Chairman of the Board
Vice President, Business Development
Michelle is a native of Fayetteville, Georgia, but currently resides in Newnan with her husband, Steve. She has over 15 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate and Insurance. She currently works as the Vice President in Business Development for Randolph Williamson. Her focus is on commercial real estate and construction. Michelle graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. She is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, a member of “CREW” (Commercial Real Estate Women) and a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.
Past Chairman and Treasurer
Will is a Vice President at United Bank’s Newnan Division and has over 10 years of community banking experience. He earned his MBA from Georgia College and State University and his BBA from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Will serves the Newnan-Coweta community as a board member and audit committee chairman for the Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as a member of the United Way advisory board and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Newnan First United Methodist Church. He resides in Newnan with his wife, Meredith, and their son and daughter, Griffin and Myra. The family attends the First Methodist Church of Newnan.
Grant Committee Chair
Assistant Store Manager
Lowes of Newnan
Michael is the Assistant Store Manager and Sales Manager of Lowe’s Home Improvement of Newnan. He attended Kennesaw State University with an emphasis in Business. Michael and his wife, Heather, reside in Newnan with their two children, and they attend First United Methodist Church.
Community Service Team Chair
Newnan Coweta Chamber
Cynthia Bennett retired in 2015 from the Coweta County School System, where she most recently taught Social Studies at East Coweta High School. Prior to joining the local school system in 1990, she worked in the private sector for the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and Columbus Medical Center. Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Board with Meals on Wheels of Coweta, Inc., a member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, and in 2015, she accepted the role of coordinator for the Coweta Community Foundation’s Community Service Team and Education Committee. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.
Board Development Committee Chair
Director of Development
LaVann has lived in historic Newnan since 2000 with her husband Chuck and 4 children. She serves as Development Director with Christian City, and has worked previously with Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, The Georgia Center for Children, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Public Information Officer
Coweta County School System
A native of Newnan, Georgia, Jackson is a graduate of Newnan High School, and earned his B.A. in English Literature and Journalism from Georgia State University. He is the Public Information Officer for the Coweta County School System, serving as the public spokesman and press liaison for the district, among other duties. He has held that position since 2001.
Prior to serving with the school system, he was the business editor for the Newnan Times-Herald, covering local business, the county school system, and local and state government. He hosted “In the Newsroom” and other programming on News Channel 9 – the Times-Herald’s local television station – for several years in the 1990’s.
Jackson served as the chairman of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and ended his second term on the Chamber Board in December, 2015. He works with and has chaired the Chamber’s Public Policy and Legislative Action committees, served as the Chairman for Leadership Coweta, and has often served as a spokesman and political moderator for the Chamber, among other duties in the organization.
Jackson is a founding member of the Friends of the Chattahoochee Bend State Park, serving as the initial organizer of the chapter after working for several years to promote the development of the state park. He served as the chairman of the group’s formation committee 2008-2009, the Friend’s chapter’s first president 2009-2010, and vice-president 2010-2013. He still serves on the chapter’s Board of Directors. Jackson is also a member of the Newnan Rotary Club, and a former member of the Coweta County Advisory Committee for the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Past community roles include also service on the Coweta County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board 2003-13, including Chairman of the CVB 2005-2012. He also served on the West Central Technical College Board of Directors (2008-2010); Chairman of the Leadership Coweta Executive Committee (2004-2005); co-founder and co-chair of the Newnan-Coweta Youth Leadership program (2002-2005), the City of Newnan 175th Anniversary Committee (2003); Boy Scouts of America, Flint River District, Coweta Council member (2004-05), City of Newnan Veteran’s Memorial Park Committee (2007-2009), and member of the Coweta County Justice Center Citizen Overview Committee (2005-2006).
Dean, is married to Melissa Jackson, and the couple has four children – Brinson, Reeves, Anna Frances and Virginia. He is the son of Malcolm and Estelle Jackson, and has one brother, David. He and his family are members of Central Baptist Church in Newnan.
Laura Benz LLC
Even in childhood Laura was a self-motivated, driven, passionate individual who wanted to make a difference in her community. She graduated from Harrison High School in Kennesaw GA before attending Furman University and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in four years. She then received an academic scholarship to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she received her J.D. in 2003 before returning home to Georgia.
Laura represents local governments, public utilities, developers, and private individuals on state and federal environmental planning, permitting, regulatory compliance and natural resource management. Her business practice is based on integrity, honesty and a strong worth ethic, which she believes has been key to her success and building of long-term trusting relationships. Her knowledge of the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Endangered Species Act have resulted in a client confidence of her abilities to obtain the desired client objectives which are exemplified by obtaining five of the last five new reservoir permits issued in the State of Georgia in the last ten years.
Laura performs pro bono legal services in her community for minor criminal and civil matters and also is involved in the Georgia Legal Military Assistance Program.
Laura lives in Sharpsburg, GA with her husband, Arthur, their four children and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, and cooking. She aspires to read for pleasure but recognizes the likelihood of that happening is moot until after baseball/soccer season. Laura is an active member of her faith community at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City, GA.
Chief Assistant Solicitor
Amy is the Chief Assistant Solicitor for Coweta County. Prior to serving here in Coweta, she was an Associate Attorney for the Law Office of Daniel King in Dublin, GA. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Charleston Southern University and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. She serves as the President of the Newnan-Coweta Bar Association and has served on the board since 2013. She also serves on the planning committee and volunteers for the Regional Mock Trial Competition in Newnan since 2007 and served as a board member for the Coweta County Domestic Violence Task Force. Amy and her husband attend Crossroads Church with their children.
