Governor Teams

District Governor and Trainer

Mary Ligon
District Governor, district 6900

Mary Ligon joined the Rotary Club of Dougherty County in 2002 serving in several capacities before becoming President in 2009-2010.  At the district level, Mary served as an Assistant Governor for 4 years and as AG Trainer/Coordinator, helping AGs support their clubs and the district.  In June of 2020, she will conclude 5 years as district grants chair,  2019-2020.  Mary enjoys seeing Rotarians work combined with Foundation funds impacting communities throughout the district.

Mary is committed to empowering Rotarians for service as people of action through her support of the Foundation and training. She is a Paul Harris Fellow +5 and was recognized as the District Rotarian of the Year in 2017 and with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in 2018. A graduate of RLI, Mary has been perennial PETS facilitator working with incoming Presidents to plan their year.
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Mike Berg
District Governor, district 6910

Mike Berg is a 38 year Rotarian starting with the South Gwinnett Club and President (1992-1993) of the Snellville Club currently the Gwinnett Sunrise Club. He is a Paul Harris fellow +4, a GRSP Will Watt fellow, a benefactor, a Paul Harris Society member, an RLI graduate and currently an Area Four Assistant Governor (2017-2020).

Mike grew up in South Atlanta. He graduated from Sylvan Hills High School and was a multi-sport varsity athlete. His first job was selling vegetables to neighbors at the age of 10. During his High School years, he worked at Rich’s downtown after hours filing transcripts. He Graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Management, Served in the Army and retiring as a Manager with the Georgia Power Company. He now is the principal for Mike Berg and Associates, Inc.; a government and business strategic planning company. He is also CFO for Marketing Incentives, his Wife’s company that sells promotional marketing incentives.

In addition to his Rotary life, he is Vice President of the Lake Lanier Association, Vice President of Keep Dawson County Beautiful, Board Member of the Coosa N. Ga. State Water Planning Commission and Board Member of the Civic Foundation for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

Mike is a former President of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (2013-2014), Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Dawson County (2005-2017), District 3 Gwinnett County Commissioner (1985-1989), Institute for Georgia environmental leadership board (IGEL), Chairman of the Georgia State Public Defender Council, Board member of the State Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Founder and past Chairman of the Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE)

Mike is married to and works for his wife, Jane Berg. They have two adult children and three Grandchildren. They live on Lake Lanier in Dawson County.
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Ed Presnell
District Governor, district 6920

Ed Presnell has been a member of The Rotary Club of Augusta since January 13, 2003.  He served as the 2017-18 President, is a multiple PHF (+4), and a member of the Paul Harris Bequest Society.  He is currently serving as a Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). 

Ed has been a Regional Business Executive for Peach State Federal Credit Union since June 18, 2018. He is responsible for business development and MSA market presence in the Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina areas. He has been an executive within the credit union industry since 2005, having served as Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer with his previous credit union. Prior to joining the credit union industry, Ed was the President/CEO with the Augusta Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. That role was preceded by 15 years in the telecommunications industry in the Augusta area, including positions as General Manager with CellularOne of Augusta Regional Vice President with KMC Telecom. A native of Asheboro, NC, he graduated from Clemson University in 1971 with a B.A. in Economics. As a community servant, including his proudest role as President of the Rotary Club of Augusta, he has held eighteen (18) Chairman/President roles in various civic organizations in Augusta. Among these organizations are The Augusta Sports Council, The Imperial Theatre, The Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, and The Augusta Clemson Club. From 2000-2003, Ed was a member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors. Among his honors, in 2003 he was an Inaugural Laureate in the Junior Achievement CSRA Business Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 Unity Award from the Alpha Phi Alpha, Augusta Chapter. Receiving his highest professional honor, he was inducted into the African American Credit Union Coalition Hall of Fame (AACUC) on August 7, 2019. He is married to Deb, and has two daughters, and four grandchildren. An avid golfer, Ed’s hobbies include baseball, football, U.S. history, WWII (his father’s journey), travel, and essentially anything sports related! He is a member of Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta (since 1977). He is also a member of Palmetto Golf Club and The Pinnacle Club.
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Anthony Slaughter
Trainer, 6900

