Friends Staff

The staff of Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites works hard to make sure our growing organization is consistently doing all we can to support Georgia's state parks and historic sites. We appreciate the trust you have instilled in us through your donations and memberships and we are proud of what you have helped us accomplish over the years.

Andy Fleming, Executive Director

770-383-8900 ext. 305
1-888-948-2092 ext.305

Prior to joining Friends as Executive Director in 2007, Andy served more than 25 years in leadership positions creating, leading and managing local and national nonprofit organizations in Paralympic sports. From its inception in 1990 to its successful conclusion, Andy served as president and chief executive officer of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games – the world’s second largest sporting event in 1996.

Andy has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including ten years on the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Committee on Sports for the Disabled, as a member of the board of trustees of Leadership Atlanta, the board of directors of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. Andy is an avid outdoorsman enjoying fly fishing and kayaking with his wife, Marina.

Damon Kirkpatrick, Director of Operations & Development

770-383-8900 ext. 304
1-888-948-2092 ext.304

After serving as a volunteer for four years with the Friends chapter at Red Top Mountain State Park, Damon joined the organization in 2007. Following a ten-year career in the technology industry with AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, Damon brought his experience to bear solving some of our early technology challenges. Since accepting the position as Director in 2011, Damon has overseen Friends operations from chapter development and fundraising through to marketing and social media. He currently lives in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife and two children who all enjoy hiking and camping and who continue to volunteer at Red Top Mountain State Park.

Amy Toft, Communications & Development Coordinator

770-383-8900 ext. 302
1-888-948-2092 ext.302

Although she was living in Ohio, Amy’s interest in Georgia’s state parks began in 2010 when she started volunteering at parks during her frequent visits to the state.  Later that year, Amy began an internship with Friends that led to her full-time employment in early 2011.  A former high school educator with a background in writing, recreational development for special needs individuals, and office administration, she brings an assortment of skills and experiences to benefit the organization.  From developmental needs to communication and marketing initiatives, Amy has helped to bring Friends through enormous growth and improvement. Currently, Amy resides in Acworth, Georgia with her husband and two sons. In their free time, they enjoy hiking, exploring, and volunteering at state parks.


Rhonda Harris, Chapter Services Manager

770-383-8900 ext. 303
1-888-948-2092 ext.303

Rhonda got her start with State Parks in 2003 as a clerk at the Red Top Mountain Visitor’s Center. It was here that she got started working in administration and as a volunteer, assisting with programs. From there she worked in Human Resources supporting a region of the state parks. With a background in administration, Rhonda joined the Friends organization in 2009. She helps in maintaining the member database, processes memberships, and works closely with members, park staff and chapters in an array of areas. Rhonda lives in Cartersville with her two children and they all enjoy camping, hiking and volunteering with the parks.

Kayleigh Downer, Membership Manager


Kayleigh is a Cartersville native, currently residing in Euharlee with her husband, Joshua Downer, and their one-year old daughter. Kayleigh joined the Friends team after working for the DNR Park and Historic Sites division as an Administrative Assistant. Before that, she wored for six years a Program Coordinator for the City of Cartersville Parks and Recreation department. In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys kayaking with her family and exploring Georgia's state parks.