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Governor Perdue Announces Executive Appointments

By: Governor Purdue's Press Office
By: Governor Purdue's Press Office

Governor Perdue Announces Executive Appointments

Atlanta, GA - Governor Sonny Perdue announced today (1-6) the following executive appointments. Brief biographies are provided below:

Board of Early Care and Learning

Kay A. Ford, 57, Savannah, Twelfth Congressional District Representative − Ford is the market president and CEO of SunTrust Bank in Savannah. She serves on the board of directors at Memorial Health University Center and is the chairman of the Strategic Planning and Finance committee. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Robert, have three children and four grandchildren.

Georgia Board of Nursing

Cassandra H. Davis, R.N., 33, Forsyth – Davis is a registered nurse, serving as director of surgery at Monroe County Hospital. She has worked in the surgery departments of St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, and Coliseum-Northside Hospital in Macon. Mann earned a bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She and her husband, Will, have two children.

Anita G. Hufft, Ph.D., R.N., 62, Valdosta – Hufft serves as dean of the College of Nursing at Valdosta State University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and provided leadership to the revision of the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Forensic Nursing Practice and the core curriculum for advanced practice forensic nursing. She is also a member of the Georgia Nurses Association and serves on the Board of Regents Behavioral Health Workforce Task Force. Hufft is a graduate of the Walter Reed Institute of Nursing and served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She and her husband, Edward, have two children and two grandchildren.

Katherine A. Mann, CRNA, 58, Blue Ridge – Mann is the owner of Blue Ridge Anesthesia and has worked in rural Georgia in various hospital, nursing and administrative capacities since 1980. Mann is a graduate of Georgia Baptist Hospital school of Nursing and School of Nurse Anesthesia in Atlanta. She and her husband, Joseph, have two children and five grandchildren.

Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Bert M. Brantley, 36, McDonough – Brantley has served the past 4 years in Governor Sonny Perdue’s Communications Office, first as Press Secretary and then as Director of Communications. Previously, he served as Communications Manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Media Relations Manager at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Prior to joining state government, Brantley worked as Sports Editor of Jackson Herald and News Editor of the Madison County Journal. A native of Valdosta, Brantley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Tonya, have two daughters and are active members of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough.

Georgia Technology Authority

Michael J. Ghioto, 41, Marietta – Ghioto serves clients in the financial services industry though Ashford Advisors, an Atlanta-based firm. Previously, he managed the implementation of enterprise-wide supply chain solutions at Manhattan Associates. Ghioto earned a bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Laura, have three children.

Professional Standards Commission

Bettina P. Tate, 34, Savannah – Tate is the marketing and IB business and management instructor at Sol C. Johnson High School. She was selected as the 2011 Savannah Chatham County Public School System’s district Teacher of the Year. She serves as co-chair of the Career Tech Department, the High Schools That Work’s site coordinator, primary DECA advisor and the Student Leadership Program teacher advisor. She is the founder of Youth of Elite Community Organization and Fully Armored Teen Camp, and is the co-chair of the Education Division of the Coastal Empire 2010 United Way Campaign Cabinet. Tate earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Savannah State University. She and her husband, Avon, have three children.

State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

George C. Howroyd, Ph.D., P.E., 63, Atlanta – Howroyd is vice president of CH2M HILL Technology Fellow, and a practicing professional engineer with the Atlanta office of CH2M HILL. He serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Perimeter Transportation and Sustainability Coalition. Howroyd has over 30 years of engineering experience and received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Howroyd has two children


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