Governor Nathan Deal - Georgia’s 82nd Governor (2011-2019)

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Deal appoints eight to boards

August 12, 2011

John C. Perryman, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
Perryman retired as regional manager of Economic Development for the Georgia Power Co. He has served on various boards including the North Georgia College and State University Advisory Board and D.A.R.E., Georgia, Inc. Perryman is currently serving on the Thomson-McDuffie Development Authority Board. He served in the United States Marine Corps and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Marsha, reside in Thomson.

Earl Smith, Georgia Forestry Commission
Smith retired as vice president of Forest Resources, Gilman Building Products. He has served as president and on the boards for both the Florida Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Association. Smith received the Wise Owl Award for his service with the Georgia Forestry Association and served as president of the Southern Forest World. He is also a past recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for his service in the Osprey District of the Okefenokee Council of Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Greensboro and have two children and four grandchildren.

Rochelle L. Barry, Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (Reappointment)
Barry is currently the state director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Georgia office. She has been employed with the corporation since 2001, beginning her employment as a state program specialist. Her office oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA and other national service programs. Barry’s previous work experience includes nine years of service as senior corps director of the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in metropolitan Atlanta. During her time as senior corps director, she and her eight staff members managed a corps of over 1,800 senior volunteers in five major metropolitan counties. Barry has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work. She currently resides in Atlanta.

Bryant Hightower Jr., State Board of Funeral Service
Hightower is a third generation funeral director with his family firm Martin & Hightower. The firm has locations in Carrollton, Bremen and Douglasville. He attended West Georgia College and graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of mortuary science. Hightower is the former president of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, and he is currently a member of the Carrollton Rotary Club and the Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club. He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters and reside in Carrollton.

Stephen Gray, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
Gray is executive vice president of logistics and research and development for Fieldale Farms. In his role, he leads the transportation, supply chain management and research functions, as well as providing functional leadership for operations and marketing with more than 30 years of food industry experience. Gray received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Jill, live in Baldwin and have two children and one grandchild.

Steve E. Livingston, Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists
Livingston is currently the associate professor and director of the Family Therapy Graduate Programs in Atlanta and Macon for the Mercer University School of Medicine. He is a clinical member of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and currently serves on the GAMFT board as chair of the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee. Livingston previously served as the president of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in counseling and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. He and his wife, Sue, live in Dunwoody.

Doug Hanson, State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless
Hanson retired in 2002 after 39 years with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., as a commercial sales manager for CORIAN. He serves on the board of directors for the Good News Clinics in Gainesville and is a lifetime member of the Construction Specifications Institute. Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering at the University of Texas in Austin and undertook additional graduate studies in business at the University of Delaware in Newark. He and his wife, Lynne, reside in Gainesville and have three children and nine grandchildren.

Jeff Terry, Medical Advisory Panel for the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission
Terry is a practicing internist and partner with the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. He has been with the clinic since 1999. He has served as managing partner and is currently the Chief of Medicine. Terry also serves as the medical director at Brenau University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Stacey, have three sons and reside in Gainesville.