Meet Our Community Action Team
Warren Steele started the local Community Action Team for The Ferst Foundation in March, 2012. Warren is a retired Senior Vice President of Aflac, and currently chairs the board of Columbus Regional Health.
Sherida Brannan is a retired teacher from the Muscogee County School District, having over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and holding a B.S., M.S., and Ed. S. degrees in the field. Since retiring, she spends more time with family & friends, volunteering, traveling & social dancing.
Terry Baker is the West Region Chief for the Muscogee County School District. His initial experience with Muscogee County Ferst Foundation was during a Literacy Night event held at Fox Elementary School. As a former elementary school teacher and principal, he understands the need for early literacy and the impact it has on our youngest students.
Constance has been a strong advocate for infants and children for over 25 years through her work with the Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program. In this capacity, Constance interacts with parents and their children from Pregnancy until age 5 on a daily basis. She is actively involved with the Department of Public Health’s “Talk with your Baby” Program that encourages women to talk and read to their babies to improve language development. Constance is an active member of her church, New Mt Zion Baptist Church in Phenix City Alabama and she and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with family.
Julie has joined our team as a stay at home mom who wants to be more involved with the community. As a former teacher for Muscogee County she has her own mini library at home and knows the importance of reading to children on a daily basis. She attended Kennesaw State University for her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and later received her M.Ed. from Columbus State University. She is excited about reaching out into her community to help inspire children to read.
Jenny Badcock brings her experience as a former school teacher and her passion for children's literacy to the Muscogee Community Action Team. She taught in the Muscogee County School District for 16 years before becoming a full time Mom. Now that the nest is empty, Jenny Captains her tennis team and helps her husband with the family business.
Marion Scott joined the team in November 2017. She retired from Columbus State University, where she taught public speaking, public relations, and writing for media. Before joining the CSU faculty, she worked in marketing and public relations at Columbus Regional Health for 23 years, retiring in 2015 as the department director. She is a freelance writer and strategic communication consultant.
Ann comes to the Community Action Team after recently retiring as Headmaster of St. Luke School after 12 years. Prior to that she spent 29 years in the Muscogee County School District as a science teacher, science consultant and principal. Ann is a member of the Administrative Board of St. Luke Church and the Seekers Sunday School class. She loves spending time at Georgia's Lake Sinclair and traveling with family and friends.
Greta Browder is the Children’s Outreach Coordinator for Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. As a military brat and Army spouse, she has lived and worked in many places, but has called Columbus home for over 10 years now. She has a BS in Elementary Ed and a M.S. in Reading. Greta is dedicated to improving early literacy in Muscogee County by sharing the joy of books and reading starting at birth.
Teresa comes to the Community Action Team as a former educator with Muscogee County School District. Her teaching experience with early childhood students made Teresa realize the importance of having age appropriate books in the home for young children. She currently works with her husband in the family business. Teresa enjoys riding bikes and traveling with family and friends in her free time.
Meet Our Other Team Members
Muscogee County Retired Educators