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GMREC: Community Council



  • Gordon Hewett, Chair, Executive, Coca Cola Corporation, retired
  • Gail DuFresne, Secretary, Former Teacher, Woodward Academy and Master Gardener
  • Alan Kumler, Treasurer, Sr. Vice President, Controller United Community Banks


  • Elaine Bliss , Textile and graphic artist, retired. Master Gardener
  • Donna Cates, Public School and College Science Educator, Retired
  • Elaine Delcuze, Instructor, ICL at Young Harris College and Librarian, Retired
  • Leslie George, Executive Director, North Georgia Resource Management Authority
  • Cathy Haist, Radiologic Technologist, Retired and Master Gardener
  • Glen Henderson, Beekeeper and Native Plant Enthusiast
  • Wesley Hopgood, Commercial/Heavy Industrial Electrical Contractor, Retired and Beef Cattle Producer
  • Allyson McGraw, Union County Cooperative Extension Service, Retired
  • Peggy Schneider, Public School Educator, Retired
  • Pat Smith, Public School Educator, Retired and Master Gardener
  • Doug Towery, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
  • Jim Wentworth, Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service, Region 8


  • Eddie Ayers, Fannin Extension Coordinator & Gilmer County Extension Agent
  • Ray Covington, Superintendent, GMRE Center
  • Clare Johnston, Technician, GMRE Center

GMRE Center Staff

  • Freya Browning, Administrative Associate, GMRE Center