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1st Congressional District
9 Bluff Drive
Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: (912) 355-6951
Home: Savannah, GA
Mary Flanders of Savannah is a career teacher who has served in schools in west Georgia as well as South Carolina. She has worked in the home building industry for 10 years and has served on the boards of various clubs and societies. Flanders has an undergraduate degree in home economics education. She has two children.
Ms. Flanders was appointed to the State Board in 2003 by Governor Sonny Perdue.
2nd Congressional District
1142 GA Highway 39 South
Georgetown, GA 39854
Home: Quitman, Georgia
Carvel Lewis is the licensed embalmer and funeral director for Lewis Mortuary, his family’s business in Fort Gaines, GA and manages the second location in Georgetown, GA. He currently serves as Chairman of the Georgetown-Quitman County Board of Commissioners and the Quitman County Library Board. He has previously served on Quitman County Planning and Zoning Board and as Chairman of the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority.
In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Deal to the Middle Chattahoochee Water Council. Also, in 2018 President Donald Trump appointed him to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee and EPA’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee. Lewis is also a member of Board of Managers for ACCG (Association of County Commissioners of Georgia) representing Georgia’s consolidated governments.
Locally, Lewis is a member of the Quitman County Rotary Club and the local PTA, President of the Quitman County Civic League, and serves as a Steward, Trustee, Sunday School teacher and Director of Christian Education for St. Stephen AME Church in Georgetown.
He is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA with an undergraduate degree in Biology and an associate degree in funeral service from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. Lewis has served for over 20 years on the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. Board, chairing various boards and serving as Southeast Region President and National Vice President for the Eastern Regions. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the single father of one son, and they reside in Georgetown.
3rd Congressional District
Frank S. “Chunk” Newman
P.O. Box 554
West Point, GA 31833
Phone: (706) 643.2534
Fax: (706) 645.1221
Home: LaGrange, GA
Frank Seay “Chunk” Newman, is a Project Executive with Batson-Cook Company. He is former member and chair of the West Georgia Technical College Board, and former President of the College’s Foundation. He is currently serving on the board of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, and the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of
Commerce. He was recently appointed to the State Workforce Development Board.
He is a member and past president of the LaGrange Rotary Club and is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from Georgia Tech. Newman and his wife, Leigh, have five children and live in LaGrange.
4th Congressional District
Baoky N. Vu
1800 Century Place N.E. Ste. 400
Atlanta, GA 30345
Home: Decatur, GA
Mr. Vu is currently vice president of VetConnexx, a veteran-owned and veteran-employed small business providing customer care solutions to the telecommunications, financial service and health care industries. He currently serves as vice chair of the DeKalb County Board of Voter Registration and Elections. He also serves as a board member of Visiting Nurse Health System and a member of the board of visitors of Georgia State University’s Honors College. He is a former presidential commission appointee under President George W. Bush. Vu earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Anh Le, have two children. They reside in Decatur.
5th Congressional District
Dr. Artesius Miller
Utopian Academy for the Arts
2750 Forest Parkway
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Home: Atlanta, GA
Dr. Artesius Miller is the Superintendent of Utopian Academy for the Arts in Ellenwood. Miller is recognized as a visionary leader in K-12 education who founded Georgia’s first state-approved charter school following recreation of the State Charter Schools Commission. As a product of the urban public school system and an Atlanta native, Miller knows firsthand the academic and economic disparities challenging metro-area classrooms. His charter school, Utopian Academy, takes a no-excuses approach to teaching and learning among its largely economically disadvantaged population, and his academic strategies have helped Utopian scholars outperform Clayton County middle schools in all subject areas. A recipient of a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, Miller has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. Miller is an adjunct professor of Education at Morehouse College, and he resides in Atlanta
6th Congressional District
Dr. Lynn Cornett
1570 Misty Oaks Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Phone: (770) 396.1976
Home: Sandy Springs, GA
Dr. Lynn Cornett retired as senior vice president from the Southern Regional Education Board, after 26 years of service. She previously served as the SREB’s vice president for state services. She is involved with the Achievement Awards for College Scientists (ARCS) program and the American Cancer Society’s Reach for Recovery program. Dr. Cornett earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Rochester. She and her husband, Ben, have one son.
