Board & Staff Directory

The GEDA Board of Directors is elected by the GEDA membership.

Officers

Chris G. Pumphrey
Chris G. Pumphrey
Executive Director Douglas County Economic Development Authority (678)838-3665
Chair
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer
Executive Director Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (229)259-9972
First Vice Chair
Sean McMillan
Sean McMillan
Director, Office of Economic Development The University of Georgia (706)340-9787
Second Vice Chair
Benjy Thompson
Benjy Thompson
J.D. CEO Development Authority of Bulloch County (912)489-9115
Secretary-Treasurer
Pat Merritt
Pat Merritt
CEcD, IOM Vice President, Community & Economic Development Georgia EMC (404)909-1564
Immediate Past Chair

Board of Directors

Dorie Bacon
Dorie Bacon
CEcD, MPA Executive Director Screven County Development Authority (912)531-2024
Director, 2019-2021
Grant C. Buckley
Grant C. Buckley
Esq., J.D. Executive Director Cordele-Crisp County IDC (229)273-9570
Director, 2019-2020
Lee Chapman
Lee Chapman
Vice President, Marketing,Member Services, and Gov Jackson EMC (706)367-6113
Director, 2020-2022
Meghan Duke
Meghan Duke
EDFP Economic Development Director West Point Development Authority (706)645-3518
Director, 2018-2020
Walter Farrell
Walter Farrell
Business Recruitment & Strategy Director Georgia Power Company (404)506-2243
Director, 2019-2021
Kyle Fletcher
Kyle Fletcher
GCED Executive Director Thomaston-Upson IDA (706)647-7007
Director, 2018-2020
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood
EDFP Director of Economic Development and Existing Ind. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (912)754-3301
Director, 2019-2021
Darrell Moore
Darrell Moore
Executive Director Valdosta State University (229)891-8620
Director, 2018-2020
Alvin Nash
Alvin Nash
CEO Development Authority of Fulton County (404)867-8287
Director, 2019-2021
Brian Sillitto
Brian Sillitto
CEcD Executive Vice President of Economic Development Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce (706)596-7004
Director, 2020-2022
Andrea Taylor
Andrea Taylor
IOM,, GCCE CEO Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber & JDA (912)375-4543
Director, 2020-2022
Stacy Watson
Stacy Watson
General Manager, Economic & Industrial Development Georgia Ports Authority (912)964-3879
Director, 2020-2022
Pat Wilson
Pat Wilson
Commissioner Georgia Department of Economic Development (404)962-4070
Ex-Officio Director
Ralph Staffins III
Ralph Staffins III
CEcD, GCCE, MPA President / CEO The Brunswick & Gold Isles Chamber of Commerce (770)786-7510
Ex-Officio Director
Christopher Nunn
Christopher Nunn
Commissioner Georgia Department of Community Affairs (404)679-0585
Ex-Officio Director

GEDA Staff

Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea
CEcD President Georgia Economic Developers Association (404)962-4109
President
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon
CAE Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association (404)962-4110
Manager, Member Services