Board of Directors
Michael graduated from Dublin High School in 1991 & Georgia Southern University in 1996 with a BS in Finance emphasizing in Risk Management. Upon graduating from GSU, Michael partnered with Blount, Burke, Wimberly & Hendricks in Statesboro, GA to begin his insurance career. In October 1996, he moved back to Dublin where he joined the family business that his great-grandfather started in 1902 where he is now President. The name of the agency has since changed to Curry – Maffett Insurance. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, Dublin Rotary Club, the 2011 Leadership Georgia Class as well as the 1998 Dublin – Laurens Co. Leadership class & has served on the boards of the Independent Ins. Agents of GA, United Way, Habitat for Humanity & Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a board member of the Dublin Country Club, Chair of the Dublin – Laurens County Airport Committee, RAFB Museum of Aviation, Dublin Laurens Land Bank Authority and Morris Bank. He and his wife, Natalie, have two boys, Davis and Charlie. Michael's Board term will expire October 31, 2020.
Treasurer 2019 and Incoming Chair 2020
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.
Vice Chair of Community Development
Chuck is the President/Therapist of Bass Physical Therapy & Rehab Services. Chuck is a 1978 graduate of Dublin High School and a 1983 graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Chuck is a member of Dublin Exchange Club, having served as president as well as being on the Board of Directors, and has been Chairman of the annual pancake supper during the St. Patrick’s Festival. He currently serves on the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy and has served on the Board of Directors for AFAC Lighthouse, Trinity Christian School and the Dublin Country Club, as well as serving as co-president of Trinity Christian School Athletic Booster Club. He and wife, Denise, have two daughters, Whitney and Kami and three granddaughters, Ivie, Kendal, Monroe and a grandson, Ayce. Chuck's Board term expires December 31, 2020.
Vice Chair of Membership Services and Marketing
Ben is the Vice President of Business Development for Farmers State Bank. A Laurens County native, Ben is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and has tenure with the Veterans Administration and Rockwell Automation. With Farmers State Bank since 2007, Ben represents Farmers State Bank in Marketing, Public Relations, and Human Resources, fostering growth for our community. He is an active member of the Dublin Exchange Club and attends First Baptist Church. Ben's Board term will expire December 2019.
Larry is a banking officer with Morris Bank, where he serves as the IT/IS and Security Officer. He has been with Morris Bank since 2007. He holds an Associate Degree from Gordon College and Bachelor of Science Degree in management and a minor in computer-based information systems from Georgia College in Milledgeville. Larry was an honor graduated from the University of Georgia Banking School in 2010. Larry has been a member of the Dublin Exchange Club for 13 years where he has served as club president in 2011 and committee chairman for several committees, most recently the Christmas Parade committee. He was voted Exchangite of the Year in 1996. He attends Pine Forest United Methodist Church. Larry is married to the former Cecilia Hardy from Soperton and they have two daughters Caroline and Ansley. Larry's Board term will expire December 31, 2019.
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.
Dwayne is the owner of Middle Georgia Mechanical. Dwayne's Board term expires December 31, 2019.
Billy is the owner of Home Instead Senior Care, 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 Senior Care 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 Dublin County Club and is an active member of the Chamber. Billy has one son, Austin Frost. Billy’s Board term will expire December 2019.
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.
Gerald "Jay" DeWorth
Gerald M. “Jay” DeWorth was officially appointed as the Associate Medical Center Director for the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center on June 16, 2012. Prior to this assignment, DeWorth served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director at the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. During a VA career that spans 34 years, DeWorth has occupied a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Facilities Management at the Alexandria VA Health Care System; Director of Patient Support Services at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO; and Chief of Clinical Nutrition at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He began his VA career as a clinical dietician at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama. DeWorth’s VA experience is broad and encompasses multiple areas: facilities management, public affairs and strategic planning for the Alexandria VA Health Care System and Veterans Integrated Service Network 16; strategic planning; VA and Department of Defense collaboration; Community-based Outpatient Clinic implementation planning; patient safety; suicide prevention; and mental health environment of care. In his current role he oversees a $320 million budget and the administrative services that support patient care. He is passionate about improving and increasing the care Veterans receive, patient safety, customer service and developing the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center into a highly reliable organization. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), DeWorth continually seeks new challenges that will expand his knowledge and healthcare experience. A native of New Jersey, DeWorth received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and pursued graduate work at Central Michigan University. He has a beautiful wife, Jackie, and three lovely daughters who are successfully pursuing healthcare careers.