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Deacon William (Bill) J. Garrett
(404) 637-2803


Bill comes to Cristo Rey Atlanta after serving as the President of the Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation, where he was responsible for all fundraising activities for Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services. He also served as the Chief Mission Officer for Saint Joseph’s Health System, where he was responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of the hospital, including patient quality, pastor care, ethics and volunteerism.


Previously, Bill was with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, serving at various times as Vice President-Campaign, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Community Impact. Prior to that, he served as National Director of Development for UNICEF in the United States.


He holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. Bill is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church. He and his wife, Susan, have two adult children, Sean and Emily, and two grandchildren, Ryan and John.




Mrs. Diane Bush
(404) 637-2808


Diane started at Cristo Rey Atlanta when it opened after spending 12 years teaching in an archdiocesan Catholic school.  She worked for a number of years as a pediatric physical therapist, and fell in love with teaching when she began teaching science to middle school students.


She received her B.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia, a Physical Therapy degree from Georgia State University, an M.S. in Geoscience from Mississippi State University, and an Ed.S. from Liberty University.  She is currently working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.


Diane lives in Atlanta with her husband and has four grown children and four grandchildren.



Director of Admissions

 Joseph Barker II                                      
(404) 637-2816                                    

Joe comes to Cristo Rey Atlanta after 21 years in a corporate manufacturing environment with the last 8 years as Director of Manufacturing for an injection molding facility in Norcross, GA.


He served on the peripherals of education as a high school tutor, mentor, and baseball coach before deciding to engage full time into what quickly became his passion and began instructing at a high school summer S.T.E.M. program in Boston, MA and further worked at a private school in Atlanta before accepting the opportunity to teach Biology at Cristo Rey Atlanta.


He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A & M University where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He is also very active in his community mentoring students in underserved communities, working with the Fulton County Juvenile Courts, and serving in several ministries within his home parish of St. Anthony in the West End of Atlanta as well as the Catholic service order of The Knights of Peter Claver.


Joe lives in the new City of South Fulton with his wife Ronnesia and five children whom are all very active in high school and collegiate activities. 


Vice President, Corporate Work Study Program

Bruce Simmons
(404) 637-2877


Bruce has a long and distinguished history of community involvement in the greater Atlanta area, including leadership roles with Saint Joseph’s Health System, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Mercy Care Foundation, Saint Joseph’s Research Institute, Gwinnett Tech Foundation, Public Broadcasting of Greater Atlanta, and the Board of Regents of Georgetown University. Bruce had an exemplary career in banking retiring after 29 years from Citicorp as Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer.


Bruce, working with staff and volunteers, will manage the day-to-day logistics of the work study program; the development and implementation of the summer business training program necessary to prepare students to enter the work force; as well as dealing with the transportation logistics.


Bruce will be an integral part of the leadership team and will help guide the organization to new heights over the years ahead, as Cristo Rey continues to grow its mission - to change the lives of young people and their families.



Vice President, Advancement

Camille Naughton
(404) 637-2806


Camille comes to Cristo Rey Atlanta after serving as Director of Development for Christ the King School in Atlanta. During her time there, school donations increased fourfold. Prior to that, Camille was a part-time Executive Recruiter while she was home with her children (1999 - 2007). Previously, Camille was Director of Government Affairs for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and before that, she worked as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Camille resides in Buckhead with her husband Tim.  They have two children, at Ohio Wesleyan and Boston College, and their family is active at the Cathedral of Christ the King parish.