In 2009, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Cornett to the State Board.
7th Congressional District
Winton Machine Company
300 Shawnee North Drive, Ste. 100
Suwanee, GA 30024
Office 770-831-1917 extension 229
Home: Suwannee, GA
Lisa Winton is the CEO of Winton Machine Company founded by her and her husband, George Winton, in 1997. With over two decades in managing the business together in Gwinnett County, she remains the finance and business development mastermind and George continues to be the engineering brains. The mission at Winton is to design and build tube and coax fabricating machinery that adds value to their customers’ bottom line; to provide a stable and healthy environment for all team members; and to be known throughout the industry for delivering systems backed by expert and expedient technical support.
In addition to their team of 35 employees, interns and apprentices, Winton partners with 120 vendors to produce their machinery and 60% are Georgia based companies. Winton builds machinery that makes parts for a wide range of applications most notably including the NASA Mars Exploration Rover with collaborative plans underway for the next generation rover project dubbed Mars 2020; the Raytheon Iron Dome Weapon System which is used to help protect over 8 million people in Israel from incoming missiles and artillery; and mass production of refrigerators being built on General Electric assembly lines.
The Winton Company culture is a result the team living out several core values. One of these core values is “to help others.” Team Winton lives out this core value by creating STEM internships and apprenticeships while supporting STEM educational programs. They have mentored over 40 students as of 2019 and Winton has hired two graduates of Maxwell High School of Technology. In the next few years Winton will work with Maxwell on a machinist apprenticeship program to correspond with their new machining program they introduced in 2019.
Winton Machine proudly represented the State of Georgia at the 2018 Made in America Product Showcase held at the White House in Washington, D.C. Winton Machine was recognized by the Gwinnett Chamber as the 2018 Pinnacle Small Business Overall Winner and Best Small Business of the Year: 25+ Employees. And, more recently, Winton Machine received the 2019 Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Regional Business Award for Small Business. Several other state and local organizations have also recognized Winton Machine for their contributions to Georgia’s manufacturing industry and their economic impact domestically and internationally.
Lisa is a volunteer leader in the greater Atlanta community. Starting a three year term in 2019, she is a Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett Board Member. Since 2014, she serves as an advisory board member for the Collins Hill High School cStem Program and Career and Technical Education Committees. Lisa also serves as a member on the Gwinnett Shelter Fund Development Committee for Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) and was inducted into the PADV Legacy Society. She loves public art and serves as the Suwanee Public Arts Commission Chair. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton.
Lisa is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She is a Leadership Gwinnett graduate and served as chair for the Economics Day, Alumni Education, and Recruiting, Outreach and Inclusion committee. She is also a graduate of SBDC Fast Trac, GrowSmart, SBA Emerging Leaders and ExportGA programs.
8th Congressional District
Ben I. Copeland, Sr.
Patten Seed Company
23 Valdosta Road
Lakeland, GA 31635
Phone: (229) 482.3131
Fax: (229) 482.2382
Home: Lakeland, GA
Ben I. Copeland Sr. of Lanier County graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a degree in landscape architecture and began working with the Tennessee Department of Conservation, where he became chief of design in the Planning Division. He returned to Georgia in 1971 to work for Patten Seed Company, becoming president in 1995.
Copeland is a former city councilman of Lakeland and a past chairman of the Board of Directors for Valdosta Technical College, now Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. He was the recipient of the 2002 Volunteer of the Year award for Technical Colleges in the State of Georgia and Lanier County s Flatlander of the Year award. He currently serves on the Valdosta Lowndes County Hospital Authority , the Lanier County Development Authority , the South Georgia Regional Industrial Authority and Vice Chair of the State Workforce Development Board . Copeland is the past president of several organizations, including the Lanier County Lions Club, the Georgia Sod Producers Association and Turfgrass Producers International.
