2016 Heart of the Community Award Recipients

Please click on a name below for video tribute to these very worthy recipients of the 2016 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.

 Elaina Beaman

 Luke Chaffin

Tonya Davis

Christa Jackson

Allison Watters

Vargo Orthodontics

2016 HOC Board of Governors Award Recipient:

Dr. Sidney Bell






Tashia Ingram Twyman, 2017 HOC Award Recipient

Tashia Twyman received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgia State University and a Master’s of Education Degree from Jacksonville, State University.
She has served as an instructor and tutor at several colleges and schools in the area.

Her community service does or has included the following:

   -Darlington School Strategic Planning
   – Community Kitchen Volunteer
   – Open Door Home Board
   – Rome Housing Authority
  – Junior Service League
  – Lovejoy Baptist Church
  – Alpha Kapa Alpha Sorority
  – Rome Housing Authority

Daughter  of Rev. & Mrs. Carey N. Ingram, she is married to Christopher P. Twyman and they have two children, Lauren Christa (11) and Myles Christopher (8)

Nominated by Rhonda Wallace, Rhonda  says “ Tashia’s  love for her community shows in her smile.  She always goes the extra mile to make an event successful.  She always shows up “Ready to Go”

Pam Roberts, 2017 HOC Award Recipient

A 1964 graduate of East Rome High School and a 1968 graduate of Auburn University.  Pam has committed  herself to this community through service oriented activities.

Those Activities have included:

      -Good Neighbor Ministries
      – Chieftain’s Museum and Plant Sale
      – Junior Service League
      – Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful
      – Rome Federated and Townview Garden Clubs
      – Rome First United Methodist Church Soups Kitchen
      – Georgia Master Gardner
      –  Tomato Sandwich Supper for Free Clinic

A Master Gardner, she has used her talents helping keep garden spots neat around East Central School and works with the resident at Winthrop Court on gardening projects.  She has been a faithful worker at the Coosa Valley Fair Horticulture Show through staffing and judging.

Pam and her husband, Bill are the parents of two children, Jeremy and Jessica and 5 grandchildren.

Those nominating Pam speak of her “Go To” personality and her commitment to the clients at Good Neighbor Ministries.

Mary Hardin Thornton, 2017 HOC Award Recipient

Mary Hardin Thornton graduated from West Rome High School in 1987 and from Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama.  She received a B.S. Degree in English, Religion and Philosophy.

She currently serves as the Director of Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful where she works to engage the citizen of Rome and Floyd County to take greater responsibility for improving community environment by preventing litter, reducing waste and becoming more involved in community improvement projects.

Her civic and community activities have included:

        -Clean Community Commission
        – St. Mary’s Catholic Church
        – Rome Rotary Club
        – Hospitality House for Women Board
        – Georgia Arbor Organization
        – Director of Neighborhood Sustainability
        – Georgia Urban Forest Council
        –  Paradise Garden Foundation
        – South Rome Community Garden
        – Network Day Services Board
        – Coosa District Civic Service, Boy Scouts of America
        – Heart of the Community Foundation Board
        – Junior Service League
        –  Leadership Rome
        – TRED ( Trails for Recreation and Economic Development)
She and her husband, Billy, have been married 20 years and have two sons, Wyatt and Henry who attend St. Mary’s School.

Her nominators are quick to indicate her infectious enthusiasm and the service she gives to this community.

Kristen Sheeley, 2017 HOC Young Heart Award

A native of Rome, Georgia and a graduate of Rome High School, Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia.
Current and previous community service includes:
          -While in high school, Kristen worked with Habitat of Humanity in Poland, Utah and
            Washington State
           -She was also a member of the Rome Domestic Violence Task Force
           – Hospitality House Thrift Store
           – Volunteer Coordinator for Women of W.O.R.T.H. Women’s Clinic
          –   Volunteer in Cusco Peru
Kristen works tirelessly to promote the clinic and bring attention to the problems of the  uninsured in the areas.  She also works very closely with other local service agencies to increase meaningful access to health care.  She has developed an  extensive volunteer programs that works with local colleges and high schools to allow their nursing and other students to experience the joy of a volunteer experience.

According to Marilyn Ringstaff, “ Kristen is a compassionate and motivated young women who is committed to assisting people.”

Joe Montgomery, 2017 HOC Award Recipient

An adopted son of Rome, Georgia and a native of Lake City, Florida, Joe Montgomery has been at Darlington School since 2004 and is the Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives and  previously served as Chief Advancement Officer.  Prior to joining Darlington, he was the Senior Vice President of Private Client Services at SunTrust Bank and Vice President for University Relations at Shorter University.

Joe has served in numerous capacities on local, state and regional boards and committees.  His enthusiasm and abilities have often led to his being chosen for leadership roles.  He has provided “pro bono” consulting services in fundraising, strategic planning and board development for numerous local non-profit organizations. 

                 -Serves on the South Rome Redevelopment Agency and Corporation Boards

                 -Chairs the scholarship fundraising committee for the Early Learning Center at Anna K. Davie  
                   Elementary School 

                 – Serves on the Private Colleges and Universities Authority 
                 – Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Board and  serves on the Board of Directors of the
                    Georgia State Chamber of Commerce         
                 – Served as Chairman of the Board of Georgia Conservancy currently on the Advisory Board
                 – Leadership Georgia’s Class of 1999,
                 – Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees Received the Fred Kerr Award for enthusiastic and 
                    active support of Leadership Georgia on a continuing and consistent basis.

                  – An Eagle Scout, he has been a lifelong volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.


Joe and his wife, Rebekah, have three daughters and most recently became grandparents. They are active members of Rome First United Methodist Church.


According to Dr. J. Paul Ferguson, “Joe Montgomery has been a quiet, behind the scenes advocate and supporter of many local activities and organizations.