Meet Our Governing Board

 

John LeJeune, Chair

Dr. John LeJeune is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southwestern State University. He completed his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and in 2012-13 was a Junior Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. He has published research on the intersection of political education and early childhood development, and helped found the GSW Chess Club. He resides in Americus with his wife Ke Wang and their two children.

Katie Minich, Vice Chair

Minich is a native of Blakely, GA where she graduated from Early County High School. She earned a BS in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. She currently serves as a K-12 Outreach Representative for Georgia Student Finance Commission where she provides state and federal financial aid training to students, parents, guidance counselors, and community organizations. She currently resided in Americus, GA with her husband Josh and their two children.

David Luvin, Treasurer

Luvin, originally from Independence, Missouri, has been a resident of Sumter County since his childhood.  He Graduated from Americus High School and has a BS in Computer Information Systems and a MS in Computer Science, both from Georgia Southwestern State University. He owns a local technology firm specializing in supporting small businesses with all of their IT needs. Mr. Luvin resides at Lake Blackshear with his family and they have two sons that attend Sumter County Public Schools.

Benjamin Meador, Parliamentarian, Secretary

A native of Chicago, Dr. Meador moved to Americus in 2017 and is currently a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Georgia Southwestern State University.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Kinesiology, specializing in skeletal muscle pathology, in 2010 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he started his post-doctoral career as a business manager, then took a position as a research scientist with Abbott Laboratories R&D before returning to academia at GSW.

Jeanie Smith

Mrs. Smith is a 25 year resident of Sumter County and works at Habitat for Humanity International in the US Grants department. She attended Indian River Community College in Stuart, FL studying computer and accounting. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the Americus/Sumter Boys and Girls Club, Sumter County School Board, Panther Club, FFA Alumni, and currently serves on the New Horizons Habitat for Humanity board. She is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and serves as church clerk. Mrs. Smith currently resides in Leslie with her husband of 29 years James. They have 2 grown daughters Anne-Elizabeth and Shelby.

Qaijuan Willis

Qaijuan Willis is a lifelong resident of Americus. He is a 2010 Honor Graduate of Americus-Sumter County High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University in May 2015, and became the Director of Americus Main Street and Downtown Development Authority in May, 2019.  Qaijuan currently serves on the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Americus Rotary Club Board, the Furlow Charter School Board, the Furlow Charter School Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, the City of Americus Health & Wellness and Safety Committees, Phoebe Sumter’s Patient, Family, Advisory Council, and many more, and is an active member of Americus Holiness Deliverance Temple.