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

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Deal appoints 14 to boards

December 12, 2014

J. Jeff Marshall, Georgia Composite Medical Board

Marshall practices at the Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he is director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and chairman of the Joint Operating Committee. He is the former president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and serves on the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Marshall earned a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency and his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University). He and his wife, Julie, have four children and two grandchildren. They reside in Sandy Springs.

Rhonda C. Barnes, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

Barnes is the executive legal assistant for the Office of the Governor. She serves on the executive board of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. She was recognized in 2010 by the Georgia State Senate with Senate Resolution 1582 for her more than 17 years of experience in state government. Barnes studied office administration and paralegal studies at Clayton State University. She has three children and four grandchildren. She resides in Griffin.

S. Beth Williams, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

Williams has been a public school teacher for 17 years and currently serves as the chair of the social studies department at DeKalb School of the Arts. She served as a National History Day judge in 2014 and has been a College Board AP World History Exam Rater since 2006. She has been awarded STAR Teacher twice, Teacher of the Year and Mentor Teacher of the Year. She is also a contributing author to Teaching World History in the 21st Century, M.E. Sharpe, 2010. Williams earned duel bachelor’s degrees in History and Secondary Education from Georgia State University. She resides in Atlanta.

Glenda E.A. Anderson, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (reappointment)

Anderson is the immediate past director of the City of Savannah Research Library and Municipal Archives. Her almost four decades of public service include past professional positions with the Atlanta-Fulton and Chatham-Effingham-Liberty (now Live Oak) Public Library Systems. She received the McJenkin-Rheay Award from the Georgia Library Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree from Armstrong State College and a master's from Emory University, where she held the Tommie Dora Barker Fellowship. She and her husband, Larry, have one adult daughter, one son-in-law and two granddaughters. They reside in Savannah.

Gwyn B. Chesnut, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (reappointment)

Chesnut worked as a home economist with Martha White Mills and Atlanta Gas Light Co. She currently is a member of the Carroll County Historical Society Board, where she has served nine years as president. Her main focus is on preserving local history, having recently written and directed the “Ghost Walk on Depot Street” in Carrollton to provide funds for the Carrollton Historical Preservation Commission. Chesnut earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Georgia. She has two sons and two grandsons. She resides in Carrollton.

Ross King, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (reappointment)

King is the executive director for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Prior to joining ACCG, he served as the first state program coordinator for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. He serves on the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation and the Georgia Cities Foundation. King earned a bachelor’s degree from High Point University in North Carolina and completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Terry, have three children. They reside in Fayetteville.

Jamil S. Zainaldin, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (reappointment)

Zainaldin is president of the Georgia Humanities Council. A historian as well as a speaker, author, educator and nonprofit chief executive officer, he has been widely involved in state, regional and national organizations that promote historical learning, literacy and service. Zainaldin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in History and Law from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Ingrid, have a daughter and two sons. They reside in Dunwoody.

Jeanmarie Holmes, Real Estate Appraisers Board

Holmes is co-owner of Land & More, Inc., a real estate and appraisal firm. She currently serves as a board member of the Soque River Watershed Association in Habersham County. Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She and her husband, Dale, have two children. They reside in Clarkesville.

Anthony J. Biello, Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies

Biello is the safety and security director for Lovett School in Atlanta. He is also a security consultant, private investigator and classroom firearm instructor. Biello retired from the Atlanta Police Department after 35 years of service. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brenau University in Gainesville and holds a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training certification. He has one daughter and resides in Acworth.

Michael K. Flisser, Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies

Flisser is a 17-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Heidi, have two children. They reside in Marietta.

Vernon M. Keenan, Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies (reappointment)

Keenan began his career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in 1973 as a special agent and currently serves as the GBI Director. Keenan serves on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the executive committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and participates in several state and national organizations. Keenan earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He and his wife, Joan, have two adult sons. They reside in Ball Ground.

John C. Villines, Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies (reappointment)

Villines is the founder of John C. Villines, LLC. He is a member of the American Academy of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Association of Crime Analysts, Justice Research Association, International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Villines earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, a master’s degree in Security Management and has completed post-master’s work in Statistics at Harvard. He and his wife, Cathy, have one son and one grandson. They reside in Cleveland.

Meredith Lilly, McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority  

Lilly is an attorney, political strategist and campaign manager. Lilly served as a regional political director on the Obama for America campaign in 2008. In 2010, Lilly served as a presidential appointee as the senior adviser to the regional administrator at the U.S. General Services Administration. She also served as the state director of Georgia for the Obama for America campaign in 2012. Lilly holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in Pre-Law from Talladega College and a law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of law. She resides in Atlanta.

Aaron Watson, McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority

Watson currently is senior counsel for the corporate transactions and securities division for Thompson Hine. He serves on the board of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, where he is a past president. He previously served as a member of the Atlanta City Council and the Atlanta Board of Education. Watson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Duke University. He and his wife, Sandra, have three children. They reside in Atlanta.