Veteran of the Month, June 2020
Captain Jamie Carlington
Jamie’s career began in the military as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army. Most of her active duty career was spent at Ft. Hood Texas, which is considered the largest military installation in the “free world.” While at Ft. Hood, she organized post news conferences and military briefings while assigned to the General’s staff. Jamie also served as a Protocol Officer overseeing visits of foreign and domestic officials. Throughout her diverse career, Jamie has relied on her military skills and training in order to obtain many successful results.
In her current role as the Aging Program Administrator for Clayton County Senior Services, Jamie oversees the Meals on Wheels Program, medical transportation services, in-home care services, the Aging food pantry, and the Furniture Assistance Program. Her transition into the Aging arena came after she held the position of Public Information Officer (PIO) for the County where she became very interested in the services and programs offered by Senior Services.
Before joining the County, Jamie’s career highlights include serving as the Senior Public Relations Coordinator at Southern Regional Medical Center where she served as the “face of Southern Regional.” Jamie spent several years at start-up cable network MBC/ Black Family Channel as their Publicist. In her PR role at the network, she oversaw all interviews for the network’s celebrity owners in order to gain national exposure for Black owned network. Jamie also created and managed a nationally acclaimed community investment program – Making Better Communities until the network’s closure.
After leaving active duty and prior to moving to the Atlanta area, Jamie’s career took her to the nation’s capital, where she worked as a Government Affairs Assistant and ran her own Public Relations firm that specialized in promoting exhibitions of local Urban Artist. Jamie later married and relocated to Bermuda and served as the Public Relations Director for a local gallery before being offered a position at the American Consulate as the Communications Officer for Consul General.
As a firm believer in service, Jamie serves on the State Board of Meals on Wheels Association of Georgia (MOWAG), she is also an active member of Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWA), oversees the Aging/MOW Advisory Board, a member of Senior Services AFSV Committee and is a “Big Sister” in the Metro Atlanta Big Brothers/Sister’s Program. She also serves on the Missionary Board, Visitor’s Guild Ministry, and Veteran’s Ministry at New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riverdale. Jamie has one daughter, Taylor A. Carlington, who recently graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Digital Marketing & Journalism, and they have a very charismatic Yorkie-Poo named Humphrey Bogart (Bogie).
Jamie graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she received her B.S. in Public Affairs with a concentration in Mass Communication and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Jamie was promoted to the rank of Captain before leaving active duty and going into the Army Reserves.