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Byron Atkinson
Grants Chair
(912) 445-2359
Byron Atkinson advises businesses, organizations, and individuals on how to better use the internet to build relationships and deliver value. He is cofounder of Boost by Design, a custom website design firm specializing in search engine optimization and internet marketing.
Lesley Francis
Past President
(912) 429-3950
Lesley Francis is the founder and CEO of Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) - a boutique public relations agency based in Savannah, GA. British born Lesley Francis is a naturalized American who founded, ran and sold her award winning top fifteen specialist healthcare PR agency in London, England before relocating to the USA in 2009. LFPR specializes in becoming an integrated part of clients’ marketing teams and specializes in providing PR services for non-profit organizations and local businesses.
Rich DeLong
Rotary President & Executive Director for The Suites At Station Exchange
(912) 445-2425
Rich has been in the education, recreation and senior living industry for 30 years. He is a motivational speaker and leader and has been involved with Rotary since 2004.
Evelyn Fallon
Speaker, Trainer, Life Coach & Writer
Evelyn is currently the Office Manger & Events Co-coordinator at LFPR, she holds a John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer & Life Coach Certification as well as writes for Life on the Hill/Bryan County News. She and her family are members at New Life Church where she also serves as Children’s Director. Locally, Evelyn serves as an Ambassador for the RHBC-Chamber of Commerce.
Brad Brookshire
Vice President – Commercial Banker
Office: (912) 944-2612 | Cell: (912) 414-2445
Brad Brookshire is the market executive for Ameris Bank in Richmond Hill. Brad is a life-long resident of Richmond Hill and enjoys working and serving in the community. In addition to helping promote the economic growth of Richmond Hill at his day job, he is very much involved in various other civic organizations in Richmond Hill. He is married to his wife, Carrie, and has two children, Jack and Grace Anne.
Ashley Roberts
Account Manager with Lesley Francis PR
Ashley is a life-long Richmond Hill resident along with her husband Michael and their three children. Roberts has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology, is an active member and volunteer of Savannah Christian Church, a member of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club and volunteers with the Bryan County Bark Park.
Mary Arocha
Executive Director Richmond Hill YMCA
I have always had a love of working out and exercise. Growing up in a large family we all played sports and were very athletic. Now I have a large family of my own. I am the mother of 8 beautiful children. I want to make sure I teach my family the importance of staying healthy. I started my fitness career in high school playing competitive tennis. I held a Ranking of #1 seed on our ladies tennis team, achieving MVP for 2 years. I was awarded a full athletic scholarship to UNCA in Asheville, NC, where I earned a degree in Marketing Management. I moved to Georgia after graduating college and got my first job at Sports life in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, I was employed as a teaching tennis pro for Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association (ALTA). Coaching several USTA ladies and mixed doubles teams. I am currently with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and have20 years as an exercise specialist and now serve as an Executive Director of the Richmond Hill YMCA.
Dick Kent
Dick Kent is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served around the world as an airborne-ranger-combat infantryman and military attache'.His subsequent careers have included a stint as Executive VP of a large private investigations and security firm, charter boat captain and instructor at Brewton Parker College. Since settling in Bryan County, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Education and the Board of Assessors as well as Rotary Club President and Grand Kahuna of the Aig Roeg Society. He lives at Fort McAllister with his ever-tolerant wife, Barbara and three mangy dogs and spends his time agitating about selected issues as well as making long speeches.
