Officers Board of Directors
Staff


The GEDA Nominating Committee meets annually in the summer to select a slate of Officers and Directors for the coming year.  The Nominating Committe consists of the five current Officers, the President from two years ago (Past Past President) and three at-large members appointed by the current President.  Officers generally start as Secretary-Treasurer and then progress through the positions over a five-year period.

To submit names for the Nominating Committee to consider for the Officers and Board of Directors, fill out this form and email to the GEDA Offices.


Officers
Chair
Angie Gheesling

Angie Gheesling is the Executive Director for the Houston County Development Authority. Serving in both volunteer and professional capacities, Angie has been involved in economic development for more than 20 years.
 
Gheesling served as the Executive Director for the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County from 2005 until 2012. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of the Regional Economic Development Program for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the state’s lead agency for promoting job and investment growth.
 

A graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and Georgia College & State University, Gheesling is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Georgia and has also served as a facilitator for the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She is a member of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Board of Directors and the GCSU Business Advisory Board. Her past experience includes serving as a board member and chairman of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and Milledgeville Convention and Visitors Bureau, vice president of the Association of Development Authority’s of Georgia, and member of the Georgia College and State University Alumni Board. Gheesling has also served as chair of the Rural Development Committee. For 23 years, she managed her family’s restaurant on Lake Sinclair, Choby’s Landing.

 


First Vice Chair
Tim Evans, CEcD

 

Tim Evans is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Gainesville-Hall Economic Development Council. With nearly 20 years of economic development experience, he also serves as the staff for the Gainesville & Hall County Development Authority.
 
Prior to his current position, Evans worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and was involved in site location, project management, marketing, export assistance and business development in domestic and international markets.
 
Evans has served on numerous boards, including the Japan America Society,
South Hall Rotary Club, and Korea U.S. Southeast Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with degrees in Economics and Political Studies. Evans earned an MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, is a graduate of Leadership Hall and has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council.

 


Second Vice Chair
Greg Wright

 

Greg Wright serves as President of the Coweta County Development Authority and works to market Coweta County for new business and industrial development while serving the needs of Coweta’s existing industrial base.
 
Prior to his current position, Wright served as project manager with the existing industry and regional recruitment team for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and as president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his economic development work, Wright served as legislative director to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and as state director to United States Senator Saxby Chambliss.
 
Wright is Georgia’s alternate state director on the Board of Directors of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is a past chairman of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and has served as an instructor for the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, for Development Authority Training through the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia, and for several community leadership development programs. Wright is a graduate of LaGrange College, where he serves on the Leadership Council and was awarded the 2006 Walter Malcolm Shackelford Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He is a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Georgia program and a 2000 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management. 

 


Secretary-Treasurer
Anna Chafin

Anna Chafin is the CEO of the Development Authority of Bryan County.  Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with minors in Business Administration and English from Mercer University. She is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), and Leadership Georgia. Anna currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and the LSEGA Alumni Association.


Immediate Past Chair
JoAnne Lewis

 

Jo Anne Lewis is President of the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Douglas-Coffee County Industrial Authority. She has more than 20 years of economic development experience with local and state government. 

Having served as Main Street Director, Director of Tourism, and Community Service Director for the City of Douglas, Lewis also served as a statewide Tourism Product Development Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development prior to her current position.

 

Lewis has served in leadership roles in many regional and state organizations. She received Georgia’s Al Burress Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Rural Economic Developers Association Leadership Award.