Board of Directors

2019-2020 Board of Directors


Chair – Phil Bettendorf
Senior Vice President, Synovus Bank

Vice-Chair – Rhodes McLanahan
President & CEO, First American Bank & Trust

Secretary – Kelly Holloway
Attorney, Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier, LLC

Treasurer – G. Michael Smith
Managing Partner, G Michael Smith & Associates, CPAs

Immediate Past Chair – Alex Patterson
Retired Partner, Alston and Bird, LLP



Alicia Battle | Director of Workforce Development, Goodwill of North Georgia

David Bradley | President & CEO, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

Clark Brown | Wealth Strategist, Vickery Financial

Bob Carson | President, Carson Advisory Group, Inc.

Kevin Clark | General Manager, Online Athens and Athens Banner Herald

Sally Coenen | Community Member

Myron Downs | Co-founder, Athens Veterinary Surgery Center

Rob Fezekas | Wealth Adviser, Vickery Financial Services

Dexter Fisher | Chief of Operations, Clarke County School District

Jennifer Frum | Vice President for Public Service and Outreach – University of Georgia

Patrick Garrard | Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Hank Huckaby | Higher Education Administration – Retired

Tim Johnson | Executive Director, Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens

Kelly Girtz | Athens-Clarke County Mayor

Pat Mercardante | First Vice President – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors

Jinx Patel | Scientist, Athens Research and Technology, Inc. – Retired

R. Edward Perkins | Johnson & Johnson – Retired

Sara Schramm | Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Kirk Smith | President, The AdSmith

Lawton Stephens | Judge of Superior Court

Neil Stevens  | President & CEO, Oconee State Bank

Kara Dyckman | Board of Education, CCSD

Justin Widener | Research & Development Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health