Meet Our Governing Board
Katie Minich, 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.
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.
Jeanie Smith, Secretary
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.
Allyson Drinnon, Vice Chair
Drinnon is Director of the Volunteer Resource Center with Habitat for Humanity International. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs online through Indiana University. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She lives in Americus, was a founding board member of Furlow Charter School, and has two children that attend FCS.
Lisa Courtney, Treasurer
Lisa is an accountant at Southern Wholesale Glass. She holds a BS in Marketing and an Associates in Forensic Accounting. She recently moved to Americus, where she resides with her husband, Michael, Mother-in-law and son who attends Furlow. Mrs. Courtney has been involved in civic groups since a young age. In recent years, she has been a den leader, pack leader and troop leader for Cub and Boy Scouts, serves in numerous positions in her church, and is a member of the Furlow PTO.
Laura Bauer McConatha
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University. In 2021, she obtained a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida, and a Certificate in Community Organizing for Social Justice from the University of Michigan. Laura is also a certified youth facilitator for the Youth Leadership in Action Curriculum developed by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia and has completed the My Peacebuilder Foundations training developed by Youth & Peace in Action. She lives in Americus, Georgia with her husband Barry and their rescue dog Daniel.