Board of directors
Mr. Fred Smith, Executive Director
Mr. Fred Smith retired in 2013 as the District Director of the Georgia Department of Labor, where he was responsible for career and unemployment services to citizens in 27 Georgia counties. Mr. Smith is the co-founder of the Athens Area Black History Bowl, serves on the board of the Athens Historical Society, and the committee he chairs has raised over $25,000 for Paine College and the United Negro College Fund, in addition to many other community involvements. Smith is the recipient of many awards, including the University of Georgia President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award.
Dr. Diane Dunston, Chair
Dr. Diane E. Dunston, MD, has been a member of the Athens Clarke County Community for the past thirty two years. She has served on the EADC Board of Directors for many of those years in her quest to bring equal opportunities to all the citizens of Athens-Clarke County. Dr. Dunston presently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors here at East Athens Development Corporation. When asked what she would like to see in the coming future for EADC, Dr. Dunston replied, "I want to see EADC help more citizens remain in their community through housing and economic opportunities."
j.t. jones, co-chair
Mr. J.T. Jones has dedicated 15 years to EADC, now serving as the Co-Chair to our Board of Directors. Before his retirement, Mr. Jones worked for the Athens Housing Authority and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served 27 years. In the future, Mr. Jones would like to see a program for youth in the community that allows them to transition smoothly into trade schools or community colleges within the general East Athens area.
Angie Wilkerson, secretary
Ms. Angie Wilkerson serves as the Secretary of East Athens Development Corporation's Board of Directors. Outside of her work with EADC, Ms. Wilkerson is a realtor, under Signature Realtor of Athens. Before this, she was employed within the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, responsible for administering Section 8 housing applications and vouchers. Ms. Wilkerson is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR), and the Athens Area Association of Realtors (AAAR).
Clarence holeman, treasurer
Retired from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department as a Police Major within the Homicide Department, Mr. Clarence Holeman now serves as the Treasurer of East Athens Development Corporation's Board of Directors. During his tenure with ACCPD, Mr. Holeman recieved the Sherman-Applebaum Award, given to law enforcement officers who serve with professionalism and "service to others above self". When asked what he would like to see in the future for the East Athens Community, Mr. Holeman said, "I'd like to see an overall reduction in crime and poverty level to make East Athens as great as it once was." Mr. Holeman has served with the Board of Directors for three years now.
Bennie roberson, jr., member
Serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Bennie Roberson, Jr. is a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for the City of Athens Recreation Department. Mr. Roberson is the recipient of many awards, including the East Friendship Baptist Church Man of the Year Award, Northeast GA Black Leadership Council Great Leaders Award, and the Athens Tutorial Program Service Award. Mr. Roberson would like EADC to return to its basic foundation of providing job training and affordable housing in the community.
Trevor P. Ross, Member
In addition to serving as a member on the EADC Board of Directors for a little over a year now, Mr. Trevor P. Ross is the Facility Supervisor of East Athens Community Center. As EADC moves forward, Mr. Ross would like to see programs that "enrich the lives of youth in the East Athens community."
Mr. Robert D. Finch, Member
As a member of the EADC Board of Directors, Mr. Robert D. Finch has spent his life serving others. After receiving his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and an MBA from Albany State University as a Regents award recipient, Mr. Finch went on to receive his law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law, where he matriculated as a Governor's Scholar. Mr. Finch has previously served as the Chief of Staff for Georgia's Senate majority leader, as well as the VP of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer for Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Currently, Mr. Finch is the Vice President of Coffee Regional Medical Center, and the President and CEO of The Dean Group, LLC., a Government Relations consulting firm. As well, Mr. Finch is a pastor at Billups Grove Baptist Church here in Athens. Mr. Finch is the recipient of many awards.