I CARE, Inc.
300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 313 Decatur, Georgia 30030
404.377.2273

Thomas F. Burleigh - President

Tom F. Burleigh worked 22 years at International Paper Company, first in production and then in sales and marketing, ending up as sales manager for Mid Atlantic Sales converter papers.
Worked 4 years at Keith Clark, producer of calendars and appointment books, as VP-sales and marketing and president. Worked 16 years at Portals Inc., manufacturers of currency and high security papers, covering North America, as VP of Sales and Marketing and as president. Experience involved working not only with private business but also state and Federal agencies and occasional foreign government operations.  I Care volunteer driver for past 12 years, on the Board for 9 years.

 

John Buchholz - Vice President 

John Buchholz graduated with a BSEE from Washington University in 1960 and a MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1966.  Worked for ITT Federal Electric Corporation, Paramus N.J.  from 1960 until 1967 – serving as an instructor and education material development Program Manager. Joined IBM in 1967 and worked in Branch Office marketing in New York City until relocating to Atlanta in 1974.  Worked as a Manager and Senior Program Manager focusing on marketing to Business Partners and managing large industry education (product and application) meetings throughout the USA. Retired from IBM in 1993 and returned to work as a consultant assisting with planning industry education events and conferences for IBM personnel and Business Partners. Has been associated with All Saints Catholic Church Knights of Columbus for 10 years - served in various leadership roles for the Council.  I Care volunteer driver for 12 years and a on the Board for 9 years.

 

Harry Charles Butcher –  Secretary

Harry Butcher has been a Dunwoody resident since 1978.  He received a BS from Brenau 

University, School of Professional Studies in 1983.  He is retired after 40+ years in various management positions with Avon Products. Originally from the New York area where he was also involved as a volunteer EMT.  He started with Avon in their NY corporate IT department, worked way up through IT management positions and transferred to Avon Southeast headquarters in change of IT for the entire Southeast where he managed the IT department f 60 - 80 personnel.  In 1991 accepted a Division Sales Manager position with Avon.  Over the next 5 years he had full sales management responsible for markets in Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Georgia with responsibility for over $30 million dollars and over 5,000 Avon Sales Representatives.   He was appointed to the position as Sales Support Manager for Avon Southeast in 1996.  In this position provided development, implementation and analysis of sales programs for the entire Avon Southeast Sales Region with annual sales of over $500 million.  In 2002, he accepted a similar Senior Managers Sales Support role for the entire US as part of the Avon US Sales Support corporate area located in NYC.  Sales at that time in the US exceeded             $1.5 billion and over 200,000 Representatives.  He retired in 2006 and was immediately called me back as a Consultant to work on sales reorganization programs for Avon Japan.  He worked in Tokyo Japan over the next 3 years helping them with their reorganization efforts.  In 2009 he was requested to act as a Consultant on Avon’s US Field Sales reorganization initiatives.  Her retired completely in July 2012. He has been an I Care Inc. volunteer Driver since 2009 and a Board member since 2012.  He and he wife of over 50 years enjoy international travel and visiting with their 4 children and 7 grandkids.

 

Andy Diaz - Treasurer/Finance

Andy Diaz has a BS degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Business Administration Worked for 25years at a building material supply company in Duluth, GA as its Treasurer. Worked for a short period of time for a local CPA firm in Buckhead. Prior to moving to Georgia was employed as Comptroller for a stone & trucking company in Bound Brook, NJ for 4 years. Worked for a national non-profit organization in NJ for 6 years and was promoted to the Headquarters office in New York City as Coordinator of Affiliate Accounting for 2 years.  Wrote an in-house accounting manual titled “Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations”.  I CARE board member for 2 years

 

W. J. (Bill) Atkinson - Volunteer Recruitment/Fundraising

Bill Atkinson retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2008.  He was employed as a Senior Project Officer (for two agency wide contracts) and Senior Management Analyst for 29 years. Mr. Atkins is also a retired (July, 2006) U. S. Army Colonel, having earned 37 years of honorable, combined Active and Reserve service. He worked his way through the enlisted and officer (ROTC) ranks to achieve the highly challenging leadership role as Commander of two Army Reserve Hospitals at (Chattanooga and Kingsport, Tennessee, respectively).Mr. Atkinson currently serves as a volunteer for two non-profit organizations: (1) DeKalb County, Georgia Board of Health, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for 4 years and (2) I Care, Inc, Decatur, Georgia for one year.  

 

Jana L. Johnson - Volunteer Recruitment/Fundraising

Jana Johnson is a skilled organizer and manager with a strong background in business.  She has over twenty years’ experience coordinating, arranging and facilitating events, workshops, seminars and meetings.  Jana has a Bachelor’s degree and has completed a Master program in hospitality, as well as a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling.  Currently, Jana is Customer Service Supervisor for a cruise travel agency.  Jana is the Super District 6 Commissioner for the DeKalb County Planning Commission, a member of Leadership DeKalb and the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, Citizen Review Panel.

 

Virginia Miller Lester – Volunteer Recruitment/Fundraising

Virginia Miller Lester has been a volunteer driver for I CARE, Inc. since retiring from the DeKalb County School System in 1999 where she held an administrative position as a Lead Teacher for Special Education. In the capacity of liaison between regular and special education, she sought to ensure that students’ due process rights were in compliance.  After retirement, she was re-hired as an independent contractor and was an educational diagnostician for nine more years.  She is a trained mediator and holds a certificate in this area of educational performance.
For the past 17 years, Virginia has enjoyed working in the real estate industry as the licensed assistant to a top-producer at Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby's International.  She was the treasurer of an investment club for ten years, and currently the meal coordinator at St. Thomas More for Hagar’s House, a shelter for women and children in Decatur.  She also is a volunteer for Martha's Ministry at her church. She has served as a board member on the Homeowner’s Association of Glennwood Estates and before moving to Decatur, was on the board of the condo association where she resided.  Virginia is a member of a book club in her neighborhood, and a longstanding member of the Atlanta Knitting Guild where she served as workshop vice president for two years.  

 

Almaz Akalewold – Volunteer Recruitment/Fundraising

Almaz Akalewold has a Bachelor of Arts /Psychology degree from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH. Almaz has ten years of experience working with transportation logistics for seniors and persons with disabilities, experience in developing training materials and delivering training classes. Almaz has worked with DeKalb County Office of Senior Affairs and Clarkston Community Center and Refugee Women’s Network. At these positions, she has: developed and managed New Freedom Gran and corresponding budget; actively participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission Human Services Transportation Advisory Committee which provides input on transportation needs of the elderly and disabled; established relationships, build alliances and sought opportunities for Refugee Women’s Network to have a wider dissemination of the mission, and a boarder and deeper impact on national and international public policy and conducted leadership training for refugee and immigrant women.

Thomas Simon – Director

Tom Simon has been Director of I CARE since November, 2008 and involved in Non-Profit work for over 15 years. His responsibilities as Director of I CARE include; Recruiting and training of volunteer drivers, fundraising/ grant applications, financial controls, representative to the community and office/administrative management.

Additionally, Tom volunteers at the following organizations:  St. Joseph’s Hospital - Cancer Survivors Network, NCI – NRG Patient Advocate, FDA Patient Representative/Consultant, Lung/General Cancer Support Group Facilitator, President Men’s Club All Saints Church, Volunteer for Knights of Columbus Council 11402, and Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Recruiting and training of volunteer drivers, fundraising/ grant applications, financial controls, representative to the community and office/administrative management.