The Georgia DNR Board of Directors
About the Board of Natural Resources
The Board of Natural Resources consists of 19 citizens appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Georgia Senate. The Board is responsible for setting rules and regulations ranging from air and water quality to hunting seasons and provides input into issues such as the agency’s budget recommendations and legislative initiatives. The Board meets 10 times a year. The dates and locations will be posted on the DNR website.
DNR Board Members
Duncan N. Johnson, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Johnson is president of Johnson Motor Company. He currently serves on the North Georgia Mountains Authority, the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University’s community cancer board, and he also serves as chairman of Camp Lakeside, a pediatric disabilities camp. He is a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Georgia. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University. He and his wife, Kaci, have two children. They reside in Augusta.
S. Aaron McWhorter, Vice Chairman
Mr. McWhorter is the owner and president of North Georgia Turf, Inc. and Sports Turf Company, Inc. He is a current member of the General Contractors Licensing Board and past president of the Georgia Turfgrass Association and the Georgia Sod Producers Association. He is a member of the North Georgia Mountains Authority, the West Georgia Regional Water Council, Carroll County Water Authority Board, the American General Contractors Association Board, and the Georgia Environmental Restoration Association Board (GERA). McWhorter earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of West Georgia. He resides in Whitesburg with his wife, Linda. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard, Secretary
Mr. Sinyard is owner and president of Adams Exterminators, Inc., a regional pest control company located in Albany. He currently serves on the North Georgia Mountains Authority and on the board of directors of SunTrust Bank of South Georgia and on the board of trustees of Darton College. He also serves on the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission, and is on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is past chairman of the Dougherty County Commission, the Albany Dougherty Payroll Development Authority, and the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Authority. He and his wife, Lillie, have three sons. They reside in Albany.
Nancy A. Addison
Ms. Addison is vice president and chief financial officer for Health Service Centers, Inc. She is also a corporate advisor for Southern Woods Plantation and a director of Majormatic, a South Africa-based company. Ms. Addison serves as Commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and is a member of the Safari Club International Foundation Advisory Board. She has three children and resides in Savannah.
William Bagwell, Jr.
Mr. William Bagwell, Jr., managing member of Homestead Investments, LLC, is a fourth generation Hall County resident. In addition to Homestead Investments, LLC, he currently manages property for Northeast Georgia Real Estate. He is involved in a family timber operation. He previously owned and operated Homestead Farms in Canon, Georgia. While employed at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville, he held the offices of Vice President of Economic Development, Vice President of Existing Industry and Vice President of Government Affairs. Mr. Bagwell is a Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville and a member of the Gainesville and Hall County Economic Development Council. Mr. Bagwell is a member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources and currently serves as the Chairman of the North Georgia Mountains Authority. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina. He, his wife and 2 children live in Hall County, Georgia.
Mr. Davis is a retired partner at the law firm of King & Spalding and an adjunct professor at Mercer University School of Law. He currently serves on the North Georgia Mountains Authority, and he also owns a pecan farm in Middle Georgia. Mr. Davis served in the U. S. Army for four years as an Airborne Ranger. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a law degree from Mercer University School of Law. Mr. Davis and his wife, Brenda, have two children and three grandchildren and reside in Atlanta.
Dwight H. Evans
Mr. Evans is a founding partner in the Pendleton Consultant Group. Prior to Pendleton, he held the position of executive vice president and group president at Southern Company. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Piedmont College. He has chaired the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development and the Mississippi Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Mr. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech and a law degree from Atlanta Law School. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and six grandchildren. They reside in Stone Mountain.
Alfred W. “Bill” Jones, III
Mr. Jones is currently the chairman emeritus and senior adviser of Sea Island Acquisitions and is director of the Peter Millar Company. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Sea Island Company. Mr. Jones currently serves on the North Georgia Mountains Authority, and previously served as chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority Board and the Georgia Research Alliance Board of Trustees. He served as honorary chairman of the G8 Summit Host Committee and as a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and the Nature Conservancy of Georgia. Jones has received Ernest & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also been awarded the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Rock Howard Award. Mr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University. He and his wife, Sally, reside on St. Simons Island.
Ray Lambert, Jr.
Mr. Lambert is president of the Lambert Company. He is a member of the Young Harris College Board of Trustees and former member of the Young Harris Alumni Board and the Henry County Employee Review Board. He earned an associate degree from Young Harris College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Mary Lynn, have three children and one grandchild. They reside in McDonough.