Tom Sawyer
Retired Entrepreneur
"Tom Sawyer was born and raised in Maine where he owned a successful waste management & recycling business for thirty years after graduating from Denver University. Corporately, Tom was most pleased to have been selected as the US SBA Entrepreneur of the Year and inducted into the US SBA's Hall of Fame. Sawyer has also owned two marina's, three Inns, one restaurant, and developed several real estate projects. Civically, Sawyer has served on the following Boards: Maine BC&BS, Maine Employer's Mutual Insurance Company, Husson University, Unity College, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Chamber of Commerce, Bangor Jaycees, Bangor Education Foundation, Maine Robotics, Bangor Rotary Club, Richmond Hill Rotary Club, Bangor YMCA, is an Honorary Trustee at The Jackson Laboratory (Mammalian Genetics Research) in Bar Harbor, ME; and chaired a United Way Annual Campaign. He is currently a Division Commander in the USCG Auxiliary. Politically, Sawyer has been elected to his local school committee for six years, City Council for six years, Mayor, and Maine State Senate for four years. Recreationally, Sawyer holds a current USCG Master's License and has sailed extensively across the US, Western Europe, North Atlantic, The Med, Bermuda, The Baltic and circumnavigated both the UK and New Zealand. Tom, and his wife Bonnie (a retired Major in the Army Nurse Corps) have owned property in Richmond Hill since 1997 and owned the Historic William Kehoe House in downtown Savannah between 2000-2004."
Bill Eberlein
I grew up in Erie PA and earned B.S. degrees at Penn State in Accounting and Economics. My I.T. and Accounting career in Erie included non-profit and industrial. I became certified as a SCUBA diver and later a Dive instructor. In 1999 I moved to Richmond Hill to take a job on the File and Application Server Team at Gulfstream. I started diving for fossils mainly Megalodon teeth and started Megateeth Fossils in 2001. I left Gulfstream to teach for Savannah Technical College where I earned Master’s degrees in Information Technology and Accounting. In 2009 I left Savannah Tech to run Megateeth Fossils full time. I joined the Richmond Hill Rotary Club in 2003 and served as Treasurer and President in 2011-2012. I am married to Savannah native and Savannah Sunrise Rotary Past President Dodie Gay-Eberlein.
Derrick Smith
Market President-First Bank of Coastal Georgia
Office: 912-756-3391
Derrick is a native Richmond Hill resident. He has been a community Banker for the past 29 years. Primarily serving as a commercial lender and business development officer. He has served on the Development Authority of Bryan County for the past 6 years and is currently their Chairman. He also serves on the Bryan County Board of Education Citizen Advisory Counsel and is a member of the Richmond Hill High School Small Business Advisory Board. He was a Charter member of the Leadership Bryan class and was on the first baseball team at RHHS. He and his Wife Melissa both graduated from RHHS, they have four children Chad, Megan, Miranda & Jeremy.
Jimmy Burnsed
Senior Vice President South State Bank Richmond Hill office
Michele Henderson
(912) 756-2631
Michele Henderson has practiced law in the Richmond HIll area since 1986, as a general practictioner, with an emphasis on real estate. She is active in various community activities, including having served as the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. She has also served as director and Chairman of the Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce (2013), She and her husband, Toby Roberts, attend Richmond Hill United Methodist Church.
Jimmy Norris
Owner of Home Transport, Inc. and Charter Homes, Inc.
Jimmie a native of Warrenton, GA. Lived many years in Statesboro, GA. Moved to Richmond Hill in 1993. Manufactured Home Business for over 33 years. Owner of Home Transport, Inc. and Charter Homes, Inc. Served 8 years on Bryan County Development Authority, Currently a Director of First Coastal Bank Of Georgia for 22 years. Rotary member since 1997. Married to Donna, sons Gray and Justin, 3 Grandchildren. Lives in Buckland Hall Plantation.
Christopher S. Lea, DDS
Endodontist-Root Canal Specialist/Owner of Coastal Endodontics
Christopher Lea with his wife Jolene, two-daughters and son discovered the quiet town of Richmond Hill when stationed at Fort Stewart in 2004. Falling in love with the abundant waterways, rich history and friendly people, they decided to set anchor and opened Coastal Endodontics-“Home of the Comfortable Root.” After serving on active duty with the Army, both Chris and and his Jolene wished to remain connected with the military and joined the Georgia Air National Guard and continue to serve with the 165th MDG in Savannah. Chris enjoys spending time with the family, exploring the various rivers throughout Richmond Hill and mapping alligators with his youngest daughter Jacqueline. He is a member of Savannah Christian Church, a rotarian, a member of the RH chamber of commerce, and the Savannah Dental Society. He periodically lectures at dental conferences and attends several courses of continued education each year escorted by Jolene whose passion is to travel anywhere and everywhere.
