Tocqueville Society Members 2018-2019
MR. & MRS. T.R. REDDY
Tocqueville Society Chairman
T.R. Reddy, a board certified engineer in South Carolina and Georgia, has been a resident of Augusta for over 40 years. He started his own companies, PowerControl Systems of Georgia Inc. and Power Line Inc. He has design-built over 200 control systems for commercial, industrial, and governmental organizations. Mr. Reddy’s last project was involvement as part owner in a 40 MW power plant in India. In 2008, he sold his energy saving companies and ventured into real estate development. His last project was converting a dilapidated downtown hotel into beautiful Holiday Inn. He received accolades for this project as it has cleaned up the entire block of downtown Augusta.
Mr. Reddy is a graduate of Leadership Augusta. He served on the boards of the Augusta and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce, Easter Seals, St. Joseph Hospital, and University Health Care Foundation. Mr. Reddy, in Addition to being Chairman of the United Way of the CSRA Tocqueville Society, serves on the boards of The Salvation Army, Augusta Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Trinity Hospital Board of Trustees as Chairman.
Mr. Reddy is founding trustee of the Hindu Temples in Augusta and Atlanta and the Vedic Center in Atlanta. In addition to establishing a family foundation, Mr. Reddy and a few of his friends started two charitable organizations, Palamoor.org and Telangana.org, to help the needy people in his native country of India in the areas of health and education.
Mr. Reddy and his wife, Anjini, who is a physician at the Medical College of Georgia, have a daughter Sudha and a son Arvind, both postgraduates from Emory University. The Reddy’s are blessed with five grandchildren.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM S. MORRIS III AND FAMILY
The Morris Family continues a long tradition of outstanding support of the Augusta community through their generous giving to United Way. For ten consecutive years, the Morrises sponsored the Tocqueville founding endowment, the largest single gift in the history of our local United Way. The Morris’ Tocqueville gift helped raise significant new dollars by elevating the standard of leadership giving for the entire community.
Billy Morris is Chairman of Morris Communications Company, headquartered in Augusta. Morris Communications publishes 13 daily newspapers as well as non-daily newspapers and shoppers around the country. Other divisions of the media company include radios stations, national and city magazines, visitor publications, book publishing, and online services.
Mr. Morris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Theological Seminary and has served as President of the Newspaper Association of America and as a director of The Associated Press. In addition to many local board positions, he is Chairman of the Board of the Morris Museum of Art and has established chairs in art at Augusta State University and in journalism at the University of Georgia. Mr. Morris is also Director and President of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association.
A native Augustan, Mr. Morris is married to the former Mary Sue (Sissie) Ellis. They have three adult children: Will and Tyler Morris, and Susie M. Baker, and six grandchildren.
MR. AND MRS. BARNEY BARNETT
Barney Barnett is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Florida. He is also Vice President and Director of Publix Super Markets Charities. His wife, Carol, is Chief Executive Officer of Publix Super Market Charities.
The Barnetts have been ardent supporters of United Way in their community of Lakeland as well as in other communities where Publix Super Markets are located. They are members of the United Way Million-Dollar Roundtable. The Barnetts are charter members of the United Way Tocqueville Society of Central Florida, where Mrs. Barnett co-chaired the United Way Leadership Committee and received the Award for Outstanding Leadership in the United Way Tocqueville Society.
The Barnetts are involved with many community and civic organizations in Central Florida. Mr. Barnett serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida Southern College and the Board of Directors of Florida Council of 100. He is also former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Florida Tax Watch.
MR. AND MRS. VINCE BROGDON
Vince Brogdon is Owner and CEO of Gold Cross EMS, a private ambulance service that responds to over 75,000 emergent (911) and non-emergent calls a year in the Greater CSRA. Mr. Brogdon has been in EMS for 25 years. He started off as a dispatcher in 1990 for Richmond Ambulance Service. He pursued his EMT
license and served as an EMT for the same service until moving on to University Hospital Ambulance in 1993 and then later Rural Metro.
