2013 Board of Directors
- Mylle Mangum, Chair
- Dennis McClain, Vice Chair
- Sandy Bishop, Treasurer
- Roddie Anne Blackwell, Secretary & Policy Chair
- Maurice Hill, Jr., Facilities Chair & Marketing Committee
- Jude Martincic, Volunteer Committee Chair
- Judy Fain, Membership Chair
- Dena Lanier, Programming Chair
- Laura Gailey, Legal Council
- Janet Kelhoffer, PutnamARTS Chair
- Nancy Marshall, Meet Me at The Plaza Chair
- Deborah Ricks, Major Gifts Chair
- Rush Utley, Community Expansion Committee
- Dr. David Bradley, Marketing Chair
Mylle is currently CEO of IBT Enterprises and her diverse background in consumer, travel, technology and marketing services allows her to apply best practices from those sectors to the financial services and specialty retail industries. Mylle is Chairman and CEO of IBT Holdings, the parent company of IBT Enterprises, and Design Build Concepts, an IBT sister company which provides ground-up design/build services to financial institutions.
Mylle is a member of numerous organizations including the Goizueta Advisory Board of Emory Business School, the Piedmont College Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board and a member of Business Executives for National Security. She is a current member and was past president of the Committee of 200, an organization of top U.S. and international businesswomen. Mylle serves on the board of directors at Payless Shoe Source, Inc., Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. and Barnes Group, Inc. Mylle was also WIT's 2004 Woman of the Year in Technology and one of Catalyst's Magazine's Top 25 Entrepreneurs in Atlanta in 2007. Mylle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and is married to Bill Mangum, City Council Member.
Mylle joined EPAF several years ago and is serving her third year as the Board's Chairwoman. Her extensive business background and leadership skills have pushed EPAF into its next phase of success and with the help of many Volunteer Board Members, Community Volunteers, and the enormous generosity of the residents of Eatonton and the Lake Country, The Plaza Arts Center will continue to grow.
Other than a brief stint in Ashville, NC, Sandy Bishop was raised in the Peach State. After growing up in Atlanta, moving to Eatonton in 1980 was a bit of culture shock as Lake Oconee was just beginning to fill and with the exception of PAPA, there was no local arts organization to inspire and add interest to life.
Before earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Marketing from GCSU, Sandy worked with the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild in Ashville, NC, in administration, education, and retail. Upon returning to GA, she became a CPA, which still fills her working hours. In addition to her work as a CPA, and while raising two children, she served two terms with the Putnam County Board of Education as well as other educational organizations, and has also served on the Uncle Remus Regional Library Board.
Sandy is a Member of First United Methodist Church and is thankful to call Eatonton her home.
Maurice Hill, Jr.
A native of Washington, D.C., Maurice moved to Eatonton in 2011 and began work as the Facility Manager for Putnam County Primary School. In his time at PCPS, Maurice began volunteering with the G.I.V.E. Program, working with students on reading skills. He also mentors students and has them work on special projects to give them a sense of purpose and to modify inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.
Additionally, Maurice is a Putnam County Leadership graduate from the Class of 2013, he serves on the Board of Directors for Putnam Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers as the Logistic Coordinator for the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life.
Maurice has five daughters, ranging in age from 15-27, who are the joy of his life. They are a family of art enthusiasts! Maurice loves to sketch and wants to enhance his art skills. They all love to attend plays, performances, comedies, and art exhibits.
Jude Martincic is a native of the Chevy Chase area of Washington, DC; however, she spent a good part of her life in Annapolis, MD while working for the State of Maryland in Economic Development, running numerous financing programs along with sister-state programs in France, Japan, and China.
Upon moving to Georgia in 1997, with her husband of 36 years, Joe, she began volunteering at The Plaza Arts Center through its sub-organization, the Putnam Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA) and has served as Floor Captain for the Plaza's Event Volunteers at most productions since 2012. She also manages to volunteer for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS), Putnam General Hospital (PGH), and she began the Reynolds Chorus in 2000.
Jude and Joe are members of Lake Oconee Community Church, where Jude has held several leadership positions and will Chair their Leadership Circle in 2015.
Roddie Anne Blackwell
Roddie Anne Blackwell has over three decades worth of experience in Non-Profit Management being the Director of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, which has over 350 Members. She's been involved with many tourism, small business, and large economic development projects in the community creating over 3,000 jobs. She is married to Sammy Blackwell.
Roddie Anne was one of the original founders of the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation and served as Treasurer for 10 years during the phases of renovation. She came back on Board in 2012.
Dena Lanier has many years of experience under her belt from managing/owing the Fox Theatre in St. Louis and Fox Theatricals in New York. She is married to Robert Lanier and together they own and manage Shoulderbone Plantation. Dena is also a retired Financial Advisor and a retired stock, bonds, and commodities broker.
Dena has served on the EPAF Board for the past several years and helps the staff choose the best and most talented programming for The Plaza Arts Center Stage.
Laura R. Gailey practices law with her husband, R. Michael Gailey, Jr., at The Gailey Law Firm, LLC., which she founded in 2002. Laura is a lifelong resident of Eatonton, Georgia. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in 1994 and received her J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, in 1997. After law school, Laura worked as the Law Clerk for all of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judges for the counties of Putnam, Morgan, Greene, Baldwin, Jones, Wilkes, Hancock and Jasper.