Mr. Copeland was appointed to the State Board in 2003 by Governor sonny Perdue. He served as Chairman of the State Board from July 2005 to June 2007.
9th Congressional District
Dinah C. Wayne
5763 Wayne Crest Dr.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
Phone: (770) 967.6397
Home: Flowery Branch, GA
Wayne is a member of the Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission, the Georgia Alliance for Preservation Commission, and the board of directors of the Gainesville Arts Council. She is a former member of the President’s Advisory Council at Gainesville State College & University, and she volunteers with Hall County schools. Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree from Brenau University and an associate’s degree from Gainesville State College & University. She and her husband, Alan, have two children and six grandchildren.
Wayne was appointed to the State Board in 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue.
10th Congressional District
Howard Clifford Sheppard, III (Trey)
Howard Sheppard, Inc.
P.O. Box 797
Sandersville, GA 31082
Home: Sandersville, GA
Trey Sheppard is Vice President of Howard Sheppard, Inc., a family owned trucking business located in Sandersville. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Citizens Bank of the South and is also Past Chairman and current board member of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation. On the state level he serves on the Technical College System of Georgia State Board representing the 10th Congressional District and is a board member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. He is active in his local community serving on the Washington County Development Authority and is a member of the Sandersville Rotary Club. Sheppard is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Georgia and in 2016 was selected to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 Class and Georgia Southern University’s 40 Under 40 Class. Trey and his wife, Emily, have four children and live in Sandersville.
11th Congressional District
3991 Royal Drive, N.E.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Home: Kennesaw, GA
Cunningham is a licensed master plumber and the owner of Superior Plumbing Services, Inc. He currently serves on the Technical College System of Georgia State Board, the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board in the Division of Master and Journeyman Plumbers, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children’s Foundation Board, State Workforce Development Committee, the Cobb Chamber Workforce Development Committee, the Cobb County School Board Superintendents Business and Community Advisory Board, the Cobb County School Board Ed-SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee, the Cobb County T-SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee, the Cobb County Plumbing Advisory Board, the REACH Georgia’s Foundation Board, the Cobb County College and Career Academy, the Marietta College and Career Academy, and the Strand Theater Board. Cunningham is a graduate of North Cobb High School. He has seven children and 8 grandchildren. Jay resides in Kennesaw GA.
12th Congressional District
106 Towhee Trail
Statesboro, GA 30458
Phone: (912) 764.6310
Home: Statesboro, GA
F. Thomas “Tommy” David, Statesboro, 12th Congressional District Representative –
David retired from banking after 42 years. He is a former chairman of the board of Ogeechee Technical College and was a trustee and past president of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation. He is the Chairman for the Georgia Southern University Housing Foundation and an Emeritus Board Member of Georgia Southern University Foundation. He is the past chairman of East Georgia Regional Medical Center and serves as Vice Chairman for the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority.
David served as campaign chairman and president of United Way of Southeast Georgia. He is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Statesboro and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Bulloch.
David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and four grandchildren.
David was appointed to the State Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2008.
13th Congressional District
P.O. Box 897
Douglasville, GA 30133
Home: Douglasville, GA
Williams is vice president of corporate and external affairs at GreyStone Power Corp. in Douglasville. He also serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the GEMC Federal Credit Union in Tucker. He previously served as chairman of the Douglas County Public Education Trust and also as board chairman of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1982. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children. They reside in Douglasville.
14th Congressional District
Joe W. Yarbrough
Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
President & CEO
100 S. Hamilton Street
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 428.2104
Mobile: (706) 217.8410
Home: Rocky Face, GA
A Georgia native, Joe was born in Rome, and has resided in Dalton since 1972. Joe and his wife of 32 years, Nanette, have five adult children and eight grandchildren.
