14 to Watch in 2014: Joe Molyson

January 5, 2014 

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Joe Molyson

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  • Joe Molyson
    Age: 66
    City of residence: Bonaire
    Occupation: Retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher
    Hobby: Reading, especially about history
    Favorite thing about Houston County: The lifestyle -- the spirit of cooperation and traditional values among people, with a lot of Air Force retirees and a strong Christian element.

Joe Molyson survived many hurricanes and their aftermath while growing up in south Louisiana.

He helped provide disaster relief to New Orleans as a teenager and later to the Gulf Coast as a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He served 32 years in the Air Force as a part-time reservist and on active duty. He’s also a retired astronomy teacher and volunteers as a teacher ambassador for NASA.

Most recently, Molyson was tapped as Houston County’s first director of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, a new program he’s tasked with building from the ground up. The idea is to network with volunteers and see what type of manpower is available and then figure out how each agency will work together to coordinate a response of the volunteer force in an emergency.

Jimmy Williams, Houston County Emergency Management Agency director and fire chief, picked Molyson for the volunteer position. Williams said Molyson made an impression on him at their first meeting.

As the Knights of Columbus second responder disaster coordinator for Georgia, Molyson came to Williams with questions about how the Knights of Columbus could help in emergencies. Williams said most folks tell him what they can do but don’t ask what’s needed.

So when looking for the right person to coordinate the efforts of volunteer agencies in Houston through affiliation with VOAD, Molyson came to mind.

Already, Molyson has recruited 20 key volunteer agencies, including the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, to join VOAD. He’s now working to widen that network of agencies. He has identified 86 more volunteer agencies he’d like to talk with.

-- Becky Purser

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Rorie Bradley, 30, Warner Robins, athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Carmen Foskey, 17, Warner Robins, student at Warner Robins High School

Bill Goggin, 49, Bonaire, manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Sonya P. Jenkins, 44, Warner Robins, CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company

Kelly Miller, 31, Centerville, family nurse practitioner

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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