Meet Our Governance Board

2017 - 2018 Houston County Career Academy's Governance Board


Name: Michael Chalmers, Chair
Email: michaelchalmers@spherion.com

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
Michael is the President and Owner of Spherion Staffing Middle Georgia, Columbus, Ga LaGrange, GA and Spherion Staffing Huntsville, Alabama. The company specializes in the recruiting and placement of Industrial, Administrative, Healthcare, IT, Accounting & Finance, and Engineering candidates. He attended Kennesaw State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Communication in 1995. He also earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from Kennesaw State University in 1998.



Name: Kimberly Gunn, Vice-Chairman
Email: kgunn@centralgatech.edu

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
14 years of higher education experience- 7 1/2 years at Middle/Central Georgia Technical College in advising, then High School Initiatives and 7 years at Middle Georgia College as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruiting. I have served as the dual enrollment coordinator at HCCA for 5 years. I have a Master of Public Administration from Ga College & State University.



Name: Lany Puckett, Treasurer
Email: sldietary@healthmngt.com

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
Dietary Director; Summers Landing of Warner Robins Ga.; Previously, Food & Beverage Manager, Houston Lake Country Club, Perry Ga.; over 30 years' experience in the Food & Beverage Industry; Graduate of Georgia College & State University 1986, B. S. Public Administration, B. S. Political Science.



Name: Sabrina Phelps, Principal/ CEO
Email: sabrina.phelps@hcbe.net

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
15 years classroom CTAE instructor (Family and Consumer Sciences), six years Assistant Principal/ CTAE supervisor, Warner Robins High School, and currently serves as Principal and CEO of Houston County Career Academy.



Name: Bryan Fobbus
Email: bfobbus@wrga.gov

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
City of Warner Robins, Human Resources Director 2010-present; Risk Manager 1992-2010; Personnel Generalist 1987-1992.

Master of Public Administration - Georgia College & State University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Mercer University



Name: Angie Gheesling
Email: gheesling@houstoncountyga.net

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Executive Director, Houston County Development Authority (2012 - present)
Executive Director, Milledgeville Baldwin County Development Authority (7 years)
Assistant Director and Regional Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development (7 years)
Manager, Choby's Landing Restaurant, Lake Sinclair (23 years)
Graduate of Georgia College



Name: Andrea Griner, CEcD
Email: agriner@centralgatech.edu

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Andrea Griner is Central Georgia Technical College's Vice President for Economic Development. In this role, she leads the Office of Economic Development in serving the College's 11 county service delivery area by ensuring economic development training programs are accessible and aligned to support the workforce needs of the business community. Andrea also provides assistance to community leaders, chambers and development authorities by supporting the recruitment of new businesses and the expansion of existing industries.



Name: David McDermott
Email: david.mcdermott@hcbe.net

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
This is my twenty-fifth year in education. I served as an Assistant Principal at Northside High School for ten years. During that time, I served as the administrator for the Tabor Ninth Grade Academy and the CTAE Supervisor. I became the CTAE Director for Houston County in the Spring of 2015.

Name: Craig H. Hoffman
Email: Craig.H.Hoffman@pepsico.com

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Frito Lay plant manager, Kathleen, GA


Name: Cynthia Holly
Email: Cindi.holly@hcbe.net

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
24 years classroom CTAE instructor in Business Education; 7 years as Work-Based Learning Coordinator; currently serve as Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for Houston County Schools.



Name: Marian McLemore
Email: mmclemore@FlintEMC.com

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Marian McLemore graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism (Advertising/Public Relations Management). She has more than 20 years of public relations experience in the electric utility industry, specifically cooperatives and economic development. Currently, Vice President of Cooperative Communications at Flint Energies, she is Accredited in public relations (APR) and a certified cooperative communicator (CCC).



Name: Eric Payne
Email: eric.payne@hcbe.net

Professional Background /Biographical Information:
Eric Payne graduated from Georgia Southern University with Bachelor's degree in Education and went on to receive his Masters, Specialists, and Doctorate degrees in Administration and Supervision. He taught at Miller and Russell Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal, and then served as principal at Bonaire Elementary School for 8 years. He is currently serving in his eighth year as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.



Name: James Petties
Email: jamespettis@hotmail.com

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Pettis & Powell, Inc March 2006 - Present (11 years 7 months)
Manage assisted living homes and adult day health care facilities.



​Name: Robert Williams
Email: Robert.Williams.3@us.af.mil

Professional Background/Biographical Information:
Mr. Williams is the DoD Liaison to the Houston County Career Academy. He has served in myriad Human Resource and Senior Advisory positions spanning a 33 year civilian career with the United States Air Force in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. He presently serves as the Director, Management Operations, for the 78th Air Base Wing, Robins Air Force Base. In his present position, he provides executive advice and assistance to the Installation Commander in all facets of the Wing's support of several Air Force missions, contractor operations and a diverse workforce spanning the installation. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, in 1983. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, in 2009.