Board of Directors
Brian Nash is the CEO of Vast Telecom. He has over 10 years of telecom experience and an extensive management background in software development. Brian graduated from Clarke Central High School in Athens and received athletic and academic scholarships in route to completing his Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration in Marketing at The University of Georgia in Athens.
Brian served as an Ambassador on the Jesup Chamber of Commerce before moving to Dublin. He is currently a member of Leadership Dublin-Laurens, Rotary Club of Dublin, Vice Chair of the St Patrick's Festival, and Board Member of the Saltwater Fishery restaurant. Brian has been a part of several downtown renovations and looks forward to making Downtown Dublin even more beautiful. Brian and his family are active members of Pine Forest United Methodist Church.
Brian is married to Jenny Nash, a CPA for Nichols Cauley and Associates. They have three daughters; Shelby, Emmy, and Hannah.
Brian’s Board term ends December 31, 2022.
Incoming Chair 2022
Billy is the owner of Home Instead, Dublin, Georgia. Billy was born in Winston-Salem, NC in June of 1962 and came to Dublin in 1964. He attended Dublin City School and went on to receive a business degree from Georgia College in 1988. He was employed with BellSouth advertising 12 years before purchasing a Home Instead franchise in 2005. He has an office in Dublin and Statesboro where he enjoys being involved with the community and caring for seniors. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, a former board member of Dublin County Club and is an active member of the Chamber. Billy has one son, Austin Frost.
Billy’s Board term will expire December 2023.
Vice Chair of Community Development
Mr. Ragan has over 20 years of financial services experience and an extensive background in bank management, as well as commercial, small business, and consumer lending. He completed his Bachelor's of Business Administration, Finance at Georgia Southern University. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development and Leadership Lowndes.
Mr. Ragan is actively involved with a number of organizations and boatds of directors. His present service includes board positions with the Coastal District Development Authority, Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, and The Boys and Girls Club of Lauresn/Johnson County. He is amember of the Rotary Club of Dublin. He has also served on the Statesoboro Planning Commission and the Statesboro/Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce and is a past president fo the Boys and Girls Club of Statesboro/Bulloch County Board of Directors.
Mr. Ragan is married to Brooke Ragan, formerly of Gray, GA., and they have two daughters, Reid and Kendall.
Jeremy's Board term will expire December 31, 2022.
Vice Chair of Membership Services and Communications
While she is originally from Cordele, Georgia, Tracie Morgan considers Dublin home. A public relations graduate of Georgia Southern University, she is the Executive Director of the Dublin Downtown Development Authority. She has an extensive marketing background that spans across tourism, healthcare, banking, and consultancy work for a variety of local businesses. Adding to her professional experience, Tracie has served as a Board member for several state organizations, including the Georgia Bankers Association Marketing Committee, the Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing & Public Relations, and the Georgia Society of Volunteer & Retail Professionals. Locally, Tracie has devoted her time serving on numerous non-profit boards, advisory councils, and is a Leadership Dublin-Laurens graduate. Outside of the office, her two children, Laura and Landon, keep her happily busy.
Tracie's Board term will expire December 31, 2022.
Travis is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned a BS in Business Administration and a 2016 graduate of GBA Banking School. He brings 10 years of experience in banking and finance. Travis is a member of Marie Baptist Church where he currently serves as chairman of the finance committee and a current member of Dublin Exchange Club. Travis is married to Mallori Patisaul, 9th grade Math Teacher at West Laurens High. They have two children, Huck and Bent, whom they enjoy spending time with outdoors.
Travis's Board term expires December 31, 2021.
Elsie is a Partner at Christian, Kelly, Thigpen & Co. LLC, Certified Public Accountants. A native of Dublin, Georgia, Elsie returned home after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia College & State University. She is involved in the Pilot Club of Dublin, served as Treasurer and President, and voted as Pilot of the Year in 2014. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s and served as president of the local chapter. She also serves on the OTFC Accounting Advisory Board and is a 2018-2019 member of the Dublin Laurens Leadership Class. Elsie is an active member of Dudley Baptist Church. Elsie is married to Chris Stevens and has two boys, Caleb and Noah.
