Board of Directors
Ansley Silvers serves as the President of the Board. She is the Director of Addictive Diseases at Highland Rivers Health. She was previously the Director of Women’s Outreach Services. Ansley hopes to join forces with community partners to educate the community not only about drugs but to fight the stigma of addiction, encourage people to reach out for help and assist in strategic planning of prevention activities. My hope with FAD is to be able to offer speaking engagements to all ages and organizations to educate about drug use, the biochemical aspects of use and addiction as well as the stigma.
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
Carol Willis serves as the Vice President of the FAD Board of Directors. She has served on the FAD Board for many years. Early in 2019 she retired as the Executive Director of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. Prior to that she worked for 30 years as a college student affairs administrator at colleges in Georgia and South Carolina.
Carol is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville where she earned both a bachelors degree and a masters degree in Education. She also earned a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.
SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
Thomas Kislat is the Secretary of the Board. Over the past three years Thomas Kislat has been instrumental in growing all aspects of convention and tourism industry in Rome, GA. He is has been the Sales Director for Convention Travel and Special Events at the Forum River Center and Rome’s Greater Convention & Visitors Bureau, since January 2016. His key responsibility is marketing Rome, GA as a convention and leisure destination and to educate, promote and sell Georgia’s Rome as a destination for travelers when they are considering Northwest Georgia.
He is a graduate of Leipzig University in Germany with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Marketing. Kislat’s background includes global online marketing and graphic design for international retailers, as well as hospitality, event and sales management with a Fortune 500 recreational company in Atlanta and Germany.
Besides serving as a board member with the Rome International Film Festival he serves on several other boards including Rome Rotary, Floyd Against Drugs and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful. He is a current participant in Leadership Rome XXXVII. Thomas Kislat is a German native and moved to Rome with his wife Shannon and son Theo in 2015 from Freiburg, Germany.
TREASURER OF THE BOARD
Catherine Fricks has been a member of Floyd Against Drugs since its inception in 2000. She is the Court Administrator for the Floyd County Juvenile Court, having begun her career with Floyd County as a Juvenile Probation Officer. She has seen firsthand the ill effects drugs and alcohol have on children and families in our community through youths’ delinquent acts and removal of children from their homes.