Governor Perdue Announces Executive Appointments
|Friday, January 19, 2007||
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ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today the following executive appointments.
State Ethics Commission
G. B. “Jake” Pollard, Jr., 75, Appling – Pollard is a former member of the United States Air Force and served as clerk of the Superior Court of Columbia County for twenty-eight years. He was a Georgia State Senator for six years and the supervisor of the Soil and Water Conservation District of Columbia County for twenty years. Pollard served as district governor of the Rotary Club of Harlem and chairman of the deacons at Kiokee Baptist Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hurst Business College in Augusta and a law degree from Augusta Law School. Pollard and his wife, Helen, have two grown children and one grandchild.
James C. Gatewood, 57, Americus – Gatewood is an attorney and partner at Gatewood, Skipper & Rambo, PC. He is president of King’s Real Estate, Inc. and owner of Gatewood Farms and Thronateeska Bluffs Plantation, LLC. Gatewood is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the board of advisors of the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and the board of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is past chairman of the advisory board of directors for Wachovia Bank and the board of trustees of Southland Academy, Inc. Gatewood earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Billie, have three grown children.
Board of Technical and Adult Education
Dean Alford, 49, Conyers (4th Congressional District) – Alford is president and chief executive officer of Allied Utility Network, a consulting firm to the electric and natural gas utility industry. He is a former member of the State Board of Education and the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served for 10 years, and he currently is the chairman of the Governor’s Education Finance Task Force. Alford is a member of the Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, First Baptist Church of Conyers and the Miracle League Association. He is the recipient of the 2001 City of Conyers Community Spirit Award, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce 2001 Vision Award and the 2002 Dean Griffin Award for Community Service. Alford earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Terre, have two children.
Michael “Sully” L. Sullivan, 37, Lilburn (7th Congressional District) – Sullivan is an attorney with Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. He is a member of the Council for Quality Growth board of directors, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association and Gwinnett Open Land Trust board of directors. He serves as vice chairman of the Gwinnett County Water & Sewerage Authority and chairman of the Gwinnett County Impact Fee Study Committee. Sullivan has been listed in James Magazine’s annual list of “Georgia Super Lawyers” twice and serves on the board of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Younger Law Alumni Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia. Sullivan and his wife, Rebecca, have two children.
Board of Natural Resources
J. David Allen, D.D.S., 61, Stone Mountain (4th Congressional District) – Allen is founder and chairman emeritus of Oral Surgery Associates and founder of Dr. J. David Allen and Associates. He is the past president of the Georgia Dental Association, the DeKalb unit of the American Cancer Society, the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and is the chairman of the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Allen serves on the boards of Emory University, Emory Healthcare, The Emory Children’s Center, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, the Emory Clinic and Zoo Atlanta. He is a sponsor for the DNR Weekend for Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited and is a member of the Camo Coalition, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Allen earned a dental degree from Emory University School of Dentistry. He and his wife, Beverly, have three children.
Joseph “Joe” M. Hatfield, 46, Clarkesville (10th Congressional District) - Hatfield is the executive vice president of operations and serves on the board of directors for Fieldale Farms Corporation. He is on the board of directors for the North Georgia Technical College and Peach State Bank and Trust and serves as a member of the National Chicken Council and the Georgia Poultry and Egg Association. He served on the Georgia Board of Economic Development. Hatfield earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Georgia College. He and his wife, Rosalyn, have one child.
Eugene “Gene” M. Bishop, 72, Dawsonville (Member At Large) – Bishop is the retired owner and president of Health Service Centers, Inc., a multi-facility corporation that owned long-term facilities, acute care hospitals and pharmacies. He is a member of the board of trustees of Georgia Southern University and the business advisory council of the Georgia Southern University School of Business and a member emeritus of the board of trustees of Kennesaw State College Foundation. He served as national president of the United States Junior Chamber International Senate, president of the North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, president of
the Georgia Health Care Association and regional vice-president, first vice-president and national president of the American Health Care Association. He has a photographic safari company in Botswana and Zimbabwe and the Lalibela Game Reserve in Grahamstown, South Africa. Bishop attended Georgia Southern University and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Georgia Southern University.
Commission on Men’s Health
Waldo E. Floyd, III, M.D., 52, Macon – Floyd is an orthopaedic surgeon at Macon Orthopaedic and Hand Center, clinical professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine and clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine. He is president-elect of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, past president of the Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand and chief of surgery at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. He is a member of the J. William Littler Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Eastern Orthopaedic Society and the Gridiron Secret Society. Floyd earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from Emory University. He is married to Katherine Floyd and has two grown children and two step-children.
Patrick “Pat” E. T. Godbey, M.D., 52, St. Simons Island – Godbey is chief executive officer of Southeastern Pathology Associates. He serves as fellow and inspector for the College of American Pathologists, fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, delegate for the Medical Association of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Association of Pathologists. He served as president of the Glynn County Medical Society. Godbey earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He and his wife, Donna, have one child.
William M. Harper IV, M.D., 53, Columbus – Harper is an urologist at Urology Center of Columbus LLC and chief executive officer and medical director at Southeastern Medical Research Institute. He serves on the board of trustees at Doctors Hospital, the board of directors of the American Cancer Society, the board of directors of the Columbus Research Foundation, Inc., the advisory board of the Men’s Health Network and as a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, American Medical Association, American Urological Association and the American Fertility Society. Harper earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He and his wife, Elinor, have two children and he has two grown children from a previous marriage.
