Board of Directors

Chairman

Carolyn D. Meadows, Marietta, GA– Meadows is retired from Lockheed-Martin, where she was a buyer for the employee store. She has been actively involved in the Republican Party since 1964 and served as Georgia’s National Chairwoman for 12 years. She currently serves on the National Rifle Association Board of Directors, American Conservative Union Board, Republicans Abroad, and Council for National Policy. She attended Georgia State University and resides in Marietta. Meadows and husband, Bob, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Vice-Chairman

Ray Stallings Smith, III, Atlanta, GA – Smith is an attorney with Smith & Liss, LLC. He has a national practice in areas of including real estate law, land use matters, commercial law, probate law, business and unemployment litigation, election law, and creditor bankruptcy. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his J.D. from Mercer University. Mr. Smith has served on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.  In addition, Mr. Smith has served as Chair of the Sandy Springs Municipal Court reform commission and judicial selection Board.  He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Georgia and South Carolina. Smith and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

Laney Dixon “Dick” Childers, Gainesville, GA – Childers is an instructor for the Mike Cottrell School of Business at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. He currently serves on the Board of the North East Georgia History Center as treasurer and is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Childers retired from Brenau University as the vice president of Business and Finance in 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree from Christian Brothers University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Mississippi. Childers and wife, Elaine, have two children and one grandchild.

Jeff Cown, Director of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division of DNR- Jeff has been with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and has served as the Director the State Parks and Historic Sites Division since September of 2018. Based in Stockbridge, at Panola Mountain State Park, the Parks & Historic Sites Division manages 70 properties that preserve the state’s environment and history. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast, these sites offer an exceptional variety of activities, such as hiking and biking, fishing and boating, picnicking, ranger programs, historic enactments and golf for over 9  million people each year. Currently, 63 state parks and state historic sites are open to the public, offering 374 cottages, 414 lodge rooms, 2,486+ campsites and five golf courses. Prior to joining the State Parks and Historic Sites Division, Jeff spent over 28 years with the Environmental Protection Division with his last position being the Chief of the Land Protection Division. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a 2009 graduate of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Georgia’s environmental leadership program.

C. Scott Johnson, Marietta, GA – Johnson is currently senior vice president of Financial Supermarkets, Inc. of Cornelia. He serves on the Board of the Georgia Board of Education and is chairman and Board member of the Republican Leadership for Georgia. He is also the former chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party and a member of the Cobb County Transportation SPLOST Oversight Committee. Previously, Johnson served on the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services Board. He is a deacon at Gateway International Church of God in Kennesaw and a graduate of both Leadership Cobb and the Coverdell Leadership Institute. He attended Shelby State College in Memphis. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Marietta and have three children and three grandchildren.

Gregory Bernard Levett, Sr., Grayson, GA –  Levett, Sr. has established a rich legacy of serving families and the community since 1980, when he opened Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory. The company now has 4 locations across the state of Georgia and a crematory, Cremation Care of Georgia. The company will acquired a 6th location in Covington, Georgia, in November 2018. The firm serves over 1600 families a year. His presence in the metropolitan Atlanta area has garnered countless accolades and awards nationwide for his devout and astute service to so many people.  Mr. Levett currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the DeKalb Medical Center on the budget and finance committee. Additionally, he received the former President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer services, and a congressional recognition by Congressman Hank Johnson. He served as the former financial campaign chairman for Congressman Hank Johnson as well. Mr. Levett also carries the distinguished title of Funeral Director of the Year by American Funeral Director Magazine, the highest honor one can receive within the death care industry. A true servant to the community, Mr. Levett is a member of Saint Philip A.M.E. Church, and a faithful member and leader of the Steward Board. He is a member and former president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, member and former president of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association, member and former president of the DeKalb Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, and former member of the City of Decatur Public School Board Council. Mr. Levett is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and former president of the Salem Gate Merchants Association. He is a former member of the DeKalb Parks and Recreation Committee Board of Directors, former member and president of the Scottdale Planning Council, member of the South DeKalb Business League, and former Chairman of the Board and a Board Member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Gwinnett, Rockdale, and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, board member of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, and chairman of the funding committee, also serving on the budget and financial committee..

Roy N. Roberts, Monroe, GA – Roberts is the owner and operator of Nunnally Farms, a Hereford cattle operation. He is a former county commissioner for Walton County and a founder of Leadership Georgia. He is currently the chairman of the Walton County Republican Party. Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was an academic all-SEC basketball player. He and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and ten grandchildren. They reside in Monroe, GA.

Perry Tindol, Dacula, GA – Tindol is a partner in Allgood Pest Solutions currently serving as it’s CFO. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. He is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and serves on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Executive Board along with the Gwinnett Hospital Foundation, The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia and Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also a long term member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett where he also served as a Club President. Perry and his wife Tammy reside in Dacula, Ga. and have two adult sons.

Joan Bostick Thomas, Monroe, GA – Ms. Thomas owns and manages Rental Real Estate in Mornoe. Ms. Thomas is an ex-officio Trustee of George Walton Academy, and served as secretary on that Board. Ms. Thomas and husband, Ken, have one son.

Mark Williams (Ex-Officio) – Commission of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He is represented by Mr. Jeff Cown, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Sites. As Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams is the sixth person to head the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its approximately 1600 employees. DNR has statewide responsibilities for the management and conservation of Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources, including fish and wildlife, land conservation, coastal resources, historic preservation, and sustainability initiatives. DNR protects and conserves Georgia’s diverse wildlife populations and provides quality outdoor recreation through its management of more than one million acres of public lands in state parks, natural areas, public fishing areas and wildlife management areas. Mr. Williams serves as Chairman of the Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committees and serves on the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, the Land Conservation Council, the Jekyll Island Authority, the Sapelo Island Heritage Authority, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, the Governor’s Water Supply Program Task Force, and the Georgia Aviation Authority boards. Mr. Williams also serves on Savannah River Council. He is a director of Prime South Bank, past president of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Service Award, past president of the Rotary Club, and served as chairman of the Wayne County Hospital Authority for four years. Mr. Williams represented the 178th district in the State House of Representatives for two terms from 2006-2010 and is a former high school teacher and football coach.  He is the co-owner of Harris Real Estate in Jesup and a veteran of the Army National Guard. Born in Valdosta, Mr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia College and State University. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Altamaha Wildlife Association, the Satilla Riverkeepers, the Flint Riverkeepers, the Georgia Wildlife Federation and the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Mr. Williams, his wife Pam and daughters Mary Katelyn and Miranda reside in Jesup in Wayne County and attend Unity Church of God.