Foundation Board Members

Foundation Board Members

Members

Donna Barwick

Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Barwick, 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

Betzel, '99, is the CEO of Infinity Network Solutions, Inc. He also serves as an advisor to the schools of informational technology and business at Georgia College, as well as on the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, the Macon Economic Development Commission Board and the Mercer Innovation Center Board. He is a founding board member of SparkMacon and a member of the Central Piedmont Investment Group. He also co-authored the book The Company Culture Challenge.

Pam Booker '97

Centerville, Ga.
Biography

Booker, earned her Master of Public Administration from Georgia College in 1996. She has over 28 years of experience in the telecommunications field, with 9 years specifically in HR Talent Acquisition. In 2015, Pamela was recognized nationally by the Career Community Group as a 2015 Women of Color STEM - Leader in Technology award recipient for professional achievement. Ms. Booker currently serves as a Chaplain for Houston Healthcare’s Volunteer Chaplaincy Program and is the Director of Ministry Engagement at Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Macon, GA.

Leslie G. Callahan III

Chair
Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Callahan is president of First Colony Financial Corporation. He is director or trustee of a variety businesses and nonprofit organization including Bank of North Georgia, Alliance for Christian Media, Addison Gallery of American Art and Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dr. Genie Snyder Chamberlin, '82

Chair, Fundraising Committee
Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Chamberlin, is a professional speaker and consultant, concentrating on strategic customer service, organizational change management, and executive leadership.

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

Chitwood, '07, studied history at Georgia College then moved to Athens, where he started Peach State Pride, a clothing line that is currently available in over 90 stores across the state. He and his wife Kari, '13, operate three retail stores in northeast Georgia. He serves 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

Clark, '97, is the president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received the Outstanding Recent Alumni of the Year Award in 2000 and the Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. Previously, he served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as deputy commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. 

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.

E. Max Crook

Chair, Real Property Committee
Macon, Ga.
Biography

Crook, retired from Morgan Keegan & Company, Macon, as a financial advisor.

Anresa Davis, '75

Savannah, GA
Biography

Davis, '75 & '76, is a member of the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain.  Her hobbies include reading, running, fitness, and gardening.  Anresa and her husband, Phil, have three children.

Larry Edwards

Treasurer
Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Edwards, is the national accounts manager for Sigma Plastics, the second largest manufacturer of the polyethylene bags and film in North America. 

Lee Fruittcher

Interim Executive Director, Georgia College Foundation Interim Vice President, University Advancement

Michael D. Garrett '76

Chair, Trustee Development Committee
Madison, Ga.
Biography

Garrett, '76, is a retired president and CEO of Georgia Power. 

Robert Griffith '08

Athens, Ga.
Biography

Griffith 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.

Bill Jones '86

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Jones 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

Kidd'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

Martin, is a partner at The Ascendancy Group, which provides executive coaching and strategic guidance for technology start-ups. Formerly, she was the chief strategy officer at Meredith Corporation, president and general manager of WE TV, executive vice president of distribution and affiliate marketing for AMC Networks and senior vice president of affiliate sales for Discovery Networks. Martin holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Georgia College. She is a Luminary Circle member and mentor for the Step Up Women’s Network—a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls.

Dr. George Martinez '83, '91

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Martinez 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.

Butler Raines '99

Chattanooga, TN
Biography

Raines 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 VP of Product for Sales Loft. 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

Rhodes 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, Sophomore

Richard B. Russell Jr.

Winder, Ga.
Biography

Russell, is a fourth-generation attorney and a senior managing attorney for Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC, where he focuses on extensive residential and commercial real estate transactions, lender default representation and landlord/tenant matters as well as wills and probate practice where he has served as the county administrator for the Barrow County Probate Court since 1986.  After attending Wake Forest University, Russell graduated from the University of Georgia with an AB degree in Political Science. He received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. 

Lauren Schroeder

Student Trustee, Junior

Dilanka Seimon, '03

Houston, Tx.
Biography

Seimon '03 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Georgia College. He earned his MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in 2008 and in 2018, he participated in a management program at Harvard Business School.  He is a General Manager with BHP Billiton, rising from a Marketing Manager of US Gas to General Manager of Petroleum Marketing (responsible for Crude, Gas & NGL Sales, Operations & Transport for Atlantic Basin Region).  Mr. Seimon is a former member of the Alumni Board at Georgia College, as well as Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline. Mr. Seimon also serves as a regional board member of Bob Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Maria Sheffield '95, '97

Nashville, Tn
Biography

Sheffield 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. 

Richard Sims

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Sims' company, Pearl Lane Partners LLC, renovates and manages apartment complexes. He is a registered professional geologist licensed in the assessment of and remediation of hazardous waste. Mr. Sims currently serves on the Milledgeville Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of the Atlanta Apartment Association.

Dan Slagle,'88

Macon, Ga.
Biography

Slagle '88, is a Vice President of Cox Business.  He has been a member of the Cox team since 1997.  He is a 2002 Macon Magazine Leader of the Year.  He serves on numerous boards.

Ted Smith

Chair, Property II LLC
Milledgeville, GA
Biography

Smith is president/CEO/owner of Arcilla Mining & Land; president/owner of Smith Development Company; and vice president/co-owner of Market Square Development.

Robin Snell

Loganville, Ga.
Biography

Snell served as President of E.R. Snell asphalt and paving company for over twenty years.  He continues to work and provide guidance as their Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as assist with employee training programs and other facets of everyday business.  Robin is the President of the Snell Family Foundation. 

Murali Thirumal '91,'98

Hardwick, Ga.
Biography

Thirumal 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.

Hugh Thompson

Milledgeville, Ga.
Biography

Thompson, was the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court on March 1, 1994, by Governor Zell Miller (D). Justice Thompson was re-elected for additional six-year terms in 2000, 2006, and 2012. His final term would have expired in December 2018; he retired in January 2017.  Thompson received his undergraduate degree from Emory and Oglethorpe Universities. He earned his J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University in 1969.

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

Trawick 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

Wansley, is Executive Director for the Georgia Construction Aggregate Association.  He previously served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Stan Wilson '77

Atlanta, Ga.
Biography

Wilson, 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 one grandchild.

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.