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Board of Directors

Dr. Cowan has been an educator since 1986.  She has taught various regular and special education classes before becoming the Director of Student Support Services at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.  She has also served as an Adjunct College Professor and Student Teacher Supervisor.  Dr. Cowan has a passion for assisting students with overcoming obstacles and achieving their fullest potential.


Dr. Cowan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Master's of Science in Special Education, Master's of Science in Brain-based Teaching, and a Specialist and Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Dr. Cowan married her wonderful husband, Randy, in April of 1981.  They have four beautiful daughters and three great son-in-laws. They are also the proud grandparents of four precious grandchildren.


Dr. Cowan is a member of Turning Point Church in McDonough, GA. She enjoys a good movie, spending time with family and friends and a robust cup of Starbucks coffee.

Dr. Wanda Cowan
Founder—Head of School


Dane Brown has had a heart for ministry since accepting Jesus Christ as his savior in the summer of 1980. Dane immediately became involved with ministries to those on the streets and to young adults during that summer. A year later, he became a worship leader at a ministry in central Florida and would sing before thousands over the next 20 years.

In addition to leading worship, Dane has lead a jail ministry team, ministered to hundreds of men as a small group leader, preached at various churches, as well as performed weddings, and funerals and ministered at various nursing homes in Florida and Georgia.

Dane Brown is honored to serve as a Pastoral covering for Able. 

Dane Brown
Spiritual Advisor

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Robert Phelps is a strategic professional with 35+ years of consulting, business ownership, leadership development, project/program management and professional training, coaching & mentoring experience. He has expertise in personal & professional growth and leadership development, team management concepts and principles, program management for large complex IT Transformation solutions, hardware/software deployment, education analysis, curriculum design, and training delivery methods.  He has led or participated in the management & deployment of hardware, software, leadership and team development, and leadership & technology training solutions to more than 300,000 personnel in 230 locations worldwide. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business and currently serves as the founder and president of Strategic4Life, a leadership development, training, consulting, coaching, and mentoring company.   

Vice President
Robert Phelps

Karen was born and raised in Atlanta and currently resides in Henry County. She holds a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She has been in education for over 24 years but also has a background in the  airline industry and banking. 


Her passions are with serving the people of God, health and fitness and cooking. She has one son, Konner, who is a pilar of his community and is the joy of her life. 


Karen has served as Able's President for over 4 years and finds it a wonderful position to observe and participate in changing the lives of our youth. 

Karen Hunley
Board President


Kelly Suttles holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Georgia.  She is a Certified Public Accountant with 18 years of experience in private industry accounting.  

Kelly is wife to Ben and mother to Abraham (3) and Solomon (1).  Kelly is an active member of Southside church.  She loves to travel, having visited all 50 states and several foreign countries in South America, Europe, and Asia.  Her family enjoys travel, including baseball-themed road trips and tent camping. 

In her leisure time, Kelly enjoys building relationships in her community, going to the movies, and visiting the mountains.  

Kelly is a native of Georgia and currently resides in McDonough.

Kelly Suttles

Dr. Melvina Norwood


Dr.  Melvina Norwood is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, at Spelman College, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She completed her postdoctoral training in child clinical psychology at a joint program at Stanford University Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Health Council.  After several years of private practice group affiliations, Dr. Norwood opened Norwood Psychological Group (NPG) in McDonough, Georgia; she serves as the Clinical Director for a group of licensed psychologists and Master’s level trained therapists.


Dr. Norwood provides a variety of services to diverse child, adolescent and adult populations including individual, family and group therapy, as well as psychological, educational and forensic evaluations.  Dr. Norwood integrates spirituality in family therapy when requested by clients.  She also provides treatment for juvenile sexual offenders and children experiencing distress from physical and sexual abuse.  Dr. Norwood also worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she specialized in the areas of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.


In addition to clinical work, Dr. Norwood is an Adjunct Professor at Spelman College in the Department of Psychology.   She frequently conducts psychological and personal development workshops at professional and community-based conferences for educators, psychologists and civic organizations.   Dr. Norwood is a member of the American Psychological Association, Georgia Psychological Association and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.


Renissa Garrett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in e-Business and a minor in Management.  She also received training from American Writers & Artists Institute (AWAI) and is a member of The Professional Writers' Alliance (PWA).  Professionally, she is a copywriter/content writer and is a small business owner, founding Nissa Writes LLC.  


Renissa is the proud mother of one beautiful daughter.  Renissa is an active member of The Embassy Atlanta, which is the assembly she attends in Austell, GA.  She also serves as a committee member for Life Legacy Center. Renissa is a regular volunteer in ministry conferences and is honored to lead two national prayer calls when called upon.  

In her leisure time, Renissa loves to write inspirational poetry, to read, to fish, and to watch sports. 


Renissa is a native of Georgia and currently resides in the metropolitan Atlanta area, in McDonough, GA.  

Renissa Garrett
Board Member

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