Elsie’s Board term expires December 31, 2021.
Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce, is a native of Augusta GA. Heath served as the Vice President of Business and Community Development at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce and as Vice President at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Evans, GA. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute through the University of Georgia and currently serves on the Board of Regents for the U.S Chamber Institute of Organizational Management, the GA Chamber Federation Advisory Council, the GA Rural Prosperity Council, the GA Chamber of Commerce Executives Board as the Region 9 Representative, and the Robins Regional Museum of Aviation Board of Directors. He has served as Community Lay Director for the Georgia-Lina Walk to Emmaus and currently serves as Pastor, Gough Baptist Church. Heath is married to Tammy and has three children, Trenton, Camden, and Kyla.
Pat Brock is the Public Information Officer for the Laurens County Board of Education. She has hosted Real Talk on TV-35 WDIG since her return to Georgia in 2013. In 1988, Pat graduated from Dublin High School and received athletic and academic scholarships to Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia. She later received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Georgia College & State University and a master’s degree in drama therapy from Kansas State University. Pat also studied On-Camera/Film Acting in Kansas City and Virginia, where she performed in a traveling theatre troupe and one-woman show. Pat faithfully serves on the Hope In Darkness Global Foundation Team as a Dramatic Arts Expert and as a Youth Leader and Pastor’s Aid President at The House of Refuge Ministries International. In 2018, Pat received the KR3 & Co. Choice Award for Setting Standards in television broadcasting and was featured in Standard Magazine. She is happily married to Pastor Martin L. Brock and they share 7 children together.
Pat's Board term will expire December 31, 2023.
Don Carswell is the Executive Manager of Dublin Chevrolet/Nissan/GMC/Buick in Dublin, GA. He has been in the automotive industry for the past 26 years. Don was raised in Lizella, GA and graduated from Southwest High School in Macon, GA. He graduated from Mercer University with a BA in English Literature and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College. Don is married to Heather Matecun Carswell and has two sons, Ross, 19 and Mat, 16.
Don's Board term will expire December 31, 2023.
Bill Glisson is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is an Education Supervisor for Georgia Power Company. Bill has worked with Georgia Power for 29 years in various roles across the state. He has resided in Laurens County, with his wife Betsy, since 2014. Prior to moving to Laurens County, Bill lived in Harris County, Georgia for 21 years where he was active in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Harris County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Development Board for Twin Lakes, LLC, Booster Club President for Harris County High School sports programs, served on the Harris County Board of Equalization and was a graduate of Leadership Harris in 2009. He has led as Chairman of the Board from 2008-2011, the Hydro Power Safety Issues group which is a National Organization committed to safety around the nation’s public reservoirs and recreation areas.
Bill is a graduate of the 2020 Dublin-Laurens Leadership class and will be serving on the 2020/2021 Leadership Board.
Bill's Board term will expire December 31, 2023.
Dennis Holley is owner and President of J. T. Hanna Promotions which is celebrating more than 25 years of business. He is a graduate of GCSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Dennis is married to Dawn Evans Holley and have 3 children, Jared, Taylor, and Hanna (hence the name J.T. Hanna). Dennis is happy to now have two of his three children join the family business.
Dennis is an avid golfer, hunter, and part-time farmer.
Dennis's Board term will expire December 31, 2021
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Roger is the Laurens County Market President for Morris Bank, located in Downtown Dublin. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration/Management Information Systems degree from Georgia Southern University and is a graduate of the LSU Banking School and UGA Banking School. With over 36 years of banking experience, Roger has served his hometown community in many capacities throughout the years, including the Dublin Exchange Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Julie Miller and they have three children, Justin, Kendell, and Whitney.
Roger's Board term will expire December 31, 2023.