Katy O’Neal Arrowood is the CEO of the Griffin Region College and Career Academy. The Academy is a partnership between Spalding, Butts, and Pike counties as well as Southern Crescent Technical College, Gordon State College, and the University of Georgia.
Katy grew up in Conyers, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Family & Consumer Sciences. Soon after graduation she began a career as a Family Management Consultant with Athens Women’s Clinic, a position she created. During those years she also appeared as a regular featured guest on Channel 11/Atlanta’s Noonday Show and published a book, A Woman’s Recipe for Life, Lifetime Books, 1996.
Katy later became founder and owner of Champions for Children, a state of the art daycare and preschool in Athens, acting as director from 2003 – 2012. For each of the years she was owner/director, Champions was named #1 daycare and preschool in the Athens area, and became a Center of Distinction for the state of Georgia 2005.
Katy has served on many boards including the Salvation Army, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Red Cross, and UGA Family & Consumer Sciences Alumni board. Through her community involvement she has been recognized as an Athena recipient (2001), Woman of Distinction (2011), and Rotarian of the Year for the Athens Rotary Club (2004), serving as President of Athens Rotary in ’06 – ’07. She most recently was the CEO of the Athens Community Career Academy, named Georgia’s College & Career Academy of the Year, 2014 – 2015.
Katy is the mother of two children: Keith and Molly.