Laura currently serves as a Board Member with the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation, Inc. and the Jasper-Putnam Training Center, Inc. She is a past Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. She is the local counsel for Putnam Development Authority and the Lake Oconee Development Authority. Michael Gailey and Laura Gailey were awarded the Business People of the Year in Putnam County in 2010. Laura is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States District Court – Middle Georgia, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
Janet Kelhoffer is a long-time educator and counselor at Gatewood Schools. She is married to Dan Kelhoffer.
Janet takes on huge responsibility in managing the mission of PutnamARTS, a subcommittee of EPAF. Janet is in charge of the Fine Art and Photography Shows that take place at The Plaza Arts Center as well as the Adults' and Children's Classes. In 2012 alone, she was responsible for creating the education programming for over 180 fine and performing arts students and instructors.
Meet Me at The Plaza Chair
Nancy Marshall is a native of Macon, GA but is proud to call Eatonton and Putnam County home for the last 23 years. Marshall is married to Eatonton native, Jim Marshall and they have one son, Matthew. Nancy taught elementary school for 32 years before retiring from full-time teaching in 2007. She continues to teach part-time at Putnam County Elementary school and was honored when chosen to be 2012's Star Teacher. Marshall has volunteered in various capacities for The Plaza. She's worked with The Plaza's Summer Art Camp for children since its inception, receptions for the photography shows, and was named the Chair of the Meet Me at The Plaza Summer Concert Series, a subcommittee of EPAF, in 2012. She is a member of Eatonton First UMC, where she teaches Children's Sunday School. She's also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Facilities Chair / Co-Chair of PAPA
Dennis McClain was born in Rome, GA in 1950 and has called Eatonton home since 1987. He is married to Dottie McClain and they have two children and two grandchildren. McClain received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from GCSU in Milledgville, GA. He was employed for 37 years by Georgia Power as an instructor and as a Managing Supervisor of over 250 personnel while being responsible for million dollar budgets.
Dennis and his wife have been Co-Chairs of the Putnam Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA), a subcommittee of EPAF, since 1988. He has over two decades of experience creating theatrical entertainment, including set design, directing, ticket sales, advertising, set construction, sound, and lighting. McClain was an original founding board member of The Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation and served on the Design Committee during the renovations of The Plaza Arts Center as well as helping create The Plaza Park area just in front of The Plaza Arts Center.
Major Gifts Chair
Deborah Ricks moved to the community in 2001 and is a retired educator and works part-time for Oconee RESA. Deborah is married to Ray Ricks, who manages the Putnam County School's Transportation Department. She is a strong supporter of arts in the community and is always looking for creative ways to raise funds by being responsible for EPAF's Major Gifts Committee. Deb also serves on the PutnamARTS Committee and is a volunteer at The Plaza's Summer Art Camp for children.
Community Expansion Committee
Rush Utley, former education administrator, joined the EPAF Board in 2013. He is no stranger to hard work. His interests lie in expanding The Plaza Arts Center's Educational and Community Outreach. Rush is married to Ellen Utley.
Judy Fain was born and raised in Woodbine, GA and is a graduate of Georgia Southern College. She taught Science Classes, mainly on the High School level, from 1965 to 2005 in GA and FL. Judy was listed in the Who's Who of American Teachers three times in her career. She is now retired and has enjoyed living in Putnam County with her husband, Al and they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2015. They have two children, a son and a daughter, as well as three grandchildren.
Judy has managed to keep busy since retirement. She's an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she is in the Choir, President of the Robinson Dance Sunday School Class and is on the Outreach and Mission Team as a liaison with Putnam Christian Outreach. Judy is also an officer of the Phoenix Homemakers Club, has served in the past as President of the Energizers, an outreach program of FUMC, and currently serves on the Authority Board for Putnam General Hospital.
Since their arrival in Eatonton, Judy and Al have been very involved in the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation as Members and Volunteers at The Plaza with the Meet Me at The Plaza Summer Concerts, VIP Program, as well as serving on the Old School History Museum Board and as Docents for the Museum.
Dr. David Bradley
Dr. David Bradley has nearly two decades of experience in the practice of general dentistry. He is an alumnus of the Dawson Center for the Advancement of Dentistry, and has been trained by the Seattle Institute of Advance Dental Education. Dr. David has also completed various programs through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
Dr. Bradley and his wife, Patti, opened their private practice, Lake Oconee Dentistry in 1998. The business has blossomed tremendously over the years because of his knack for marketing and their joint determination to make each patient a priority. Dr. David and his wife have two children, Spencer and Sophia. Dr. David enjoys multiple leadership roles with many local and national civic and Christian organizations. He enjoys traveling as well as giving of his time and talents to others. Lake Oconee Dentistry supports over 50 community events and causes annually. The practice's Dentistry from the Heart event has been instrumental in providing over $140,000 in free dental care to the local community over the last four years.
Dr. Bradley joined the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation in 2015 to serve as their Marketing Chair.