Founder and Executive Director
Kimberly is an Atlanta native who loves the city she grew up in. She received a BA from Berry College in Rome, GA and her Masters of Education from West Georgia. After working many years in youth service and youth leadership with schools, non-profit organizations, and local governments, Kimberly is now the Executive Director for flood, which she founded in 2007. Watching students serve is Kimberly’s passion as she has witnessed time and time again the amazing things that take place in the heart of a student when they give back to those less fortunate. Kimberly attends Passion City church and loves to hike with her dogs, work in the yard, and spend time in local antique stores. Kimberly resides in Alpharetta with her husband and has two college-age children: Alex and Amelia.
Elizabeth Slocum (soon to be Beckett) is originally from Maryland, but currently lives in Roswell. She formally worked for The Boosterthon Fun Run in Tampa, Florida, where she was their Program Director. Elizabeth graduated from, Salisbury University, where she received a degree in Communications with a History Minor, and also played on their Nationally ranked Field Hockey Team. She has a passion for serving and helping others. Her hobbies include, running, reading, hiking, and hanging out with her Fiancé Matthew and their Australian Shepherd, Paisley.
Jennifer Gastley has been working with students through Christian education for 17 years as a teacher and administrator. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Jacksonville State University and a Masters in Management Information Systems from Auburn University. She and husband Dan have been married for 27 years and have two sons Daniel and David. She worships at Passion City Church where she is involved in the choir and Passion Conference. She has been involved with flood in various roles over the past 6 years and is excited to continue working with the ministry and students.
Area Coordinator Forsyth County
Brandy Banyas is a Georgia native, growing up in Alpharetta, but has lived in Forsyth County for the past 24 years. She attended Georgia Southern University where she met and married her husband Brad Banyas. Together they have been incredibly blessed to have and raise four wonderful children. Brandy has been in the flood family since 2013 as the South Forsyth High School Chapter Coordinator where she has worked closely with our student leaders to help them plan and execute dozens of service projects both in the community and in the school. Brandy has a passion for working with our incredible students and help them become passionate and compassionate leaders of the future.
Area Coordinator Alpharetta/Milton
Cindy Brill has lived in MD, TX, FL and GA. She has a degree in Mass Communication as well as a certification in Early Childhood Education, both from Towson University. She worked in various careers before becoming a full-time mom. Cindy is married to her husband, Steve, and they have 5 children, Allison and Andrew, Kristen, Noah, and Tingting. Several years ago, Cindy’s son Andrew began serving with flood, and thus motivated her involvement with Flood: first as a driver to projects, then as a Chapter Coordinator, and now as an Area Coordinator. Cindy attends and serves at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church and Northpoint Church.
Area Coordinator Johns Creek
Kris Dower is originally from California but has been living in Johns Creek for the past twenty years. She’s a former dental hygienist turned stay at home mom and decorator, serving her family, church, community, school and sports venues in many roles. Attending North Point Community Church gave Kris even more heart’s desire to continue ministering wherever God led her. Hobbies of decorating, watching baseball and football, dog loving, coffee drinking, as well as being a beach enthusiast finds her never meeting a stranger. Kris lives with her husband (fireman Mike) and has three amazing boys, Josh, Jordan, and Jaysen.
Deanna Keator was first introduced to Flood more than 8 years ago while serving alongside her two children. Once her many talents were realized, she was quickly put to work. Over the past eight years, Deanna has actively served Flood in many capacities from planning the annual banquet and leading the student chapter at Lambert High School, to serving on the Flood prayer team and the Board of Directors. In January of this year, Deanna officially joined the staff as the Office Assistant and continues to be a prayer warrior for the organization.
Still adjusting to her empty nest, Deanna has been married to her husband, Bob, for 29 years and loves being mom to Mattson (recent college graduate) and Maya (currently a Junior at UGA). Deanna enjoyed a career in corporate marketing before becoming a stay at home mom. She later joined the staff at Bridgeway Christian Academy where her children attended lower and middle school and coincidentally, where she learned about Flood to. When she’s not busy at Flood, Deanna can be found crafting, making jewelry, or at the beach.
James has been with flood for six years, one year serving as a volunteer and five years on the staff team as program director. He has a BA in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University and recently relocated to New York City to attend graduate school where he also works remotely for flood to help manage the organization’s database and various IT responsibilities. He has a passion for missions and engaging students and adults in the community to serve as well as helping develop students and adults to become better leaders. Outside of flood he enjoys hanging out with his wife, learning foreign languages and cultures, working out, travelling, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and hanging out in any bookstore he can find.