Directors & Staff

The Northern Star Board of Directors is composed of local community members who passionately support the mission of Northern Star, and who have committed to creating and overseeing a program that will aid young adults in becoming successful members of the community.


Susan Lancaster portrait

Board Chair

Susan retired from a career in telecommunications with AT&T and MCI and moved to Dahlonega along with her husband Anthony in 2001.  Since then, she has spent time working with her husband in a new business, traveling, and doing volunteer work with local organizations and her church, Dahlonega United Methodist.  It was her experience as a volunteer CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for foster children that inspired her to volunteer with Northern Star, understanding from this continuing experience the great need for the service Northern Star will provide.

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Tabitha has been a member of the Board of Directors since Northern Star’s inception in early 2014. She previously held the position as Vice Chair, and is now the Secretary.  A graduate of UNG, she has a degree in Writing & Publication and is currently the Marketing Manager for Kipper Tool Company in Gainesville, GA. She lives in Hall County with her husband, Nicholas, and two children. Tabitha is determined to expand Northern Star’s reputation throughout our 13-county service area. 


Board Treasurer(s)

Laura and Ricky are both currently enrolled at University of North Georgia and serving on the board. They are active members of The Branch Church in Dahlonega.  Laura and Ricky share a passion for youth and equipping them with the skills and support to see them succeed in life. Their passion for Northern Star is evident when sharing the organization’s mission with everyone and spending time with the youth in the program.  



Joy Dunbar

Joy’s organizational skills and attention to detail keep help keep events punctual and running smoothly.  Joy has been dedicated to Northern Star since it was just an idea in the beginning.  She resides in Dahlonega with her husband and two children.  Joy is also a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church where she leads a moms group.


Alainey Penn

Alainey recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of North Georgia. She learned about Northern Star through her involvement in Kappa Delta Sorority (in 2014 Northern Star was chosen as Kappa Delta’s local beneficiary for their annual 5k, ‘Run Dahlonega’). Since then, she has fallen in love with Northern Star’s mission and hopes to continue her work with this organization for many years to come.

Wes Chambers

Wes, who was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia, has lived in Dahlonega since 2004.  He is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran and a 2006 graduate of North Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Wes is currently involved with a variety of professional endeavors including real estate, financial services and education/childcare services (Wes and his wife, Heather, own and operate Dahlonega’s largest childcare center – Dahlonega Country Day Academy).  Wes is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and supporting his children (Alyssa, Jac, and Molly Beth) in their many activities. Wes was introduced to Northern Star during his involvement with Leadership Lumpkin County in 2017 and he has been excited about the Northern Star mission ever since.

Casey Caine

Shae and Rodney Findley

Samantha Black