Foundation Board Members

Foundation Board Members

Members

Susan Allen '87 & '92

Sandersville, Ga.
Biography

Susan began her career at Georgia College in 1990 and is the former Vice President for Finance and Administration.  She provided leadership support for the University’s resources to ensure economic viability of the institution.  The position included oversight and leadership of Accounting, Business Services, Budget, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Information Technology, Materials Management, Auxiliary Services, and Public Safety.  Susan graduated from Georgia College with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration and has a professional certification in Governmental Finance Management. 

Donna Barwick

Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Donna was a Vice President at Wilmington Trust from 2009-2018. She served as a senior director in BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management group in Atlanta, specializing in wealth management and estate planning strategies for high-net-worth clients. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Arden Group, was a partner with Troutman Sanders law firm, a senior manager with Ernst & Young, and a partner in the Lefkoff, Duncan law firm. Donna received a J.D. from The University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif; and a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude from UGA. Donna is a Certified Financial Planner® professional. Donna was on the Board of the Flannery O’Connor Andalusia Foundation. Donna now serves as the planned giving officer for the Atlanta Humane Society. 

Rob Betzel, '99

Chair, Finance
Macon, Ga.
Biography

Rob holds a BA from Georgia College and graduated in 1999. Rob’s experience in the Information Technology field has always focused on the client experience. From 1/1/00 – 9/30/19, he was CEO and Owner of Infinity Network Solutions, an IT design, build and management firm. In Sept of 2019, Infinity was sold to Hargray Communications. Currently Rob serves as the Senior Market Executive for Hagray Fiber in Middle GA.  As an active member of the local community, Rob serves as an adviser to the schools of Informational Technology at Georgia College along with the School of Business.  Rob serves on the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and Board of Directors, the Macon Economic Development Commission board, and Mercer Innovation Center board. Rob is a founding board member of SparkMacon, Middle GA’s first entrepreneurial focused makerspace.

Pam Booker '97

Centerville, Ga.
Biography

Pam earned her Master of Public Administration from Georgia College. Ms. Booker is a retired Human Resources AVP.  She currently serves as a business consultant, chaplain for Houston Healthcare’s volunteer chaplaincy program and is the director of ministry engagement at Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Macon, GA.

Ainsley Brown

Student Trustee, Junior

Leslie G. Callahan III

Chair
Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Les is President of First Colony Financial Corporation. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in 1972. He is the great grandson of Dr. Marvin Parks, and his mother and aunts are alumnae. He is a director or trustee of a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations including the North Georgia Division of Synovus, the CCIM Institute which is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Les and his wife Barbara have two daughters, and their home is Atlanta.

Dr. Genie Snyder Chamberlin, '82

Chair, Fundraising Committee
Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Dr. Chamberlin is a professional speaker, coach and consultant.  She is Founder/Principal of SnyderRemarks and geniesnyder.com, a team guiding executives, companies and institutions to rethink process and people.  Her BA from Georgia College and grad degrees from UGA support her pursuits.  Genie and spouse, Pete Chamberlin, live in Athens, Georgia.

Jimmy Childre, Jr.

Sandersville, GA
Biography

Jimmy is a lifelong resident of Sandersville, GA.  He has a BBA from Georgia Southern, an MBA from Duke University, and he has attended Cambridge University and HEC Paris.  Jimmy has participated in Georgia College’s GEM program, as well as the Leadership Advisory Board.  He is the president and owner of Childre Ford in Sandersville.  Jimmy is a director on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and has served on many other boards and councils.  During his spare time, Jimmy enjoys boating, reading and playing golf.

Derek Chitwood, '07

Athens, Ga.
Biography

Derek studied history at Georgia College and then moved to Athens where he started Peach State Pride, a clothing line that is currently available in over 90 stores across Georgia. Mr. Chitwood and his wife Kari (a fellow alum) now operate three retail stores in northeast Georgia. Mr. Chitwood was active on the Georgia College Alumni Board of Directors and was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Chris Clark, '97

Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Mr. Clark has been the President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce since 2010. He graduated from Georgia College with his master’s degree in Public Administration in 1997 and received the Outstanding Recent Alumni of the Year Award in 2000 and the Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Chris is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of the most influential Atlantans and Georgians.  He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Peachtree City and have one son.

Cathy Cox, J.D.

President, Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Cathy Cox became Georgia College’s 12th President on October 1st, 2021. Prior to joining Georgia College, Cox served as Dean for Mercer University School of Law from 2017 – 2021 and served as president of Young Harris College for a decade prior to that. A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Cox’s distinguished career in law, education, politics, and journalism embodies what it means to have a “liberal arts” background.  Cox practiced law in her hometown of Bainbridge and in Atlanta for 10 years, during which time she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. She subsequently broke new ground in her election as Georgia's Secretary of State, becoming the first woman in Georgia’s history to serve in this Constitutional office.  She has served on a number of civic, philanthropic, and business organizations and boards and is a prolific thought leader, delivering scores of keynote speeches and presentations and conducting media interviews on a wide range of topics spanning her expertise in higher education, law, politics, and election law and integrity.  Cox is married to attorney Mark Dehler.

Anresa Davis, '75

Savannah, GA
Biography

Anresa is a 1975 and 1976 graduate of Georgia College. Her hobbies include reading, running, fitness, and gardening.  Anresa and her husband, Phil, have three children.  They reside in Savannah.

Larry Edwards

Treasurer
Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Larry is the National Accounts Manager for Sigma Plastics, the second largest manufacturer of the polyethylene bags and film in North America. He holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Georgia. He serves on the College of Business Board of Advisors at Georgia College. His mother graduated from GSCW.  Mr. Edwards and his wife Sharon have three children.

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Lee Fruitticher

Lee Fruittcher

VP Finance & Operations
478-445-5148

Michael D. Garrett '76

Chair, Trustee Development Committee
Madison, Ga.
Biography

Mike is retired from Georgia Power where he was President and CEO. Prior to Georgia Power, Mike held the position of president and CEO for Mississippi Power and Executive Vice President for Alabama Power. He graduated from Georgia College in 1976. Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, and farming. Originally from McRae, he now makes his home in Madison with his wife Karen. Mike and Karen have three daughters and sons-in-law and eleven grandchildren.

E. Alexander Gregory, Jr., '78, '79

Marietta, Ga.
Biography

Alex has been actively involved with GC since attending as a graduate student in 1975. He has served on the foundation board since the late 1980s, including two terms as chair. Alex is the former CEO for YKK Corporation of America, and he retired from that position in 2018.  He and his wife, Glenda, live in Duluth, Georgia. They have two children, three granddaughters, and one grandson. 

Floyd Griffin

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Floyd served as a Foundation Trustee in ’02 & ’03.  He is a retired Army Colonel, former state Senator, and former Mayor of Milledgeville.  He was an active member of the Board of Associates for three years.

Robert Griffith '08

Athens, Ga.
Biography

Robert is President and Owner of Golden Pantry Food Stores, Inc.  He currently serves on the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Oconee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, United Way of Northeast Georgia Board of Directors, and Oconee State Bank Community Advisory Committee.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia College in 2008.  Robert and his family reside in Athens, GA.

Jay Harrington, '79

Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Jay is a ’79 graduate of Georgia College and ’84 graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry.  He is a local dentist and has served on the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board for 4.5 years, as well as two years of previous service on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  He served his residency in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Georgia Army National Guard with 20+ years of service.  He is a Director of Exchange Bank’s Board, a member of First United Methodist Church and is a member of numerous dental associations.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching football, baseball and golf, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Jay and his wife Jean reside in Milledgeville, GA and have four grown children.

Kyle Hood '06, '08

Decatur, Ga.
Biography

Kyle received his bachelors in Criminal Justice from Georgia College in 2006 and his Master of Public Administration in 2008.  Since leaving Milledgeville, he has held a variety of community planning and management positions in cities and counties across the state.  In 2017, Kyle was tabbed to head the workforce and economic development activities at the Georgia Department of Education.

Bill Jones '86

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Bill is President of Citizens Bank of the South. He earned his BBA in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia in 1982 and his MBA in Management from Georgia College in 1986. Mr. Jones also obtained his Graduate School of Banking Degree from Louisiana State University in 1989. He served as Milledgeville Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce chairman 2009-2010. Mr. Jones, his wife Dotty, and their four children live in the Milledgeville area. Mr. Jones enjoys bass tournament fishing.

Jane Kidd

Crawford, Ga.
Biography

Jane's professional career includes over 25 years in higher education Advancement at Clemson University, UGA, Piedmont College and as a consultant to colleges and universities.  Mrs. Kidd served six years on the Lavonia, Georgia, city council, two years as District Director for Congressman Don Johnson, two years in GA’s House of Representatives and four years as Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. She holds an ABJ from UGA's Grady College of Journalism, where she served as Director of Alumni from 2002-2004. In 2016, Kidd received a Masters in Instructional Technology from Piedmont College. Kidd's maternal grandmother and many of her great aunts graduated from GC, and the college library is named for her great grandmother, Ina Dillard Russell. Mrs. Kidd and her husband, David, live in Crawford, GA and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Currently, she is retired and pursuing her hobby as a jeweler and metalsmith.

