Directors of CSRA EOA


Lola Walton Johnson
Executive Director

Lola Walton Johnson began working at CSRA EOA, Inc. over 40 years ago, and until recently, served as the Community Services Department and Operations Director for the agency. She was appointed to the position of Executive Director in January 2016.

Message from the Executive Director:

We at CSRA EOA, Inc. pledge that you and your needs come first. You will be treated with dignity and respect and we will strive to provide a positive relationship for you with our agency for as long as you need or desire the services, and for as long as you choose to participate in activities of the agency.

We are the ally to those who strive to work their way out of poverty. We help citizens achieve an income sufficient to provide a decent standard of living. We advocate for and focus resources on fighting the causes and conditions of poverty; alleviating need and suffering and building the capacity and effectiveness of individuals and communities. We encourage community – wide participation in helping people help themselves!

~Lola Walton Johnson

Ernestine P. Smith
Head Start Director

Mrs. Ernestine Smith has been with EOA for over 45 years, and is the Director of the Head Start Program. The Head Start program provides professional comprehensive quality services to preschool children, families, staff, and the communities of Bulloch, Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes Counties. Success will continue because of a dedicated staff that is committed to ensure that quality services are provided to the children and families of the communities we serve.

As HR Director, Ms. Beverly King has been with EOA for over 17 years, and has been in the HR field for over 40 years. The Human Resources Department at CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. is committed to providing effective, efficient, and responsive human resource services. We enable and enhance the effectiveness of the organization by delivering reliable and creative HR services and solutions that support our employees and advance our agency’s mission, vision and values. HR is the first step in recruiting, providing benefits information, policy information, and requires a high degree of competence in two important HR skill sets: legal expertise and employee relations. Because of the mix of Federal and State Laws governing HR, the staff must stay abreast of both to ensure compliance. On the employee relations side, you must prepare for the sensitive conversation you may have with employees who are facing hardships or when necessary developing employee corrective action plans. Duties in this department require a high degree of confidentiality. Our staff is committed to developing a career-oriented workforce through effective management, training and communication.

Beverly King
Human Resources Director

Lynda Meeks
Fiscal Director

Lynda joined CSRA Economic Opportunity, Inc. in July 2015, and is excited about the opportunity to be a part of a community action organization. The Fiscal Office follows the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No.117 to report assets, and the (SFAS) No. 116 to report contributions received and contributions made. CSRA EOA, Inc. utilizes internal controls to ensure compliance with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133, and is audited annually by Certified Public Accountants.

Mary is the new Director for CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.’s Community Services Department. Mary worked her way through the ranks at EOA staring first as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 2001, growing to Case Manager, Program Coordinator, and now department head. The work of the Community Services Block Grant Team is carried out by an outstanding group of people; each invested in creating opportunities for families to recognize their own ability to progress even through the most challenging of circumstances. We develop and implement services based on the needs of the people and the communities that we serve, and strive for an impact that is far-reaching and enduring. CSRA EOA’s success with client and community engagement is enhanced through partnership with other providers who share our vision for “helping people help themselves.”

Mary Harrison
Community Services Director