President of Engineering at Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc.
Degree: Bachelor of Civil Engineering 1993, Auburn University
Licensed Professional Engineer Georgia & Alabama

Moon Meeks Mason & Vinson, Inc. is a Southwest Georgia Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Firm established in Columbus Georgia in 1946. It has been our pleasure to preparedconstruction plans and surveys for numerous projects throughout the region. Our engineering services range from floodplain studies, storm water hydrology calculations and designs, street patterns, grades and profiles, storm and sanitary sewer designs, parking lots, driveways, intersections, water main extensions, and erosion control plans. Our surveying services include ALTA surveys, property boundary surveys, easement surveys, topographic surveys, legal descriptions, floodplain surveys and construction staking.

Professional Affiliations:
Life Member National Eagle Scout Association,
Alumnus of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program,
Life Member Auburn Alumni Association

ROTARY BACKGROUND:
President of the Harris County Club 2004-2005 and miscellaneous club positions
Rotary District 6900 Assistant Governor – 2009-2012 ( 3 years)
Rotary District 6900 Service Project Chair – 2012-2014 (2 years)
Rotary District 6900 Assistant Trainer – 2014-2015
Rotary District 6900 Administration Chair – 2015-2016
Rotary District 6900 Chief of Staff/Assistant Trainer – 2016-2017
Rotary District 6900 Trainer – 2018-2019
P.E.T.S. Training Team Miscellaneous Rolls – 2010 – present

AWARDS:
District Assistant Governor of the year
District Rotarian of the Year
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Hans Meier
Trainer, 6910

Hans Meier is a member of the Rotary Club of Lainer Forsyth. He is currently on his third year as Assistant Governor in District 6910. He was AG of the Year for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Foundation Benefactor, Hue Thomas Fellow and Will Watt Fellow. His hobby is woodworking. He is chairman of a Scroll Group and Turning Group and has taught a number of different classes. He also has a number of wood working You Tubes to his credit.

 

Frank Seaton
Trainer, 6920

Frank is a Certified Public Accountant who has retired from practice  as a shareholder in the firm Thigpen, Jones, Seaton and Co., PC., Dublin, Georgia. Frank joined the Dublin Rotary Club in 1981. He is Past President of the Dublin Rotary Club, served as D6920 Assistant Governor 2011-2013, District Director 2013-2014 and District Trainer 2014-2016 and 2017-2018. He will be serving as District Trainer again for 2020-2021. He is married to Debra and has two grown sons and two grandsons.

Joanne Tolleson
Trainer, 6910

District Governor Elect and Trainer

George Granade
District Governor Elect, District 6900
George began his Rotary journey in August 2003 with the Rotary Club of Griffin. As a member of that club he served as president for the Rotary year 2012-2013. Before serving as president, he served on the club’s board and as chairman of several different club committees over the years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Georgia Rotary Student Program Will Watt Fellow and Hue Thomas Fellow. On the district level, George served six years on the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program with four of those years as secretary. George currently is an Assistant Governor and is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute and has completed three graduate courses.

George resides in Williamson, Ga. with his wife, Jill. They have two sons, George II and Nicholas and are grandparents to three boys. George has been employed by University of Georgia Griffin Campus as the research station superintendent for the Field Research Services unit since April 1990. He is a member and past president of the Research Center Administrators Society. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2014 from the Research Center Administrator Society in 2014.

George received an Associate Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC) in 1974. He transferred to the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1976 and then a Master of Science in Agronomy in 1978. After graduation, George worked for Auburn University for six years. He than moved to Parsons, KS to work for Kansas State University as Agronomist Instructor until March 1990 performing research with soybeans. George has been active in the community by serving on the Griffin Youth Soccer Association as a board member and president as well as a coach and referee. He served as board member and president of the Griffin High School Soccer Booster Club. He is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Griffin-Spalding County. He served as an assistant scout master for Troop 1. He served on the Pike County Planning Commission. George and Jill are members of the First Methodist Church of Griffin. As an alumnus of ABAC, he has served on the alumni board and as president.
MEET GEORGE
Gerry Taylor
District Governor Elect, District 6910
Gerry Taylor is a retired Vice President of Resource Development, United Way of Northeast Georgia. He has served United Ways for over 30 years beginning in Lexington, KY as Assistant Campaign Director, and then moving to Racine Wisconsin as Campaign Director before relocating to Birmingham Alabama as Senior Vice President of Resource Development. He began his position with United Way of Northeast Georgia in January of 2007. Prior to his career with United Way, he spent over eight years in sales and sales management, primarily with office product companies. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and has completed various campaign and management courses from the National Academy of Volunteerism at United Way of America, including the 4 year Management Course.

