Meet the Board of Directors

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Lee Little
Executive Board Member
Rhian Swain
Kigwana Cherry
Executive Vice President
David Peltier 
Secretary & VP of Programs


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Trey Allen
Advisor to the President/Chancellor at Large
Leon Maben
Vice President of Public Art
Menia Chester
Vice President of Development
Mike Sleeper
Meet the Board Members

Blaine Bailey

Bennish Brown

Natalie Bryan

Jorge Cortes

Leslie Hamrick


Mukti Patel

Stacy Pulliam

Christine Rhodes

Sanjeev Singhal

Joan E. Smith
Sincerai Stallings

Meet the Staff

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Brenda Durant 
Executive Director

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Denise Tucker
Public Art & Development Manager

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Heather René Dunaway
Marketing & Outreach, Gallery Director

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Cameron Thomas is a Caucasioan woman with shoulder length light brown hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a black tshirt standing in front of the Arts Council door with the Greater Augusta Arts Council Logo.
Tripp Gustin
Admin & Membership Coordinator

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Rhian Swain
Marketing & Promotions Manager

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Cameron Thomas
Arts Calendar Coordinator

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Meet the Public Art Advisory Panel

Voting Panel Members

Kenneth Benson (Term: 8/19-12/24)

Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Augusta Sportswear Brands
Term: 2019 (partial)-2021
Resident of Commission District 3

“Growing up in Augusta in the Harrisburg neighborhood and as a local artist/designer, I have a passion to see art in my community. For me to volunteer with the Public Art Advisor Panel, allows me an opportunity to help foster that passion into reality for other artists and see first-hand the process of how a small idea for public art can become a city tourist spot.”

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Kigwana Cherry (Term: 5/19-12/24)

Musician, CEO Pop Up Augusta!
Senior Quality Control Manager, Gilbane, Inc.
Term: 2019-2021
Resident of Commission District 7

“I joined the public art panel to support viable art to enhance the edifice of our GREAT city!!!”

Cameron Bentley (Term: 5/21-12/23)

Assistant Director of Online Instructional Design
Augusta University
Resident of Commission District 2 

“Public art bridges gaps in diverse populations and reminds us of the human aspirations we hold in common. I’m constantly awed by the talent within our community and hope to contribute to the amazing work of the GAAC in supporting the artists who give us joy, wonder, and introspection to enrich our experiences and lives in Augusta, my hometown.”  

Sa Jules (Term:1/22-12/24)

Author, Poet, Artist, and
Human Resources Manager
AR/AP Specialist at Augusta Transportation, Inc.
Resident of Commission District 6

“Gifts are meant to be shared and used for the betterment of the world. Art is my gift and contribution to this world.”

Laura Evans (Term: 1/23-12/25)

Communications Strategist
Augusta University College of Nursing
Resident of Commission District 1

“Art should be accessible to everyone and public art projects help bridge that gap. I am honored to serve on the Public Art Advisory Panel to help make art more accessible to all in our community. “

Derron Neely (Term: 1/23-12/25)

Studio Neighborhood Bar and
Augusta Canal Authority member
Resident of Commission District 1

Broderick Mungo (Term: 1/23-12/25)

Technical Director & Chief Engineer
MAG Aerospace
Resident of Commission District 7

Ad Hoc and Ex-Officio Members

Ex-Officio Members


Leon Maben (Panel Chair)

Vice-Chair, Historic Preservation Commission, Arts Council Board VP of Public Art


Maurice McDowell

Director, Recreation & Parks


Takiyah Douse

Director, Central Services


Carla Delaney

Director, Planning & Development


Shawn Edwards

Director, Augusta GA Land Bank Authority


John Ussery

Assistant Director, Traffic Engineering


Shauntia Lewis

Deputy Director, Housing & Community Dev.


Oliver Page

Deputy Director, Augusta Transit

Oscar Flite

Director of Stormwater Services


Leadra Collins

Public Information Officer, Augusta Utilities


Udomekong Udoko

Transit Planner, Planning & Development


Corey Rogers

Executive Director and Historian, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History


Jennifer Bowen

VP of Destination Development, Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau


Jay Markwalter

Executive Director, Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau


Dennis Skelley

President/CEO of Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.


Brenda Durant

Executive Director, Greater Augusta Arts Council