Board of Directors
Jennifer Bryant is the Member Services Manager at Oconee EMC where she has been employed since 2005.
Jennifer is a 2001 graduate from East Laurens High School. In 2005, she received her bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing & Communication from Wesleyan College.
As a charter member of Laurens Youth Leadership, Class of 1999, Jennifer is honored to be a LYL Program Director for the past 16 years.
Jennifer is married to David Bryant, and they have two boys, Parker and Caleb. As a family, they attend Dexter Baptist Church.
Oconee EMC is committed to the communities it serves and values community involvement from its employees. Jennifer is blessed to be the Member Services Manager and have the opportunity to give back to the community and its citizens.
Jennifer's term will expire December 31, 2024.
Chair Elect - 2025 & Vice Chair of Community Development
Jason Dollar graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting in 2004 from Georgia Southern University.
He obtained his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in July 2006. From 2004 through 2011 Jason was an audit
manager with Nichols, Cauley and Associates, LLC in Dublin, GA. In August 2011, Jason joined the Bank of Dudley
and currently serves as the Vice President of Commercial Lending. He is a member of Christ Chapel Dublin. He is
past president and board member of the Dublin Exchange Club and past president and board member of Dublin Habitat
for Humanity. Jason is a life long resident of Dublin-Laurens County. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children Molly Kate, 9 and Jenson,3.
Jason's Board term will expire December 31, 2026.
Vice Chair of Membership Services/Communications
Brian C. Howell has served as an educator for 25 years. He has worked in Dublin City Schools, Laurens County Schools, and currently serves as the Director of Student Service in Twiggs County. In addition to being an educator, Brian is a licensed Realtor with Century 21, serves as the President of the Dublin-Laurens Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of Greater Macedonia Church.
Brian is married to Donita Howell, and their blended family includes his three sons Brian Jr. (BJ), Braylon, and Briceton.
Brian's term will expire December 31, 2025.
Zach is a 2012 graduate of Georgia College and State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Zach joined Farmers State Bank in 2014 and brings 8 years of experience in banking and finance. Zach has previously served 5 years (2016-2021) as a Chamber Ambassador and was recognized in 2018 as Ambassador of the year. Zach is a member of Crosspoint Community Church where he currently serves as Elder of Worship. Zach is married to Allie McCullers, COTA for Collective Therapy in Dublin. They have two children, Ben and Selah, whom they enjoy spending time with making memories.
Zach's Board term expires December 31, 2023.
Past Chair 2024
Roger is the Senior Community Banker 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, 2024.
Heath is the President/CEO of the 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.
Richard is the President/CEO of Renesdi Banquets & Events and is a native of Irwinton, Georgia. He has served over 30 years in the US Military where he obtained the rank of First Class. During his military career, he received the Army Services Medal, Nation Defense Medal, Army Achievement medal, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Development ribbon, Southeast Asia Ribbon, Army Meritorious Service medal and the Army Sharpshooter Rifle Badge. He is graduate of the Military NCO Academy, and Advance NCO Academy.
Richard received an Associate of Art degree from the University of Phoenix. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Dublin-Laurens County Black Festival Committee and the President of the Cascade Circle Neighborhood Watch Program. He and his wife, Diane, are members at Williams Chapel Baptist Church, where he is a deacon. Richard and Diane have two children, Quentin and Lakesha.
Richard's Board term will expire December 31, 2024.
DONALD R. AVERY, FACHE, is the President/CEO Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin, GA. He has been at Fairview Park since May of 2008. Prior to that, Don worked in hospital leadership positions in Jacksonville, FL, Valdosta, GA, and Columbus, GA.
Don served in the US Air Force for 6 years as a pilot, instructor pilot, and operations officer. He received his undergraduate education at the US Air Force Academy and earned two graduate degrees in business and health science at the University of FL.
Don has been very active in his community, serving on and chairing multiple local boards, and in his church as an elder and teacher. He has also been involved in various healthcare professional organizations at both the state and national levels. Currently he is the Chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association Board and the Chair-elect of the Alliant Health Board of Directors.
He has been a speaker at several state and national hospital association meetings, as well as a regular guest lecturer at several universities. He currently serves as a faculty member at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Don has been married to Fara for 38 years and has a married daughter, Amelia, and two grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to travel, fly his airplane, read, play golf, do cross fit, and play tennis and pickleball.
Don's Board term will expire December 31, 2025
Brad Duke is a graduate of Georgia College State University and is a Key Account Manager for
Georgia Power Company. Brad has worked with Georgia Power for 23 years in various roles in
customer service and sales. A native of Gray, Georgia, he has resided in Laurens County since 2013 with his wife Amy and their three children: Taylor, Thomas and Tal. Brad has been a member of the Dublin Exchange Club since 2008 and currently serves on the Foundation board. In addition, he is the Vice President of the Dublin chapter of the Citizens of Georgia Power, an organization he led as President from 2020 -2022. Brad is a graduate of the 2020 Dublin-Laurens Leadership class and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In his first year on the Dublin Laurens Chamber of Commerce Board, he is eager to contribute to the local community.
Brad's term will expire December 31, 2026.
Otha Jermaine Hall is a native of Dudley, Georgia. He attended Georgia Southern University where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in history education. He later attended Georgia College and State University where he received a master’s and specialist’s degree in educational leadership in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In 2014, he graduated from Georgia Southern University with his Doctorate in Education in curriculum studies. He currently serves as the associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for secondary education for the Laurens County School System and works with Middle Georgia RESA as a leadership consultant. Outside of his professional career, he a 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is married to his wonderful wife, Erica Hall. They have two girls, Mya Danielle Hall, and Morgan Dionne Hall.
OJ's term will expire December 31, 2026
Skip Evans and his family moved from his hometown of Milledgeville, GA to Dublin in 1995. Skip and his wife, Johanna, have owned and operated Evans Disposal Service for the past 26 years. Skip has previously served on the Board of Directors at the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Trinity Christian School and Dublin Country Club. He has also served on the Board for both the Laurens County and UGA Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of Dublin First Methodist Church. Skip and Johanna have two daughters, Caley, and Jacy, who is married to Alex McGhee. They have two grandsons, Smith, and Hampton.
Skip's term will expire December 2026