Chris Fettes
V.P. Engineering & Operations
Chris Fettes is the Vice-President of Engineering and Operations for Coastal Electric Cooperative. His primary responsibility is to maintain the integrity and performance of the Coastal Electric 25kV Distribution System, which encompasses 1500 miles of power lines, 10 substations, and services to approximately 18,000 customers (who are member-owners) in Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, and Long Counties.
Gene Durante
Sergeant at Arms
Gene grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey which is across the Hudson River from New York City. He served in the US Navy then attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a B. S. Degree in Business Management and a minor in Accounting. Gene’s career was in the publishing field starting with Scholastic Magazines, in NYC where he was Business Manager and Director of their children’s book clubs. For the second half of his career, he was Vice President of Production and Operations for Marvel Comics also in NYC. Since retiring and settling in Richmond Hill he has served on the board of Rotary and on Richmond Hill Area Tennis Association, RHATA. Gene and his wife Cathy reside at Sterling Links Golf community where he is striving to improve his golf game.
Linda Y. Bowers
Senior Vice President/Commercial Lender
Office 912 459-2333 / Cell 912 312-5972
Linda has worked as a community banker in Richmond Hill for the last 18 years and currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Southeastern Bank. “I enjoy being in a position to meet the needs of the businesses and individuals in our community and experience close relationships with customers in a true community bank atmosphere.” Linda and her husband, Richard have lived in Richmond Hill for the last 19 years.
Howard Rush
First Command REGISTERED Principal and District Adviso
(912) 459-1100
Howard Rush joined First Command Financial Services in November 1984, following four years of service in the United States Navy. Howard is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant and a certified Chartered Financial Consultant. As the District Advisor and Principal, Howard is responsible for recruiting and mentoring Financial Advisors. Married to Mary Lou for more than 30 years with two children, Howard is the past Richmond Hill Rotary Treasurer, a Junior Achievement volunteer and is an 11th and 12th grade Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church Richmond Hill.
Cathy Butler Gregory
Real Estate Broker
Cathy is the proud wife of Keith and mother to Kirk, Ryan and Taylor. She has been selling real estate in Richmond Hill since 1979. She is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club and has also been named RE/MAX of Georgia's Top Agent in Coastal Georgia. She is a 36 year member of the Million Dollar Club, has served on countless boards in Richmond Hill and is a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church.
Linda Barker
With 18 years experience, Linda Barker is a consistent multimillion-dollar producer who takes pride in her professionalism and honesty while focusing on her clients’ needs. She pays attention to details and provides the best service possible for her clients. Real Estate Career began in 1992: • Earned Graduate REALTOR Institute designation (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), E-Pro Designation, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Senior Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES), Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist Designation • Certified Georgia Association of REALTORS Facilitator for Continuing Education • REALTOR of the Year Nominee, Georgia Association of REALTORS • Savannah Multi-List Corporation Board President • Opened Magnolia Coastal Properties, LLC for Property Management • REALTOR of the Year, Savannah Board of REALTORS • earned Georgia Brokers License Community Involvement: • Friends of Ft. McAllister Board of Directors • Bryan County T V Ad hoc Committee • Chairman, Good Scout, Boy Scout Fundraiser • Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation Board of Directors • Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors • Bryan County Development Authority, Secretary • 2010 Armstrong Atlantic State University Board of Trustees • Home Builders Association Board of Directors, Richmond Hill • Awarded Presidents Award, Outstanding Rotarian • Awarded Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Richmond Hill • Chairman of Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, Chamber of Commerce • Awarded DeVaul Henderson Award for Leadership, Dedication and Contribution to Bryan County