Hughes Mahoney Honoree

Hughes Media President/CEO Deedra Hughes-Mahoney to be Honored by Cumberland Academy of Georgia 

ATLANTA, Georgia – Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a special needs school dedicated to helping kids with autism and other learning differences, will honor its Board President, Deedra Hughes-Mahoney at their 13th Annual Gala, Hula Palooza, on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

One of the first schools of its kind, the academy has a waiting list of families from Atlanta and all over the United States. “When you help just one student and family, it has a ripple effect throughout all communities,” said this year’s honoree, Hughes-Mahoney. Involved with the school from its inception in 2006 as a volunteer, then board member, and now board president, she brings her visionary skills as a business leader to ensure Cumberland continues to meet its mission and financial growth strategies.

As a digital business consultant at Hughes Media, Hughes-Mahoney advises various company presidents and chief executive officers on their companies’ branding and positions on the Internet. After founding the agency in 2000, Hughes Media built its influence throughout the country. With clientele spanning from Los Angeles all the way to New York City, Hughes’ has created an award-winning reputation from coast to coast.

 “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Deedra on our team for over 15 years, and more recently, at our helm,” said Debbi Scarborough, founding director at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “Her deep understanding and passion for Cumberland’s traditions and educational goals combined with her ability to bring out the best in people is leading our school to new heights.”  

Hughes-Mahoney will be honored at this year’s “Hula Palooza,” a Hawaiian-style Luau with live performances, Hula lessons, Polynesian culinary delights, island-inspired cocktails, and live/silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will help create an outdoor sensory courtyard and new outdoor/indoor classroom spaces to support the academy’s students in their efforts to self-regulate, reset, and promote positive social interaction.

To become a sponsor, donate an auction item, or learn more about attending, please contact Cumberland at 404-835-900, [email protected], or visit

About Hughes Media, Inc.

Founded in 2000 by Deedra Hughes-Mahoney, the full-service digital agency serves a wide range of both B2C and B2B clients. Hughes Media has worked extensively within the Medical, E-Commerce, and home service industries. The agency specializes in pay-per-click, search engine optimization, website programming, email marketing, and overall digital marketing solutions to help clients achieve their goals. To learn more, please visit

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough and is a fully accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Sally Jetmundsen, Director of Admissions, at 404-835-9000, or email [email protected].

About the Author:
Deedra Hughes

Deedra Hughes

Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Integrated Marketing, Advertising, and Pay Per Click (PPC). Strong business development professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Communications from Ohio University.

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