Director of of Oncology Support Services and Community Affairs
Piedmont – Newnan
A native of Florida, Vicki came to Georgia and quickly became a part of the healthcare industry. Vicki currently serves as the Executive Director of Oncology, Support Services and Community Affairs for Piedmont Newnan Hospital. She has 15 years of experience in healthcare marketing and business development. She is very active in the community as she serves on the boards of Stepping Stones and the Chattahoochee Bend State Park Board. She was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s Leadership Coweta and was a former board member for the Keith Brooking Foundation. In her spare time, Vicki loves to compete in marathons and recently she completed the RAAM – Race Across America with the only all women’s team. She resides in Moreland, Ga. with her husband, Paul, and has four boys and one grandchild.
Executive Director, Local Government, 911 Authority
State of Georgia
Nix is the Executive Director of the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority at the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. He previously served as the Local Government Liaison and Deputy Director of Executive Appointments in the Office of Governor Nathan Deal. He is a member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators, and the NG9-1-1 Institute. In addition to the Community Foundation, Nix also sits on the Youth Activities Commission for the City of Newnan.. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University. Nix is a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and resides in Newnan.
Walt grew up in the Atlanta area, graduated from Henry Grady High and received his BS from Auburn. He also did post graduate work at Kellogg Management School at Northwestern University. He worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for 32 years and was one of the first two people selected for the FDIC Executive Development program. Walt later served as Regional Director in Minneapolis and Deputy Regional Director in San Francisco. Walt took early retirement from the FDIC in 1996 and returned to his native Georgia where for three years he served as Executive Director of Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity. Under his leadership, he laid the foundation for one of the most successful Habitat affiliates in the Atlanta area. They raised nearly $1 million over three years including a grant for a 14 lot subdivision. For ten years Walt also worked part time with two CPA firms assisting during tax season and performing nonprofit audit work. Since moving to Newnan in 2004, Walt has been very active and served as President of the Rotary Club of Newnan, served on the Coweta Advisory Board of United Way and was also on the Newnan Coweta Boys and Girls Club for over six years. Walt has headed the Missions Committee for First United Methodist Church for two years, President of the Henry Kitchens Sunday School Class and a member of the Newnan Coweta Chamber. Walt and his wife Marjorie reside in Newnan, they have two children and two grandchildren.
Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
An Alabama native, Chellie now calls Coweta County home and serves as the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for Coweta-Fayette EMC. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic storytelling, team building and mentoring as well as corporate communications. Her first book, When In Doubt, Delete It, was published in January 2019. Prior to entering the corporate world, Chellie was the features editor for The Troy Messenger. Nationally, she serves on the boards of the Cooperative Communicators Association and the Council of Rural Electric Communicators. She is active in the community and also serves on the board of Coweta Communities in Schools. Chellie, her husband Jim, and their two furry hounds, Izzy and Roxie, reside in Moreland.
Coweta Samaritan Clinic
Kevin Barbee is a twenty year resident of Coweta County and started as the new Executive Director of The Coweta Samaritan Clinic two months ago, most recently he was the Executive Director of Clothes Less Traveled in Peachtree City where he was selected as their first Executive Director in the organization’s history. Prior to that he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, where he oversaw all the organization’s operational programs in the state. Kevin has over 15 years in non-profit management and finds it rewarding to know that he is making a difference in the community. Kevin has served on the board of directors of One Roof Outreach, the City of Chamblee Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of the Coweta Community Foundation. He also served on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Transportation Policy Committee and the Central Atlanta Progress Infrastructure Council. Kevin is an alumnus of the Leadership Fayette Class of 2018. He has received certificates in the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations at the Fanning Institute University of Georgia as well as a Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Kevin is a graduate of Augusta State University in Marketing. He is an avid Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Braves fan and loves cheering for his teams. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys golfing and just about anything in the outdoors.
Director of Water Operations
Business Reporter and Editor
Newnan Times Herald
Kandice is a born and raised Newnan native and is currently the business editor and reporter at The Newnan Times-Herald, where she covers local businesses, local and state government and other topics that affect Coweta County Kandice volunteers her love and talent for music and writing throughout many churches in Coweta County and surrounding areas.
She is an honor graduate of East Coweta High School and holds a B.A. in Journalism and minor in music management from Georgia State University. Kandice also has a Master’s of Business Degree from the University of Phoenix.
In addition to writing and being a musician, Kandice is also a licensed insurance broker, focusing on life and health products and Medicare.
Kandice has three children Devin, Drake and Dallas.
Barry Debrow, Jr. has dedicated his legal career to providing quality representation for those who encounter the criminal justice system.
Known by his colleagues and friends to be a gentle speaker, he is regarded in the courtroom as a stern voice for those who cannot otherwise speak for themselves. Currently, Mr. Debrow manages Debrow Law, a criminal defense firm servicing those who have been charged in criminal cases throughout the Atlanta metro area, as well as middle Georgia.As a previous Assistant Federal Defender for the Middle District of Georgia and Assistant Public Defender for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, Mr. Debrow has a reputable and extensive track record of appearing in federal and state courts on behalf of clients, successfully counseling and representing them at all stages.
Mr. Debrow obtained his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, in Macon, Georgia, and was an Oprah Winfrey Scholar at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science.Prior to attending law school, Mr. Debrow worked as a legislative aide to then Georgia General Assembly Senator (and now Mayor of Atlanta) Kasim Reed, and as a program coordinator for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. He is a member of Leadership Columbus Class of 2015, the Bridge Church on 2nd Avenue in Columbus, and also a board member of the Fountain City Bar Association, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals and currently serves as the President of the Columbus Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association. Affectionately referred to as “BJ” by his family, he spends his time outside the courtroom with family and mentors teenage youth—particularly African American males.
Director of Transportation Services
Cancer Treatment Centers of America