Missy Owen has been a resident of Cobb County since 1984. She was born and raised in Carrollton, GA and left for the University of Georgia to begin college in the fall of 1977. She returned to West Georgia College and received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1981. She later returned to receive a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education coupled with a School Counseling degree. During her career, she completed 5 years in early childhood education teaching first grade, 2 years, teaching music in a Residential Therapy setting for emotionally disturbed children and teens, and the remaining 26 years as a Professional School Counselor.
She was named Teacher of the Year for Kennesaw Elementary in 1990, and Counselor of the Year at Hayes Elementary in 1993 moving on to to represent GA's Region 3 as Counselor of the Year as well. Mrs. Owen was awarded an Innovations Program Grant for her development of Counseling and Development Centers (CDC's) and worked in conjunction with the GA Dept. of Education to set-up CDC's throughout the state for 4 years through the GA DOE Innovation Grants Program. She has presented nationally for American School Counselors Association and WIDA – World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment. She has presented locally on numerous occasions throughout her career at colleges, universities and local organizations.
In March of 2014, Missy and her husband Michael, co-founded the Davis Direction Foundation (DDF) following the death of their son, Davis. In December of 2014, Missy retired from public education to devote full time attention as the Executive Director to the DDF – a foundation to promote awareness, affect change and save lives related to opioid/heroin addiction. In the first year of operation, the DDF, with a founding board of 11 members, has raised over $60k, launched a 6-month Metro Atlanta Billboard campaign, hosted 3 Opioid/Heroin Symposiums and 2 Memorial ceremonies, held a golf tournament raising over $15K and received a grant from the American Medical Association Foundation to purchase and handout life-saving narcan kits. The AMA Grant also allowed the DDF to compile and publish a packet of information, which is placed in schools and businesses throughout Georgia, and surrounding states. The work of the DDF has been highlighted in the media through newspapers, television stations and “Our Town" magazine. Missy maintains an informative blog on the Davis Direction Foundation website and Facebook page.
Mrs. Owen currently serves on the Board of Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, Inc, is a member of the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative and has received certification for “Media Training" by the National Safety Council.
Missy and her husband Michael reside in Cobb County. They have 5 children, one of whom resides in Heaven. They are members of the Marietta First United Methodist Church.More
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