Saturday, October 18, 2008

Governor Perdue Announces Executive Appointments

Governor Sonny Perdue announced today the following executive appointments. Brief biographies are provided below:

Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism
Angela J. Stephens, 19, Ranger, Youth Representative – Stephens is a sophomore at Berry College where she is pursing a degree in anthropology with a pre-medicine concentration. She is a Bonner scholar and a Bonner leadership team member. She volunteers at Floyd Medical Center and the Fairview Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Berry Honor Society. Stephens is a graduate of Gordon Central High School and plans to graduate from Berry College in 2011.

Elaine B. Oakes, 58, Monroe, At Large Representative – Oakes is executive director of Keep Walton Beautiful and Walton County Recycling Center. She is a member of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Recycling Coalition and Keep Georgia Beautiful Executive Directors Association. She serves on the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center Solid Waste Authority and the Governor’s Basin Council Advisory Committee for Ocmulgee Water Basin. She is a former board member of Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Governor Perdue’s Litter Prevention Abatement Team and the Walton County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Oakes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She has two grown children and one grandchild.

Cassidy L. Moody, 24, Atlanta, At Large Representative – Moody is special events manager for Special Olympics Georgia. She previously served as a wish coordinator for the Children’s Wish Foundation International and completed an internship with the Georgia Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Project where she helped educate the community. Moody earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Rural Development Council
Dana C. Kent, Sr., 77, Swainsboro – Kent retired after thirty years as an environmental specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. Kent enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time. Kent earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Mary, have one grown child.

W. Brian James, 43, Franklin Springs – James is a commercial lender at Pinnacle Bank and is serving his second term as mayor of Franklin Springs. He is secretary/treasurer of the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority and is a member of the Franklin County Water Authority and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member of the Franklin/Hart County Homebuilders Association and on the Royston-Franklin Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. James earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and has one child.

Board of Community Affairs
Mike A. Evans, 47, Cumming, At Large Representative – Evans is the owner of Mike A. Evans Homes, Inc. Evans served in the Georgia House of Representatives for eight years and was elected Republican Caucus Chair for three terms. He also served as former U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell’s legislative liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He is the past chairman of the Georgia Board of Transportation. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife Gena, have three children.

State Board of Nursing Home Administrators
F. Maxine McCullar, 53, Acworth – McCullar is vice president of operations for Reliable Health Care. She previously served as nursing home administrator for Budd Terrance at Wesley Woods, Emory University, where she directed operations and financial management of a 250 bed long term care facility. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and home preceptor. McCullar earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

State Board of Optometry
Kay F. Royal, OD, 45, Toccoa (REAPPOINTMENT) – Royal is the owner of Family Eye Care of Toccoa, Inc. She serves as president of the Georgia State Board of Optometry and is a member of the American Optometric Association. She is former ninth district president and trustee of the Georgia Optometric Association. She is treasurer of the Toccoa Lions Club and the Open Arms Free Clinic and is a Vision USA participant. She has received numerous awards such as the Georgia Optometric Association Presidential Citation. Royal earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in optometry from the Southern College of Optometry.

State Construction Industry Licensing Board
Keith J. Steen, 47, Peachtree City, Utility Contractor Representative – Steen is vice president of construction operations and owner of P.F. Moon and Company, Inc. He served as president, vice president and on the board of directors for the Georgia Utility Contractors Association. He is an executive board member for the National Utility Contractors Association. He is a Peachtree City Little League manager and a member of the LSU Alumni Association. He was named the National Utility Contractors Association’s Outstanding Chapter president in 2004. Steen earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Theresa, have four children.

Stone Mountain Memorial Association
Carolyn D. Meadows, 70, Marietta – Meadows is retired from Lockheed-Martin. She is on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association where she is vice president of committee membership. She serves on the board of directors for the American Conservative Union and is a member of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. She has served as a Republican National Convention delegate since 1992 and is involved with Eagle Forum and the River Bend Gun Club. She and her husband, Bob, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
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