Gerry was responsible for United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Annual Campaign and the Planned Giving program. During his United Way career, he has been responsible for raising more than ¼ billion dollars in annual campaigns and over 15 million in Planned Giving assets.

Gerry decided to become a United Way professional to help improve the quality of life for others after experiencing assistance in his young life from a couple of United Way agencies that taught him lifelong lessons and provided him opportunities to succeed.

He is a Past President of the Classic City Rotary Club in Athens Georgia, Past Assistant Governor of District 6910, current District 6910 Training Vice Chair, current District 6910 Awards and Recognition Chair, a member of the District 6910 Conference Committee, past District 6910 Board Member, Past President of Sales and Marketing Executives of the Birmingham Alabama Chapter and the Past President and founder of Professional Sales Association of Birmingham. He has spent many years coaching youth baseball.

Gerry serves his church-Watkinsville First United Methodist as an Usher, a member of the Nominations Committee and a Collections Processor. Gerry is married to Lisa Landers Taylor, a retired special education teacher. They have two sons, Christopher (daughter in law Ashley) and Ryan. His favorite pastimes are outdoor sports, model railroading and spending time with his family, including his Black Labrador Retriever, Hannah.
MEET GERRY
Heather Kellen
District Governor Elect, District 6920
Heather holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has practiced for 17 years holding positions of area director and vice president of operations for outpatient and rehab organizations. She also works as an adjunct professor teaching physical therapy assistants at Central Georgia Technical College. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism and has worked in Alaska and Washington as a new reporter for newspaper, radio, and television. She joined the Perry Rotary Club in 2008 and served as Perry Club president in 2014-2015. She has served in club leadership as Community Service Chair & Youth Services Chair. Heather has served District 6920 as Disaster Response Chair, End Polio Ambassador and a Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator. She has represented Rotary Internationally administering polio vaccines in India, as a member of a Vocational Training Team to Myanmar, and as a participant in Rotary Day at The United Nations.Heather also commits time and energy to her local community while serving as a member of Toastmasters International, Perry Chamber of Commerce, and Board member of the Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau. Heather has been recognized as Star President and Club of the Year recognition during her term as Club President. Presented with Rotarian of the Year, Governor’s Leadership Award, and Emerging District Leader. She is a Paul Harris Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member, and Will Watt Fellow. Heather was born and raised in Washington State and Alaska. She moved to Florida for graduate school and stayed in the South to practice physical therapy in middle Georgia. Heather is the mother of two daughters; Kayla 33, and Lauren 26 and grandmother to four grandchildren; Alta, Jayden, Gwen, Naomi. Heather loves the outdoors and spends much of her free time travelling, hiking, biking, & scuba diving. She is a huge movie buff and roots for the Seattle Seahawks.
MEET Heather
Margie Kersey
Trainer, 6900
Rotary is a huge part of Margie’s life. She joined Rotary as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey on February 16, 1998 and served as President in 1999-2000. She joined the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain July 2006 where she served as President in 2016-17. She is a Major Donor, Bequest Society member and is very honored to have been named District Rotarian of the Year in 2008.

Margie has been active serving at the District level, where she served as District Governor in 2011-12 and as the District Rotary Foundation Chair from 2016-2019. Margie has served as District Trainer for two Governors and as the representative to the Council on Legislation 2016-2019. Outside of the district, Margie served as President of The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) 2015-17. She is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute and serves as a Discussion Leader and is the past Curriculum Director. She is honored to serve as the Chairman of RLI Sunshine Division for 2019-2021.