In 1997, Mr. Brogdon went to Paramedic School and worked for Horizon EMS until accepting a position at Gold Cross EMS as a Captain in 2001. After obtaining his Critical Care Paramedic License, he worked part-time for Airmed as a Flight Medic and Full time for Gold Cross EMS. He served numerous leadership roles at Gold Cross to include Director of Operations for Columbia, Richmond and Jefferson Counties. In 2009, Mr. Brogdon was promoted to CEO of the company and went on to purchase the company in 2014.
Under his leadership, Gold Cross has been named Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Development Authority of Columbia County Business of the Year and most recently Mr. Brogdon was awarded the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and service to the Community.
Robin Brogdon is a proud Veteran of the United States Navy, where she served as a Corpsman. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her nursing career has seen her serve as a Flight Nurse for Airmed and as an Emergency Room Nurse for many years in the Augusta area.
Mrs. Brogdon most recently served at Fort Gordon in the Warrior Transition Batallion as a certified case manager. She currently works with her husband at Gold Cross EMS and is also a stay at home mom to the family’s two wonderful children Dylan and Logan.
The Brogdon’s are ardent supporters of the United Way. They believe completely in the mission of the United Way and all of the programs that support the community. They have spearheaded a successful campaign at Gold Cross EMS, where they incentivize their employees to participate. They are also active in many other philanthropic programs and are known for their support in the area.
The Brogdon’s currently reside in Evans, GA with their sons Dylan and Logan.
MR. AND MRS. NICK W. EVANS
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Nick Evans earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Augusta College. He began his career at the Georgia Railroad Bank and then joined the Abitibi Southern Corporation for three years. In 1974, he began his television career in sales at WATU-TV and WRDW-TV in Augusta and then moved to WNEP-TV, Wilkes- Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he served as Local Sales Manager. He returned to WAGT-TV in Augusta as General Sales Manager and later became President and General Manager. From 1987 to 2000, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Communications, Inc., headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Currently, he is a partner in Associated Media Partners (a media brokerage and consulting firm); Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bumper2Bumper Media in Greenville, South Carolina; and involved in business development for Career Sports Management in Atlanta. Mr. Evans is a former board member of numerous civic, community, business, and industrial organizations. While a Rotarian, he was selected as a Paul Harris Fellow. Currently, he holds board positions with Wachovia Bank Augusta Advisory Board,
Bumper2Bumper Media, Augusta State University as Trustee, and Forest Hills Golf Association. He and his wife Beth attend First Baptist Church of Augusta. They have two daughters, one son, and two grandchildren.
DRS. ARDASH AND NIDHI K. GULATI
Doctors Adarsh and Nidhi Gulati have resided in Augusta, Georgia for over 30 years and both have been affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. They are blessed with two children: a married elder daughter, Priya, who is completing Family Medicine Residency at Emory University and younger son, Akash, who is a Chemical Engineer (Georgia Tech graduate) working in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Adarsh (AK) Gulati received his Bachelor’s degree in Science from Delhi University-India and his Doctorate from West Virginia University. He completed his post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Health before joining as a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Gulati continued his research at MCG, publishing over fifty journal articles and book chapters on the topic of neuromuscular regeneration and transplantation. During his tenure at MCG, he served as a mentor to many graduate and post-graduate students. Dr. Gulati taught extensively medical, dental, allied health, and graduate students. He was recognized with many teaching and research awards by the students and faculty at MCG. He continues to teach at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University as Emeritus Professor.
Dr. AK Gulati has been an active member of the Augusta community and has served as a board member of the American Red Cross, the Hindu Temple Society, the Indo-American Cultural Association and others. He is a contributing member of the Augusta Chapter of Rotary International. He also serves as a board member for financial and other organizations.
Dr. Nidhi Gulati is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Augusta University and serves as the Medical Director of Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home (GWVNH) . She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and thereafter completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Post-Acute/Long-Term Care Medicine (as one of about 70 certified medical directors in the state of Georgia). She has served on numerous medical committees both at the state and national level.
