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Governing Board Biographies and Contacts

Tami Peavy-Owen, Chair
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Peavy-Owen earned a BA in history from Georgia Southwestern State University.  She earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, 20II. She is currently the Assistant District Attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit of Georgia.

John LeJeune, Vice Chair
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Dr. John LeJeune is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southwestern State University. He completed his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and in 2012-13 was a Junior Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. He has published research on the intersection of political education and early childhood development, and helped found the GSW Chess Club. He resides in Americus with his wife Ke Wang and their two children.

Lane Tyson, Treasurer
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Originally from Albany, GA, Tyson has resided in Americus since 1995. He is a 1992 graduate of Georgia Tech with a BS in Industrial Management and a 1995 graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University with a MS in Business.  He has been employed as a salesman with Hill Manufacturing Company of Atlanta since 1992. He is a past president of the Sumter Historic Trust and is currently Chairman of the Sumter Historic Trust Preservation Commission and a founding member of the Sumter Men's Garden Club.  He is married to Daiquiri Tyson.

Gena Wilson, Secretary
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Wilson is a native of Americus, GA and is the Director of Human Resources for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). She earned her BBA in Human Resources Management and her MBA from GSW. In addition to her role as HR Director, Wilson also serves as Title IX Coordinator and Chair of the Title IX Advisory Committee. Wilson is a certified mediator under the University System of Georgia's Consortium on Conflict Resolution and serves as a member of the GSW Staff Senate. She resides in Americus with her husband John and two children.

Darlene Laird
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Laird was born and raised on Long Island, New York. After studying English at SUNY Buffalo State, she worked for several national brand marketing firms, both in New York City and Atlanta, and has worked in partnership with clients such as Turner Network Television, Timberland, Thrivent Financial, Ghirardelli, UFC, and Home Depot, to name a few. Mrs. Laird has lived in Americus since 2011, currently works for Habitat for Humanity International, and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Council for Certification on Volunteer Administration.

Allyson Drinnon
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Drinnon graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She spent two years post-college as a Maine Campus Compact VISTA member, working at St. Joseph's College to develop community partnerships for service-learning placements and Federal Work Study student placements at elementary after school programs. She has lived in Americus since 2001 and works at Habitat for Humanity International, where she has administered a $3.5 million Federal grant, coordinated an annual national conference for youth leaders, managed international volunteer programs, and facilitated training programs. A Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Council for Certification on Volunteer Administration, she has volunteered with the Sumter County Mentoring program and is currently an active volunteer in the Sumter County Schools.

David Luvin
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