An active member of Grove Level Baptist Church, Joe currently serves as Chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee, on the Watchman Prayer Ministry, as an Adult Sunday School Leader, and as an Usher.
He is a graduate of Auburn University (1970) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has since completed numerous Leadership Development and skill improvement programs.
After six years in various positions with Coronet Industries, Joe joined Aladdin Mills in June, 1978 as Director of Manufacturing. Aladdin Mills was merged into Mohawk Industries in 1994. In 1995, he was named Vice President Manufacturing for Mohawk and in 2004 Joe became Executive Vice President – Operations.
Through March, 2014 Joe served as Senior Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. These roles provided an opportunity to lead the innovation and integration of new technologies for the business and to be active in the assimilation of numerous mergers and acquisitions.
On March 31, 2014 Joe became the President of the Carpet and Rug Institute. In this role, he will have the opportunity to lead this industry trade association whose members represent more than 90 percent of the carpet manufactured in the U.S. as well as members that provide numerous raw materials, goods and other services to the industry.
Also an active community leader, Joe currently serves on the Boards of Directors of:
- RossWoods Adult Day Services and is Chairman of the Building Campaign Steering Committee;
- Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership and the Executive Committee;
- Christian Heritage School Endowment Foundation Board;
- Former member of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chairman;
- Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and is the current Vice-Chairman;
- Water, Light and Sinking Fund Commission (Dalton Utilities) and is the current Chairman;
- State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and is the current Chairman.
- Former member of United Way of Northwest Georgia Executive Board and is a past Chairman of the chapter’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
- Floor360 Consortium (Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership) and the Alliance for Innovation and Sustainability
Favorite Quote from the Auburn Creed:
I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn.
Therefore, I believe in work, hard work………..
I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.” -George Petrie (1945)
Member at Large
250 Williams Street, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Home: Atlanta, GA
Ben Bryant serves as in-house counsel at InComm, a leading payments and fintech company headquartered in Atlanta, where he focuses on financial services, marketing, and regulatory affairs. In addition to the TCSG Board, he serves on the board of directors of the Chamblee Charter High School Blue & Gold Foundation and is very active in Scouting. Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. He and his wife, Kristen, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.
Member at Large
Doug Carter (Vice Chair)
Don Carter Realty Company
PO Box 535
Gainesville, GA 30503
Home: Gainesville, GA
Doug Carter is President and Broker of Don Carter Realty Company, a 54 year old family owned real estate development and brokerage company located in Gainesville, Georgia. A native of Gainesville, Doug graduated from Gainesville High School, and he was a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University. After graduating from college, he worked for State School Superintendent Werner Rogers as his assistant within the Georgia Department of Education. He is active in a number of community activities including: member of Rotary, Former Chairman of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a former Chairman of The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, a former Chairman of the North Georgia Community Foundation, a former Chairman of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, a former Chairman of Leadership Georgia, and chaired the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 2011. Also, he served for five years as a local board member of Gainesville Bank & Trust. He currently is a member of the Economic Development Council in Hall County, member of the Gainesville-Hall County Land Bank board, chairman of the Gainesville Planning and Appeals board, member of the Vision 2030 Greenspace Committee, and serves as vice chairman of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. He also serves as a volunteer community auctioneer for numerous non-profits.
Doug is married to Sandy McCormick Carter who is also a graduate of Wake Forest and works with him in the real estate business. They have a daughter Lauren who is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She now resides in Los Angeles. They are active members of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
Member at Large
Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress
3060 Peachtree Rd., Suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30305
Shan Cooper is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress. The ACP was founded in 2003 and their mission is to provide leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens in the City of Atlanta. The committee includes more than 40 highly-engaged chief executive officers, university presidents and civic leaders who offer expertise in service to Atlanta and its future development.
