My Name is George Albert and I am honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the city of Dahlonega. Previously I worked at Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years as a School Resource Officer, most recently at Lumpkin High School. I moved to Dahlonega in 2010 after a 22 year career in law enforcement in South Florida where I was a motorcycle officer and traffic homicide investigator.
My wife Sheri has been my best friend and travel companion for 27+ years. She works part time at ASG and teaches yoga. We have two sons, George Jr who is a graduate of UNG and is currently employed as an Investigator for the Sheriff’s Office and Stephen who resides in Atlanta and sells luxury vehicles. I am proud to say both of my son’s are Eagle Scouts from Troop # 303 in Dahlonega where I served as an assistant scoutmaster.
My name is Ariel Alexander and I have lived in Dahlonega since 2011 and have worked for Downtown Dahlonega Main Street Program since January 2021. I attended the University of North Georgia to study Political Science/Pre-Law Studies and am now working on a degree in English with a Writing & Publication Concentration. As the Downtown Manager, my focus lies in developing and promoting vibrant businesses and commerce downtown through interactive programs, facilitating the incentives programs for small business development and historic preservation, and working with other community partners for all festivals and events.
My name is Spencer Ashley and I work in Dahlonega for Northeast Georgia Health System as a regional outreach and business development specialist. Raised in Canton GA, I graduated from UGA with a degree in Finance after playing football at Presbyterian College for 2 years before transferring. Working in Dahlonega for almost 2 years now, I have grown to love the community in which we serve at NGHS. I couldn't be more excited to be apart of the Lumpkin Leadership Class of 2023 and continue learning about the great city of Dahlonega.
Tyler was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia getting a degree in Anthropology and Cognitive Science. Less than a year after graduating, Tyler decided to take a job working under his brother-in-law Tristen Vanhoff in the winery at Montaluce Vineyards in Dahlonega. Shortly thereafter they started their now winery Accent Cellars as a side project. In 2017 Tyler was able to quit his day job to commit fully to his family's dream of building their own winemaking operation. Although none of this was his goal upon graduating from college, it has become an encompassing passion to make the highest quality wine and provide the highest quality customer experience for visitors to the North Georgia Wine Country.
Deidra has been a Lumpkin County Resident for 22 years. Her professional career began in 1990 after graduating from Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas with a Degree in Nursing. During her 30-year tenure as a Registered Nurse, she served as a Lifeflight Nurse, managed medical teams as Emergency Department Director and oversaw daily operations of hospitals as an Administrative Supervisor in both Texas and Georgia. In 2022 Deidra joined Mental Fitness, a nonprofit charitable organization established to strengthen communities by reducing the mental health stigma and eliminating the development of emotional and behavioral disorders. As the Community Leadership & Expansion Coordinator, she oversees the organization’s geographic expansion and leads the Expansion Committee.
My name is Ty Brunet. I was born on the east coast of Florida, but I had the pleasure to be raised in the North Georgia Mountains. I professional career has been involved with the food service industry and general contracting. I married my wonderful wife, Cheyenne Brunet, in May of 2021. In December, Cheyenne and I adopted our daughter Crystal Aileen Brunet and three months later, Cheyenne gave birth to our son, William Elliot Brunet. After a short time in marriage, I began my career in insurance to be able to serve individuals and businesses with their risk coverage needs. I have a passion for providing my customers with professional consulting services and an excellent experience on fulfilling their insurance solutions.
I began my career with the Development Authority of Lumpkin County in January of 2022. I was recently promoted to the Marketing & Communications Manager; in addition, I provide support for the rapidly growing projects & programs of the Authority. Prior to working for Lumpkin County, I worked for a non-profit as well as I have had many years in the veterinary care industry. I have lived in Lumpkin County since 2006 & my family has three generations living here. I married my high school sweetheart in 2008 & we have 2 children together. Our children were both born in Dahlonega & currently attend school here. My passion is for the arts & architectural history. I hold a degree of Historic Preservation from SCAD. I look forward to learning more about this great community through the Lumpkin Leadership Class.