Margie is self-employed with her husband, Ron Kersey, as financial and estate planners. They specialize in working with owners of timberland. Prior to heading out on her own, she spent 20 years in retail including 10 at Toys R Us as an operations Director. Training was a big part of her job and soon after leaving Toys, she went to work with Dale Carnegie Training traveling most of South Georgia. She has also worked as a trainer for the Calvin Center in Hampton, GA providing leadership and teamwork challenges in an “Outward Bound” type program.

Ron and Margie live in Lawrenceville, Georgia where they attend wine tastings whenever they can.
MEET MARGIE
Don Martin
Trainer, 6910
A native of northern New Jersey, Mike graduated with a BS degree in Food Technology from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. He began his career in the food processing industry with a small vegetable processing company in Baltimore, MD and Greenwood, DE. In the remaining career of 35 years he worked with products such as breakfast cereals and other breakfast foods, pet food, Kool Aid, and salad dressings both in quality control and production management positions. The last 25 years of his career was working in the seafood processing business as VP of Operations. He lived in Maryland (2X), Pennsylvania (2X), Illinois (3X), Michigan, Massachusetts, and finally St. Simons Island. After retiring from King & Prince Seafood Corp.in Brunswick, GA, he and his wife opened 2 picture framing stores, one on St. Simons and the other in Brunswick. They closed the business after 11 years to retire once again.

Over the years, he has been involved in many nonprofit organizations. He is past president of the United Way of the Golden Isles, past board member of the Brunswick- Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, past president of Coastal Coalition for Children, past board member of Junior Achievement of greater Boston, and a past SCORE counselor and a member of several other committees in his communities.

Mike joined the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island in 2001 and served on the club’s Board of Directors in 2005 to 2007 and was club President in 2011-2012. He served on the St. Simons Island Rotary Scholarship Fund from 2006 to 2015, 2009 to 2015 as the Chair. Mike and Nancy were a GRSP Host Family in 2013-14 and he served as a Trustee to GRSP from 2013-2017. To support District 6920 activities, he was the 2018 District Conference Chair and an Assistant Governor from 2015 to 2018.

Mike and his wife Nancy have been married for 53 years, live on St. Simons Island and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
MEET DON
Ed Davis
Trainer, 6920
Ed is the Principal Agent and Owner of Source One Insurance and Benefits Group, A Private Client, and Commercial Insurance Brokerage Firm, headquartered in Macon, Georgia. Attending North Georgia College and Graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Ed has been a member of several Rotary Clubs during his professional career in multiple states. Joining the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon in 2010. Twice voted the Rotarian of the year by his club, serving as Club President in 2016-2017. He has been a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader since 2012, District 6920 RLI District Director 2018-2021. Ed is a Paul Harris Fellow (Multiple), A Rotary International Fellow and GRSP Will Watt Fellow.
MEET ED
Cindy Haddon
Trainer, 6910

Cindy is a native of Statham, but she has lived in Watkinsville for the past 35 years. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 1983. In 1997 she returned to night school and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Walton, Dale Carnegie and the NRECA Management Internship Program.

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District Governor Nominee and Trainer

