Meet Our District Student Services & Support Team

Joni McElwaney

Joni McElwaney

Lead Social Worker

Joni M. McElwaney was born and raised in Demorest, GA and graduated from Habersham Central High School. Mrs. McElwaney received both her bachelor's and master's of Social Work Degree at the University of Georgia. Mrs. McElwaney serves as the Lead School Social Worker for Lumpkin County Schools.

Cara Murray

Mrs. Cara V. Murray

Mental Health Counselor

Cara Murray is a product of the Lumpkin County School System and went on to receive both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work from The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). Cara is in her first year with the school system having spent the first 15 years of her career as a social worker/case manager in the healthcare sector at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Northside Hospital. She is married to LCHS Ag teacher, Mr. Murray, and they have two children in the Lumpkin County School System.

Ashley Rice-Zeman

Ashley Rice-Zeman

Preschool & Assistive Technology Coordinator

Ashley Rice-Zeman is from Conyers, Georgia. She attended Valdosta State University for her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and East Tennessee State University for her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Ashley is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Georgia and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through ASHA. Presently, Ashley is a Preschool Coordinator and the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Lumpkin County Schools. She also supports speech-language services provided throughout the school system.

Michelle Pisarik

Michelle Pisarik

School Social Worker

This is Ms. Pisarik's 2nd year serving Lumpkin County families, and 15th year working in schools. She is excited to help engage all families and address barriers to their children's academic success. She even speaks Spanish. She is available to help parents find solutions to complicated issues and link them to community resources.

Melissa Estenson

Mrs. Melissa A. Estenson

Behavior Specialist

Melissa is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She relocated to Georgia in 2021 with her family to work in Lumpkin County School System. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in schools from Wayne State University. Her licenses include Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and has her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. She has over 23 years experience working in the schools. Mrs. Estenson looks forward to serving the Lumpkin County School System.