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

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Deal appoints six to boards

September 14, 2012

Donald Cote, State Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers (reappointment)
Cote has practiced otolaryngology in Rockdale and Newton counties since leaving the faculty at Tulane University in 1996. He is board certified in Otolaryngology and active in the Academy of Otolaryngology. He is also a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology. Cote has served as chief of staff for Newton Medical Center in Covington. After graduating from Roswell High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his medical degree from University of South Alabama. He and his wife, Maryann, have two children. They reside in Snellville.

Kadyn O. Williams, State Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers (reappointment)
Williams is co-founder and director of Audiological Consultants of Atlanta, a private audiological practice. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the Georgia Academy of Audiology. Williams served as an adjunct faculty member at Salus University and was past chair of the American Academy of Audiology Coding and Reimbursement Committee. She has been a member of the American Academy of Audiology’s Practice Policy Advisory Council since 2008 and currently serves as chairperson. Williams earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Greg, have two children. They reside in Sandy Springs.

William “Bill” Russell, Board of Governors of the George L. Smith II Georgia World Congress Authority
Russell is president/CEO of Russell Landscape Group Inc., which is Georgia’s largest privately owned commercial landscape contractor firm. He serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, the Georgia Gwinnett College Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Council for Quality Growth. Russell was also past chairman of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children and four grandchildren. They reside in Duluth.

Adam J. Kennedy, Board of Juvenile Justice
Kennedy is the court administrator for the Chatham County Juvenile Court in Savannah. He retired last year after a 27-year career with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. At the time of his retirement, he was a regional administrator for the Southeast Region. In 2007, Kennedy received the prestigious Harold K. Ables Award from the Georgia Juvenile Services Association. He previously served as chairman of the Evans County Board of Education and is a graduate of Mercer University. He resides in Claxton.

Cynthia A. Stein, State Board of Cosmetology (reappointment)
Stein has been a business owner since 1993, providing nail technician and esthetician services. She also serves as chairman of the Georgia Board of Cosmetology. She is a member of the National Interstate Council and is on the advisory committee for the National Exam Testing for Esthetics and Nail Technology. Stein and her husband, Martin, reside in Marietta.

Amy R. Nimmer, Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
Nimmer is currently employed by the Pierce County Board of Education. She has been a math teacher at Pierce County Middle School for nine years and is currently the head competition cheer coach for Pierce County High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University and an educational specialist degree from Valdosta State University. Nimmer is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2012 and attends Emmanuel Baptist Church. She and her husband, Chad, have three children. They reside in Blackshear.