Tom Brown, Sandra Inwright, Tom Odom, John Osborne, Andrea Roper,
Scott Saucier, Treasurer, Charlie Squires, Bret Thurmond,
Becky Vaughn, President, Celia Watson
Board members include community leaders, parents, and cluster school principals.Tom Brown is the Principal of Rocky Branch Elementary School in the Oconee County School System. He opened the new school in the 2002-2003 after joining the Oconee School System in 1999 as Principal of Malcom Bridge Elementary School. He has 24 years as a school principal. Tom has been an educator for 30 years having previous experience in the Clarke County and Jackson County School Systems as a Principal and teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision all from the University of Georgia. Tom is currently the President of the Oconee County Rotary Club and is a member of several educational fraternities. His wife, Deborah, is a teacher in the Oconee County School System. They have two grown children and one grandchild.
Tom Odom has been Principal of Malcom Bridge Middle School since 1997. He also served as Principal of Oconee County Middle School from 1993-1997. Tom received his BSEd, Master’s, and Specialist degrees from the University of Georgia. Tom’s areas of service in the community include Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, Oconee County Rotary Club, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and Oconee County Little League. Tom is married to Crysty McLeod Odom, Director of the St. Mary’s Foundation, Inc. They have two sons, Mitchell and Alex.
John Osborne is the principal of North Oconee High School. He has served public education in Georgia for twenty years with a B.S.Ed degree in Special Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. He also holds an Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. John is active in his community serving as the chairman of the Education Committee for the Oconee Chamber of Commerce. He chairs the Youth Leadership Oconee program for Oconee County and is a member of the Oconee County Rotary Club. In addition to local involvement, John serves on several statewide committees including the Georgia High School Athletic Associations executive committee, representing region 7AA. John and his wife Robin have three children, Allie Jake and Bailey. Andrea Roper is Principal of Malcom Bridge Elementary School. She has been at MBES for 7 years in the capacity of Assistant Principal and Principal. Andrea holds three degrees from the University of Georgia including a bachelor's degree, master's degree and a specialist's degree in education. She and her husband Bob have lived in Oconee County for 10 years. They have two children, Cheney and Hutch.
Sandra Inwright is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a national non-profit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to joining RFB&D, she enjoyed many years as a volunteer leading and participating in countless civic, school, and church organizations, while dedicating a substantial amount of time to her growing family. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Her husband, Bob, is a financial planner. They have two children, Mary Beth, a student at UGA and Julia, a student at North Oconee.
Scott A. Saucier is a shareholder in Thomas W. Scott & Associates, P.C. (TWSPC). He joined TWSPC in September 1997, and became a shareholder in the firm in January 2000. He has been a CPA for over 14 years. Before joining TWSPC, he was employed with Arthur Andersen & Co., Belk Stores Services, Inc. and Merial, Inc. He is a native of Cedartown, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting as well as a Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia. In addition to all areas of income tax compliance and consulting, Scott specializes in Estate and Gift Tax consulting and compliance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Scott enjoys running, golf, tennis, and spending time with his wife, Cindy and son, Christopher, a 5th grader at Malcom Bridge Elementary School. He is on the board of Community Connection, and was past treasurer of the St. Josephs School PTO.
Charlie Squires is the Director of Executive Programs at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He joined the Terry College of Business in 2000, following seven years in development at Duke University. Prior to his involvement in the academic community, Charlie spent eleven years in the corporate world at Grumman Corporation and The Equitable Life Insurance Company. Charlie holds a bachelor’s degree in management science from Duke University and an MBA from the Terry College of Business. Charlie also serves on the board of the Sexual Assault Center of Northeast Georgia. Charlie’s wife, Lucy, is a registered nurse. Charlie and Lucy have three children, Sam, Nathaniel, and Lucy.
Bret Thurmond is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Master Degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech. After graduating in 1982, he was employed in various industries. In 1989, he founded Electrostatic Spraying Systems (ESS) in Watkinsville, Georgia. ESS produces the only electrostatic nozzle used for pesticide application in agriculture today. After selling the company in 2001, Bret has built a successful consulting practice at Armentrout Roebuck Matheny Consulting Group, P.C. in Athens, Georgia. He serves on many community and professional organizations. Bret’s wife, Linda is active in the NOHS PTO. Bret and Linda have two children, Michael and Elizabeth.
Charlie Upchurch III is the president of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. He joined Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty in 1986 and, in keeping with family tradition, has reinforced the high principles on which the company was founded. Today, he serves as the President and Broker of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty which proudly employs over 80 full time residential agents, six commercial agents, and a staff of fifteen. Charlie participates actively in the community by holding numerous civic and professional positions. Charlie resides in Oconee County with his wife Dora and three daughters, Julianne, Janie, and Jodie.
Becky Vaughn is the President and CEO of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, a private non profit agency. With a $1.3 m budget and a staff of 20, they work to reduce the negative impact of substance abuse on Georgia’s communities. She was on the original founding Board and took over as executive director in 1994. Prior to that, she was the Financial Director at St. Jude’s Recovery Center after leaving the teaching field in 1981. While living in Atlanta she served in numerous volunteer community positions. Since moving to Oconee County 10 years ago she has been active in the schools, First Baptist Church Athens, and other community activities. She also serves on the Board of the GA School Age Care Association. She earned her B.S. at the University of Georgia and her M.S. at Georgia State University. As the mother of 4, Jenny, Laura, William, and Carter, Becky is committed to excellence in education and greater community involvement.
Celia C. "Cissy" Watson is the CEO of both, Sterling Resources, Inc. and Mansermar, Inc. Both companies specialize in multifamily residential real estate development and property management. Cissy has developed over $200 million of new construction apartments, primarily for senior citizens. She has likewise been responsible for the acquisition and rehab of over $70 million in real estate holdings. Currently her enterprises manage the day to day operations of 75 apartment communities in 14 states. Cissy is an avid sports fan of her three children, Hunt 16 yrs., Ali 14 yrs., and Jessica 12 yrs. She resides on a farm in Oconee County with her husband, Ted, and their children.