Directors of the foundation represent leaders from both public and private sector positions.  All of our directors have an appreciation for education and the valuable contribution our military has made to the formation of our Country.

Mr. Foster is co-owner, with his wife Bobbie of 55 years, of Habersham Broadcasting Company.   A graduate of Piedmont College, he has served on their Board of Trustees for over 26 years.   In 1974 he was elected to the Georgia State Senate of the 50th District of Georgia and served for 18 years.  He was appointed to the Georgia State Board of Education and Georgia Board of Corrections.  Governor Nathan Deal recently appointed him to serve as a Commissioner for Georgia on the Education Commission of the States.


Mr. Foster grew up in Habersham County and has been very involved with community and civic organizations.  He is one of three board member of the Hilliard A. Wilbanks Foundation  who personally knew Captain Wilbanks.  He served as chairman of the memorial committee for the Wilbanks Memorial at the Cornelia Community House in 2001.  John has two sons and served in the US Army for two years.

John C. Foster, Chairman
Alan J. DeWitt, President

Born  in Cornelia, Georgia,  Mr. DeWitt graduated from South Habersham High School.  While serving in the USAF, he and Patricia Wilbanks were married  in 1966.  While stationed at Shaw AFB, SC, he began his college work at the University of South Carolina and, after his military commitment was completed, he earned a BBA in Marketing at the University of Georgia in 1973.


Presently, he is retired from a sales career  in  the telecommunications industry.  He began  his career as a communications consultant with Southern Bell and then moved through the ranks to become a systems manager.  Later he joined Hekimian Labs, a subsidiary of Axel Johnson, as Director of Sales, helping  to grow the company from $5 million to over $300 million in sales before selling  the company to Spirent Communications.  He retired from the telecommunications industry in 2008.   Alan and Pat have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and live in Monroe, Georgia.

Julian T. "Skip" Brown III CPA, Treasurer

Having been in practice since 1973, Mr. Brown is currently the senior member of Brown and Tench, LLC.  His areas of practice include accounting, auditing, taxation, and management advisory services.  The firm also does work in the gift and estate planning areas.


He has twice served as Chairman of the board of the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the board of Cornelia United Methodist Church;  President of the Habersham County Rotary Club and other civic posts.  He is a co-founder of the Habersham County Rotary Scholarship Fund, Inc.,  and has served as trustee and treasurer since its inception in 1985.


Mr. Brown  holds a  BBA degree  from  the   University of Georgia, and is a long time member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public  Accountants.

Patricia Wilbanks DeWitt, Secretary

Born in Clarkesville, Georgia, Mrs. DeWitt is the fourth child and daughter of the late Travis and Ruby Wilkinson Wilbanks of Cornelia. Her three brothers were the late Captain Hilliard Wilbanks, Edwin Wilbanks and Norman Wilbanks.  Educated in Habersham County, she graduated from South Habersham High School in 1966.  Later that year she married Alan DeWitt who was serving in the United States Air Force at Shaw AFB, SC.


Her career was homemaking and raising two daughters.  She studied piano and organ and held several positions in Music Ministry over many years.  She and Alan are members of Meadow Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Since 2001, Pat has been involved in activities to honor her brother's memory, especially for his children and their families who did not have the opportunity to know him.

Robert C. Whitehead, Fundraising Chair

Mr. Whitehead holds a BBA degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 1969, and a degree in Advanced Banking from Rutgers University in 1977. His entire banking career was spent with SunTrust Banks, Inc., and its predecessor organizations.  During his career he held positions that encompassed all processes involved in bank operational and technical areas. Mr. Whitehead led the critical Y2K effort at Sun Trust, and worked on every major merger in the company from the formation of SunTrust in 1986 until his retirement.  In 2002, he retired from SunTrust as Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief  Information Officer.


Today Mr. Whitehead manages a number of family businesses including the WinterHawke Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation.


Mr. Whitehead and his wife Kathy have two sons, Jason and Kristopher, who live in Denver and Seattle.  They also have four grandchildren.   The Whiteheads are active in the Nacoochee United Methodist Church in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia.

