Board of Natural Resources

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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

S. Aaron McWhorter, Chairman

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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, the Georgia Sod Producers Association, the Turfgrass Producers International, and the past president of the Georgia Turfgrass Association. He is a member of the North Georgia Mountains Authority, the West Georgia Regional Water Council, the Carroll County Water Authority Board, the American General Contractors Association Board, the Georgia Environmental Restoration Association Board (GERA) and the University of West Georgia. 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 six grandchildren.

 

Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard, Vice Chairman

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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, Secretary

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Nancy A. Addison is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Health Service Centers, Inc.  She is past Chairman of the North Georgia Mountains Authority and former Commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Addison is a director for Majormatic - a South Africa-based company and serves on the Safari Club International Foundation Advisory Board. She has three children and two grandchildren and resides on Georgia’s coast.

William Bagwell, Jr.

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Mr. William Bagwell, Jr. is managing member of Homestead Investments, LLC and 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 member of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, a member and Vice Chairman of the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority and a member of the Gainesville and Hall County Economic Development Council.  He serves as a member of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.  Mr. Bagwell also serves as a member and Chairman of the North Georgia Mountains Authority and serves as a member and past Chairman of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources.  He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.  He, his wife and 2 children live in Hall County, Georgia. 

 

Dwight Davis

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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

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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.

 


Duncan N. Johnson, Jr.

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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.

 

 

Alfred W. “Bill” Jones, III

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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.

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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 two grandchildren. They reside in McDonough.

Robert D. Leebern, Jr.

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Mr. Leebern is a strategic business and governmental affairs consultant.  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.  Previously, he worked as a Principal at Troutman Sanders Strategies where he launched and built its federal affairs practice.  Prior to this, he 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 the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he served as Chairman in 2013.  He and his wife Wendy are members of Northside United Methodist Church.  They have two children – Bizzy and Briggs.

 

J. Mark Mobley, Jr.

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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.

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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.

 

Paul Shailendra

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Paul Shailendra serves as President of SG Property Services (SGPS), a full service real estate development and investment firm.  He has been involved in the real estate and commercial development industry for most of his life – and is proud that SGPS continues to provide successful and exciting opportunities today for their clients and investors. Paul graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. As an alumnus of Woodward Academy, he sits on the Advisory Council for the private institution. Prior to beginning his real estate career, he worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington D.C. Paul has been actively engaged in many local and national non-profit organizations and enjoys his involvement in community organizations. He is a past member of the Government Affairs Council of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Committee for the Woodruff Arts Center, Waterfowl USA, and other outdoor sports organizations. Paul is also a past Vice President of People-TV, board member of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, chair of the YCEO, the Board of Directors of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the 2007 class of L.E.A.D Atlanta and a member of the 2011 class of Leadership Georgia. Paul currently serves on the Board of the College of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Tharpe Fund at Georgia Tech and as chair of the Buckhead chapter of Ducks Unlimited. In 2013, Paul was appointed by the Governor to the board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for a five-year term. In 2015, Paul was appointed to the Ft. McPherson Authority for a four-year term. In 2017, Paul was appointed to a three-year to the Board of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Paul resides in the City of Atlanta with his wife Amanda Bell Shailendra and their two daughters.

 

Winburn E. “Brother” Stewart, Jr.

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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.

 

Miki Thomaston

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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 the Wayne County community as a board member and past chair for the local Boys and Girls Club and participates in a group working to share the story of and enhance access to the Altamaha River. She and her husband, Jody, enjoy coaching youth baseball and football and teaching Sunday school. Miki and Jody are graduates of 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 energetic boys, Jackson and Greyson.
 

 

Philip C. Watt, M.D.

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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.

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Mr. Wilheit is a partner at Wilheit Packaging, LLC.  He has served as the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Georgia DNR Board of Directors and current Chairman of John Jarrard Foundation. Wilheit also sits on the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee, The Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Board, North Georgia Mountains Authority Board, 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

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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.