Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Don Vares, President
  • Rachel Stewart, Vice President
  • Carla Jacome-Cluff, Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Dottie Armstrong, Secret Garden Art Studio
  • Jamie Baucum, Southern Pine Electric
  • Lewis Coker, Mississippi Power Company
  • Randy Cuchens, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Newton
  • Mark Doucette, Weir-ESCO
  • Ashley Duke, BankPlus
  • Will Duncan, Walmart
  • Melanie Hamrick, Newton County Academy
  • Mike Harris, Church Street Market, Ford’s Ice Cream, and East Central Auction 
  • Teresa Hodges, ESCO
  • Thomas Howard, The Newton County Appeal
  • Carla Jacome-Cluff, Carla’s Chop Shop
  • Savnannah Martin, City of Newton
  • Joel Nelson, BankFirst
  • Sharon Seals, Purple Magnolia Cafe and Hill Real Estate Grou
  • Kitt Silva, Silva Linings Cheesecakery
  • Fred Snow, City of Newton
  • Rachel Stewart, BankPlus
  • Coleen Stevens, Graham Insurance
  • Paulette Tramill, Retired
  • Kim Walker, BankFirst
  • Leigh Anne Whittle, Retired
  • Murray Weems, Mayor of the City of Newton


  • Emily Pugh, Executive Director