Dr. Nidhi Gulati is involved in research and supports a strong educational mission at Augusta University. She teaches both at the bedside and in the classroom with main teaching collaborations being Augusta University and Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. She has authored many articles and the first geriatrics chapter in Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook. She loves to give back to her geriatric patients….to serve the very people who so faithfully served this great nation: our veterans, our war heroes.
Doctors Gulati were both born in India and immigrated to the US at a very young age to pursue educational goals. In addition to academic and volunteer contributions, they have been involved in the hospitality business and real estate development in the Augusta area. The Gulati’s fully support the Augusta community and are committed to its future development and growth.
MR. AND MRS. MARK HERBERT
Mark Herbert was born in Augusta and has continued his residency in Columbia County for the last 58 years. He is President and CEO of Herbert Homes, Inc, a local land development, and construction company. Mr. Herbert has served on many committees and in leadership roles for the Builders Association of Augusta and the State of Georgia Residential and Contractors Licensing Board. Mark received Builder of the year awards in 1991 and 1997, Georgia Home Builder Hall of Fame 2008, Lifetime Achievement award from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and Small Business ward in 2016. Mr. Herbert is a strong supporter of numerous charities and a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army.
JoAnn Herbert after retiring from her 31-year career in banking currently works with Mark at Herbert Homes, Inc. She has been involved with many non profits, having served 6 years on the Executive Board with Golden Harvest Food Bank, Chaired the Board of Directors for SafeHomes of Augusta for 6 years and is currently serving on the board of the Community Foundation of the CRA, Advisory Board for Security Federal Bank and chairs the Grants Committee with Women in Philanthropy .
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert have one son, two daughters and six grandchildren. They are very active members of Riverview United Methodist Church were Mr. Herbert serves as Chair of the Trustees.
MR. AND MRS. TENNENT HOUSTON
Tennent Houston is managing partner of Merry Land Properties, LLC, a real estate investment and development company headquartered in Augusta. Prior to the formation of this company, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merry Land Properties, Inc. and President and Chief Executive officer of Merry Land & Investment Company, Inc. both of which are publicly owned developers, owners, and operators of multi-family communities throughout the South.
Mr. Houston received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington and Lee University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mary Houston, from Stapleton, Georgia, received a Bachelors and Masters in English Education from the University of Georgia. She taught high school English in Atlanta and Augusta before “retiring” to raise the couple’s five children. Mrs. Houston is an artist whose paintings can be found throughout Augusta.
The Houstons are active in many charitable, cultural, and religious organizations.
MR. AND MRS. JAMES M. HULL AND FAMILY
The Hull family is recognized throughout the Central Savannah River Area for their involvement in many civic initiatives and community organizations. Their support of United Way continues their family’s long tradition of significant support and dedication to the Augusta community.
James Hull is the founder and managing principal of Hull Property Group. He has led the acquisition, development, and redevelopment in excess of 70 big-box retail, neighborhood, and regional shopping centers, including the acquisition of 29 enclosed regional malls, many of which comprise the Company’s approximate 15 million plus square feet of owned retail portfolio located in 13 states.
Jim currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He is also on the board of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, AU Health System, State of Georgia’s REACH Scholarship Program, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Community Foundation of the CSRA, America’s Warrior Partnership (which he co-founded), and is the past Chair of the University System of Georgia Foundation. Jim endowed the Hull Scholars program at Paine College and Vanderbilt University.
He has been honored with United Way’s Founders Award, The President’s Award from Augusta University, the Liberty Bell Award from the Augusta Bar Association, and the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Society of Fundraising Professionals, and has been inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame and Beta Gamma Sigma’s Honor Society.
A lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia, Jim is married to Karen Newton Hull. They are the parents of four adult children and have two grandchildren. Jim and Karen enthusiastically support the Augusta community through their philanthropy and their volunteer leadership in a number of organizations.
