About

Our Team-Meet our board members

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

Jan Murphy

President

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

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.

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.  

Our Advisors

Pamela Duran

AdvisorNorth West GA

Pamela Duran, MBA is a business professional, entrepreneur, community leader, podcast host for “Real Heart Talk – You Are Enough”, hosted North Georgia’s Got Talent fundraising for domestic violence non-profits, specializing in lifting others up, problem solving, an author, singer, songwriter.  Founder of Lift Up Events designed to LIFTUP others and show them the journey is not as lonesome as it seems. Motivating and encouraging others to reach for their dreams, helping them realize a bigger vision for their lives.  

Susan Wright

AdvisorNorth Cobb

Founder of Resumes That Get Jobs, Inc., brings a special level of expertise and experience to resume writing, coaching and interview preparation.   Her career spans 25 years in corporate America where she had the distinction of serving in multiple leadership roles, in two of America’s top Fortune 500 companies, Federal Express and AT&T.

Nicole Howard

AdvisorSouth Cobb

As an expert in residential properties & a top selling agent in the luxury real estate market, Nicole is devoted to serving the needs of buyers and sellers throughout the Metro Atlanta area. With over 20 years of real estate experience, Nicole’s referral base is built on past satisfied clients.

Brian Powell

Advisor-Forsyth

A seasoned real estate professional with over a decade of experience in the industry helping sellers, buyers and investors. I also have my bachelors degree in Business Administration and my masters degree in Finance. I have a very analytical mind and can analyze numbers, values and trends very quickly while in high school, I received a perfect score on the SAT’s math section. My unwavering commitment to excellence and a keen eye for detail, is one of the many pieces to the unique experience I provide my clients. 

Kathy Thompson

Advisor-Blue Ridge

Dr. Kathleen Thompson brings to each project skills as a historian, author, and artist. Thompson has received research grants from the Georgia Humanities Council and other agencies, including the U. S. Department of Education. State and National grants she has been awarded and administered exceeded two million dollars.  

Steve Procko

Advisor-Film Maker

Steve is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer and author, creating multimedia content across a broad scope of disciplines.

He opened a commercial film production company with a partner in 1984. In 2003 the company became Steve Procko Productions (SPP). His Emmy-award-winning financial literacy program Talkin’ Money Minutes is available on over 100 Public Television stations nationwide. SPP has also won three additional Emmys over fifty Addy Awards, Telly Awards, and two Promax awards.

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.

Fundraising

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!