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GMREC: Community Council



  • Elaine Bliss, Textile and graphic artist, retired. Master Gardener
  • Tobie Chandler, Digital marketer and #1 fan of Blairsville-Union County
  • Marty Dellinger, NC Community College Educational Technology Specialist, retired and Master Gardener

  • Leslie George, Executive Director, North Georgia Resource Management Authority
  • Cathy Haist, Radiologic Technologist, Retired and Master Gardener
  • Glen Henderson, Beekeeper and Native Plant Enthusiast
  • Alan Kumler, Senior Vice President - Controller, United Community Banks
  • Patrick Malone, News Director, Radio personality, Leadership Consultant
  • Allyson McGraw, Union County Cooperative Extension Service, Retired
  • Jared Ogden, Sales manager, CPA, and military officer, retired. Georgia Master Gardener and Georgia Master Naturalist

  • 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, Retired


  • Ray Covington, Superintendent, GMRE Center
  • Clare Johnston, Technician, GMRE Center

GMRE Center Staff

  • Freya Browning, Administrative Associate, GMRE Center