Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition Staff

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Erin Hernandez serves as President/CEO of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. She brings over 20 years of experience in health education, cancer control research, grant management, and community health program development.  In her role as president/CEO, she is responsible for local, state, and national government relations, program and fund development, planning and marketing, and overall strategic direction of the organization.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Health Education) from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.

Erin Hernandez


Allison Agnew

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Program Coordinator

Allison Agnew serves as the Breast and Cervical Program Coordinator of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. She began working with the coalition in 2015 as an Affordable Care Program Navigator and Outreach Specialist.  In her current role, she works throughout the region to provide education in the areas of breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening, and HPV vaccine education and promotion. She is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Business Healthcare Technology from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

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Lauren McClendon serves as the Tobacco Education Coordinator for the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. In her role, Lauren travels to regional schools to educate students on the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarette use, as well as coordinates cessation classes and quit resources for adults.  Additionally, she leads the coalition's efforts in community awareness and education regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke and vapor. Lauren holds both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University.

Lauren McClendon

Program Coordinator

Board Leadership

Lanell Jacobs
AdventHealth Gordon


Ernie Elemento
Hamilton Medical Center


Janice Hopkins
Harbin Clinic


Board Members

Sandy McKenzie

Hamilton Medical Center

Rita Harris

Hamilton Medical Center

Amy Jordan

AdventHealth Gordon

Karen Steely

AdventHealth Gordon

Stephanie Jones
Redmond Regional Medical Center

Aimee Griffin

Floyd Medical Center