Solomon Smothers, Regional Development Director

Solomon first came to Action Ministries as a member of the Athens Local Action Council and then served as the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid coordinator in the program’s inaugural year. Solomon worked with the NEGA Food Bank to coordinate agency relations for the Food Bank, helped organize the Food2Kids program and built his knowledge of program planning and community building while strengthening the Action Ministries Athens hunger relief initiatives. Solomon graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in communication studies. He and his wife, Lora, actively attempt to positively affect Athens. Solomon enjoys singing and songwriting, reading, Atlanta sports franchises, creating and appreciating art, “nerding out” (learning), boxing, video games, praying, spending time with family and listening to and serving disregarded people.

Laura DeGroot, Program Administrator




Zachary Burgess, Kitchen Manager

Zach is a native of Athens, where he attended grade school and graduated from Clarke Central High School in 1985. He attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta and Savannah State College, majoring in early childhood education. After graduating, he returned to Athens and began working with children who displayed varying learning and behavioral disabilities. After more than five years working in the school system, Zach started working in restaurant management at Zaxby’s, beginning as a shift manager and working his way up to regional manager. He next worked at Georgia Mentor Athens with special needs individuals as an activity therapist. Zach now serves Action Ministries Athens as the Kitchen Manager at Our Daily Bread, where he has immense respect for the guests and kitchen staff.


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