Meet Our Community Action Team

Warren Steele
Volunteer Coordinator

Warren Steele started the local Community Action Team for The Ferst Readers in March, 2012. Warren is a retired Senior Vice President of Aflac, and currently serves on the board of Ferst Readers and Piedmont Healthcare.

Jenny Badcock

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

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 McDuffie

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.

Terry Baker

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.

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Greta Browder

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.

Julie Hardcastle

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. 

Teresa Young 

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.

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Veverlyn Ealy

Born and raised in South Carolina, Veverlyn joined the Community Action Team with a strong passion for childhood literacy. With her current role in the Muscogee County School District Federal Program for Parent and Family Engagement, her biggest goal is to make all children feel loved and valued. She has a BA and MA in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and Troy State University. Veverlyn came to Ferst Readers strictly because "Ferst is a blessing to many families"

Donna Kemp

Donna is a retired Muscogee County Educator.  

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Amy Wood

As a Columbus, GA native, Amy attended Columbus High School and later obtained a degree in Interpersonal Communications. She's currently the Director of Marketing & Culture at NAI G2 Commercial Real Estate and has joined the Community Action Team because childhood literacy is extremely important to her and serves as the personal cornerstone for who she is today. In her free time, Amy likes to needlepoint, read, and spend weekends at the lake! 

Meet Our Other Team Members

Alice McClellan

Muscogee County School District

Judy Heider

Retired Educator

Pat Davis

Retired Educator