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Board of Directors


Patrick Nelson


Patrick Nelson is the Redevelopment Coordinator for Bartow County Government. He and Matt Warren were the first to begin the partnership efforts between the local government and the churches to provide outreach efforts in the southern portion of Bartow County, GA in 2015.


Patrick and his wife Bree, a second grade teacher at Cartersville Primary School, have two boys Colin and Hollis. 


In addition to the Coalition, Patrick serves or has served in various capacities throughout the community including:

  • Board Member and former Chairman of the Cartersville Bartow Community Foundation (2010-present)

  • Member and former President of the Rotary Club of Etowah(2015-present)

  • Chairman of the Bartow Cartersville LandBank (2017-present)

  • Advocates for Children Board of Trustees (2021-2025) 

  • 2015 Chairman of the Cartersville Bartow County Chamber of Commerce (2012-2015) 

  • Former Director of the Allatoona Resource Center (2015-2016)

  • Served as Interim Director for Advocates for Children (2018)

  • REACH Georgia Mentor in Bartow County Schools

  • Former Board member and Chairman of Bartow Collaborative (2015-2018)

Nicole Hughes
C & C Gutters

Josh Brock
Raymond James Investments


Carrie Trotter

Secretary /

Legal Director

Carrie Trotter is an attorney at Tilley Deems & Trotter, LLC.  She received her J.D. from Georgia State University after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  A graduate of Cartersville High School, Carrie returned to her hometown to begin her career and cultivate relationships in the community where she was raised. 


Carrie and her husband, Grant, live in Marietta with their two daughters, Vivian and Winnie.


In addition to her service on the Board of the Coalition, Carrie has been involved in the following programs:

  • Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy, Class of 2011

  • District Representative for the Northern District of Georgia, YLD of the State Bar of Georgia

  • Board Member for the YLD of the State Bar of Georgia

  • Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bartow, Class of 2015

  • Member of the Youth Leadership Bartow committee, Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce

  • Chairperson, Youth Leadership Bartow committee, Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 2016 and 2017


brad cowart

Board Member

Brad has been a Realtor in Bartow County for 24 years, serving his community wherever possible. He has been married to his wife, Kim Cowart, for 29 years and they have a daughter named Madison. Brad learned about Bless from Patrick Nelson says he felt led to be apart of this incredible organization. 

Some of the local community organizations that he has been involved with are: 

President of the Northwest Metro Area Board of Realtors 

Georgia Association of Realtors Professional Standards Panel member 

Oakland Heights Baptist Church Missions Board 

Cass High School Business Advisory Committee 

Board of Directors for Georgia Initiative for Community Housing 

Oakland Heights Baptist Church Sunday School Teacher 

Oakland Heights Angel Worker 

Oakland Heights Baptist Church Security/Awareness Team 

Creator and Past Chairman for Jingle Jog 

Past Board Member of Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, Small Bridges and Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter 


clint terza

Board Member

Clint is the Chief Leadership and Learning Officer & Title IX Coordinator-Student Services for the Bartow County School System. 

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