DR. AND MRS. M. VINAYAK KAMATH
Dr. Vinayak Kamath opened his private practice, Augusta Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, in Augusta in 1988 after serving as a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Cardiothoracic Surgery and at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He currently serves on the staff of University Hospital as Chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Kamath received his medical degree from the University of Indore in Indore, India, and served his residency in General Surgery at the USC School of Medicine prior to coming to a MCG where he served his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Kamath, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, is a member of the American Medical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, and Richmond County Medical Society. In 2001, Dr. Kamath served as Honorary Co-Chairman for the State of Georgia National Physicians Advisory Board on HMO Reforms. He was appointed to the Georgia Medical Board in 2004 and is currently its chairman.
Dr. Kamath is married to Sheila Kamath, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, who is Clinical Coordinator of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at University Hospital. They have two sons: Vasant, a venture capitalist in Boston, and Jay, who is an advertising executive in Los Angeles.
The Kamath family is involved with a number of charitable causes within the community. Dr. and Mrs. Kamath are known for both their leadership in the medical community and for their philanthropy.
MR. AND MRS. ROBERT P. KIRBY AND FAMILY
The Kirbys lived in Augusta for many years where Mr. Kirby was the CEO of Murray Bakery Products and Castleberry Foods. Involved in numerous community activities, Mr. Kirby was a Director of Episcopal Day School, Augusta Tomorrow, Morris Museum of Art, and Springfield Village Park Foundation. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in 2007 and was elected president in 2009.
Mrs. Kirby was a long time member of the Board of the Augusta Opera as well as the Augusta Symphony and Symphony Guild. She was a member of a special study committee of the Medical College of Georgia.
Mr. Kirby graduated from the University of Michigan and the Harvard Business School and was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was a Director of Merry Land and Development Company and Gibson Greetings among other corporations and was on the Executive Committee of various industrial trade associations. Governor Roy E. Barnes appointed Mr. Kirby as a Trustee of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He remained a Trustee in the Administration of Governor Sonny Perdue.
Mr. Kirby married the former Jean M. Wilson. The Kirbys have three children, Laura, Peter, and Robert J., and eight grandchildren. The Kirbys retired to Florida where they now divide their time between Amelia Island, Florida, Augusta, and Vermont.
MRS. LEE ANN LISKA
Lee Ann Liska serves as Executive Vice President of Health Affairs & CEO of Augusta University Medical Center. She has over 30 years of health systems management experience with a background in hospital operations, physician practice management, and ambulatory services. Prior to joining AUMC, Liska served as President & CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center; Chief Operating Officer for the Mercy Health System in Cincinnati, Ohio; Executive Director & Senior Vice President of University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; Chief Operating Officer of The Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospitals & Clinics; Vice President of Operations for The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio; and Administrator for various clinical departments at The Cleveland Clinic.
Liska has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served as Chair of the ACHE CEO Committee. Liska is involved in community and civic activities, with board membership on the American Heart Association and the United Way of the CSRA, while formerly on the boards of the YWCA of Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, including its Tocqueville Society, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, American Heart Association, Hoxworth Blood Center, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, and Xavier University’s Williams College of Business. She is an Adjunct Professor at Augusta University, College of Allied Health, and previously taught at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. Liska was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2011, a Woman of Influence by Venue Magazine in 2013, a Glass Ceiling Award Winner by the Ohio Diversity Council, a United Way Leaders & Legends Neil H. McElroy Award for United Way Resource Development Leadership in 2014, and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Woman of Distinction Award in 2015.
Liska’s husband of 20 years, Joe Ed Liska, is a realtor and will be relocating to the Augusta area this summer. Their daughter, Catherine, is a senior in high school and is making her final college decision by May 2018.
MR. BRIAN J. MARKS AND MS. CAROL MAIONE
Brian retired in 2008 as CEO of Augusta Sportswear Group, a sports apparel company headquartered in Augusta, GA that he founded in 1977. He continues to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Brian is a Board member and Past President of Symphony Orchestra Augusta and is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of University Hospital and Health Care System. He also serves on the Board of the CSRA Community Foundation. In the past, he has chaired the Foundation of Augusta State University (now Augusta University), served as President of the Rotary Club of Augusta, and been on the Boards of Augusta Opera, Augusta Boys & Girls Club, and Golden Harvest Food Bank.
