Advisory Board

Members of the advisory board

The advisory board helps guide the strategic direction of University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Through advisement and guidance, the board helps the institute fulfill its mission to strengthen communities and organizations through leadership development, training, and education.

The following individuals comprise the Fanning Advisory Board:

Jimmy Allgood, chairman of the board, Allgood Pest Solutions, Dublin, Ga;

Luis Gianfranco (Gio) Carrion, senior financial analyst, The Hanover Insurance group, Atlanta, Ga;

Chris Clark, president and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Peachtree City, Ga;

Deke Copenhaver, principal, Copenhaver Consulting, LLC, Augusta, Ga;

Gretchen Corbin, commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia, Atlanta, Ga;

J. Griffin (Griff) Doyle, vice president for government relations, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga;

Audrey Hollingsworth, principal, The Hollingsworth Group, LLC, Columbus, Ga;

Horace Johnson, Jr., superior court judge, Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Covington, Ga;

Craig Lesser, managing partner, Pendleton Consulting Group, Atlanta, Ga;

Milton Little, Jr., president and CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga;

Jan Moore, vice president for economic development, Ogeechee Technical College, and mayor, Statesboro, Ga;

Dink NeSmith, president, Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Ga;

Andrea Oates, academic dean, South Georgia Technical College, Americus, Ga, and city councilwoman, Plains, Ga;

Vann Parrott, partner, Parrott & Mitchell, LLP, Dixie, Ga;

Roy Reeves, director, Southwest Georgia Bank and Southwest Georgia Financial Corp., and chair, Colquitt County Archway Partnership, Moultrie, Ga;

Deborah Richardson, executive vice president, Center for Human and Civil Rights, Atlanta, Ga;

Frank Ros, vice president (retired), Hispanic Strategies, Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Ga;

Dan Sisson, regional vice president, Mid-Atlantic Region, AT&T, Columbia, South Carolina;

Tisha Tallman, president and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, Ga;

Dale Threadgill, professor and founding dean (retired), UGA College of Engineering, Athens, Ga;

Bill Verner, senior vice president of external affairs, Georgia EMC, Atlanta, Ga;

T. Rogers Wade, chairman of the board of trustees, Georgia Public Policy Foundation and senior partner of Capitolink Inc., Atlanta, Ga;

Philip A. Wilheit, Sr., president, Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images, Gainesville, Ga.

Each of these distinguished leaders brings a unique perspective to our work in leadership development. I am very excited to have them on our advisory board as they will provide invaluable counsel and support to what we do with community, youth, and non-profit leadership development.”

— Matt Bishop

Director of the Fanning Institute