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

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Deal appoints eight to boards

August 23, 2013
James Hutcheson, State Board of Cosmetology 
Hutcheson has more than 50 years of experience in the hair business. He began his career on Jekyll Island in 1962, moved to Brunswick in 1973, and later took his business to Dublin, where he has worked for the past four decades. While in Brunswick, he was elected president of the Brunswick Jaycees and the Brunswick Hairdressers Association. Hutcheson attended the University of Georgia and the Duke Academy of Hairstyling. He and his wife, Sue, have two children and three grandchildren. They reside in Adrian. 
DRee Church-Krohn, State Board of Cosmetology (reappointment)
Church-Krohn is currently owner and stylist of DRee and Company, Hair Studio and Wellness Spa. Prior to opening her own business, Church-Krohn gained experience working for Salon Salon in Athens and Van Michael salon in Atlanta. She is a member of the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association (PBA/NCA). She and her husband, Todd, have two children. They reside in Athens.
Joe Montgomery, Private Colleges and Universities Authority (reappointment)
Montgomery is the chief advancement officer at Darlington School in Rome. He serves on the board of directors of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and on the executive board of the Northwest Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as chairman of the Board of Georgia Conservancy and presently serves as a member of the advisory board. A member of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 1999, he served on the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees from 2003-2006. Additionally, he is serving on the board of directors of the Okefenokee Swamp Park Foundation and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation. He and his wife, Rebekah, have three children. They reside in Rome.
John Robinson, Jr., Private Colleges and Universities Authority (reappointment)
Robinson retired as president of Southern Waistbands Inc. of Winder. He is a former director of Bank of Barrow, Bank South Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, and Georgia Baptist Foundation. He has served on the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee for the University of Georgia, Georgia Board of Natural Resources and Board of Regents University System of Georgia. He also serves on the Winder Barrow Chamber of Commerce, the Vocational Training Advisory Committee for Barrow County, as trustee of Athens Academy Schools and president of Manufacturers Health Clinic. He and his wife, Margaret, have two children and five grandchildren. They reside on Saint Simons Island.
Carol L. Rivera, Professional Standards Commission
Rivera is currently teaching Biology at Marist School in Atlanta. She previously taught in Alabama and abroad in Japan. She was awarded the Georgia Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) in 2012. Rivera is a member of the NABT and the National Association of Science Teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University, a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Missouri. She and her husband, Angel, have three children and one grandchild. They reside in Mableton.
Terrie L. Ponder, Professional Standards Commission
Ponder currently teaches seventh grade Social Studies at Carrollton Junior High School and is a 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year top ten finalist. She was a contributor for the textbook Keys to Literacy Instruction for the Net Generation: Grades 4-6 and co-author of Life interrupted: The Japanese American experience in WWII Arkansas (Curriculum units for secondary social studies). Ponder holds a specialist degree in Instructional Technology and a master’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of West Georgia. She and her husband, John, have three children. They reside in Carrollton.
Lauren Eckman, Professional Standards Commission
Eckman is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, where she teaches high school English Language Arts. She served as the 2012 State Schools District Teacher of the Year and as the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Council of Teachers of English and Phi Kappa Phi. Eckman earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and a master’s degree from the University of Louisville. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University. She resides in Macon. 
William R. “Will” Kemp, Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
Kemp is a commercial lender with HeritageBank of the South in Valdosta. He serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Club and the Valdosta City Schools Foundation. He is an active member and past-president of the Azalea City Kiwanis Club and Leadership Lowndes. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Georgia. Kemp earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Valdosta State University. He and his wife, Carol, have two children. They reside in Valdosta.