Authority Members

Griffin-Spalding County

Airport Authority

Commissioner Bart Miller Jr.

Bart Miller Jr. is a member of the Airport Authority and a sitting member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners representing District 4.  He has been a resident of Spalding County for over 65 years. He graduated from Griffin High in 1964.  He went to work for Southern Fruit Distributors and in 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served a tour in the Vietnam War. After his tour of duty was complete, he returned to Spalding County and continued work at Southern Fruit Distributors until they sold out in 1988.  In 1989 he moved to his current address on Williamson Road where he enjoys row crop farming. To further show his love for his community and the people who live here, Bart took a job with the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department. He held this position for nearly 19 years until his retirement in 2009.

Mr. Brett Lavender

Brett Lavender is a Griffin native, Mr. Lavender was appointed to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority in May of 2012. Brett previously served, for over 15 years, as a member the Griffin-Spalding Airport Advisory Board.

Mr. Lavender is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificated Private Pilot with an Instrument rating. He is a United States Air Force veteran and was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing where he supported the 334th TFS Eagles” and the 337th TFS “Falcons”. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics. He has also completed the Local Government Chief Information Officer (LGCIO) program with The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG).  Brett has worked in national security and local government for the past 34 years provisioning and supporting communications, navigation, telecommunications, geographic and information system technologies. Currently, he works as the Director of Information Technology for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.


Dr. Yoshunda Jones

Dr. Yoshunda Jones is a native of Griffin and a graduate of Griffin High School. After serving in the Army, she received a BA in Political Science and Pre - Law from Georgia State University, and an MBA and DBA from Argosy University. She was employed with the Georgia General Assembly Ways and Means Committee, Gateway 85 Community Improvement District, Staples, and Habitat for Humanity. She taught English abroad in Mexico, The Republic of Georgia, Thailand, and China. She is a founder and member of West Side Community Outreach and the TRM Group whose goals have been to empower the community through community service, civic engagement, and education. She is a recent graduate of the City of Griffin Citizen's Government Academy as well as a member of the City of Griffin Environmental Council, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, Crime Task Force, and Housing Advisory Council. She also serves as an advisor for the Spalding Collaborative Youth Advisory Council. Dr. Jones is the owner of The Solutionist Group, a consulting firm specializing in small to medium sized minority and women owned businesses and nonprofit organizations.


Mr. Louis Crawford Thacker

Louis Thacker began his aviation career as a flight instructor and crop duster while attending Louisiana State University. He has a Business Degree from Louisiana State University.  After graduation he became a pilot with Eastern Airlines. He flew with Eastern for 25 years until they ceased operations in 1991. During those years he obtained his (A&P) Aircraft and Power Plant Mechanics License and his (IA) Inspector Authorization. He owned and operated an airfield and crop dusting business in Pike County. After Eastern Airlines he obtained a pilot position with various night freight operators flying the Boeing 727. As a freighter pilot he transported race horses throughout the United States. He has owned and operated various general aviation aircraft at the Griffin Airport.  He was manager of the Griffin-Spalding Airport for a period of time. While flying for Eastern Airlines he also attended Woodrow College of Law and obtained a Juris Doctor of Law degree and practiced law from 1977. He served on the Airport Advisory Board for many years and now serves on the Airport Authority. He is retired from the practice of law and resides in Griffin, GA. He is married, has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.


Commissioner David Brock

David Brock was born and raised in Griffin where he graduated from Griffin High in 1963. He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force during which time he married Harriett (Miller) Brock of Griffin. He owned Brock Insurance Agency, for 23 years before his son took over the business. David holds the certification of "Certified Senior Advisor" and "Certified Long Term Care Advisor". He continues to be active in this part of the business. David and Harriett are parents of 2 children and 5 grandchildren who all live in Griffin. Spending time with their family has always been very important to them and brings them much enjoyment. David has served as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the Griffin Spalding Chamber of Commerce. In past years he was an active member of the Kiwanis and ABC Clubs. The Brock's are active members of Griffin First United Methodist Church where David and Harriett have served on numerous committees. David serves on both the Nominations and Finance Committees at this time. They are members of the Dunkers Sunday School Class.


Mr. Randall L. Peters Ed. D., CEDT, LTC, USA (Ret)

Randall (Randy) Peters received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Carson-Newman College and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.  He received his Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Georgia.  After a full military career as an Army Signal Corps Officer, Randy served in various capacities with the National Science Center Inc., and with Augusta Technical Institute (now Augusta Technical College).  On October 1, 2010, Dr. Peters became President of Southern Crescent Technical College, having served as President of Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin, GA, for over 11 years.  Locally he has served on the Griffin Regional Education Support Activity (RESA) Board of Control; the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chairman; The Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Griffin-Spalding United Way; the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools and the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, both of Henry County.  He was appointed to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority in January of 2017, where he serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Authority and Chairman of the Marketing Committee.  He has served as the interim president at both Middle Georgia Technical College and Ogeechee Technical College.  He is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the international education honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi, the education honor society at the University of Georgia.  Randy is a certified Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor, a certified Pistol Instructor, and a certified personal coach, speaker and leadership trainer.


Commissioner Truman Tinsley


Mr. Brett Bell

Mr. Brett Bell founded Designs Created International (DCI) in June 2011 while attending Southern Crescent Technical College. Since that time, he has created a track record of success and profitability for DCI by serving the Griffin and surrounding communities. DCI’s success is a direct result of his passion and energy. Mr. Bell is employed full-time as E-Commerce & Sales for American Mills, Inc. He is also an accomplished Motivational Speaker, sharing his testimony of persevering through trials and tribulations of an earlier life. He is the Public Image Director for Rotary Club of Griffin, a current Board member of the Griffin Spalding County Chamber of Commerce, the Chairperson for AZ Kelsey Academy’s School Council, and an active member of the NAACP Griffin chapter. He enjoys spending time with family & friends, is a part-time student at UGA Griffin campus and as a Christian and member of New Mercy Baptist Church actively seeks and participates in community activities.


Commissioner Don Hawbaker

Don Hawbaker is an attorney and was elected to the Board of Commissioners for Spalding County in November 2014. He began service on the Board on January 1st, 2015. Residing in the Sun City Peachtree Community of Spalding County he is married to Gayle Hawbaker. Together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Commissioner Hawbaker is the son of a Baptist minister, he graduated from Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois in 1973 and received a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1977. In 1979, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He practiced commercial litigation with several Texas-based law firms and frequently was appointed by state / federal courts, or by private parties, as a lawsuit-mediator. In 1998, he was hired by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston to serve as its Chief Circuit Mediator, attempting to resolve civil cases on appeal to the Court from four New England states and Puerto Rico. In 2007 he was employed by a sister federal appellate court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta with jurisdiction over appeals from federal district courts in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, also as its Chief Circuit Mediator. He served there until 2012. Since then, Commissioner Hawbaker has maintained a private law practice with emphasis in estate planning, elder law, probate and similar subjects.

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