Dr. Annise Mabry Announces Leadership Transition at The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation

Porterdale, GA – June 04, 2024 – Dr. Annise Mabry, esteemed founder of The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation, has announced her decision to step down from the day-to-day operations of the foundation. Effective immediately, the leadership and operational responsibilities will be transferred to Lara Parker, Chair of the Graduation Committee and Patricia Barber, Director of the Rural Communities Diploma Program.

Dr. Mabry’s pioneering work in education and community development has left an indelible mark on countless lives. Her dedication to providing alternative educational opportunities and supporting marginalized communities has been the cornerstone of the foundation’s mission.

Under her guidance, the foundation has achieved significant milestones and established a strong legacy of impact and innovation.

Lara Parker, a seasoned leader with extensive experience in community development, and Patricia Barber, an accomplished program director, will co-lead the foundation into its next chapter. Their combined expertise and commitment to the foundation’s mission ensure a seamless transition and continued growth.

“I am confident that Lara and Patricia will bring fresh perspectives and renewed energy to the foundation,” said Dr. Mabry. “Their passion and dedication to our mission align perfectly with our vision for the future. I look forward to seeing the foundation thrive under their capable leadership.”

Dr. Mabry will remain involved with the foundation in an advisory capacity, continuing to support its mission and vision. The foundation is excited about this new chapter and looks forward to continued growth and success under the guidance of Lara Parker and Patricia Barber.

Lara Parker has a proven track record in strategic planning and organizational development, making her an excellent fit for this role. Patricia Barber’s deep understanding of rural education and her innovative approach to the Rural Communities Diploma Program will be invaluable assets as the foundation continues to expand its reach and impact.

“We are honored to carry forward Dr. Mabry’s legacy and build upon the strong foundation she has established,” said Lara Parker. “Our focus will remain on empowering communities and creating educational opportunities that transform lives.”

“We are committed to upholding the values and mission of The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation,” added Patricia Barber. “Together, we will work to ensure that every individual has access to the education and resources they need to succeed.”

For more information about The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation and its programs, please visit http://www.drannisemabry.com 

About The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation:

The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative educational programs and community initiatives. The foundation focuses on providing alternative educational opportunities, particularly for marginalized and underserved communities, and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.


Lara Parker

Graduation Committee Chair




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