Kim Martin, '82

New York, N.Y.
Biography

Kim is the CEO of The Ascendancy Group which provides coaching to executives in the media and entertainment industry.  Prior to founding The Ascendancy Group, Kim worked in the media and entertainment industry in senior executive and C-suite roles at Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, and Meredith Corporation.  She has a BS from Georgia College & State University, an MBA from Georgia State University and has advanced leadership training from Stanford Business School.  Kim currently serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees for Georgia College.

Dr. George Martinez '83, '91

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Dr. Martinez received degrees from Georgia College in 1983 and 1991.   He received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He has a private practice specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Martinez resides in Milledgeville.

Zach Mullins, '11

Milton, GA
Biography

Zach received a bachelors degree in business management and marketing from Georgia College in 2011. He is serving his third term on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was the Student Government President from 2009 until 2011 and the Treasurer from 2008 until 2009. Upon graduation, he began his career at Cox Media working as a Digital Sales Manager and later rising to Senior Manager of Sales-Innovation Verticals, and into his current role Vice President, Channel Partnerships and Retail AdTech.  He currently serves as the Interim President-Elect of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Corey New, '07

Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Corey is serving as the Independent Representative for the LLC board.  Corey is a 2007 graduate of Georgia College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  He is a Soil Conservation Technician for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  Corey has been instrumental in gaining access for the Andalusia property to be part of a paid conservation initiative.  In his spare time, Corey enjoys hunting, fishing and coaching baseball.  Corey and his wife Leslie reside in Milledgeville and have two sons.

Sebastian Nunez

Student Trustee, Senior

Butler Raines '99

Chattanooga, TN
Biography

Butler received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Georgia College in 1999. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida. Butler has enjoyed careers as a chemist, teacher, web developer, and now is Head of Product for Ambition. He is also one of the founders of The Bitter Southerner. He previously served on the Alumni Board, where he focused on alumni outreach through events and social media.

Donald Rhodes '88

Warner Robins, Ga.
Biography

Donald is a ’88 graduate of Georgia College.  He served for eight years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a past President, so he also served two years on the Foundation Board of Trustees.  He has been an active member of the Board of Associates for three years.  He now serves as a business consultant.

Molly Robbins

Student Trustee, Junior

Richard B. Russell Jr.

Winder, Ga.
Biography

Richard is a managing attorney for the Winder, Jefferson and Braselton offices of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter LLC. He has served on the Barrow County Chamber boards, governing boards of the Brad Akins Piedmont YMCA, The Peoples Bank, Athens Regional Medical Center, and recently rotated off the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center board.  His grandmother, many aunts and his daughter, Mollie, as well as Mollie’s husband, Casey Chafin, all graduated from Georgia College. He has three grown married children who reside in Atlanta, Thomaston and Suwanee. Richard enjoys travel between the North Georgia Mountains and the Georgia coast, cooking, water sports, and exercising his four-legged children.

Lauren Schroeder

Student Trustee, Senior

Dilanka Seimon, '03

Houston, Tx.
Biography

Dilanka graduated from Georgia College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance. He currently serves as Vice President Alternative Energy for Energy Transfer Partners. Previously he was with BHP serving as Vice President Sales & Marketing Oil, Gas, Power and Carbon.

Outside of work, Dilanka enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, traveling, and volunteering his time with several non-profit organizations. Besides being on the board of trustees for Georgia College, he currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Houston and is a board Trustee of the Houston Symphony. He is a former member of the Alumni Board at Georgia College and a former Trustee of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Dilanka is a graduate of the General Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2018 and obtained an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2008.

Maria Sheffield '95, '97

Nashville, Tn
Biography

Maria serves as President of Caterpillar Financial Insurance Inc.  She is an attorney who focuses her legal practice on insurance regulatory and corporate matters and is both a registered mediator and arbitrator. She earned a BA in Political Science (1995) and a MPA (1997) from Georgia College. She also holds an MBA (1999) and JD (2000) from Georgia State University. Ms. Sheffield is active in a number of civic and professional organizations.

Dan Slagle,'88

Macon, Ga.
Biography

Prior to serving as Vice President of Cox Business, Mr. Slagle served as the Director of Marketing and Customer Care. He has been a member of the Cox executive team since 1997. He is a 2006 graduate of the company's General Manager Leadership Program. A 2002 Macon Magazine Leader of the year recipient, 2006 graduate of Leadership Georgia, Former Chairman Macon Chamber of Commerce, Former Chairman Macon Economic Development Commission, current Chairman 21st Century Partnership. Mr. Slagle and his wife Gigi have two children Daniel (26) and Sara Lynn (22).