Robert D. Leebern, Jr.
Mr. Leebern is a Principal with Troutman Sanders Strategies where he leads the federal affairs practice and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. He is a member and supporter of various civic and charitable organizations in Atlanta and Washington, DC and has been deeply involved in successful Presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Gubernatorial campaigns. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Society of Washington, DC, Taste of the South, and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Rob served as Chief of Staff to The Honorable Saxby Chambliss during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, Rob serves on the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Board and Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He and his wife Wendy are members of Northside United Methodist Church. They have two children – Ava and Briggs.
J. Mark Mobley, Jr.
Mr. Mobley is owner and president of Mobley Gin Company in Doerun. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Development Authority, the Board of Directors of the Ameris Bank, the Board of Trustees of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the Colquitt County Hospital Authority. Mobley attended the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Judy, have four children and reside in Moultrie.
Thomas “Mike” Phelps, Jr.
Mr. Phelps is the manager of Home South Communities, LLC, a residential construction company based in Gwinnett County. He currently serves on the Joint Development Authority for Newton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties and the Greater Atlanta Christian School Development Committee. Phelps participates in international missions with Cross Pointe Church. His past civic and board affiliations include the Gwinnett County Zoning Board of Appeals and the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and reside in Suwanee.
Mr. Sawhill is the Managing Director of External Affairs for AGL Resources, the parent company of Atlanta Gas Light. He served previously on the staff of the Honorable US Senator Saxby Chambliss. He is an active participant in the Atlanta Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was named as one of the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 and was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Georgia. He earned his BBA from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Mary, have two children.
Mr. Shailendra serves as president of SG Property Services. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is an alumnus of Woodward Academy where he now sits on their advisory council. He is a past member of the Real Estate Committee for the Woodruff Arts Center, Waterfowl USA, and other outdoor sports organizations. Shailendra is past vice president of People-TV, he served on the Board of Directors of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, past Co-chair of the YCEO, and he was a member of the 2007 class of L.E.A.D. and the 2011 class of Leadership Georgia. Mr. Shailendra currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta YMCA and the Board of Directors of Midtown Alliance. He also co-chairs the Y-OPEN golf tournament and is a chair of the Buckhead Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters and reside in Atlanta.
Winburn E. “Brother” Stewart, Jr.
Mr. Stewart is president and chief executive officer of the Macon-based Bibb Distributing Co. He currently serves on the University of Georgia Terry Business School TDAC, New Town Macon and the board of directors for the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Mr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Terry Business School. Mr. Stewart has two children and five grandchildren. He and his wife Carol reside in Macon.
Ms. Thomaston is Manager of Technical Marketing at Rayonier Advanced Materials. She currently serves on the Board of Natural Resources and is a member of the North Georgia Mountains Authority. Ms. Thomaston serves on the local Boys and Girls Club as a past chairperson. She and her husband, Jody, enjoy coaching youth baseball and football and teaching Sunday school. Miki and Jody are current participants in Leadership Georgia Class of 2016. Miki earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Miki and Jody have two boys, Jackson and Greyson.
Philip C. Watt, M.D.
Dr. Watt is an investment consultant at Southeast Asset Advisors, Inc. He serves as a director on a number of conservation and education related Boards. Dr. Watt earned a bachelor’s degree from the Univ. of the South, a medical degree from the John Hopkins University of Medicine, and a master’s degree from the John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He and his wife, Alston, have two children and reside in Thomasville.
Philip A. Wilheit, Jr.
Mr. Wilheit is a partner at Wilheit Packaging, LLC. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Hall County and Chairman of John Jarrard Foundation. Wilheit also sits on the Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Advisory Board, the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, North Georgia Mountains Authority, and the North Georgia Junior Achievement Board. Philip also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors for Leadership Georgia. Wilheit earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a master’s in business from Georgia State University. He and his wife Addie, have two children named Archer and Turner.
Delos Yancey, III
Mr. Yancey is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of State Mutual Insurance Company of Rome. He is also chairman and chief executive officer of Insurance Administrative Services. Yancey serves as chairman of the Board of Georgia Life & Health Guaranty Association and is a member on the following boards: North Georgia Mountains Authority, the Georgia Association of Life Insurance Companies, the Oklahoma Life & Health Guaranty Association, Insurance Administrative Solutions, Cancer Navigators and United Community Bank of Rome. He and his wife, Molly, have three children and reside in Rome.