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

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Deal appoints 15 to boards

January 27, 2012

Garland Thompson, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (reappointment)
Thompson retired as senior vice president for the SunTrust Bank of Coffee County and presently serves as chairman of the board. He has served on the Georgia Agribusiness Council, the University of Georgia Agriculture Alumni Board, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, the Sunbelt Exposition Board and the Douglas-Coffee County Industrial Authority. He presently serves as chairman of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He earned an associate’s degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Georgia and also attended banking school at Louisiana State University. His wife of 56 years is deceased. He has four children and five grandchildren. Thompson resides in Douglas.

Daniel W. Massey, Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority
Massey is currently in his eighth year as the Clerk of Superior Court for Chatham County after serving for more than 20 years in management positions with the various courts in the county. He has been honored twice as “Clerk of the Year” for the First Judicial District and is the recipient of the Edward M. Hester Award from the Savannah Bar Association. Massey earned a bachelor’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah. He and his wife, Carole, have two children and two grandsons. They reside in Savannah.

Carol H. Burrell, Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Burrell is the president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. She has been a part of the senior management team at Northeast Georgia since 1999. She currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Hall County and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Board. She previously served as chair of the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross and honorary chair of the March of Dimes, March of Babies. She is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club and a graduate of Leadership Hall County. Burrell earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Terminology from Georgia Southern and Emory University and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. She and her husband, Steve, have two children. They reside in Gainesville.

J. William “Bill” Herringdine, Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Herringdine recently retired as a teacher of economics and government at North Oconee High School. Previously, he had served for 16 years as a grants officer and development/fundraising staffer at the University of Georgia. Herringdine was involved in regional planning for over seven years as a staff member of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia College and State University. Herringdine also has a master’s degree in Public Administration. He and his wife, Connie, live in Bogart. They have two adult children.

Michael L. Fowler, Sr., Georgia Board of Funeral Service
Fowler retired as a death investigation specialist/forensic pathology assistant for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He serves as the president of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association, vice president of the Community Development Council and is a member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the National Disaster Mortuary team, which assists with natural disasters. Fowler earned his mortuary degree from Gupton Jones Mortuary College and is licensed in both Georgia and Florida. He and his wife, Rosa, have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in Albany.

Joseph S. Marks, State Workforce Investment Board (reappointment)
Marks is the material director for Timco Aviation Services. He is chairman of the Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia and works with the Skills USA program. He is a board member on the Georgia Work Ready Regional Industry Network, advisory committee member for Middle Georgia Technical College Aviation Program, advisory committee member for Hutchens Career Academy Aviation Program and a member of the Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Industry Committee. Marks served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and received the Airman of the Year award during his service. He also serves as an elder at his place of worship. Marks graduated from Gale Aeronautical Institute in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Noriko, have two children. They reside in Warner Robins.

Ann W. Cramer, State Workforce Investment Board (reappointment)
Cramer is the director for IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs for the Americas. She currently serves as chair of the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee and chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, is on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Competitive Workforce and has served as past chair of the Carter Center Board of Councilors and the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council. She graduated from Salem College with a degree in Mathematics. She has been recognized for her work most recently with the first “Essence of Atlanta” Award. Cramer and her husband, Jeff, live in Atlanta, where they are active at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Together, they have two children.

J. Clayton Foster, Georgia Real Estate Commission
Foster began his career in commercial real estate brokerage in 1987. He is the president of Foster Commercial Real Estate Services. He is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, where he has sat on the board of directors and received its  Phoenix Award. He is also a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Foster earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children and are active members at Blackshear Place Baptist Church. They reside in Flowery Branch.

Joe E. Vogt III, State Workforce Investment Board
Vogt is the plant manager at Rhodia, a member of the Solvay Group in Winder. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of the Workforce Development Committee for the Chamber. He also serves on the board of directors for the Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children board, the United Way of Northeast Georgia, the Piedmont YMCA and on the Barrow County Schools Advisory Committee. Vogt earned a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. He and his wife, Teresa Hoskins, have three children. They reside in Buford.

Duncan N. Johnson, Jr., Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Johnson is president of Johnson Motor Company of South Carolina. He serves as a board member for Twelve Bands Cancer Charity, the Aiken Technical College Foundation and is on the steering committee for Camp Rainbow in Rutledge. He is an active member of the Augusta Exchange Club and is a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Georgia. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University. He and his wife, Kaci, have two children. They reside in Augusta.

Karla C. Jacobs, Georgia Commission on Women
Jacobs is a community leader and active volunteer. She is chairperson of the Literary Guild for her school Parent Teachers Association and is a Cobb County Girl Scout Leader. Jacobs earned a bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. She and her husband, Stephen, have two children. They reside in Marietta.

L. Keith Brady, State Workforce Investment Board
Brady was elected mayor of Newnan in 1993. He is a partner and broker of Josey, Young and Brady Realty. He serves as third vice president of the Georgia Electric Municipal Association and on the Municipal Authority of Georgia board. He is board member of the Newnan Boys and Girls Club and the Newnan High Football Booster Club. Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Katie, have two children and one granddaughter. They reside in Newnan.

James C. “Jim” Weidner, Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority
Weidner is a partner with Oliver & Weidner, LLC, in Clarkesville. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Habersham County. He is a member of the Clarkesville Business Association, the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce, the White County Chamber of Commerce and the Habersham Medical Center Foundation. Weidner earned a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and a law degree from Georgia State. He and his wife, Susan, have four children. They reside in Demorest.

Richard A. Ray, State Workforce Investment Board (reappointment)
Ray retired as president of the Georgia AFL-CIO in October of 2011, where he now serves as president emeritus. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Kids Chance and on the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Marion, have four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They reside in Jonesboro.

Doug Duncan, State Workforce Investment Board
Duncan is currently vice president at Management, Analysis, and Utilization, Inc. in Augusta. He serves on the Development Authority of Columbia County, the Georgia Health Sciences University Planning and Development Committee, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Augusta Young Life Board. Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Augusta State University. He and his wife, Jean, live in Martinez. Together, they have three children.