I grew up in Dahlonega and graduated from Lumpkin County High School in 2000’, then attended ABAC in Tifton for a few years and completed my Bachelor’s Degree at the UGA with emphasis on Agricultural Education. Two weeks after graduation, we got married and two weeks later left on an adventurous road trip to live in Montana. I moved back to Dahlonega and taught Agriculture at the local High School. After a year, we decided to have a child, so I stayed at home for the next few years. Five years ago, I started a non-profit called Team Give Back and we have fundraised and donated over $65,000 to families in Dahlonega. I currently work as the Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff. I absolutely love my job and the people I get to work with each day. My husband and I have two girls 13 and 1 and we are expecting our third child in March.
Kelly owner of No.3 Vintage, opened the shop January 2020. I have collected vintage and antiques since I was a child and this is where the journey begins. My mother and I would go to yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores and even have done some dumpster diving to find cool vintage items. I absolutely love the hunt, love helping others decorate their homes and love serving. It has become one of my great passions in life. My journey has taken me down many roads and adventures, I am thrilled of living my dream of owning a vintage shop in the Square of Dahlonega.
The no 3 represents The Trinity and also honors our 3 children.
I have been married for 33 years to my love of my life, Alex and we have shared the joy of raising 3 amazing children. Life is very full and full of adventure, always stop and breathe in the beauty around you.
Do something nice for someone, its super easy and super fun.
Hi! I'm Lisa Fannon and I have been a REALTOR® for 8 years and am a Lifetime Circle of Excellence Member with the 400 North Assoc of Realtors. Prior to becoming a REALTOR®, I worked in the mortgage industry for 12 years. I currently work with Keller Williams Community Partners and love helping my clients sell and buy homes in North Atlanta areas, especially the North GA Mountains. My husband, Charles, and I are both Atlanta natives and moved to Dahlonega in 2020. I have been coming to Dahlonega since I was a little girl and we both love the quaint and friendly community Dahlonega offers. I also work part-time at Crown & Bear on the Dahlonega Square and I am a licensed Falconer. You can find me doing falconery exhibitions around the North GA area with Georgia Mountain Falconery which is based in Dahlonega.
Hi! My name is Stacie Gerrells, and I am the proud principal of Lumpkin County Elementary School. I am a graduate of our excellent school system and absolutely love Lumpkin County. I have passion for instilling the value of education in children. God has blessed me with a wonderful family. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters, one in college at UNG and the other in high school at LCHS. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. I am excited about this opportunity to better serve our community.
Hi all. I am the pastor of Creekstone Church here in Dahlonega. I have served in that role since this past May. Before that I was the senior pastor of a church in Dacula, Georgia. I was born in Ohio, but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and then attended Stanford University before moving back to Nashville to work in management consulting and then as a teacher and coach before getting involved in full-time ministry. I earned my Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. My wife, Dawn, is a teacher, and we have two children: a daughter who is a senior in high school and a son who is in 8th grade. We are excited to be a part of this wonderful and beautiful community.
My name is Kay Hall and I am a 44 year employee of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Currently, I am the Director for ED and inpatient areas at the Lumpkin Campus. I was fortunate to be selected to prepare for the opening of our Lumpkin campus back in March of 2019. Although I was planning to return to Gainesville's ED as manager after opening and stabalization of our Lumpkin campus, I simply could not leave this special place! Fortunately, I was allowed to transfer permanently. As anyone knows that talks to me 5 minutes, I love this community, my team at Lumpkin and look forward to continuing my nursing and leadership career in this county! I serve this community as a member of the lunchtime Rotary group and as a boardmember for Community Helping Place. I look forward to learning so much more about our community we serve and appreciate the opportunity to participate in Leadership Lumpkin!
My name is Chris Hill and I am the Administrator at Chelsey Park Health & Rehabilitation here in Dahlonega. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Social Work ('98) and have spent my professional career working in the private non-profit sector and in long-term care working with older and disabled adults. I became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in June, 2015. My wife and I have two children (18 & 11) and were fortunate enough to be able to move to Dahlonega in October, 2020 after spending the previous 20 + years in Jackson County Georgia. I am thankful to be able to live and work in such a wonderful and unique community and I look forward to expanding my knowledge and contributing to our community through the Leadership Lumpkin County Class of 2023..
