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

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Deal appoints eight to boards

May 23, 2014

F. Jack Perrett, State Workforce Investment Board

Perrett is the general manager for Rayonier Advanced Material’s Mill located in Jesup. He serves as chair-elect of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, sits on the Coastal Advisory Council for the Department of Natural Resources, the Snapper/Grouper Advisory Panel for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Altamaha River Partnership. Perrett earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University and is registered as a professional engineer by the State of Mississippi Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He and his wife, Kristen, have three daughters. They reside in Jesup.

L. Thomas Lord, State Board of Funeral Service

Lord is a Georgia licensed funeral director and embalmer. He founded Lord and Stephens Funeral Home in Athens. He served as president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and on the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board. Lord attended North Georgia College and completed his training in Funeral Service at Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He and his wife, Melissa, have five children and six grandchildren. They reside in Watkinsville.

Jeffrey S. Grossman, Georgia Composite Medical Board

Grossman is a board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the founding partner of Peachtree Spine Physicians and a board member of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Grossman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. He and his wife, Jenny, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.

Ashley N. Addison, State Board of Accountancy

Addison is a certified public accountant in the Financial Reporting & Assurance Division at Bennett Thrasher LLP, a regional public accounting firm located in Atlanta. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. Ashley and her husband, Trip, are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. They reside in Atlanta.

Elizabeth W. Hardin, State Board of Accountancy (reappointment)

Hardin is an administrative partner at McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and past president of the Middle Georgia Chapter of the GSCPA. Hardin currently serves as a Rotary assistant district governor as well as treasurer for the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon. She is also a member and past president of the Career Women’s Network. Hardin received the 2006 Woman of Achievement Award from the CWN and the 2000 Distinguished Alumna Award from Shorter College. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Shorter College. She and her husband, Phil, reside in Macon.

Wanda W. Goodson, State Board of Accountancy (reappointment)

Goodson is a second generation accountant and owner of Goodson Accounting and Tax Services in Dawsonville. She is past-president of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation and on the Legislative Support Committee for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. She is a member of the National Society of Accountants, where she served as governor of District IV, the Georgia Association of Accountants and Tax Professionals and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Goodson earned a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Phillip, have one daughter. They reside in Dawsonville.

Kathleen A. Bennett, Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel (reappointment)

Bennett is the disabilities and mental health specialist for the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority’s Head Start Program. She has been with Head Start since 1979. She serves as the staff representative to the Georgia Head Start Association and was appointed by President John Hales to the Regional Head Start Association. She is a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, where she serves as an usher and lector. Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Georgia Southern University. She resides in Augusta.

Tangela W. Johnson, Board of Early Care and Learning

Johnson is the president of North Georgia Center for Educational Excellence. She currently serves on the boards of Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, Christian Heritage School, Murray-Whitfield Joint Development Authority, Girl Scouts Board of Greater Atlanta, Launch of Chattanooga and as chair of the Dalton-Whitfield Library Board Authority. She previously served as vice chair of the Northwest Georgia Trade Center Board Authority and as an adjunct faculty member at Dalton State College. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Georgia. She and her husband, John, have one child. They reside in Whitfield County.