Shan is the former chief transformation officer of WestRock and was responsible for the Recycling and Waste Services Division, Procurement, Enterprise Logistics and Information Technology. Prior to joining WestRock, Shan served as vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
As general manager, she was responsible for the 6,000 employee operations in Marietta, Ga.; Meridian, Miss.; and Clarksburg, W. Va., which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the U.S. and countries around the world. Marietta programs included the C-130J Super Hercules, F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F-35 Lightning II.
Shan was named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 Most Respected Business Leader; the 2015 Women of the Year by American Association of University Women; and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2017.
She serves on the Georgia Power Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Board of Trustees of both Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center. Shan is also on the Board for the Technical College System of Georgia, a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and a Life Member of the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center.
Shan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Emory University and a master’s of business administration from the Roberto Goizueta Business School of Emory University. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers University Executive Masters in Global Human Resource Leadership Program.
Member at Large
Fox Systems, Inc.
PO Box 17777
Calhoun, GA 30703
Work: (706) 625.5520 ext. 12
Home: Calhoun, GA
Fox is president of Fox Systems, Inc. He currently sits on the Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors, The Gordon County College and Career Academy Board of Directors and the Gordon County Development Authority. He previously served on the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation Board and as past chairman of the Board of Directors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Fox has two daughters and two grandsons. He resides in Calhoun.
Member at Large
Anne Kaiser (Chair)
75 5th Street NW, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30308
Work: (404) 506-2475
Company: GA Power
Home: Atlanta, GA
Kaiser is vice president of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power. She is former vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region and held senior marketing positions with KPMG, Westminster Schools of Atlanta and Alston & Bird. Kaiser currently serves on the board of directors of Berry College and is the former chair of the Dean’s Council of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a graduate of the National Association of Corporate Director’s “Director’s College,” as well as Leadership Atlanta. Kaiser earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Atlanta.
Member at Large
Buzz Law, CFP
Creative Financial Group
3400 Overton Park Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Home: Alpharetta, GA
Law is President and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Financial Group, Ltd and has worked as a Certified Financial PlannerTM for 35 years. He is Vice Chairman of the Georgia Foundation for Public Education. He is a charter member of Kingdom Advisors. Law has a long history of service to his community with involvement in the University of Georgia Alumni Board of Directors, the DeKalb County School Systems Academy of Finance Advisory Board, the United Way Resources Development Committee, the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. Law earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Cathy, have four children. They reside in Alpharetta.
Member at Large
Catoosa Citizens for Literacy and
The Catoosa Learning Center
36 Muscogee Trail
Ringgold, GA 30736
Phone: (706) 965.8275 Ext. 4
Home: Ringgold, GA
Mrs. Shirley Smith has been the executive director of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, a certified community literacy program, since 1996. Before working with literacy, she worked with a Pre-K program for eight years. She served five years on the Catoosa County Planning Commission, where she was elected chairman. Smith has been awarded the Ambassador of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards from the Catoosa County Chamber. She was a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award in 2001 and the Georgia Press Award in 2007. Smith was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Catoosa County by the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club in 2010. Smith and her late husband, Wesley, have three children and six grandchildren. She reside in Ringgold.
Member at Large
Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer
Kubota Manufacturing of America
Kubota Industrial Equipment
2715 Ramsey Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phil Sutton is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation in Gainesville, Georgia and Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation in Jefferson, Georgia. In this capacity, he is responsible for Human Resources, Training, Safety, Administration, Information Technology, Accounting & Finance and the Legal Departments as well as Government and Community Relations. Phil is an active member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce where he served as the Vice Chair of Economic Development, Chair of the Human Resources Council and he works as a member of the Workforce Development Task Force. He actively supports the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce as well.
Phil is a native of Indiana and a retired veteran of the United States Air Force where he served in various capacities in his 20 year career, including Law Enforcement Operations, Criminal Investigations, Antiterrorism, Training and Public Affairs.
Phil has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Science in Public Administration Troy University in Alabama. Phil is also a graduate of the 187th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Phil and his wife Sue live in Lula, GA. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.