Brearley appointed 2019-2020 Chairman

David Brearley

David Brearley has been appointed chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2019-2020.

The Heart of the Community Awards recognition program is sponsored by Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. and honors local citizens for their volunteer service to our community.

Recipients of the awards are honored at a black tie gala, Loving Hearts, Helping Hands, the 34th annual event will be held on Feb. 8 at the Forum River Center.


Proceeds from the event will be designated for heart education and safety programs in the Rome and Floyd County community. Previously funded projects have included the Heart House for families of critically ill patients on the Redmond campus, AED units in public facilities in Rome, a fitness course at Ridge Ferry Park, fitness equipment at the Thornton Center, swimming scholarships at the YMCA, exercise equipment for Summit Quest and grants to various humanitarian and heart related agencies in Rome and Floyd County.


He is an attorney at Brinson, Askew,Berry and has practiced law in Rome, Georgia for the past 12 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Rome where he teaches fifth and sixth grade Sunday School and was recently nominated to the board of deacons.

David has served on the board of directors for the Rome International Film Festival, the Free Clinic of Rome, and the Nine O’Clock Cotillion.


David’s wife, Carolyn Brearley, is a native of Rome and currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid for the Darlington School. They have two young children — Bennett and Walker.

Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include:, Angie Beard, Kristy Brown, Steve Graves, Nancy Hunter, Judy Ingram, Dawn Irmscher, Chris Jackson, Mai Mai Kelly , Mandy Maloney, Charles Norris, Artagus Newel, Monisha Patel, Elaine Price, Mimi Richards, Pam Roberts, Lauren Sklar, David Smith, MeganTreglown and Esther Vaughn.


2020 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients

On February 8, 2020 10 of Rome’s “unsung” heroes will be honored at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor gala called “An Affair of the Heart”. For 33 years, Redmond Regional Medical Center has been the presenting sponsor for these awards which recognize individuals whose commitment through volunteer service has made this community a better place n which to live, work and raise a family. 


The 2020 recipients include: 

Gordon Leiter-Board of Governors Award,

Whit Molnar, Young Heart Award

International Paper-Business Award and




Award of Honor Recipients:

Linda Hatcher

Jarrod Johnson

Peggy Nash

Dr. Ryland and Jennifer Scott

Willie Mae Samuel

Honorary Award Recipient, Dr. Daniel Goldfaden


For more information:  Wanda Whitten, 706-802-3924 or Heart of the Community Facebook.

Willie Mae Samuel, 2020 HOC Award Recipient

A native of Allendale, South Carolina, Willie Mae has been a resident of Rome And Floyd County for 50 years.

She received her undergraduate degree from Paine College in Augusta and her Master’s degree in English from Atlanta University with a concentration in African-American Studies.  She spent 31 years as a classroom teacher of high school English.

Since retirement she has involved herself in many phases of volunteer work.

           *Child Advocate for Youth Programs sponsored by her Sorority
           * Volunteer organizer and instructor for 100 Black Men’s Black History Bowl
           * Founder of Gateway Performing Arts Troup
           * Community Outreach Coordinator for Thankful Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
           * Director of Cultural Arts of Fairview/E.S. Brown Restoration Project
           *  Director of Fairview Glee Club Singers
           * Advisor for Domestic Violence Organization
           *  Assistant Program Coordinator-East Rome Association’s Senior Group at Fielder Center
           * Director of Friday Night Drama Presentations Martin Luther King Celebration
           *  Contributing Writer for Rome News Tribune
            *Director/Founder African American Connection for Performing Arts 2006-Presnt
            *Judge for League of Women Voters Annual Poetry Slam Contest
             * Board Member of the AHHA Organization in Cave Spring

Nominated by Quida Sams and Laney Stevenson “The word “love” is also an action word.  It is what it does. Willie Samuel-Sams loves this community and demonstrates this love in her daily living”.


Dr. Ryland and Jennifer Scott, 2020 HOC Award Recipients

Rome is very fortunate to have “Power Couples” in our community.

One such couple is Dr. Ryland and Jennifer Scott.

Together they have participated in the following
* 5 International Mission Trips to Guatemala, Honduras Mexico
* Board Members of Restoration Rome
* Foster Parents
* Founding Members of Young Life Ministry

Individually they also contribute:

Dr. Scott:
* Championed and Implemented ERAS protocol(Enhanced Surgical Recovery)
* Developed Bariatric Program in Rome
* Deacon, First Presbyterian Church

*Open Door Home board 2003-2017-Past Chair
*Several teaching and committee roles at First Presbyterian Church
* South Rome Redevelopment committee 2017
*Fundraising for South Rome Early Learning Center
* Community Foundation of Greater Rome Grant Committee
* Mentor to Moms n Recovery
* Heart Walk Committee Honoree 2008
* Heart of the community Young Heart 2010

One nominator said of them” They make a wonderful married team raising triplets of their own.  Through public speaking and private counsel. Many couples have benefited from their openness of marriage and realities of raising kids”


Peggy Nash, 2020 HOC Award Recipient

 A graduate of Shorter College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in education from Berry College, Peggy is now a retired Floyd County educator. She can be found volunteering at many places in Rome.

Volunteer Activities and recognitions have or do include:

*Teacher of the Year 1993
* Participates with Retired Teachers of Rome
* Former Pink Lady at Floyd Medical Center
* Junior Service League, Sustainer in 2001
* St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Missions, Outreach, Loaves and Fishes and Children’s Church
* Former Chiaha Board Member
* Volunteer Toys for Tots
* Volunteer Good Neighbor’s Ministries
* Former Board of Chieftain’s Museum
* Volunteer Rome Community Kitchen
* Friends of the Library
*Pepperell Elementary School Volunteer and Mentor
* Good Neighbors Ministry

Peggy has one son, Robbie, and his wife Autumn and two granddaughters, Callie and Hannah Grace


Jarrod “JJ” Johnson, 2020 HOC Award Recipient

J.J, a business leader in Rome Ga and the Floyd County community and is now a small business owner of the Smoothie King franchise. Moving here from Houston, Texas, J.J. served the public as a law enforcement officer.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University.  He and his wife, Dr. Bridgett Dingle, Neonatologist at Floyd Medical Center have been very active in the Rome community.

His community activities include:

*Board Member of Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
* Rome City School Partner
* Leadership Rome 36 Graduate
*Leadership Georgia 2020
* High School Leadership Rome Volunteer
*Murder Mystery Theatre for Floyd Against Drugs
* Boy’s and Girls’ s Club Board
*  Committee Member- Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
* 100 Black Men Member and donor to 100 Black Men and Distinguished Gentlemen
* Can-A-Thon For Community Kitchen Regional Donor
* Donates % of sales to the Giving Kitchen Organization.

Nominated by Jeanne Krueger “J.J. lights up every room he enters and has the ability to put everyone at ease. He is a servant leader by example”