Laura joined the Red Cross team in February 2014. She came from the energy industry where she gained extensive experience in business development and operations. She has an undergraduate degree in humanities as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. For over ten years, she has been involved in various community and volunteer management activities, including international work. Laura is passionate about the mission of the Red Cross and committed to efforts to alleviate suffering and provide immediate aid relief to those in need.
Robert received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and an MBA from Albany State University and his law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law, where he matriculated as a Governor’s Scholar. Most of Robert’s career has been dedicated to serving others and has broad experience in state and federal government affairs. He has served as Chief of Staff for Georgia’s Senate majority leader and as an aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Georgia. In 2013 Robert returned to Athens as the Chief Diversity Officer of Athens Regional Health Systems, and would later assume the role of Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer for Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Robert is currently the President and CEO of Group R&L, LLC, an HR consulting firm.
Brent is the founder and CEO of FormFree Holdings, a cloud-based digital loan verification solution. In addition to an extensive background in banking and finance, Brent served 6 years in the US Marine Corps. He lives in Athens with his wife Amy and their two sons.
Elaine Cook serves as Vice President, Public and Governmental Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer for Piedmont Athens Regional Health System. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Elaine has served as Vice President of Marketing and PR for both Turner Broadcasting and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. When she isn’t spending time with her husband and two children, Elaine is heavily involved with organizations impacting the Athens community, such as the Northeast Georgia Red Cross, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service.
F.T. Douglas, an Athens native, serves as Preconstruction Manager at Landmark Properties. During his time with the North Georgia Red Cross, Keith has enjoyed connecting with fellow board members and volunteers as well as participating in various activities. In addition to his community involvement, F.T. enjoys playing music, hiking/camping, cooking and traveling with his wife.
Anthony received degrees in finance and in banking from the University of Georgia. Raised in Elberton, Georgia, Anthony relocated to Gainesville in 1987, where he has spent his career in the financial services industry. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville and has 27 years of combined civic work in Hall County. Anthony and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for over 20 years and have two daughters, Anne Marie and Emmaline Grace. This is the second time serving as member and Chairman for the Board of Directors.
Andrea Griffith-Girtz serves as Corporate Communications Manager for Zaxby’s Franchising LLC. A graduate of Georgia College & State University, she spent more than a decade as a radio, television, and print journalist in several states. After leaving television news in 2006, Andrea produced and hosted a syndicated lifestyle series that aired on CBS, CW, and Charter cable affiliates in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2011, she became the Athens Banner-Herald’s first Vice President of Audience and Director of Athens Magazine. Along with her work with the Northeast Georgia Red Cross, Andrea has given her time to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, Project Safe, United Way of Northeast Georgia, Wee Read, the ABH Empty Stocking Fund, and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Andrea lives in Athens with her husband, Kelly, and their son, Noah.
Keith Guest is an Athens native and a first-time board member for the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia. He works from Athens as a broker for RSS Insurance, a long-standing Chattanooga-based insurance firm. When he isn’t working, there’s a good chance you’ll find him on the course playing or practicing his lifelong passion for golf. Keith, his wife Laura Beth, and two sons, Hayward and Owen, live in Normaltown.
Stephanie Hunt joined the board of the Northeast Georgia Red Cross in 2016. Professionally, she is a Retirement Plan Consultant with Atlanta Retirement Partners. For over 17 years Stephanie has concentrated her career in the investment and retirement plan industries with an extensive background in investment analysis, plan design, operations, compliance, marketing, and participant education.
Stephanie has a B.B.A. in Finance from Georgia Southern University and, along with her husband and two children, has called Athens home for than a decade. She enjoys giving her time to organizations such as the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Extra Special People, and Prevent Child Abuse Athens.
Brent is Vice President/Owner at Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance. Brent specialized in Commercial Risk Management for over 18 years. Over the years, Brent has been involved in many community and civic organizations. Brent and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for over 12 years and have two children, Zane and Alec. Brent enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.
Jean Mullis has lived in the Athens area for 35 years and currently, serves as the Neese District Manager for Jackson EMC. She has a bachelor of business administration from the University of Georgia in management information systems. She also holds a master of business administration from Piedmont College and is a graduate of the LEAD Athens and Leadership Jackson programs. Jean and her husband, Mitch, live in Colbert with two of their four children.
Tate joined Jackson EMC in 2017. She has Bachelor's degrees in Telecommunication Arts and Political Science, as well as her Master's degree in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Georgia. Previously, she worked as the Director of Economic Development for the University of North Georgia, Regional Director for United States Senator Johnny Isakson in Northeast Georgia and for the National Corn Growers Association in Washington D.C. Tate is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Athens, Leadership Hall and Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL). She is active in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Hall County Economic Development Council, Georgia Economic Developers Association and several other area non-profits.
Daniel Thompson, MPH, Executive Director, comes to the North Georgia Heart Foundation with a personal investment in preventing heart disease. A Georgia native, Daniel completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health at Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, respectively. Prior to joining the NGHF, Daniel spent six years as a lobbyist for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta focusing on such issues as hospital financing, pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects, child passenger safety, and statewide trauma center funding. During his tenure at Children’s, Daniel also directed the efforts of the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition of Georgia (PHIC). Daniel is a member of the Emory Alumni Board, and spent five years on the Alumni Board of the Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Board, one year as president. Daniel attended Lakeview Academy in Hall Country and currently lives in Gainesville with his dog, Naomi.
Scott Watson, a native of Utah, travelled and worked across the U.S. and abroad before settling down in Georgia in 2011. He earned his Bachelors degree from Oglethorpe University in 2003, with a focus in Business Administration and Behavioral Sciences. Scott is a Director at PCL Construction in Alpharetta, Georgia, focusing on planning and executing large-scale construction projects in the energy sector across the U.S. He has served on various local community Boards. Scott enjoys travelling, sports, and spending time with his wife Katy and their two young children.
Jessica is a CPA specializing in finance and private sector accounting with experience across multiple industries. An LSU grad, she currently serves on the UGA Student Affairs Board. Jessica lives in Athens with her husband James and their two children.