Andre Marria
District Governor Nominee, district 6900
Andre’ Hadley Marria graduated from The Fort Valley State University in 1973 with a B. S degree in Music, and in 1975 with a M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling. Mrs. Marria spent thirty–four years of public service with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, retiring as the Director of the Thomas County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) November 2008. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Marria lent her leadership skills to Southwestern State Hospital as a Unit Director and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, assisting in the initial licensure of Rose Haven ICF/MR/SNF, a 110-bed facility. Mrs. Marria went on to work as the Assistant Director for Southwest Georgia Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases Regional board and was instrumental in establishing the first substance abuse prevention programs in fourteen rural counties and revitalized community based mental health services in those same counties. She is a Consultant and serves as Fidelity Manager/Trainer of Trainers for The Morehouse School of Medicine Health Promotion unit, overseeing a research-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Scales Grant in Thomas, Grady, and Dougherty Counties. This is a five-year Scales Grant Initiative being implemented in five other north Georgia counties. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and past president of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, Inc. (2004), Mrs. Marria continues to serve as an independent contractor and is listed as an EAP Counselor for the City of Thomasville. She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor of B. S. and Maters level Child and Adolescent counselors who are seeking state licensure. A dedicated member of the Thomasville Community, Mrs. Marria is a fifteen-year member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville, Georgia. She is a Distinguished Will Watt Fellow, Paul Harris Fellow, Hue Thomas Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, 2018-2019 Sheffield Presidential Leadership Society inductee, and a Major Donor. Mrs. Marria serves as one of Southwest Georgia’s Assistant District Governors for Rotary International, District 6900 and the 2018-2019 Past President of The Rotary Club of Thomasville. Currently, she serves as the Youth Services Director for her home club and is the recent graduate of Rotary Zone 33-34 Emerging Leaders 2020 Summit of Champions. She is a member of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians and is a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader. Mrs. Marria is a member, in good standing, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Thomasville Alumnae Chapter), an international service organization headquartered in Washington D.C. founded on the principles of economic development, educational development, international awareness, physical and mental health, and political awareness involvement. She was appointed by the Thomas County Board of Commissioners to serve as the county representative of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases Region Four Advisory Council 2019-2021 and also serves on the board of The Gathering Place, a faith based non-profit youth service organization. Mrs. Marria is a Trustee of the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Board of Trustees 2016-2021 and was the 2015-2017 Board Chair of Vashti Mental Health Center, Inc. Thomasville Georgia. Mrs. Marria has received the 2016 John C. Burns III Licensed Professional Counselors Association, Lifetime Achievement Award for her 39 years of service and endorsement of the Profession of Counseling. She is a Trustee of the Thomasville Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. A Two-time Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International (Toastmasters’ highest educational award) she previously serviced as Division G Director overseeing twenty-one clubs. She is the 2020 Division H Club, and Area Toastmasters Table Topic contest winner and came in 2nd in the division. Her proudest accomplishment was to serve as a 911 Ground Zero Red Cross Disaster Mental Health First Respondent, NYC -2001 Andre has been married to Evangelist Walter Marria, Jr. for forty-seven years and they have two birth children, two given by God and eight grandchildren.
MEET ANDRE
Brandy Lynn Swanson
District Governor Nominee, district 6910
MEET BRANDY
Andy Lohn
District Governor Nominee, district 6920
Andy joined the Rotary Club of Savannah South in February 2008. He has served as an officer and board member of the Club and as President for 2013-2014. Andy has served as an Assistant Governor, member of the Public Image Committee and as Chairman of the District 6920 Group Study Exchange/Friendship Exchange Committee. In 2016 he was Team Leader for a Friendship Exchange to District 1800 in Germany. Andy and his family have been host parents to two GRSP students. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining Member and Rotary Foundation Benefactor and a GRSP Will Watt Fellow. Professionally, Andy is of Counsel to the Savannah, Georgia law firm of Meyer & Sayers, LLP. He has extensive experience in wealth management, business succession planning, asset protection planning and domestic, and international estate planning for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. He has been in law practice since 1986 and has worked in the Trust & Estates group of a top Atlanta-based law firm and the Corporate Tax and Private Client Advisor Groups of Deloitte where his practice focused on Business Succession Planning for family businesses throughout the Southeast. Andy holds a B.A. from Bob Jones University, a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University Of Alabama School Of Law. Andy is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and currently hosts nationally broadcast tax webinars each year. Andy serves as an Elder at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, a volunteer firefighter with the Skidaway Division of Southside Fire and is a member of the German Friendly Society of Savannah and the German Heritage Society of Savannah. Andy and his wife, Anna-Fay, have two adult daughters.
MEET ANDY
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Trainer, 6910
Other activities include District 6910 Foundation Chair 2002-2005, District Trainer 2004-2006 and General Chair of the Zone Institute in 2006. He participated as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego in 2006 and 2007. Rich served as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC) in Zone 34 for The Rotary Foundation in 2007-2010. He was Chair of the RI Leadership Development and Training Committee in 2014-2015.

Rich is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member.

His current hobbies include cycling and Native American culture. Personal accomplishments include running the Atlanta and New York Marathons and the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). His most recent accomplishment was completing the 107 mile Ride To End Polio event in Tucson, AZ.
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Lisa Birch
Trainer, 6920
MEET LISA

District Governor Nominee Designate and Trainer