Dan Albertus

Mr. Albertus resides in White County, Georgia and is very involved with The American Legion, VFW, Northeast Georgia Veterans Society, working to expand membership in the area and specifically, to be inclusive of the Vietnam era veterans.  Dan was a sergeant with the Army's First Division Infantry (Big Red One) during the Vietnam war.


He is a retired corporate executive who served in a number of senior roles with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Western Electric, the Farm Credit Banks, and Sentry Insurance.  A graduate of Augustana College in 1968 (Sioux Falls, SD), he has a masters from Northern State University in 1970 (Aberdeen, SD), and later did post graduate doctoral work at the University of Nebraska.  He and his wife, Carol, are active in the Cleveland United Methodist Church.  They have a daughter (graduate of UGA) and two sons (graduates of Alabama) who are officers in the US Army, and six wonderful grandchildren!

John Borrow

Mr. Borrow lives in Cornelia, Georgia with his wife, Holly, and his family.  His primary  business is  owning  and  operating seven McDonald’s restaurants in northeast Georgia. He graduated from Habersham Central High School in 1990, and from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995.  He then attended Vanderbilt University graduating with an MBA degree in  1997.


He and his family have been committed to serving the residents of Habersham County and northeast Georgia for as long as they have been in business.  They regularly support local schools, churches, ministries, and civic organizations.  He is also active in the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce, Habersham County Rotary Club, The Torch Church, and sits on the Boards of Directors of several organizations.


Michael H. Crawford

Mr. Crawford Is a graduate of South Habersham High School class of 1965.  He attended the University of Georgia for three years before enlisting in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy for four years, he attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta where he graduated with honors.  He worked in private practice law with his father before entering public service.  Mr. Crawford served as an Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney in the Georgia Mountain Judicial Circuit from July 1976 until December 2007.


He was married for 43 years to the late Beth Crawford and they have two children Cathy and Michael Crawford.  He is a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia.  He has been very active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served as a Scoutmaster for over 10 years.


Jeffery M. Hunt

A native of White County, Georgia, Mr. Hunt graduated from the University of Georgia in 1977.  He also graduated from the ABA Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1982.  He is also a realtor and a chartered bank auditor.  Currently Mr. Hunt is a Senior Vice President with Community Bank and Trust in Cleveland, Georgia.  He has served in a fundraising capacity in many local civic and charitable organizations.


Kib Shorey

A Maine native, Mr. Shorey briefly studied engineering at the University of Maine, and then served eight years in the U. S. Air Force.  His military experience included electronic weapons control systems and ICBM inertial guidance systems.  Following military service, Kib started a 36 year career in the computer industry that included field service engineering, education, systems programming/analysis, and new systems design and development.  His management responsibilities included marketing, client relations, and a national customer service organization.


Post-retirement voluntarism includes Habitat for Humanity, Friends of  Scouting (fund-raising), conservative politics (local, district, and state), and an adult education program.  Kib and his wife, Pat, are active members of the Nacoochee United Methodist Church in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia.

John H. Wilbanks

Mr. Wilbanks is the youngest son of Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks and resides in Mathiston, Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Delta State University in 1988, and later returned to pursue an Executive MBA that he completed in 2006.


In the past 15 years, he has pursued a career in Quality Engineering and Quality Management, and has held positions with several multinational organizations. John is currently serving as Quality Manager for Plymouth Tube Company in Eupora, Mississippi, with added responsibility for Technical Innovation and New Product  Development.


John and his wife, Virginia, home  school  their  teenage   children  and  are  active  members  of New Covenant Church in Starkville, Mississippi.  He enjoys outdoor activities, running, and carpentry and he and his family are enjoying the new home that they recently built themselves.


John is an avid proponent of renewable  energy, and  has  assisted  Mississippi  Solar in design  and installation of several solar energy projects, as well as his own array that helps to offset energy consumption at his home.


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