoy

Administrative Assistant

Angel McCoy is HCDC's administrative assistant and program administrator. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. She is currently working on her masters in education from Strayer University, and works as a substitute teacher at Athens Montessori School. She enjoys reading and listening to gospel music and jazz music.

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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Mayra Burns

Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor

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.

Carol Smith

Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor

Carol Smith is a 1996 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Sociology. Carol was a Gamecock cheerleader and is a huge South Carolina football fan. Carol has been a stay at home mom for the past few years but is excited to get back to work now that her youngest child is in kindergarten. Prior to her HECM certification, Carol worked in sales for Varsity Brands Inc. She is also very involved at her church and has worked in the church nursery for almost 9 years. Other prior work experience includes; management, leasing, and customer service. Carol is passionate about assisting seniors in making an informed decision regarding their financial future.

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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.