Married to Carol Maione, Brian has three children and two grandchildren. He and Carol split their time between Augusta and Seattle, WA. Brian is President of the Board of Seattle Opera and also serves on the Board of the Seattle Symphony. He is a member of the Seattle Rotary Club.
MR. AND MRS. E. G. MEYBOHM
E.G. Meybohm is a native of Harlem, Georgia. He began his real estate career in 1969 when he gave up coaching at Harlem High School and went to work for Southern Finance Corporation. In 1977, he purchased the residential sales department, and in 1980 the name was changed Meybohm Realty.
While growing his real estate business over the years, which presently has six offices and over 125 agents, Mr. Meybohm has taken an active role in various civic activities. He is a Past President of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors, and a Past Member of the Georgia State Board of Education. He was named Georgia Realtor of the Year in 1991.
E.G. is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern University and has also received the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Mr. Meybohm is married to the former Lynn Strickland. They have three children and six grandchildren plus a bonus of five.
MR. AND MRS. MATTHEW D. MILLS
Mr. Mills is the senior vice president and qualifying broker of Southeastern, a real estate development and brokerage firm that operates throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Mills earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Greater Augusta Board of Realtors.
He is also an active participant in various charitable organizations and boards including Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church (deacon), the Augusta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (former chairman and board member), State Bank and Trust Advisory Board and the YMCA (metro board member).
Mrs. Mills grew up in Augusta and received a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications from the College of Charleston. She is a freelance writer whose work frequently appears on the pages of numerous regional magazines. She is a member of several community organizations and charitable groups including the Augusta Symphony Guild. She is also an active member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. Together, the Mills are happy to call Augusta home and enjoy raising their two children in the CSRA.
MRS. CHERYL MULVEHILL
Cheryl Mulvehill is the Vice President of Service and Implementation for ADP’s Global Business Solutions, providing support for teams located in India, Philippines and Romania. She is originally from Charlotte, NC and moved to Augusta for ADP in 2011.
Cheryl had prior connections to Augusta as she helped to place some of the first teams here when ADP opened its doors in 2007. Cheryl has over 33 years of client experience with ADP, holding critical leadership roles in Operations and Service. Prior to her current role, she was the Vice President, Comprehensive Services, HCM Solutions. She played a vital role supporting the growth of the ADP office, providing strategic and executional leadership as the business moved more of its operations to Augusta.
She is part of the senior leadership team in Augusta. Cheryl has a passion to see others grow and be successful. She enjoys mentoring and coaching others. In addition to her work at ADP, Cheryl is a member of ADP’s Executive Women in Leadership Program and is the Executive sponsor for the local Augusta Women in Leadership chapter. She chaired the Strategic Planning Committee for the YMCA of Greater Augusta in 2016, is a current active board member of the United Way of the CSRA and sits on the executive board as the sponsor for their 2-1-1 program.
She is happily married to Patrick Mulvehill. They have two grown children; Lauren Craig married to Rob Craig and Josh Mulvehill married to Melissa Poteat. And they have two amazing grandsons, Tucker Craig and Beau Craig.
Cheryl and Patrick are advocates for supporting the needs of those less fortunate and animal rescues. In fact they have 3 rescue pups, Skip, Stella and Sarge.
DR. AND MRS. TARAK PATEL
Dr. Tarak Patel has been a resident of Columbia County Since 2011. He completed medical training in Government Medical College, Rajkot in India, internal medicine residency at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and infectious disease fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.
He is currently practicing in medical practice in Augusta, GA. He serves a consulting physician at University Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and Healthsouth Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and outpatient Infectious Disease clinic in Augusta. He serves various hospital committees of above hospitals. He is serving medical executive committee of Select Specialty Hospital and works as a Medical Staff President at Healthsouth Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.
He has been actively involved as a board of directors for GAPI (Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage) and IACA (Indo-American Cultural Association of CSRA) and also serves as a board of trustees for Hindu Temple Society of Augusta. He enjoys doing karaoke, reading books, and riding a bike on Augusta Canal. He lives with his wife, Asha and two daughters, Hridaya and Prerna.