About us

Our Mission

The mission of Kids’ Chance of Georgia, Inc. is to provide educational scholarships to the children of Georgia workers who have been seriously or fatally injured. Kids’ Chance of Georgia, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c) (3) non-profit charity that has helped more than 300 students since its beginning. For academic year 2017-2018, fifty students are being assisted with approximately $200,000 in scholarship funding.

Our Mission is supported by donations, with all funds raised supporting children of Georgia workers. Since 1988, Kids’ Chance of Georgia has raised nearly $6 million and established memorial scholarships and endowment funds. Kids’ Chance of Georgia, Inc. has received numerous recognitions and is the first Kids’ Chance charity established in the country. It is the model for sister charities in 38 other states as well as the national organization, Kids' Chance of America.

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Our History

Robert Clyatt, a workers’ compensation attorney from Valdosta, Georgia, founded the first Kids’ Chance organization in 1988. Through his work, he had witnessed the life-shattering impact that a serious workplace injury had on the children of those injured, who were now having to fund their own education.

With the assistance of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar, Bob Clyatt incorporated Kids’ Chance, Inc. in Georgia and began raising money to fund educational scholarships.

Kids’ Chance, Inc. began reaching out to other states and assisted them in establishing their own Kids’ Chance organizations. Kids' Chance of America was formed and forty-nine states have organized Kids’ Chance programs that are actively providing need-based scholarships to the families of seriously injured workers, and new organizations are being formed each year.

Our Board of Directors

 

Robert M. Clyatt, Esq.
Robert M.Clyatt, PC                                               
Founder & Chairman of the Board

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Michelle Lutz Hays
Comprehensive Care Group
President

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 Connie Chandler
United Parcel Service
VicePresident

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John Fevier
Director of Facilities Management, Waffle House, Inc.
Secretary/Treasurer

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Hon. Carolyn Hall
Chairman, Georgia Board of Workers' (Retired)
Director

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Lisa Capicik
DPR Construction
Director

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Greg S. Dorsey
CPCU, AICCompTrust AGC
Director

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Sgt. Fredrick Harper
City of Atlanta

Director

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Mike Coan

Director/Past President

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Shirley Hinton
National DCP, LLC
Director

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Hon. Jeffrey Kight
Superior Court of Georgia, First District
Director

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Joseph Leman, Esq.
Leman Law Firm, PC
Director

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Greg Porter
Savell & Williams, LLP
Director

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Ben Vinson
GA Board of Workers' Compensation
Director

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Lisa Wade, Esq.
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP
Director

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Randy Rizor, MD
The Physicians Pain & Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia
Director

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KCOA Council of State Delegates

 

Lori Ellwood, RN, ONC
Resurgens Spine Center Director

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Richard L. Duhe, M.A., A.P.C.
Mental Health Therapist - Michael C. Hilton, M.D.

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Management

Lynda Snyder Smith
Executive Director

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Lise Weaver
Financial & General Operations Coordinator

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