Board of Directors

Ginger Queener

Chairman
Vice President — Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Ginger Queener wears many hats. In her professional life, she has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. She is the founding partner of the Windward Wealth Management Group, where she has over $125 million under management for families and one large nonprofit agency. Ginger’s career started at J.C. Bradford & Co. and has remained through the PaineWebber and UBS mergers. She received the 2002 Central Division Award for Outstanding Achievement and recently received the 2014 UBS Global Award for Volunteer Service. Prior to becoming Vice President – Wealth Management, she was a Senior Registered Client Service Associate.

Ginger resides in Newnan with her husband, Stanley, and their three children, Kathryn, Joseph and Hailey. Originally from Tennessee, she was very active in her home community of Dickson County. She was the past president and secretary for Dickson Area Women in Business, a member of the Dickson Good Morning Rotary, and a board member for The Community Foundation of Dickson County and The Rock Church Cemetery Association. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Dickson County with the honor of having received the Leadership Award for the graduating class.

Ginger is Past President of the Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette, where she received the prestigious Sheffield Award for Leadership. She served as Assistant District Governor for 2015-2016 and was Rotary District 6900 Secretary for 2014-2015. She is also a graduate of the District 6760, District 6900 Rotary Leadership Institutes and a Discussion Leader Graduate for District 6900. While wearing many hats within Coweta County, which she now calls home, she is most passionate about her current role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coweta Community Foundation, where she has the ability to work alongside some of the best servant leaders in the country, who have such an overwhelming impact on the community’s citizens.

Will Conoly

Vice Chairman
Vice President
United Bank

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.

Rex Green

Vice Chairman Elect
Owner
Minuteman Press

Rex is a native of Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a major in anthropology, a minor in German and his Master's in Business Administration. He currently owns the Minuteman Press in Fayetteville, Georgia, but has a background in Sales and Business Development. He has been active in the communities in which he has lived with Habitat For Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Youth Soccer, The Great Georgia Air Show, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club.

Rex and his wife, Pam, reside in Senoia, Georgia and have a daughter who recently graduated from The University of Georgia and is Washington working for a United States Senator.

Michael O’Brien

Treasurer
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.

Michelle Boyd

Secretary and Grant Committee Chair
Senior Consultant
Medical Management Associates— Real Estate

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 a Senior Consultant with Medical Management Associates in Atlanta. 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.

Cynthia Bennett

Community Service Team Chair
Director of Programs
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. Cynthia serves as Chairman of the Coweta County Democratic Party and is also a member of the League of Women Voters. Her community involvement includes serving as Vice-President and Board Member 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. 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.

John Herbert Cranford, Jr.

Education Committee Chair
Assistant District Attorney
Coweta County

John Herbert "Herb" is a native of Coweta County. He is a 2004 graduate of Newnan High School, a 2008 graduate of The University of Georgia with a major in Religion, and a 2012 graduate of Mercer Law School. Upon graduation from Mercer, Herb was hired by the Coweta County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney, and he has prosecuted several high-profile cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Community Welcome House.

Lori Duncan

Fundraising Chair
Owner
Blue Fern Merchant

Lori is the owner of Blue Fern Merchant in Newnan and also the Co-Founder of Real Talk on the Square. Lori has been the featured as the prop and interiors stylist for corporations, photographers, individuals as well as a fashion stylist and make-up artist. She graduated from Clayton State University with a Degree in Marketing Management and has been actively involved in various charitable causes in the community such as Coweta Dancing Stars, Keris Kares and Soles for Cole. Lori and her husband Jay reside in Newnan with their children.

La Vann Landrum

Nominating Committee Chair
Director of Development
Christian City

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.

Deidre Bembry

Board Member
Owner
Deidre Bembry State Farm Agency

Deidre is a native of Warner Robins, GA. She has a Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. She is the Owner of Deidre Bembry State Farm agency in Newnan. She and her husband, Tre, have three daughters and reside in Newnan and attend church at South Metro Ministries.

Laura Benz

Board Member
Attorney
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.

Crystal Boudreaux

Board Member
Attorney
Senoia Law

Crystal graduated from The University of South Alabama with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Finance and from Cumberland School of Law - Birmingham in 2005. She worked in a general practice firm for one year and joined the Baldwin County, Alabama District Attorney's Office, where she served as a prosecutor for four years. After she served as a prosecutor and Chief Assistant District Attorney in Blount County, Alabama, she relocated to Senoia, Georgia with her husband, Brian, and their triplets. She has a sole practice at Senoia Law in Senoia, Georgia.

Linda Dixon

Board Member
Retired
Georgia Power

Linda resides in Newnan with her husband, Henry L. Dixon Sr. They have two children, LaToya Swint and Henry L. Dixon Jr. They have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She attended Clayton State College and Tri City Business School. She was employed by Georgia Power Company for 31 years in the Newnan business office. She retired in 2009.

Linda is an Associate Minister at Emmanuel Life and Worship Center and serves as office manager and executive assistant to her Pastor. She attends Immanuel Bible College and recently received her B.A. degree in Bible. She will pursue her Master's Degree in the fall.

She also serves on The Continental Societies, Inc. board as Chaplain.

Amy Godfrey

Board Member
Chief Assistant Solicitor
Coweta County

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.

Richie Jackson

Board Member
IT Manager
Bonnell Aluminum

Richie is an IT Manager at Bonnell Aluminum of Newnan. He has been with Bonnell for over 20 years and is an active member in our community. He is the Past President of the Newnan Civitan Club, a 2003 Graduate of Leadership Coweta and a board member of Ashley Woods HOA. He is a graduate of West Georgia Technical College. He and his wife, Lisa reside in Sharpsburg and attend church at Community Christian Church.

