Board of Directors
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.
Incoming Chair 2021
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, 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 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, 2020.
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 December 31, 2020.
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 expires December 31, 2020.
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.
Jay's board term expires December 31, 2020.
Dwayne is the owner of Middle Georgia Mechanical. Dwayne's Board term expires December 31, 2021.
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 2022.
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 borads 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/Bullock County Chamber of Commerce and is a past president fo the Boys and Girls Club of Statesboro/Bullock 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 expires December 31, 2022.