Our Team-Meet our board members

The whole is much more than the sum of it’s part. Meet our team!

Jan Murphy


A mortgage banker for thirty-two years. During that time, founded a mortgage consulting firm that became the largest in the southeast specializing in servicing community banks and credit unions. Later, founded several women’s & men’s business networking organizations both in Georgia & Michigan.

Susan Morgan


Co-owner of Vintage Motorcar Restorations in Jasper since 2011. Decades of management and director positions in various organizations & in education. Director of Continuing Ed at Kennesaw State, Program Director for Georgia State & Regional Manager for Junior League International.

Mike Volk


Over 25 years in law enforcement in both Pennsylvania and Dekalb County GA. Served as HOA President of a 700-home community in Gwinnett County for 12 years. Has been an Ordained Wedding Officiant for over 15 years. Certified firefighter & Certified Arson Investigator.

Jima Gilstrap

Communications Director

Born in Hattiesburg Mississippi but spent most of my life in Georgia. Became an interior decorator & had the opportunity to decorate a Villa for Jack Nicholas at the Country Club of the South in Alpharetta. Became a substitute teacher & Special Ed teacher in Cobb County until retirement in 2016. Currently serving as Co-president of Ridgerunners organization in Big Canoe.


Kathleen Ingram

Board Member

Graduated from North Georgia College with a degree in Accounting and Finance. While going to school, worked in the office at Big Canoe Chapel for twenty-four years working with Pickens County providing financial assistance, scholarships & many other forms of outreach through the chapel.

North Georgia has some fascinating history.

The North GA Mountains History Center will serve as a state-of-the-art, regional tourist destination for the North Georgia region. When fully operational, the History Center will showcase an extensive military museum, unique historical data that will cover many parts of North Georgia.

History Center will fulfill its goals to educate and preserve the deep-rooted heritage of the North GA Mountains while providing educational learning opportunities, fostering community partnerships, and stimulating visitor traffic throughout the region.

The North GA Mountains History Center was formed by this committed group of volunteers to study, research and identify the best location for a history center. The focus will be on the preservation and education of the heritage of North Georgia.

Working in concert with various organizations, the History Center’s mandate is to preserve the local heritage of the region. Through partnerships and collaboration with community stakeholders, citizens and funding partners, the History Center is committed to growing the organization, encouraging community collaboration, and attracting more visitors to the areas.

The visitor base of the North GA Mountains History Center includes tourists to the area, local school groups and youth organizations who wish to learn about the challenges faced by pioneers. Services include the preservation of artifacts donated to the Center, archiving documents that are of importance, promoting the area and the heritage aspects of the region, and providing educational activities for school groups and service groups.


To quote Rudyard Kipling, “If history were told in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

And we have stories galore in our North Georgia Mountains!  Some funny, some sad, some thought provoking and some absolutely unbelievable!

The creation of a place where history can come alive is the dream of many in our mountain communities. But, for the North GA Mountains History Center (NGMHC) to become a reality, funds must be raised.

Alice Eachus has more than 50 years experience in professional and volunteer fundraising. She’s organized or chaired everything from kiddie duck races to gala balls for 1,000 guests, from bicycle peddling parades to hole-in-one golf tournaments and much more.

Alice plans to introduce fundraisers, also called friendraisers, for all ages. Each will focus on area history but will also be fun and a friendly way to meet others in our communities.

Won’t you join us to help the NGMHC become a reality? If you’re interested in planning good times, contact Alice at aliceeachus@gmail.com and join the party!