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
Nancy A. Addison, Chair
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 four grandchildren and resides on Georgia’s coast.
Delos Yancey, III, Vice Chair
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.
Alfred W. “Bill” Jones, III, Secretary
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.
Mr. Ayers is managing partner of Ayers Neugebauer & Co., where he invests in and advises companies in healthcare, entertainment, financial services and business services. Nick recently partnered with Insight Venture Partners to acquire Veeam Software, where he now serves as a member of Veeam’s board of directors. In 2019, the World Economic Summit nominated Nick to join the forum as a Young Global Leader. Ayers has previously served as Chief of Staff to the Vice President and Assistant to the President at the White House. He is a passionate outdoorsman and is actively leading the fight nationally to stop the Pebble Mine in Alaska. He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State University. Nick is married with three children and they reside in Atlanta.
William Bagwell, Jr.
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.
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.
Mr. Patrick Denney is a graduate of West Georgia college with a BBA in Marketing and lifelong resident of Carroll County. He owns and operates SLM Recycling, Inc., staffs the Convenience Centers of Carroll and Heard Counties, and owns interests in SLM Steel & Fabrication, and Heavy Equipment Repair. He has served as a deacon and Sunday teacher in his local church for over twenty years and is an avid outdoorsman, owning and managing farm, timber, and hunting land in Carroll and Heard Counties. He and his wife, Lynne, have four children and they reside in Bowdon.
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.
As the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors at Fieldale Farms, Joe Hatfield carries on a family tradition of more than 55 years in the poultry business. His father was a Fieldale Farms founder, and the company is still family owned. Fieldale is now one of the largest independent poultry producers in the world. The company has invested in the latest up-to-date equipment and technology, always bearing in mind the health of the millions of consumers of its products. Before devoting his career to Fieldale Farms, Mr. Hatfield operated a construction business in Gainesville, Georgia. Over the years, he has worked in many capacities for Fieldale, advancing to positions of greater responsibility within the company. He started from the ground up, working first in wastewater treatment installation before becoming assistant manager of the protein conversion plant, overseeing plant operations and now as vice chairman of the board.
A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Mr. Hatfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from North Georgia College. He currently serves on the Board of Natural Resources, Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, North Georgia Technical College Foundation and Peach State Bank & Trust. He is a past board member of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (2005–2007). Mr. Hatfield has continued his education with management training at Purdue University, composting seminars at the University of Maryland, and Dale Carnegie courses. He is active in the National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the Georgia Poultry Federation.
Mr. Hatfield enjoys international travel, game bird hunting, skeet shooting, hot rods, and antique cars. One of his cars was a Grand National winner in Antique Automobile Club competition. He lives in Clarkesville, Georgia, with his wife Rosalyn.
Duncan N. Johnson, Jr.
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.
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 two grandchildren. They reside in McDonough.
Robert D. Leebern, Jr.
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.
Mr. Lowe is a consultant to the real estate and construction industries. He is a former CEO of Lowe Engineers and a former chairman of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Lowe retired as a Captain with the U.S. Navy following 30 years of active and reserve duty. He is a member of the Georgia Chamber Board of Governors and a former chairman of the Chamber’s Health and Wellness committee. Lowe is also a former chairman of the Council for Quality Growth and a member of the council’s Executive Committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. Lowe earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University. Lowe and his wife, Traci, reside in Atlanta and St. Simons.
Billy E. New, Jr.
Mr. New retired from law enforcement following more than 25 years of experience in patrol, investigations, warrants, probation and federal murder cases. He has worked with the Fulton County Marshal’s Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Community Supervision and the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked alongside the U.S. Marshals Service and the GBI State Drug Task Force. New has worked team security for the Atlanta Falcons. He and his wife, Kim, have five children and two grandchildren. They own a finance company and reside in Villa Rica.
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.
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.
Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard
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.
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.
On February 19, 2020, the Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell to serve as the interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
Colonel Vowell is no stranger to DPS. He is a Georgia native and lifelong law enforcement official. Over the years, he has mentored hundreds of police officers, served in various leadership roles across the Peach State, and earned accolades for his service within the law enforcement community. In 1976, Vowell started his law enforcement career in Americus as a communications officer for the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Vowell graduated as a member of the 51st Trooper School and was assigned to Post 13, Tifton, and later became a Field Training Officer. During this time, he was awarded numerous certificates for citations and drug interdiction by the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration and GSP. Vowell is a former drug interdiction instructor for the Michigan State Police.
In 1991, Vowell began working in the Safety Education Division, later becoming a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) instructor for alcohol and drug awareness programs. Vowell retired from the GSP in 1996. Vowell was elected Tift County Sheriff in 1996. In this role, he supervised 115 employees and managed the county’s 265-bed jail. He retired from public office in late 2012. He was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Board of Public Safety from 2011 to 2012. Vowell is a longtime member of the National Sheriff’s Association and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association. He remains actively involved in his local community. Vowell currently resides in Irwin County with his wife, Beth, who has worked for Southern Company for eighteen years. They attend Waterloo Baptist Church. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Vowell is a volunteer for his grandchildren’s baseball, football and soccer teams.