Ted Smith

Chair, Property II LLC
Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Ted left a career in engineering to pursue a career in minerals mining and land development. Mr. Smith is President/CEO/Owner of Arcilla Mining & land; President/Owner of Smith Development Company; and Vice President/Co-Owner of Market Square Development. Mr. Smith has designed and developed local subdivisions such as Waters Edge and Greystone Arbor, as well as many others in the Lake Oconee and Middle Georgia area. Mr. Smith, his wife Joni, and their three sons all live in the Milledgeville area. Mr. Smith enjoys hunting and worldwide tournament sport fishing and has appeared on ESPN several times. Ted received the Honorary Alumni Award in 2019.

Robin Snell

Loganville, Ga.
Biography

Robin is a graduate of the  University of Georgia.  Robin and his wife, Mary Jo,  have three grown sons along with eight grandchildren. Two of their sons attended Georgia College.   Their youngest son played baseball from 2007 thru 2011.  Robin served as President of E.R. Snell Contractor for over 20 years.   E.R. Snell is 5th generation family business employing over 700 employees. The company specializes in bridges, grading, and asphalt paving.  Robin now has a less active role in the daily operations of the company but still serves as the Chairman of the Board.  Robin and his wife Mary Jo are members of Snellville United Methodist Church.  Robin also serves as president of the Snell Family Foundation. 

Dr. Susan Stewart, '70

Alpharetta, Ga.
Biography

Dr. Stewart holds a BS from GC, an MEd from West Georgia College, and a PhD from Georgia State University. She served on the Georgia College & State University Alumni Association Board from 2002-2008. She is a 2009 Alumni Service Award recipient. She was formerly the Chair for the Foundation Board of Trustees.  She is the owner of S. Stewart & Associates, a meeting planning company, and is an active member of Wieuca Road Baptist Church. 

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Shelley Strickland

Vice President University Advancement
478-445-1945

Murali Thirumal '91,'98

Hardwick, Ga.
Biography

Murali is a ’91 & ‘98 graduate of Georgia College.  He previously served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a past President, so he also served two years on the Foundation Board of Trustees.  He has been an active member of the Board of Associates for three years.  He serves as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Baldwin & Putnam counties.

Gary Thrower '83

Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Mr. Thrower is the co-owner and VP of Cornerstone Commercial Mortgages and Cornerstone Medical Staffing. Gary has served as Mayor of Milledgeville as well as Trustee on several local community boards. He graduated from Georgia College in 1983 and enjoys traveling and outdoor recreation activities. A native of Milledgeville, he now resides on Lake Sinclair with his wife Sally. Gary and Sally have two sons and one daughter-in-law.

Pam Trawick '90

Birmingham, Al
Biography

Pam received a BS in Psychology from Georgia College in 1990.  She is a founding member of the Georgia College African American Alumni Council.  She owns her own medical device company in Alabama, ICD Monitoring Services.  Pam has two grown children who also live in the Birmingham area.

Jeff Wansley '87

Vice Chair
Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Jeff currently serves as Executive Director for the Georgia Construction Aggregate Association. Jeff started his career on Capitol Hill with United States Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and has built on that experience over the years, earning his reputation as a highly respected public affairs professional.  Throughout his career, Jeff has advocated on behalf of Fortune 100 and 500 companies and business advocacy organizations in multiple states including the National Association of Manufacturers and Equifax.  He serves on the Georgia Chamber Board of Directors, The Chamber – Government Affairs Council, the board of the Georgia Transportation Alliance and the Aggregate Concrete Executives (ACE) Board of Directors.  He’s a graduate of Georgia College, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.  Active in his community, he is an Alumni Board of Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities – Atlanta.  Jeff lives in Atlanta with his wife Jacquie and daughter.  He enjoys tennis, hiking and travel with his family.

Stan Wilson '77

Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Stan is the managing partner of Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, which specializes in labor relations and employment law representing a number of large corporations and government agencies. He graduated from GC summa cum laude and graduated with distinction from Emory University School of Law. Mr. Wilson and his wife, Debi, have two sons and two grandchildren.

Emeritus Members

Baugh, Beegee Clark '50
Milledgeville, Ga.

Bell, Jacqueline B. '51
Dillard, Ga.
 
Carpenter, George S. Jr.
Milledgeville, Ga.
 
Dudley, Mary Etna '50
Thomson, Ga.
 
Peterson, Hugh Jr.