Q&A with GUMF Trustees Brittney Haynes and Cater C. Thompson

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Meet Brittney Haynes and Cater C. Thompson! They began their service as members of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation board of trustees on July 1.

Q: Please tell us about yourself, your family, and your church.
Brittney: I grew up as a military kid and managed to stay in the South from the day I was born into adulthood. I live in Atlanta, and I’m fortunate that my parents are near me too. I go to church at Peachtree Road UMC. I was baptized there in 2013.
Cater: I am a lifelong Maconite and attend Mulberry Street UMC. I am married and have two grown kids and a one-year-old granddaughter. My daughter is married and lives in Macon, and my son, who is single, lives in Washington, D.C.

Q: Please tell us about your education and career.
Brittney: I graduated from the University of Georgia’s journalism school. I started my career in the agency world, spending most of my time at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. I currently serve as director, corporate communications at Sharecare.
Cater: I graduated from Mercer University and Mercer’s Law School. After that, I came to work at Jones Cork, LLP, and it is the only job I have ever had.

Q: What are you passionate about?
Brittney: I have several creative pursuits – painting, sewing, writing. However, the passion that lies in my faith and our responsibilities as Christians has been most salient for me lately.
Cater: I’m passionate about my family and my horses. My daddy bred Arabians until the early 1990s, and we continue to own Arabian horses.

Q: Why did you feel led to accept the nomination to serve as a member of GUMF’s board of trustees?
Brittney: I see a tremendous opportunity for GUMF to strengthen the way it communicates and builds relationships. My hope is that my contributions can help this organization achieve its mission, specifically to sustain and build prosperous futures for our church ministries, leaders, and everyone served.
Cater: I knew about GUMF through my role as Chancellor of the South Georgia Annual Conference and because of my long-term friendship with Rick Lanford (GUMF regional vice president). GUMF serves an important function, and it never occurred to me to say no.