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

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Deal appoints 12 to boards

February 3, 2012

Jimmy Childre, Jr., Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Childre is CEO and past chairman of Washington County Regional Medical Center and the owner of Childre Ford, Inc., located in Sandersville. He serves on the boards of the Citizens Bank of Washington County, the Georgia Southern University Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce where he is the vice chair for its Health Care Committee. Childre earned a master’s of studies from the University of Cambridge, a master’s in Business Administration from Duke University and a bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Health Sector Management Program. In 2009, he was named Washington County’s “Citizen of the Year.” Childre lives in Sandersville, where he is active in the Sandersville Rotary Club. 

G. Melvin Davis, State Workforce Investment Board (reappointment)
Davis is currently the chairman of the Oconee County Commission. He is past chairman of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and currently serves as chairman of the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority. He served as chairman and member of the Madison, Athens-Clarke, Oconee Metropolitan Planning Organization for the past 11 years. Davis also assumed the role of president of Association of City and County Government in 2011. He was previously a member of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council and the Georgia Regional Water Planning Council–Upper Oconee Basin. Davis also serves on the executive committee of the Regional Transportation Roundtable. Georgia Trend named him as one of 2012’s “100 Most Influential Georgians.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in Poultry Science and a master’s degree in Agriculture Extension Education from the University of Georgia. Davis and his wife, Esther, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

William B. Dunaway, State Workforce Investment Board
Prior to his retirement, Dunaway was the president and staff pharmacist with Dunaway Drug Stores, Inc., an 18-store chain in Marietta and North Georgia. He started and owned The 1848 House Restaurant in Marietta, the city where he served as mayor until 2010. Dunaway has worked as an adjunct faculty member of the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and the Harvard School of Business where he completed his master’s degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Dorothy, have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in Marietta. 

Gordon Henderson, Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (reappointment)
Henderson is the fire chief of the Rome/Floyd County Fire Department where he has served the community for 36 years. He serves on the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council, the National Fire Protection Association’s Firefighters Professional Qualifications Standards Committee and is a past president of the Georgia State Firefighters Association. Henderson earned a bachelor‘s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University. He and his wife, Dawn, have three children and five grandchildren.

J. Daniel Herring, Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
Herring has served as the city manager for Quitman since 1996. Prior to his work as manager, he was the city’s police chief. He worked in Florida for 20 years in the field of law enforcement and with the University of North Florida in education. Herring earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from LaSalle University. He and his wife, Tina, live in Quitman. Together, they have three children.

Sheila G. Lee, Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
Lee is currently the mayor of Warm Springs. She serves as the camera ready liaison for Meriwether County, treasurer of the Presidential Pathways Project and is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She has one daughter and resides in Warm Springs.

Sabra S. McCullar, Franklin D. Roosevelt Warm Springs Advisory Committee
McCullar is retired from the Columbus Bank and Trust Company. She presently serves as the executive director of the Warm Springs Welcome Center and the director of tourism for Meriwether County. McCullar is also a member of the board for the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce and the Warm Springs City Council. She has been named “Tourism Leader of the Year” and received the lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. McCullar has one son and two grandchildren. She resides in Warm Springs.

Mia K. Rice, Georgia Commission on Women
Rice currently teaches at the Brookstone School in Columbus. She also serves on the Lay Leadership Committee and Administrative Board at St. Luke Methodist Church. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Brooks, have three children. They reside in Columbus.

Tita Stewart, Georgia Commission on Women
Stewart is the associate vice president of marketing for Amerigroup Georgia. Prior to joining Amerigroup, she served as the executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Stewart currently serves on the board of directors for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, the Empty Stocking Fund and the Atlanta Metropolitan Foundation Board. She received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University and a master’s in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She and her husband, Bobby, live in Fairburn. They have two children.

Joe Sam Robinson, Jr., Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Robinson is the president of Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. He is retired as the chief of neurosurgery at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Robinson worked on the Trauma Commission for the state of Georgia. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and American Associations of Neurological Surgeons. He also serves on the board of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Betsy, have two children. They reside in Macon.

Lori S. Durden, Board of Trustees of the Herty Foundation
Durden currently serves as the vice president for Economic Development at Ogeechee Technical College. She serves on the board of trustees for the Foundation for Public Education in Bulloch County and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce. Durden is a member of the Rotary Club of Statesboro, an alumna of Leadership Georgia and was named to Georgia Trend’s 2009 “40 under 40” list of young business professionals. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Tim, have three children. They reside in Statesboro.

Norman G. Echols, Georgia Auctioneers Commission
Echols has been an auctioneer for more than 50 Years. He was an auctioneer and partner at Bishop Brothers Auto Auction until it was sold in 2006, and an auctioneer at the Atlanta Auto Auction. He has served as a Henry County commissioner and was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Echols graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Martha, have four children and 15 grandchildren. They reside in McDonough.