U.S. Department of Transportation, Retired
Mr. Frank Billue has worked with the United States Department of Transportation for over 15 years, under the Federal Transit Administration. Conducting compliance and oversight reviews and evaluations; leading extensive workshops and training sessions; and receiving numerous nominations and awards for his service, Mr. Billue has been committed to national travel safety at both local and national levels. Mr. Billue’s extensive Title IX work and civil rights advocacy reflects Georgia Piedmont Tech’s dedication to equal opportunities for all. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Area Manager (DeKalb & Rockdale), Georgia Power
Toni Hannah currently serves as Georgia Power’s Area Manager for DeKalb and Rockdale counties. She began her career with Southern Company/Georgia Power in 2001 as a Sr. Corporate Recruiter. Other roles with the company include HR Business Consultant, Talent Management Consultant, Business Services & Information Manager and most recently, External Affairs Manager for Northwest Georgia. Prior to joining Southern Company, Toni was employed by The Coca-Cola Company and Georgia-Pacific. She holds a B.S. degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism from Western Carolina University.
Within Georgia Power, Toni is a graduate of the Customer Service & Operations Leadership Series, is past President of the African American Women’s employee resource group and Treasurer of the Metro East Citizens of Georgia Power volunteer services organization. She is also a graduate of the CSO First Level Supervisor program and the Southern Company Services Group Mentoring Program.
Externally, Toni is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Rome and Leadership Rockdale. She is also a graduate of the Georgia Chamber’s High Potentials Leadership Program and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Toni serves on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Conyers-Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Leadership DeKalb Executive Committee, the Decatur Family YMCA Board of Directors, ART Station Board of Directors and the Berry College Executive Advisory Council. Additionally, she serves on the DeKalb Mass Transit Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Advance DeKalb Board of Directors.
While in Rome, Toni served on the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Rome, Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, The Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Communities in Schools Rome-Floyd County and Summit Quest. Additionally, Toni served on the Rome/Floyd Citizens SPLOST Committee and was chair of the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee.
Ted R.H. Cummings
President & CEO of Onyx MS
Mr. Cummings is a Board Member of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. Since 2013, he has served as Chairman of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) Professional Services Industry Group for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). As an advocate for education, he is currently President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Chairman of the School Advisory Council at Liberty Middle School in Covington, Georgia. In serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Piedmont Tech, Mr. Cummings has worked to enhance the academic growth of students and expanding the college’s programs, now and well into the future. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Dr. Scott Andrews
City of Covington, City Manager
Dr. Scott Andrews has worked in local government for 17 years and has served as the City Manager of Covington since December of 2019. Andrews previously served as the Assistant City Administrator for the City of Smyrna, GA from 2017 to 2019, the Economic Development Director in Sugar Hill, GA from 2014 to 2017. His prior local government work experience took place in Temple Terrace, FL where he served from 2003 to 2014 in numerous leadership roles. Scott is a native of Tampa, FL and has a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in organizational leadership. Scott is passionate about economic development, quality of life initiatives, community building, and youth engagement. Dr. Andrews is a Credentialed Manager candidate through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association and the Georgia City-County Management Association (GCCMA) serving on several committees. Andrews is a past participant of Leadership Gwinnett and Leadership Cobb.
Dr. Samantha M. Fuhrey
Newton County School System Superintendent
Dr. Samantha M. Fuhrey is Newton County School System’s superintendent and a member of the system’s Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Fuhrey’s responsibilities include overseeing the effective operation of the school system; advising the school board; advancing/implementing the strategic plan; developing strong community partnerships; and improving student outcomes. Her commitment to improving education and understanding of its importance in shaping the workforce of the future is a value shared by Georgia Piedmont Tech. We are honored to have her serve on our board of directors.
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Retired
Albert Murray is a resident of Conyers, Georgia and was recently elected by the Board to serve as Vice Chairman. Mr. Murray is a former state executive having served as Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Chairman of the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles. He retired in 2016 after a distinguished career in criminal/juvenile justice. Mr. Murray served at the executive leadership level in the states of Tennessee, Kansas, and Alabama before moving to Atlanta in 2004. He is the recipient of many special awards for his service in government and is passionate about the development of youth and young adults. He has an undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters degree in Counseling and Guidance from MTSU.
Imam Emeritus Plemon El-Amin
Imam El-Amin is Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive Mosques in the United States. He is the former Director of the W. Deen Mohammed High School. He currently serves as the Director of World Pilgrims, which engages local Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other faith adherents in international travel to develop interfaith advocates and friendships. Imam El-Amin also serves on the Boards of Interfaith Community Initiatives, Truly Living Well Organic Gardens, Atlanta Majlis Ash-Shura, and the National Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council. He is a native Atlantan, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Harvard University. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Communities in Schools, Co-Founder
Mr. Shorthouse is co-founder of the Communities In Schools (CIS) national network, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support and resources, empowering them to succeed in school and to achieve in life. Mr. Shorthouse has dedicated more than 50 years to improving educational opportunities, which has resulted in increased academic achievement, post-secondary school readiness and improved graduation rates. Like Georgia Piedmont, Mr. Shorthouse aims to make talented individuals with potential highly marketable, which in turn builds upward economic mobility, resulting in stronger families and more competitive companies, who grow from the skilled people they greatly need. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Director of Community Affairs, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit
Sonja Natasha Brown serves as the Director of Community Affairs/Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney - Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, where she oversees the Office’s community outreach efforts, and the Crime Strategies and Community Partnerships Unit (CS/CPU). She joined the Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney’s staff in January 2017, after serving for five years in the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office as a Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Sonja Natasha also worked as a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney where she was assigned to the Crimes against Women and Children Unit (CAWAC). Previous to that position, she was assigned as the Director of Victim Services, with responsibility for developing the policies, programs and procedures needed to ensure access to victim services; and supervising the Child Support Enforcement Unit, the Victim Witness Assistance and the Volunteer Programs. Prior to joining Fulton County, Sonja Natasha worked as Staff Counsel at Convergent Media Systems Corporation in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Active in the local Bar, Sonja Natasha served as the 2009 President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), and served a three-year term (2017-2019) as the President of GABWA’s philanthropic arm, the GABWA Foundation, Inc. Sonja Natasha earned her Juris Doctor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Arts (Radio/TV/Film).
Interim President, Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Dorian DeBarr currently serves Decide DeKalb Development Authority as Interim President. He joined the Authority in 2016, developing robust programs and leading staff, resulting in a robust project pipeline, multi-agency collaboration, delivery of a five-year County-wide strategic economic development plan and the creation of Advance DeKalb, a unique public-private partnership focused on economic development. During his tenure, the Authority has facilitated the creation of more than 3,400 new and expansion jobs, as well as retained more than 7,600 jobs in DeKalb County. More than $1.3 billion in investment has been facilitated by the Authority during Dorian’s term as Interim President since 2018.
He most recently served as chief financial officer of Invest Atlanta attracting investment to Atlanta’s most underserved communities.