|Roddie Anne Blackwell, Board Chair.
Roddie Anne is the President of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. She is one of the original founders of the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation and served as treasurer for 10 years during the initial phases of renovation. She came back on the Board in 2012. She has over 30 years experience in managing a nonprofit organization of over 350 members. Roddie Anne has also been involved with many tourism, small business and large economic development projects in the community creating over 3000 jobs.
|Tony Hancock, Vice Chair and Resource Development.
Tony Hancock is a native Georgian having grown up in Worth County, South Georgia. After graduating from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design degree, Tony began his career in the packaging industry as a structural designer with Container Corporation of America. Through several mergers and acquisitions, CCA evolved into the company Graphic Packaging International, a global provider of paperboard packaging solutions for a wide variety of products for food, beverage, and other consumer products companies.
Tony recently retired from GPI where he held the role of VP Global Marketing & Innovation. Over his 37 years in the packaging industry, he held a variety of positions in sales, sales management, innovation, design and marketing and was fortunate to live in Greensboro, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago as well as travel extensively across the world.
Tony is married to Lynda, a native of DeKalb, Illinois and they have two married daughters who are both graduates of Auburn University. Since retiring to Lake Oconee, Tony enjoys boating, Georgia Tech and Auburn college football and taking his experience in design to the outdoors. In his volunteer role as an EPAF Board Member, Tony currently leads Resource Development, which focuses on securing funds and sponsorships to sustain the Plaza Arts Center and the various programs it sponsors. Tony also volunteers at the Putnam Elementary School, assisting first-grade students with reading and math. As a volunteer, Tony’s goal is to be able to share some of his key business skills and learning’s with others to help make our communities a better place for all.
|Joe Hudson, Treasurer.
Joe is one of the original Founders of the Plaza project and is a former President of Farmers and Merchants Bank. He is extremely involved in the day to day operations and ensures fiscal responsibility.
|Richard Wade, Secretary.
Richard grew up near Lexington, Kentucky and has lived in Georgia since 1976. He moved to Eatonton in 2001. He is married to Marianne Wade. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Richard has two Mechanical Engineering degrees—a BSME from the University of Kentucky and an MSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The majority of his career (30 years) was spent with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he contributed to numerous Department of Defense technology programs. He was a Star Warrior during the Reagan administration and enjoys golf in his retirement.
Richard and Marianne have been long time contributors to the Eatonton–Putnam Arts Foundation dating back to the original restoration of the Plaza Arts Center. They have also been strong supporters of the Plaza 100 Program.
|David Bradley, Marketing Chair.
David Bradley owns Lake Oconee Dentistry. He used his marketing experience from growing his own local business to help with the Plaza Arts Center’s new look and logo.
|Judy Fain, Membership Chair.
Judy Fain was born and raised in Woodbine, GA and is a graduate of Georgia Southern College. She taught Science Classes, mainly on the High School level, from 1965 to 2005 in GA and FL. Judy was listed in the Who’s Who of American Teachers three times in her career. She is now retired and has enjoyed living in Putnam County with her husband, Al and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2015. They have two children, a son, and a daughter, as well as three grandchildren.
Judy has managed to keep busy since retirement. She’s an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she is in the Choir, President of the Robinson Dance Sunday School Class and is on the Outreach and Mission Team as a liaison with Putnam Christian Outreach. Judy is also an officer of the Phoenix Homemakers Club, has served in the past as President of the Energizers, an outreach program of FUMC, and currently serves on the Authority Board for Putnam General Hospital.
Since their arrival in Eatonton, Judy and Al have been very involved in the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation as Members and Volunteers at The Plaza with the Meet Me at The Plaza Summer Concerts, VIP Program, as well as serving on the Old School History Museum Board and as Docents for the Museum.
|Maurice Hill, Facilities Chair and Plaza Community Center Committee.
A native of Washington, D.C., Maurice moved to Eatonton in 2011 and began work as the Facility Manager for Putnam County Primary School. In his time at PCPS, Maurice began volunteering with the G.I.V.E. Program, working with students on reading skills. He also mentors students and has them work on special projects to give them a sense of purpose and to modify inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.
