The Jackson EMC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization set up to represent the members of Jackson EMC and the funds collected through Operation Round Up® for charitable purposes. The mission of the foundation is to distribute money collected from Jackson EMC members through Operation Round Up to worthwhile, charitable purposes that will improve lives and respond to immediate needs within the counties where the cooperative provides electric service.
The following are the local community leaders serving on the board:
George W. Evans has been a Banks County resident for 30 years and serves part-time as chairman, director and loan committee member for First Georgia Banking Company in Homer.
George has had a 51-year career in banking, and has been a director of the Economic Development Corporation in Gainesville for 24 years.
George's community involvement includes serving as a past president for four years of the Banks County Chamber of Commerce, member and past-president of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, past-president of the Homer Ruritan Club, president of the Mended Hearts Chapter 171 for four years and past treasurer of the Commerce Lions Club.
Alex Hill is a long-time resident of Barrow County. He operates his family’s business, Hill’s Ace Hardware & Lumber, which has stores in Winder and Loganville. Hill’s is a third generation business that has been in operation since 1947.
Alex is involved with the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as its board chair. He serves on the board of directors of the Barrow County Builders Association, as well as a member of the Winder Rotary Club. He is a former board member and chair of the Construction Suppliers Association. Alex and his family are active members of Winder First United Methodist Church.
Kenneth Lumpkin is a Winder native with 25 years of community banking experience. Currently, he is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Newton Federal Bank. During his career he has held banking positions with The Peoples Bank, Regions Bank and NationsBank. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and the University of Maryland’s University College with an MBA. Also, he is a graduate of Leadership Georgia.
He is a member and former board member of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia Leadership Division, President of the Brotherhood Club, Inc., and Deacon and Church Administrator of White Oak Spring Missionary Baptist Church. Previously, he served on the Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; was a Founding Member of the Brad Akins YMCA of Winder, and former Board Chairman; was Board Chairman of the Barrow Community Hospital; was a Founding Member of the Barrow Glenwood Community and Historic Education Foundation; and former member of the Barrow County Schools Committee For Educational Excellence. He received the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award and Community Service Award.
Chief Mark Sizemore is the Police Chief for the Clarke County School District Security/Police Department. Previously, Sizemore worked at ACCPD for 28 years, enjoying assignments in Patrol, Public Housing, Criminal Investigations and Central Communications.
A resident of Athens for nearly 30 years, he moved there to attend The University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.A. in criminal justice; Columbus State University, with a Masters of Public Administration; and the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy (FBINA) 196th session. He has served on the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Pension Board as well as the county’s Charity Drive Committee. In addition, he is an active in the Beech Haven Baptist Church where is a Deacon, has taught Sunday school for several years, and coached Upward Basketball.
Beauty Baldwin is a Gwinnett County resident. Beauty is a former administrator of Hopewell Christian Academy and is a retired superintendent of Buford City Schools.
Beauty's community involvement includes United Way, Chair of the Norcross Prototype; Northeast Council of Boy Scouts of America; Gwinnett Rotary Club, chair of Youth Activities; Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections; Georgia Health Planning Review Board 2001 (appointed by the Governor); Gwinnett Foundation, chair of Grants Committee; Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Georgia Council of Adult Literacy; Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, 1997 chair; American Red Cross, Gwinnett Service Center Advisory Board; Hopewell Baptist Church, chair of Finance Committee; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., (Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter) chair 1998-present; Human Relations Advisory Council for Gwinnett County Schools, co-chair; and Gwinnett Children Shelter Advisory Board Member.
In addition, her recent awards of recognition include Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter (Alpha Kappa Alpha) "Woman of the Year" Award, 1997; Women Community Leaders Heroines of Distinction Award, 1999 (Alpha Kappa Alpha); Georgia School Superintendent Distinguished Service Award, 2000; Educator of the Year, 1999; and National Association of University Women-Metro Atlanta Branch "Women With Wings Award," 2001.
Jim Puckett is a retired educator.
A native and life-long resident of Gwinnett County, Jim served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, middle school principal and superintendent in the Buford City Schools. He was assistant director of the Metro Atlanta Regional Service Agency, directed the Leadership Academy of the Georgia Department of Education, and served in a variety of roles with the Georgia School Boards Association.
For twelve years, he was executive director of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
Jim has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University and a masters, specialist, and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.
Christy Moore, Manager of Community Health Improvement for Northeast Georgia Health System, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management from Brenau University. Moore’s role involves oversight of regional community health needs assessments, community benefit reporting for hospital affiliates and facilitation of strategic community partnerships to positively impact the health. A Gainesville native, she is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of South Hall County, a sustainer in the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, and serves on the Board of Directors for Good News Clinics and Hall County Family Connection Network. She is a graduate of Leadership GHA (Georgia Hospital Association), Leadership Hall County, and recently received a Silver Shovel Award from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Phillippa Lewis Moss is director of the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center. As director of the Community Service Center, Moss is responsible for the Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Hall Area Transit Bus Services and the Center for Family Prosperity where financial emergency assistance and tax assistance is made available.
She received a B.A. in political science from the University of California- Irvine, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. She currently serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, Vision 2030, Hall County Family Connections Network, the Medical Center Advisory Board and Health Partners, and is a member of Kiwanis.
Joel Harbin, founding partner/owner of Harmony Insurance Partners, Inc. in Braselton, is a graduate of Piedmont College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Prior to opening Harmony Insurance Partners, Inc. in 2017, Harbin owned an insurance agency in Jefferson for over 12 years. His previous industry experience includes working as a Product Analyst, Claims Analyst, and Business Development Manager in the metro Atlanta area.
A resident of Jackson County for more than 30 years, Harbin is a member, and Past President, of the Rotary Club of Jefferson and an active member of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a member of the Downtown Development Authority of Jefferson, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County Board of Directors, and the Jefferson Area Business Association. Professionally, he is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and a Past President of the Athens Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Allen McCannon, a Madison County native, has 32 years of experience in public education, mostly in Madison County, where he served as a teacher or principal at the elementary, middle or high school levels. McCannon served as assistant or associate superintendent of Madison County Schools before being named superintendent in 2011, from which he retired in 2018. Additionally, Allen worked for the Thomaston City Schools and Foothills Charter Education High School. McCannon joined Raymond James in 2018 as a vice president in the Georgia education finance division.
McCannon graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1987, where he received both masters and specialist in education degrees. In 2010, he received his doctorate in educational leadership from Bethel University. He was named a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Georgia Superintendent of the Year award. He served as the chairman for the Charter System Foundation from 2016-2018 and was named Citizen of the Year by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce twice. McCannon has received the Georgia School Superintendent Association’s President’s Award for Superintendents and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He is married to Renee Adams McCannon, a graduation coach at Madison County Middle School, and they have two sons.