Elachee Seats 2017 Board of Trustees

Elachee welcomes three new Trustees and names the 34th recipient of the prestigious Oak Leaf Award.

January 10, 2017 (Gainesville, Ga.)Elachee Nature Science Center honored Dallas Gay with the prestigious Oak Leaf Award at its recent annual gathering of Trustees and Advisors, held at Brenau University. This annual meeting also made official Elachee’s 2017 slate of Trustees. (L-R) Elachee President/CEO Andrea Timpone, Elachee Trustee and 2016 Oak Leaf Award recipient Dallas Gay, and Elachee Board of Trustees' Chair John Girardeau

Gay, Board Chairman of Gainesville-based Protein Products, Inc. and Treasurer of Elachee’s Board of Trustees since 2008, received the 34th annual Oak Leaf Award. This award is given each year to a Trustee making a significant impact to the organization through extraordinary efforts. He was selected in recognition of his instrumental role the past year and dedication in re-engineering the organization’s financial reporting processes.

“We are very grateful for the innumerable hours Dallas has given Elachee to make something complicated very simple so it is streamlined and relevant for both staff and our Trustees,” explained Andrea Timpone, President/CEO of Elachee.

"Dallas Gay has been, and continues to be, a great friend and supporter of Elachee,” commented Elachee’s Board of Trustees Chair, the Hon. John Girardeau. “We are fortunate to have someone of his ability and dedication on our Board of Trustees."

A tradition at this annual gathering, Timpone also welcomed the Nature Center’s newly appointed Trustees: Kelvin Whisenhunt of Oakwood, Ga., and Richard Oates and Trey Wood, both of Gainesville, Ga.

“Elachee has one of the strongest Board of Trustees of any non-profit organization I've been associated with over many years,” stated Girardeau. “These new members will only make it stronger. I look forward to working with them."

Whisenhunt is an Associate at Booz Allen and Hamilton. Oates is Gainesville Campus Vice President for the University of North Georgia, and Wood is a Partner at Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance. They join Elachee’s 2017 Board of Trustees, including: Chair John Girardeau, Vice Chair Rob Robinson, Secretary Kelly Ann Miles, Treasurer Dallas Gay, along with Trustees Emily Bagwell, Beth Bell, Maria Calkins, Will Cobb, Lance Gardner, Steve Gilliam, Jock Hornor, Jay Kilroy, Gale McKibbon, Martha Nesbitt, Ed Schrader, Al Trembley, Dixie Truelove, Jane White and R.K. Whitehead (Emeritus).

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center, in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 38 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee engages tens of thousands of visitors annually with quality nature programming through K-12 school field trips and outreachspecial events and unique environmental education experiences for children, families and nature lovers. The campus is also home to 12 miles of pristine hiking trails and Elachee Nature Academy, the first SACS-accredited Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the Southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donationscorporate sponsorshipsplanned giftsgrants and fundraising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.

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Andrea Timpone, President/CEO

Kim Marks, Director of Development and Communications