Additionally, Maurice is a Putnam County Leadership graduate from the Class of 2013, he serves on the Board of Directors for Putnam Habitat for Humanity and volunteers as the Logistic Coordinator for the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life.
Maurice has five daughters, ranging in age from 15-27, who are the joy of his life. They are a family of art enthusiasts! Maurice loves to sketch and wants to enhance his art skills. They all love to attend plays, performances, comedies, and art exhibits.
|Tom Martin, Strategy and Resource Development.
Tom Martin graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio with degrees in English and Education. He entered real estate in 1968 and over his 49-year career, has created, organized, managed and led residential and commercial real estate companies in Colorado, Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
Currently, he is President of Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty, a commercial and residential real estate brokerage in the lake country of central Georgia. He and his company are passionately committed to giving back to all the communities they serve. Of the current 83 plus agents and staff within the company, over 80% are integrally involved in some form of volunteer community service.
Tom is married to Linda. They have four grown children (living in Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Louisiana) and seven grandchildren. They enjoy travel, sporting events, spending time with family.
|Jude Martincic, Volunteer Chair and Resource Development Committee.
Jude Martincic is a native of the Chevy Chase area of Washington, DC; however, she spent a good part of her life in Annapolis, MD while working for the State of Maryland in Economic Development, running numerous financing programs along with sister-state programs in France, Japan, and China.
Upon moving to Georgia in 1997, with her husband of 36 years, Joe, she began volunteering at The Plaza Arts Center through its sub-organization, the Putnam Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA) and has served as Floor Captain for the Plaza’s Event Volunteers at most productions since 2012. She also manages to volunteer for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS), Putnam General Hospital (PGH), and she began the Reynolds Chorus in 2000.
Jude and Joe are members of Lake Oconee Community Church, where Jude has held several leadership positions and will Chair their Leadership Circle in 2015.
|Laura Gailey, Policy Committee.
Laura R. Gailey practices law with her husband, R. Michael Gailey, Jr., at The Gailey Law Firm, LLC., which she founded in 2002. Laura is a lifelong resident of Eatonton, Georgia. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in 1994 and received her J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, in 1997. After law school, Laura worked as the Law Clerk for all of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judges for the counties of Putnam, Morgan, Greene, Baldwin, Jones, Wilkes, Hancock and Jasper.
Laura currently serves as a Board Member with the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation, Inc. and the Jasper-Putnam Training Center, Inc. She is a past Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. She is the local counsel for Putnam Development Authority and the Lake Oconee Development Authority. Michael Gailey and Laura Gailey were awarded the Business People of the Year in Putnam County in 2010. Laura is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States District Court – Middle Georgia, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
|Mike Rowland, Facilities.|
|Bobbie Thompson, Operations Chair.
Bobbie J. Thompson was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Milledgeville, Ga in 1974 when she married a Milledgeville native. Bobbie helped found the Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. (ARF) in Milledgeville in 1983 and was the President of it for 30 years. During that time, she learned about non-profits from the ground up. She attended several training workshops across Georgia and the southeast on on many aspects of animal sheltering and board governance. Bobbie is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Baldwin and was a Baldwin County Community Torchbearer with the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Bobbie moved to Putnam County in 2013. She began volunteering with the Plaza in March 2016.
|Sara Tomson-Hooper, Resource Development.
Sara Tomson-Hooper holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Social Work. She has twenty-five years of experience in human service administration, combined with consulting and academia. Ms. Tomson-Hooper is currently employed with Habitat for Humanity International as Associate Director of Strategy Planning and Support. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity in 2013, Ms. Tomson-Hooper spent thirteen years in non-profit management and twelve years in executive consulting.
Ms. Tomson-Hooper’s consulting firm assisted non-profit organizations with advancing funding and programmatic strategies; cultivating resources; enhancing professional development; assuring quality standards, and evaluating program outcomes.
Ms. Tomson-Hooper currently serves on the Board of Regents and the Advancement Committee for Wartburg College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa. She is also a member of and serves on the Program Committee for Blue Ridge Institute, which is a non-profit education organization and the oldest continuing institute of its kind in the country, organized more than 88 years ago. In Eatonton, Ms. Tomson-Hooper is on the Board of Directors of the Eatonton Main Street Program, The Plaza Arts Center, and The Artisans Village.