My name is Sara Howerton. Our family came to Dahlonega from Alaska in 2019 while my husband was serving in the Army. We very quickly realized that Dahlonega felt like home and began to make plans to have this be our last assignment with the Army. I am an Emergency Room Nurse at NGHS Lumpkin. I truly love my job, my co-workers and caring for our community. I have two children, Claire (10) and Blake (8). In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, running, and camping with my family. I look forward to this opportunity to deepen my ties to Dahlonega while participating in Leadership Lumpkin.
Joined the military in1984 and took a 19 year break after Desert Storm, I decided to come back, in 2010. Deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait before being assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in 2016. I have a son who is an Intelligence Officer in the Air Force, a daughter who is working on her cosmetology degree and plans to stay in Dahlonega, a daughter who is a senior at Lumpkin HS and the current Bn Commander of the JROTC. My youngest son is now a freshman at Lumpkin HS and has Down Syndrome with dreams of meeting the Rock and joining him in Jumanji. My wife of 26 years and I have decided to stay and retire here in Dahlonega based on the community both in town and at the Ranger Camp. I’m currently the training specialist at Camp Merrill, responsible for the Ranger Instructor Training and Education Program (RITEP), required of all new instructors assigned to 5th RTB.
Jason D. Lemley is a product of Dahlonega, Georgia and the Lumpkin County School System. Having attended the school system in which he works from kindergarten through high school graduation, Mr. Lemley went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Georgia. Throughout his professional career as an educator, Lemley attended the University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College & State University) receiving both his Master’s Degree in English and an Educational Specialist degree in School Leadership. Today, Mr. Lemley is in his second year as a doctoral student at the University of Alabama studying Educational Administration and Policy with an expected graduation date in 2024. Mr. Lemley serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Lumpkin County Schools and as the CEO of the LC College and Career Academy.
My name is Robin and I am a newcomer to both Dahlonega and the state of Georgia. My husband and I, along with our two children relocated here from the Hilton Head Island, SC area to fulfill our dreams of a quiet, country life in North Georgia. We have always been enchanted with the area, and were thrilled to make it our home in May 2022.
After 20-year careers as law enforcement officers, my husband and I longed to find a peaceful and family-oriented community for our family, and have found Dahlonega and Lumpkin County to be a true and consummate "home."
I am proud to be able to continue to serve my new community in a wholly new capacity as the Elections Manager & Chief Registrar for Lumpkin County.
Whittney M. McPherson is originally from South Alabama. Soon after graduating high school, she moved to a town outside of Birmingham, AL where she attended the University of Montevallo for her undergraduate education and received Bachelors Degree in FACS Education. Mrs. McPherson went on to earn a Masters Degree from the University of North Georgia in Science Education, a Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont University and a Tier II Leadership Certification from the University of North Georgia. Mrs. McPherson is in her last year of the doctoral program at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum Studies and expects to graduate this summer. She works at Lumpkin County High School as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.
My name is Mike Miller. My wife Diane and I moved to Dahlonega 2 ½ years ago. Prior to moving, I worked as a Chemical Engineer in the paper industry for approximately 42 years. During that time we lived in a number of states in the southeast (seven to be exact). We have two grown boys. Our youngest is an Electrical Engineer working in the defense industry and our youngest son is in Navy special ops. Since moving, Diane and I have gotten involved in several volunteer organizations and look forward to getting more involved in our forever home of Dahlonega.
Awtrey is a third-generation insurance professional that takes a personal approach to each customer. With over five years of experience, he can offer commercial lines, employee benefit plans, voluntary benefit plans, individual plans, as well as life insurance. He is passionate about the industry, suggesting and making recommendations to be sure each client is offered all benefits that are available to them.
Marlin Nelson is a Global Sales Executive, International Business Expansion Consultant and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of International Sales and Management experience. (www.marlinnelson.com). Marlin and his family lived in Europe for 15 years before returning to the Dahlonega as a part time resident in 2002 and a full-time resident since 2019. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlinnelson/)
In 2020, he founded NG-Benefits LLC ( www.ng-benefits.com ). NG-Benefits provides assistance to +65 Seniors, Veterans and those with disabilities to identify and take advantage of the many Government and Medicare programs that are available, most without any additional cost.
