2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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. Roddie Anne 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.

Keith Cooley, Vice Chair and Resource Development Chair.

Keith grew up in Marietta Georgia and has had a house at Lake Oconee in Putnam County for almost 20 years. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and worked in the software industry with several Atlanta companies during his career. He is currently retired and keeps busy with volunteer activities at TPAC, Georgia Tech and on the POA Board at Cuscowilla, with a little golf mixed in for variety. He also is a member of the Reynolds Chorus and the Greensboro Chamber Choir.

Keith and his wife, Peggy, are longtime supporters of the Plaza Arts Center. They have two children, Lara and Bryan, and a daughter in law, Danielle who all live in New York City. They enjoy singing in the community choruses, playing golf, and travel.

Joe Hudson, Treasurer Committee Chair.

Joe was born and raised in Putnam County and is one of the original Founders of The Plaza Arts Center project. He served as Executive Vice President of the Farmers & Merchants Bank where he was employed for 45 years. He is extremely involved in the day to day operations at The Plaza and helps to ensure 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.

  Tony Hancock, Plaza Community Center.

Tony Hancock is a native Georgian having grown up in Worth County, South Georgia. After graduating from Georgia Tech, BS, Industrial Design, Tony began his career in the packaging industry 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. Over his 37 years in the packaging industry, Tony held a variety of positions in sales, sales management, innovation, design and marketing and was fortunate to live in Greensboro NC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Tony recently retired from GPI where he held the role of VP Global Marketing & Innovation. 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 has chaired the Resource Development Committee and is presently the chair of the Plaza Community Center. Tony also volunteers at the Putnam Primary School, assisting first and second-grade students with reading. 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 community a better place.

Tony is married to Lynda, a native of DeKalb, Illinois and they have two married daughters, both graduates of Auburn University.

Dudley Carter, Facilities Chair.

 

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, has served as 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.

Murray Air, Plaza Community Center Committee, Strategy, and Resource Development.

Murray is a native of Florida and moved to Eatonton in 2017 after 20 years in Houston. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and the Harvard Business School. His 30-year career with Amoco Corporation and British Petroleum in international finance, high technology businesses and global property management entailed assignments in Chicago, Calgary, London, Houston and the remote island of Papua New Guinea where he was CFO of one of the worlds largest copper mines. Since 2012, he has served as a Senior Advisor with the Taffrail Group in Atlanta.

He and his wife, Mary, have three grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. He is interested in historic preservation initiatives and leadership in non-profit organizations and community activities.

  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.

In 1987, Tom was named CRB of the Year and voted “Coach of the Year” by his peers on the National Real Estate Brokerage Managers’ Council faculty, where he held Master Instructor status. He was the 1989 President of the Managers’ Council and is one of only five CRB’s internationally to ever receive the coveted “Eagle” Award.

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 Policy Committee Chair.

Jude 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 39 years, Joe, she began volunteering at The Plaza Arts Center through its sub-organization, the Plaza 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 managed to volunteer for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS), Putnam General Hospital (PGH), Putnam County Elementary School (PCES), the LOCC Youth Alliance Programs and she began the Reynolds Chorus in 2000. While a member of Lake Oconee Community Church, Jude held several leadership positions and chaired their Leadership Circle.

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 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/Grants.

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 educational 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.

Avis Williams, Plaza Community Center Committee.