Dean Jackson

Board Member
Public Information Officer
Coweta County Schools

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.

Vicki Kaiser

Board Member
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.

Suzanne Kleese-Stamps

Board Member
Owner
Stamps Store Fixtures

Suzanne and her husband have owned Stamps Store Fixtures in Atlanta for the last 25 years where they provide various types of fixtures for the retail store environment. Suzanne studied Art Studio and Art History and received her BA in Fine Arts from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. During this time she turned her attention from painting and drawing to find a passion for 3 dimensional art and expression. She volunteers her time with the Newnan Coweta Art Association Board and she is on the Advisory Board of the Artisans Heritage Guild. Suzanne and her husband have three daughters and they reside in Sharpsburg.

Angela Munson

Board Member
Assistant US Attorney
US Attorney's Office

Angela currently serves as a Assistant US Attorney where she has been since August of 1998 where she prosecutes cases in the Major Crimes Section. In addition to her service domestically, she served in Iraq as the Resident Legal Advisor. She is a native of Griffin, Georgia, attended Georgia State University and Tulane School of Law. She is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, the Senoia Optimist Club, the Senoia Area Historical Society and currently serves on the Community Welcome House Board of Directors. She resides in Newnan with her husband, William and their children.

Michael Nix

Board Member
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.

Susan Paulk

Board Member
Founder
Sue Verner Jones Foundation

Susan is a lifelong and multigenerational resident of Coweta County. She is a graduate of Newnan High School and of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. Prior to joining The Coweta Community Foundation in 2012, Susan was the founding member and Chairman of the Board of The Sue Verner Jones Foundation. She is an active member of Newnan First United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Worship Committee. She is married to John Paulk III and is a full-time mother to her three children: Jones, Mack and Millie.

Ken Pinkerton

Board Member
Quality Safety and Environmental Manager
Grenzebach

Ken works Grenzebach Corporation in Newnan where he has served as the Quality, Safety and Environmental Manager since June of 2014. Prior to working with Grenzebach, Ken was the Environmental Safety and Health Specialist with Avery Dennison in Peachtree City. Ken is the current Chair for the Coweta County Safety Council and serves as the Chairperson of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers Safety and Quality committee and a member of the Coweta County Employer's Committee. Ken graduated with a degree in Business Management from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona and holds advanced certifications in Industrial Technology for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals from Georgia Tech. He, his wife Kim and children reside in Newnan.

Carson Sears

Board Member
Attorney
Sanders, Haugen and Sears, Inc.

Carson was born and raised in Newnan, Georgia. He attended Newnan High School and is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a degree in Finance and of Mercer University Law School. He is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Bar Association, where he has served as the Secretary and Treasurer, and of the State Bar of Georgia. He has served as a County Guardian, a member of the Piedmont-Newnan Planned Gifts Committee, First United Methodist Church Administrative Board and Planned Gifts Committee, Board Member of Leadership Coweta, Counsel to the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Assistant City Attorney for The City of Newnan and Assistant Co-Counsel for Coweta-Fayette EMC, Relyco and True Natural Gas.

Walter Thompson

Board Member
FDIC Executive
Retired

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.

Ray Williams

Board Member
Vice President of Government and Community Affairs
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Ray currently serves as the Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern).

Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs at the state, multi-state and federal levels and expertise in healthcare management. Prior to CTCA, he worked as Vice President of External Relations for Peach State Health Plan, where he created the External Relations division. He oversaw all strategic initiatives regarding state government relations, business development, marketing and communications, stakeholder management and community outreach.

Mr. Williams received his bachelor’s degree in history from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. He has been an active member of several charitable and leadership organizations, including United Way in Rockdale County and Georgia Charity Care Network. He is 1997 Graduate of Leadership Georgia.

Mr. Williams has been married for 32 years and has two sons. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, tennis and basketball as well as cheering on the Auburn Tigers.

Joseph Wyant

Board Member
Juvenile Court Judge
Coweta County

Joe was born in Atlanta, where most of his extended family lives. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Georgia State University College of Law. He has worked for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the International Arbitration Court, was a prosecuting attorney, a Magistrate Judge for 11 years, and was appointed to the Juvenile Court in January of 2013. He has also been involved with the Coweta County Adult Drug Court for the past five years. Joe lives in downtown Newnan with his wife, Jean, and has two children.

Michelle Walden

Accounts Payables and Receivables Administrator
Accounts Payables and Receivables Administrator
The Coweta Community Foundation

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana with a Major in Geography and a Minor in Archeology. She has served her country for the last 16 years as a Major in the Army Reserves. She has also served as a Family Programs Manager for the Department of the Army where she managed programs for over 2000 soldiers. Michelle also worked with the Internal Revenue Service and has worked for Accurate Irrigation as their Accounts Payables and Receivables Clerk.

Michelle and her husband have two daughters and they reside in Sharpsburg.

Erin Marsh

Special Events and Programs Coordinator
Special Events and Programs Coordinator
The Coweta Community Foundation

Erin holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. She spent the last six years pursuing a doctoral degree, researching violence against women topics such as intimate partner violence and human trafficking. While a graduate student, Marsh assisted local and state governments in applying for grants for more assistance programs to address the needs of domestic violence and human trafficking victims.

She worked for over a year at The Carter Center in the Human Rights Program, working with various international organizations on the mistreatment of women and girls. She assisted organizations working on such issues as female genital mutilation in West Africa, sexual assault in the military and on college campuses in the United States, and human trafficking both domestically and abroad. One special area she worked on was the connection between religion and violence against women, as this was a focus of President Carter.