I was born in Toccoa, GA then moved to Columbus, GA due to my dad's job. Later, after marrying Ernest, I moved to Donalsonville, GA where we were partners in a restaurant franchise and I owned a printing business. We raised our three children there. With my son attending UNG I quickly fell in love with Dahlonega and became excited about returning to my North Georgia roots. I have always been involved in the community that I live in and Dahlonega is no different. One of my most proud volunteer efforts was organizing an annual 5K breast cancer run in memory of my sister, Joyce. Our son is presently serving in the Army, a daughter and her husband live in Lavonia (they are making us grandparents this December) and our other daughter and her husband (a teacher and coach at LCHS) followed us to Dahlonega. I am excited about this opportunity and serving this amazing community.
After graduating from West Point, Bill Poole served as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer in Berlin Germany, in Vietnam, and as an ROTC Professor of Military Science. After his active duty, he earned a law degree from UGA and an EMBA from GSU. He practiced law as a corporate and tax attorney, specializing in international business transactions in Atlanta for 46 years. In 2012, he began retiring to Dahlonega. Since retiring he is an Owner and has been President of R Ranch, he is the Treasurer of The Holly Theatre, a member and Director of the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary, Secretary of the US Mountain Ranger Association, and a Member of the Lumpkin County Veterans Affairs Advisory Council. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have 2 daughters and 5 wonderful grandchildren.
I am the owner of the Charles Schwab Retail office in Dawsonville. My wife and I moved to Dahlonega in 2015 and it was one of the best moves we ever made. I have been in the Investments industry since 1989 and love that it allows me to help make peoples lives better. I am an active officer in the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary as well as a volunteer at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (go Chase). I enjoy golfing, and spending time with my wife and dogs at our home where we have an amazing mountain view (sometimes hanging out at Accent Cellars as well).
It was a lovely dinner for two that brought me and my husband Greg to Dahlonega, Georgia. That was about 7 years ago, and today we own StayDahlonega, offering Airbnb Treehouses, Log Cabins and Cottages for vacationers to experience our charming mountain town. I love the design, the marketing of our properties, & sharing our town with potential visitors. I'm serve on the Dahlonega Tourism Board, and also work as a professional actress in the TV/Film industry. Originally from the Chicago area, I'm a graduate of Northwestern University where I studied both Drama and Opera. My acting career placed in LA for 7 busy years before we heard the call of the South. We have two children, Sarah and Walker, and we're grateful for the friendships we have discovered here in N. Georgia. I'm looking forward to learning more about the needs and opportunities in Dahlonega for the betterment of our community.
I am a mortgage professional with a proven track record of closing your transaction on time, while providing excellent customer service throughout the process. Having an accounting background and education sets me apart in the industry by paying close attention to detail and mortgage guidelines to ensure there are no issues that come up during the underwriting process.
Dr. Tolbert and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Barrett and Boone, and a daughter, Aaryn Grace. With a deep passion for chiropractic, and a lot of praying, God has led them to the beautiful mountains of Dahlonega. He opened Gold City Chiropractic in 2022 and is eager to serve this community through proactive, chiropractic care.
Dr. Tolbert graduated Cum Laude from Sherman College with a Doctor of Chiropractic. He completed the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners requirements, is certified by the state of GA, a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and is the only Webster practitioner in the Dahlonega/Dawsonville area.
Hello everyone, my name is Gabi and I grew up in Conyers, GA but I have lived in Dahlonega for nine years. I work in the division of student affairs at the University of North Georgia. Serving in Residence Life at UNG is a fun and rewarding job, getting to work and support students in areas of life, growth, and development outside of the classroom. I am thankful for my job within higher education, as it allowed me the blessed opportunity to obtain a graduate degree in public administration. I enjoy working with people and connecting them to resources. In my free time, I enjoy running, baking, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with family and friends! I am excited to learn more about opportunities for service and collaboration to enhance the wellbeing of the community we share.