Evander Holyfield, 44, Fairburn, GA – Holyfield is a professional boxer and earned an Olympic bronze medal in 1984. He won his first world title in 1986 against the WBA’s world cruiserweight champion. Holyfield is the only undefeated, undisputed cruiserweight champion and the first cruiserweight champion to win the heavyweight title. He carried the Olympic torch at the 1996 summer games held in Atlanta and in 2000 became the first boxer in history to be the world heavyweight champion four times. He is a member of
Holyfield Foundation, Inc., Warren/Holyfield Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Georgia Amateur Boxing Association, Quicksilver Track Club, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless and Metro Atlanta Toys for Tots. He and his wife, Candi, have eleven children.
John E. Maupin, Jr., D.D.S., 60, Atlanta – Maupin is president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Rotary Club International, National Dental Association and the North Georgia Dental Society. He serves on the board of directors for LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Companies I and II and HealthSouth, Inc. He served as national president of the National Dental Association and was presented with the association’s highest honor, the Trailblazer Award. Maupin attended San Jose State College, earned a master’s degree in business from Loyola College and a dentistry degree from Meharry Medical College. He is married to Eilene Maupin and has two grown step-children.
Wayne W. Oliver, 50, Marietta – Oliver is project director at the Center for Health Transformation and a member of the American Society for Law and Medicine. He is a member of the Mountain View United Methodist Church and the Sandy Plains Baseball Association. Oliver earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He and his wife, Tami, have two children.
Charles H. Taylor, M.D., 44, Atlanta - Taylor is a physician and owner of Perimeter North Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and Habitat for Humanity. He has traveled to Brazil with Worldwide Medical Missions Program to do volunteer medical work. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Janet, have two children.
Advisory Council to the Office of Women’s Health
Sarah E. Lang, 55, Columbus – Lang is chief executive officer of Valley Healthcare System, Inc. She is a member of the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Chattahoochee Valley Cancer Coalition, National Association of Community Health Centers and is an affiliate of American College of Health Care Executives. She is also a member of the Chattahoochee Valley Library Board, St. Francis Pastoral Consultation Committee, Columbus South, Inc. and the Columbus Child, Youth and Family Coalition.Lang earned a bachelor’s degree from Alderson-Broaddus College and a master’s degree from Xavier University. She and her husband, James, have one child.
Gina P. Lundberg, M.D., 45, Marietta – Lundberg is a physician and president of the Center for Preventive Cardiovascular Care, PC, founder and director of The Women’s Heart Center and is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University. She founded and directed The Heart and Health Center for Women at Northside Hospital. She serves as a board member of the American Heart Association for Atlanta, member of the American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate Board and is the chair of the Go Red for Women luncheon. Lundberg earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She and her husband, Ian, have three children.
Gael E. Gilbert, RN, 55, Fayetteville – Gilbert is managing director of professional nursing services at Southern Regional Medical Center. She is a member of the Georgia Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society. Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.
Jaime C. Kaplan, 45, Macon – Kaplan is director of tennis and promotions at Healy Point Country Club, a tennis columnist for The Macon Telegraph and a tennis coach at Stratford Academy. She is the manager and founder of the Five Star Mazda/Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic and is the special events coordinator for Macon Rescue Mission. She is on the Macon Sports Hall of Fame board of directors, the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation board of directors, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame board of directors, the Georgia Tennis Association board of directors and chairs the Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation board of directors. She played in Wimbledon five times, the US Open four times, the French Open four times and the Australian Open once and was a torchbearer for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Kaplan attended the University of Georgia and Florida State University.
Lesa Walden-Young, M.D., 50, Stone Mountain – Walden-Young is director of Live Healthy Georgia at the Department of Human Resources. She served as a consultant for the Health Media Institute and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. She has twenty years of experience in the development and production of entertainment, health and medical programs for television, video, theater, radio and print. She serves on the board of the Georgia Rural Health Association. Walden-Young earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from Duke University. She is married to Dennis Young.
Ellen D. Williams, J.D., 35, Atlanta – Williams is president of Williams Consulting Group, Inc. She practiced law at Drew, Eckl & Farnham in the area of civil litigation. She is a member of the Children and the Courts Committee, Georgia State Bar Young Lawyers and is the immediate past chair and current member of the Office of the Child Advocate Advisory Committee. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a law degree from the University of Georgia.
Phylecia D. Wilson, 63, Clarkesville – Wilson is the owner of Communications Ink and the vice president of Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association. She serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division, United Way and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. She has worked as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for thirty years in the areas of fundraising, cancer control and patient services. She has advocated at the federal and state level for funding for Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the BreasTEST and More program, the Georgia Women’s Medicaid Program and Cancer State Aid. She is a co-founder of the United Way in Gwinnett Women’s Legacy. She was named Woman of the Year by Gwinnett Magazine and Gwinnett Chamber Citizen of the Year in 2002 and she is a member of the Relay for Life Hall of Fame. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Dick, have two children and two grandchildren.
Jean A. Wright, M.D., 53, Savannah – Wright is vice president for the Children’s Hospital and Women’s Institute and professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics for Mercer School of Medicine. She is a fellow in both the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of the Academy of Pediatrics Committee and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and she is active in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. She is a member of the federal advisory committee for the CDC’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Effects and on the advisory board of the Fogarty International Center NIH. She has given testimony before the U.S. House and Senate and has been recognized by the American College of Physician Executives with the Physician of Excellence Award. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a medical degree from Wayne State University, a master’s degree from Emory University and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Westminster College. She has two children.
Council on Aging
Gwendolyn “Gwen” R. Knight, 77, Albany – Knight is a member of the Southwest Georgia CARENET board and a recipient of the “Advocating for Positive Change Award.” She volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Time Out program in Albany and teaches adult Sunday school. Knight earned an associate’s degree from Darton College. She survives her husband, Mack, and has two grown children and two grandchildren.