Learn about the 2019 program from our Chairman

The 2019 Heart of the Community Foundation Chairman, Chris Kerr recently sat down with Rome, GA Office of Tourism Executive Director, Lisa Smith for a segment of the locally televised, Southern Exposure. In this epsode, he dicusses the Heart of the Community Foundation, our quickly-approaching slate of events for Feb. 9th, the recipients for this year’s Heart of the Community Awards of Honor and the various community projects and grants that the Heart of the Community Foundation contributes.

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Mark Webb, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


A native of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. Mark received his law degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

He has been a trial attorney with the law firm Brinson, Askew, and Berry for 30 years.

His Community Service Activities:

  • Rome Jaycees 
  • Dancing with the Stars Cast
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Participant 
  • Murder Mystery Theatre for Floyd Against Drugs
  • Strike Out Child Abuse Team Member
  • NAIA Team Host committee
  • Up the Creek without a Paddle Ride
  • Foster Care Parent’s Night Out
  • Rome Hand Cyclist Race
  • R.A.C.E. Rome Kids Triathlon
  • Rome Children’s Academy
  • Junior Service League Follies
  • CRBI Volunteer
  • Cystic Fibrosis Theatre Fund Raiser
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial
  • SPLOST Campaign Advocate

Board Participation:

  • Hospitality House, Past Chair
  • Coosa Valley Cycling Association, Past Chair
  • Heart of the Community Board, Past-Chair
  • Coosa Country Club
  • TRED (Trials for Recreation and Economic Development)

Mark and his wife Renee are the parents of one daughter, Ailsa

Nominated by Dr. J. Paul Ferguson-“ Mark has continually demonstrated his love and commitment to the Greater Rome Community.”

Jeff and Mary Margaret Mauer, 2019 HOC Award Recipients

Through decades of service to the community, the Mauers have committed their lives to the foster care crisis in Rome and Floyd County. They serve as Co-Founders of Restoration Rome.

Mary Margaret is a native of Homerville, GA and Jeff was born in Plainfield, Illinois. Jeff and his family moved to Rome when he was 10 years old.  The Mauers attended Oxford College and Emory University where they met.  They married shortly after graduation.  Mary Margaret received a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Biological Sciences and Jeff received his degree from Shorter University in Business Administration.

Service Activities for Mary Margaret include:

  • Global Impact International – Foster Care Services
  • Junior Service League – Past President & current Sustainer
  • DAR Constitution Week
  • Leadership Rome
  • Co-Founder Floyd Faith Coalition for Families
  • Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center Board -Past Chair
  • Murphy-Harpst Auxiliary
  • Providence Preparatory Academy Board
  • Church Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and Leader of Foster/Adoption Ministry


Service Activities for Jeff have included:

  • Chairman, Global Impact International Board
  • Community Engagement Pastor at Three Rivers Church
  • Young Presidents Organization
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth Board
  • Providence Preparatory Academy Board
  • Darlington School Board
  • Heritage First Bank  Board
  • Greater Rome Existing Industry Board
  • Criminal Justice Board
  • Rome YMCA Board
  • Boy Scouts of America NWGA Board
  • Harbor House Board
  • Heart of the Community Board
  • Floyd College Board of Regents
  • Leadership Rome
  • Rome Floyd County United Way

Nominated by Ryland and Jennifer Scott. “Having personally experienced the process of becoming foster parents they began to understand the definition of the word crisis. They responded to the call with the creation of Restoration Rome.”

Nancy Knight, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


 A native of Rockmart, Georgia and a B.S. Degree graduate from the University of Georgia, “Nancy shatters the myth that people who work full time don’t have time to serve their community” Allison Watters.

Her Community Service activities include:

  • Co-Founder of North Georgia Animal Partnership
  • Co-Founder of Claws for Paws
  • Chieftain’s Museum Past Board Member
  • Chieftain’s Plant Sale Chair
  • Leadership Georgia
  • Heart of the Community Past Board Member
  • Rome Floyd Chamber Board and Executive Committee
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Finance Chair
  • Chair- Rector Search Committee
  • Chair Building Renovation
  • Senior Warden
  • Loaves and Fishes

Nancy and her husband, Jack are small business owners and the parents of three adult children, Ford, Katherine and Cliff and a house full of rescue dogs.

“She rarely says “no” when asked to help” Ginny and Doc Kibler

2019 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, eleven of Rome’s “unsung” heroes will be honored at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor gala called An Affair of the Heart.  For 32 years, Redmond Regional Medical Center has sponsored these awards to recognize and honor individuals whose commitment through volunteer service has made this community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

Our 2019 recipients include: 

For more information:  Wanda Whitten, 706-802-3924 or ticket Information here, or Heart of the Community Facebook.

Tannika King, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


Tannika has called Rome home since 1990 when she moved from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She was a graduate of Rome High School and earned a B.A. Degree from Berry College in Communications. She currently serves as the Director of Communication at Darlington School, where she has been for 15 years.

Her Community Activities Include:

  • Board Member and Past President of the Sexual Assault Center Board
  • 2017 SPLOST Citizens Advisory Group
  • 2013 and 2017 Rome-Floyd Citizens for Progress (SPLOST YES)
  • Chairperson, Citizens for Roberson
  • Court Participant and Prom Queen, A Night to Remember: An Adult Prom for Alzheimer’s Association
  • Leadership Rome Participant and Volunteer, Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Committee Member Rome Run for the Rescue Animal Welfare Fundraiser
  • Harbor House Adult Spelling Bee Participant
  • Board Greater Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Board of Directors Rome International Film Festival


Tannika lives in Rome with her 12-year old Jack Russell mix, Asa.

Nominated by Frank Beacham and others: Frank says “Tannika is blessed with outstanding people skills and leadership skills, and she tirelessly uses those to serve Rome and Floyd County.”