Board Members


Sadie Dennard, Chair
Georgia Power Company

Dr. Thomas Coleman, Vice Chair
Retired Senior Executive, DeKalb County

Frank Billue
Retired Regional Civil Rights Officer, U.S. DOT

Ted R. H. Cummings
Onyx MS Group

Imam Emeritus Plemon El-Amin
World’s Pilgrims

Albert Murray
retired state executive

Fred Perriman
Mayor of Madison, GA

Dr. Samantha Furhey
Newton County School System

Mr. Neil Shorthouse
Communities in Schools

  • Dr. Thomas Coleman
    Vice Chair,
    Retired Senior Executive, DeKalb County

  • Sadie Dennard
    Chair, External Affairs Manager,
    Georgia Power-Metro East Region

  • Del King
    (new member)
    Associate Vice President,
    Human Resources, Emory University

  • Mr. Tim Melvin
    Parent Engagement Coordinator,
    Georgia Cyber Academy

  • Albert Murray
    (new member)
    Board Member, State Board of Pardons and Paroles

  • Ms. Ellen Warren
    County Commissioner, Morgan County



Dr. Thomas ColemanDr. Thomas Coleman
Vice Chair
Retired Senior Executive, DeKalb County

Dr. Thomas L. Coleman is a retired Senior Executive in Government Service. He recently served as Chief of Staff to CEO Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Coleman Served for over eighteen years as the Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Juvenile Justice. In this capacity, he oversaw the operations of the various departments to include: Department of Education ($30 Million Budget), Department of Medical Services (#30 Million Budget), Department of Mental Health ($30 Million Budget), and Long Term Secure Campuses ($50 Million).

In 1991 Dr. Coleman was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to head up the Department of Highway Safety for the State of Georgia. Dr. Coleman served in that capacity from 1991 until 1995. He was cited by Governor Miller as one of the key appointments of his administration.

Dr. Coleman is a retired, "highly decorated", Vietnam Veteran and a United States Air Force Officer with over twenty five years of military service. In addition to his military experience, he has served as a College Professor of Educational Research and Statistics in the Graduate School, Central Michigan University. He also served as a College Adjunct Professor of Management and Economics at the Georgia Perimeter College, and at St Leo College. He served as a College Administrator and as the Director of Adult Education at the DeKalb Technical Institute. He was the President of his own firm, "The Management Center", and an accomplished writer, author and lecturer.

Dr. Coleman's dedication to leading the community and developing future leaders is recognized in his 1985 book, entitled "Put me in Coach", a book on management styles and decision making. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education, Administration and Supervision from Clark-Atlanta University.



Sadie DennardMs. Sadie Dennard
External Affairs Manager
Georgia Power-Metro East Region
5215 Minola Drive
Lithonia, GA  30038
(770) 322-5709

Sadie Dennard is no stranger to Georgia Piedmont Tech. Ms. Denard previously served as a Trustee on the College's Foundation Board before joining the College’s Board of Directors. She currently is the external affairs manager for Georgia Power's Metro East Region. In this role she works in the area of education, economic development, civic and community relations, environmental initiatives and with city, county and state legislators in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. She joined Georgia Power in 1980 and has since helped position the utility company as a leading corporate citizen. During the course of her career she has been honored with several awards and recognitions, including "Who's Who in Atlanta", "Women Looking Ahead” and "Atlanta Women of Influence". This civic-minded leader has served on the Board of Directors of the PAGE Foundation, Senior Connections, DeKalb Workforce Development, Callanwolde Arts Foundation and Leadership DeKalb among other organizations. Ms. Dennard served three terms as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and was former President of the Atlanta Board and the Georgia School Boards Association. Sadie Dennard is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. 




Del KingDel King
(new member)
Associate Vice President,
Human Resources, Emory University

Del King is an Associate VP, Human Resources with Emory University. As the Associate VP, Del is responsible for Learning and Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Recruitment, and Employee Services for the University. Del has spent the last 17 years at Emory working with schools and divisions in the development, implementation, and management of human resources programs and processes. He has led the development of high performing teams, provided leadership on a wide range of projects and programs and has made a priority of providing quality development programs to Emory’s employees to enhance the organizational climate of the University. Prior to Emory, Del worked for IBM Corporation and Georgia-Pacific in a variety of Human Resources Management positions. Del holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University and a M.S. in Organizational Development from Brenau University.



Timothy MelvinMr. Timothy Melvin
Parent Engagement Coordinator
Georgia Cyber Academy
504 Oak Place, Suite 540
Atlanta, GA  30349
(678) 850-6556

Tim Melvin is employed at Georgia Cyber Academy and is past CEO of Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, GA. Mr. Melvin is a veteran educator and led the Career Academy since its opening in 2005 and through its positive growth of over eighteen technical majors and 1300 high school students. Prior to moving to the Career Academy, Mr. Melvin served as program leader: Secondary Technical Center and as an Assistant Principal in Garden City, Georgia. Mr. Melvin served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988. He holds a masters degree and advanced certification in administration and supervision from Georgia Southern University and is currently working on his doctorate degree.



Albert R. MurrayMr. Albert R. Murray
(new member)
Board Member,
State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Albert R. Murray was appointed to serve on the State Board of Pardons and Paroles by Governor Sonny Perdue in May 2010, leaving his post as Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice. He is the longest serving juvenile justice commissioner in Georgia’s history, serving in that capacity from January 2004 to May 2010.

It was Mr. Murray’s long and successful career in criminal justice, specifically youth services, which brought him to Georgia. He began his service to troubled youth in his native state of Tennessee as a counselor and was promoted to Superintendent of the Tennessee Youth Center and eventually to Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Children Services and the Department of Youth Development for the state of Tennessee, a position he held for 16 years. His successful career in Tennessee resulted in his appointment as the first commissioner of the newly created Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority in 1996. In Kansas, he worked to create a comprehensive juvenile justice system for the state, serving as commissioner until 2003. In 2003, Mr. Murray served as Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Mr. Murray has served for many years in several capacities as a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA). In 2009 he received the ACA’s Cass Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Murray graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University and he has a bachelor’s degree in English from Tennessee State University.



Ellen WarrenMs. Ellen Warren
County Commissioner
Morgan County
355 Hancock Street
Madison, GA 30650
(706) 342-0725

A Commissioner from Morgan County District 4, Ms. Warren has been an active Morgan County resident and cattle farmer for 28 years. She is Treasurer of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy and the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association; member of the Board of Trustees of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center for the past ten years; past Chair and current member of the Morgan County Board of Equalization for the past 12 years; member and past Board Member of the Morgan County Humane Society; member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Agribusiness Committee. Among her many distinctions, Ms. Warren received the FFA 1999 Honorary Member Award, her family was named Farm Family of the year in 2004, and she was a 1996 Olympic Torch Bearer. She was also Chair of Leadership Morgan County, and served on the Future Land Use Plan Steering Committee. Ms. Warren received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She retired from Delta Air Lines after 33 years of service. She is a member of the Pennington United Methodist Church.


Denise Dotson, Chair
Gas South LLC

Valentino Bates, Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Susan Eckert, Vice Chair
Dean Emeritus, Emory University

Norma J. Johnson
Norma J’s Signature Collection

Albert G. Edwards

Dane Henry
DeKalb Medical Center

Elizabeth Mercier, Treasurer
CDC Federal Credit Union

Monte L. Poole
SunTrust Bank

Brenda Reid, Secretary
Publix Supermarkets

Steven Pritchett Morris,
Manning & Martin, LLC

Sean Werdlow
Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC