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New Executive Director for AthFest Educates

AthFest Educates

Athens nonprofit AthFest Educates has a new Executive Director. Mary-Eleanor Joyce replaces former long-time head, Jill Helme, who moved out of the state. Joyce has a lengthy history in the nonprofit world, with 15 years at Children First in Athens.

Joyce will officially begin her position at the organization in November. She says she’s looking forward to taking on the challenge.

A musician, who has played drums for several bands, Joyce has also participated in the AthFest Music Arts Festival as a performer.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!