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Kenneth Saunders, III


Kenneth R. Saunders, III is a long term DeKalb County resident. A graduate of Redan High School, Kenneth has always made it a point of being active in the community. He began to participate in the DeKalb County Community Council for the past 12 years, as well as being elected to several roles on the Hidden Hills Civic Association. He currently serves as Vice President of External Affairs for the association. He continues to be active by being the Vice-Chairman of the South DeKalb Improvement Association (SDIA) to attract new business to the area with a specific focus on creating job opportunities for residents living in South DeKalb.

Robert Douglas

Vice Chariman

Mr. Douglas currently works as an Assistant Teacher in the DeKalb County school system.  He has worked as a Commercial Insurance Underwriter for Transamerica and as a Quality Control Technician for General Motors in Doraville GA. Mr. Douglas is past President of the Creekwood Hills Homeowner Association.  Mr. Douglas is a graduate of DeKalb Neighborhood Leadership Institute (DNLI). He received his B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Cynthia Carter


The Southern Bell Grady Baby. I was born and raised in Atlanta to the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas. I am the 4th of 6 children, but was looked up to as the eldest of them all.  I graduated from East Atlanta High School in the year of 1978. I am a proud mother of my Son, Daughter and two grand children.

In 2009 I attended Dunwoody Perimeter College for 2 years in preparation of becoming a certified Sign language Interpreter, I did not finish college, however I continue to teach myself sign language to communicate with the Deaf community.

I am very active in my church (Beulah Missionary Baptist Church) community with my skills in sign language, ballroom dancing and line dancing.

I am currently retired 0f 29 years of working with UPS as an Enterprise Global Sales Associate.  After retiring I chose to join the SDIA as a member and their treasurer to keep my mind young and vibrant.

Barbara Flanigan


Kathryn Rice, Ph.D

Economic Development Committee Chair

Dr. Rice started Business Quality Communities (BQC), a company that specializes in the intersection between economic and community development.  BQC provides training, consulting, research, and evaluation services. BQC’s clients include Annie E. Casey Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, DeKalb County, GA StandUp, Partnership for Southern Equity, and Corporation for National and Community Service amongst others. Dr. Rice is a past President of the Hidden Hills Civic Association.  She obtained her B.A. degree in Government from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Public Policy specializing in Economic Development and Urban Affairs from GA Tech and GSU.

Ella Davis

Education Committee Chair

Ted Golden

Public Safety Committee Chair

I am the 2nd oldest of 7 children raised in the housing projects of Jackson, Tennessee. I attended Memphis State University on football scholarship and obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice. I was a Memphis Police Officer prior to becoming a DEA agent. I have served as an agent for 28 years with assignments in San Francisco from 1985 to 1990 and in Atlanta for the last 23 years. I retired on January 25, 2014 and made unsuccessful run for Sheriff in DeKalb County Georgia.

During my career with DEA I have worked in several enforcement groups and intelligence. I was the PIO for the Atlanta Field Division from 1990 until 1995 and the Marijuana Eradication Coordinator from 1990 until 1992. I was assigned to the Technical Operations Group from 1998 until 2007 and worked in the Special Operations Group until my retirement in January, 2014. I have served as the Local Chapter President of NABNA and have taken a very active role in the NABNA Training Conferences that have been hosted by the Atlanta Field Office. I decided to end my career in the Atlanta Field Office after getting custody of my sons following a divorce.
I have been actively involved in community organizations for many years as I have served as a coach, a football booster club president a youth facilitator, a mentor, a PTA Vice President with various groups and organization to include; the SCLC Wings of Hope Task Force, the Advisory Board for the Georgia Department of Children and Youth Services, the Advisory Board for the DeKalb County Alternative Schools Program, the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission National Law Enforcement Involvement Committee, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Metro Atlanta’s Pulling America’s Communities Together (PACT), Citizen’s Advisory Council for the DeKalb County Georgia Public School System and as a member of DEA EEO Monitoring Committee since 2009 and Chair of EEOMC from 2011 - 2014. I am presently involved in “Conversations with Cops,” which is in coordination with DeKalb County Police Department South Precinct Commander, where retired and active law enforcement officers are engaging in class room sessions with high schools students in discussions about how to handle encounters with law enforcement officers.

I have been married for 13 years to Dr. Cynthia L. Allen-Golden, who is a 5th teacher in the DeKalb County School System. My greatest accomplishment in life has been raising 4 sons. My two oldest sons have followed me in the field of law enforcement eldest son is a Lieutenant and Commander of SWAT with the DeKalb County Georgia Police Department and my 2nd son a former DeKalb County Police Office is a federal law enforcement officer. All 3 of my adult sons have Master’s Degrees and my 4th son is in 6th grade.

I attribute my success as a father, a husband and a law enforcement officer to my faith in God and the confidence that was instilled in me by my parents.

Wayne Early

Code Enforcement Chair

Mr. Early is President of Early Economics, Inc. (EEI).  A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Early was a Compliance Officer for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, where he was responsible for housing discrimination investigations.  Wayne organized the Georgia Commission for Equal Opportunity where he served as Deputy Director and Director of the Commission for a ten year period.  Mr. Early managed a staff of attorneys, investigators and support personnel on the Governor’s staff where he assisted in the passage of Georgia’s Fair Housing Law.  Wayne has an impressive background in real estate, business and organizational development, succession planning, and economic development planning from ownership, managerial, and training perspectives. He lives in Hilton Ridge neighborhood. Mr. Early holds a B.S. degree from Ohio State and a Masters of Economics from Georgia State University.

Erica Slaton

Membership/Public Relations Chair

Erica Slaton has always lived her life with sheer determination. The Atlanta native, whose parents are from Belize, is an IT Project Manager who has a gift of maximizing her time to create both personal and professional gains.

Erica is president of Erica Antoinette, a business consulting firm she owns located in Atlanta, GA. In addition, she is a Sr. IT Project Manager for Norfolk Southern. Erica is a graduate of Clayton State University, where she received her BA in Business Management and American InterContinental University, where she received her MBA in Project Management.

As a PMP & CSM certified project manager, she has had a long record of successfully guiding local and national clients with their multi-million dollar software development projects. A partial list of clients include: InterContinental Hotels Group,\

AMC Theatre, Verizon Wireless, Delta Air Lines, and Norfolk Southern.

She is on a mission to help everyday people to maximize their time, enjoy the present moment, and start living the life they’ve always. Her leading question is always “How can I help you?”

A few years ago Erica decided to return to golf, the sport that first found her at the age of 14 while a caddie at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. Erica uses the golf course as a playground for life. It is where relationships are established, credibility built, and trust is earned. She enjoys participating in golf tournaments, golf outings, and golf lessons both individually and with friends.

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(Retired) Special Agent

U.S. Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration

Atlanta Field Office

Special Agent June 9, 1985 to January 25, 2014

SDIA Board of Directors