Chantz McClinic, 2019 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient


A native of Rome, Chantz   graduated from Darlington School and Wake Forest University.  As a member of the Wake Forest football team, he brought that experience and love of sports back to Rome and has been very involved in sports and other activities.

     At age 32 he has participated in activities  that include working with young people in a variety of

  • Youth Basketball Coach YMCA
  •  Coach with Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Dept.
  • Rome Youth League Football Coach
  • South Rome Development Committee Member
    – Property Development Committee
    – Early Learning Center Committee
  • Mentor Annie K. Davie Elementary School
  • Darlington School Alumni Council
  • Wake Forest University Deacon Club
  • YMCA Board Member
    – Executive committee, facilities
  • NYANYA Project in Tanzania building homes for grandmothers who are
    caring for foster children diagnosed with AIDS
  • Changed for Life Ministry Program

Chantz currently works as a team leader and Manufacturing  Supervisor at Southeastern Mills in Rome. Chantz and his wife, Whitney belong to Lovejoy Baptist Church.

Nominated by Cheryl Bishop, Linda Owens and Reverend Carey Ingram, they have said “Chantz gives his heart deeply and the impact he makes is significant in the lives of the boys he coaches. When he gives himself, he does so with his whole heart” ”


Bill and Faith Collins, 2019 HOC Board of Governors Award Recipients


Bill and Faith were each born in Rome and Floyd County.  Bill graduated from West Rome High School and Faith graduated from Pepperell high School. Faith also attended Floyd Junior College.

Their Community Activities Include:


  • Rome City Commission since 1996
  • Current Mayor Pro Tem
  • Chair-Redevelopment Committee
  • Chair-Kelsy-Aycock –Burrell Center
  • Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
  •  Noon Optimist Club
  •  Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


  • Mercy Care of Rome Board
  • Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Patient Advisory Council-Floyd Medical Center
  • Rome School Board for 17 years-Current Chair
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


Bill and Faith were listed in Rome News Tribune in 2010 as one of Rome’s “Power Couples.”

Bill and Faith are the owners of Collins Auto Clean Up.  They have a track record of hiring many employees who are trying to get back into society after incarceration. They are a positive influence by employing men and women who need a second chance.

Bill and Faith are the parents of to two grown children, William II and Sara and devoted grandparents to Tyler, Marquez and Faith.

Nominated by Wendy Davis “Growing their business from the ground up while helping others =become productive members of society. Leading our city schools and the city is what make Bill and Faith worthy”.


Jay Shell, 2018 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient

Jay Shell is not a lifetime Roman but you’d think he was by seeing the compassion he has for this community.

Moving to Rome 19 years ago, he has been involved in the following:

  • Downtown Development Authority as Promotion Chairman and Business Improvement Board
  • Floyd County Board of Education
  • Community Coach for Rome Floyd Parks and Rec
  • Leadership Rome
  • Owning a business on Broad Street (originally 333 on Broad, then Brewhouse and now Rome City Brewing Co.), Jay has often helped people on the street with food warm clothing or job opportunities.
  • Has hired bands to assist fund raisers such as: Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Cancer Navigators and The Heart of the Community.
  • Rome River Jam Concerts

Jay has been married to Melissa for 19 years. They have two children, Madalyn and Jaxson.

Nominators for Jay share: “Jay is the kind of person who not only makes you proud of how far Rome has come, but proud to be a Roman.”

Scott Smith, 2018 HOC Award Recipient

Scott Smith is a native of Bremen, Ga.  He received his B.S. Degree in Business from the University of Georgia and his JD Degree at Mercer Law School.  He is with McRae, Smith and Peek Attorneys in Rome. His involvement in the community began 25 years ago when he moved to Rome to begin his law practice.

His community activities has included:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Mercy Senior Care
  • Tri for Kids Fundraiser
  • First Baptist Church
  • Development Authority Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Charter member of Seven Hills Rotary Club
  • Floyd Healthcare Foundation
  • United Way of Rome Executive Committee
  • Board of Coosa Country Club
  • Board member of the Community Foundation

Scott is married to Beth and they have three daughters, Bailey, Avery and Anne Scott.

Bob and Susan Hortman said of Scott: “Scott’s unwavering dedication has given fundamental guidance to members as well as steady leadership to the organizations that he serves.”

J.R. Davis of the Boys and Girl’s Club said: “We are so appreciative to have a board member like Scott Smith.  He is a true example of a board member giving his time, talent, and treasure to support our organization.”

Charles Smith, 2018 HOC Award Recipient

A 1980 graduate of East Rome  where he played on back-to-back championship teams in 1977-1978, Charles received a BS Degree in Social Service from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Early/Childhood Education from Ashford University. Charles has been involved with the following community activities:
  • Head Football Coach – Rome Middle School
  • Distinguished Gentlemen Group at  Anna K. Davie Elementary School
  • Positive Parenting Program
  • Founded Building Positive Families  Program
  • Booster Club President and PTO  President  –Rome High School
  • Volunteer with Juvenile Court  System
  • Past Vice Chair, Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
  • Meld for Dads Fatherhood program
He and his wife, Regina, have six children: Kiara, Toryan, Hameed, Jamahal, Armir and OJ.
Nominated by Elaina Beaman, who says: “Charles Smith continues to give back to this community by giving his heart, devoted time and loyal support to programs that inspire and motivate youth.”

Lenora Santoro, 2018 HOC Award Recipient

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Lenora received a BS degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a MSW degree from Northwestern University.  She and her husband, Dr. James Santoro, moved to Rome when he started his medical practice.

Her community service has included the following:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Chieftains Museum
  • Floyd Healthcare Foundation
  • Junior Service League member and sustainer
  • William Davies Homeless Shelter Board
  • Mary’s Church Parish Council
  • Darlington School-Room and Dorm Parent and other volunteer activities

She and her husband have one son and daughter-in-law.

Nominated by Elizabeth Tierney, who says: “Lenora will tell you she does not deserve this award that she volunteers because she loves helping people and her community.”