Board of Directors

Detrick Redding, Chairman

Detrick Redding is a lifelong resident of South Rome and serves as Vice-Chairman to the Board. Mr. Redding has a Bachelor in Ministry from Ministry International Institute. Mr. Redding is a manager at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House, where he has been dedicated to providing others with his time and resources for over 15 years. He completed the Leadership Rome program through the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce in May 2011. Mr. Redding and his wife, Toris, are the founders of Redding Ministries. They have four (4) children, Antarius, Jamal, Jara, and Charity.


Katherine Sanders, Secretary

Katherine Sanders is a long time resident of the Hillsboro community in South Rome. She is an ordained minister, a retired Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and attends Life of Jesus in Action Holiness. Mrs. Sanders is involved in numerous organizations, which include the NAACP, the MLK Commission, the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, and serves as the Treasurer of the South Rome Community Association.

Pat Russell, Treasurer


Ralph Davis

Ralph Davis is a Florida native but has lived in Rome for twenty-five (25) years. He has a B.A. in Economics from Morehouse College and worked for Walmart Stores Inc for twenty-four (24) years. Mr. Davis is involved with the Progressive Roman Organization and is an advisor to the Youth Branch of the NAACP. Mr. Davis has two (2) sons, Brian and Phillip.

Sara Malone


Roger Smith

After working in the banking industry for thirty-seven (37) years, Roger Smith serves as President/CEO of Citizens First Bank, a position he had held since 1992. His banking career began in 1975 when he joined National City Bank, serving as Vice President, before joining Citizens Federal Savings and Loan in 1985. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Georgia Banking School, the Graduate School of Banking of the South (L.S.U.), and the School for Executive Development at the University of Georgia. As an active member of our community, Mr. Smith received a 2006 Heart of the Community Award of Honor. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Rome/Floyd County United Way. Mr. Smith is a Past President of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and is a member and Past President of the Seven Hills Rotary Club.

Jim Keaten

Mr. Keaten is a native of Atlanta, where he practiced law for over 40 years. He received a B.S. in Economics from Yale University and obtained his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Jim was a partner of Powell, Goldstein, Frazier and Murphy and later as a partner of Troutman Sanders, LLP, specializing in commercial real estate law with an emphasis on commercial real estate finance. Jim resides in South Rome and focuses on improving his community. In addition to serving on the South Redevelopment Agency/Corporation Boards he also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority and the East Rome Revitalization/HOPE VI Resource Team.

Rodney Chastain


Carrie Edge

Carrie Edge, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, serves on the Education Committee. Mrs. Edge received a B.S degree in Sociology with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Louisville. Mrs. Edge was introduced to the Boys & Girls Club movement in 1998 and has worked for four (4) Boys & Girls Club organizations in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, and Georgia. Mrs. Edge’s tenure with Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Georgia (BGCNWGA) has included serving the organization as Polk County Area Director, Director of Development and Marketing, Interim CPO, and Rome/Floyd County Executive Director. Mrs. Edge is the founder of CompetitivEDGE Personal and Sports Training. Mrs. Edge and her husband, Phillip, are the Founders and Co-Pastors of Spirit Renewed Ministries International, Inc. They have five children, Trey, Khye, Sarei, Jessa, and Zoe.


J. Paul Ferguson

A community leader for over 30 years, Dr. Paul Ferguson, has dedicated himself to aid in community development. Dr. Ferguson obtained his B.A. and M.D. degree from Emory University; he also served in the United States Army Special Forces as a Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Paratrooper Wings, Vietnamese Honor Medal, and Vietnamese Paratrooper Wings. Dr. Ferguson has over 30 years of experience practicing medicine, 26 of those years serving Rome/Floyd County. He is a retired neurological surgeon and the former president and CEO of the Harbin Clinic. Dr. Ferguson serves on the National Creative Society, Rome History Museum board, Future Industries Initiative Committee, Gridiron Society, and Coosa Valley Technical College Board of Directors. As an active member of the community, he has received the Pat Harris Fellow from Rotary Foundation, Will Watt Fellow from Georgia Rotary Foundation, Heart of the Community Award, Honorary Lifetime member of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Award from the Rome-Floyd Y.M.C.A., Kappa Alpha Order Court of Honor, Honorary lifetime membership from Floyd Medical Center, and Doctor of the Year in Floyd County. Dr. Ferguson serves as the Chair for the Education Committee. Dr. Ferguson has two (2) sons, James and Andrew.


Bishop Daniel Foster


Jackie Jenkins

Jackie Jenkins is a lifetime resident of Rome and a community activist and serves as the Co-Chair for the Organization Committee. She worked for the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital for 25 years and coordinated the Forensic Unit for 21 years. Mrs. Jenkins has been a member of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church for 40 years. Mrs. Jenkins is involved in numerous organizations, which includes the Grassroots Empowerment Alliance of Rome (GEAR), the NAACP, and the African American Connection to Performing Arts (AACPA).

Sam Moss

After been in education for thirty (30) years, Sam Moss serves as dean of college guidance, chairman of the college advisors, English teacher and president of the Cum Laude Society for Darlington School. Following his graduation from Darlington in 1963, Sam earned a B.A. from the University of the South (Tenn.) and an M.A.T. from Jacksonville University (Fla.) before completing additional study at Oxford University in England. He serves on various admissions advisory boards throughout the Southeast, and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, as president of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and currently serves as advisor to the SACAC Board of Directors.

Anne Rigas

After moving to Rome over 44 years ago, Anne has become one of the leading community activists in her neighborhood, South Rome, as well as the entire community. She served on the Rome/Floyd County Planning Commission until being elected to public office in 1980, where she served as a Floyd County Commissioner. She has been named Rome’s Woman of the Year and was the recipient of the Heart of the Community award. She is an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. She currently serves on the board for the Salvation Army, Federated Garden Clubs of Rome, Rome Heritage Foundation, and Laurel District of Garden Clubs of Georgia. Anne is married to Dr. Lambros Rigas, they have two (2) children, Warren (Sam) and Lambrine Anastasia and four (4) grandchildren.

Tom Whitworth

Having been in the education arena for over 40 years, Tom began his career as an English and Journalism teacher and has held administrative positions for several institutions. Early on in his career as an educator, he developed the understanding that only when students are taught to understand their own individual learning style can they start to experience true success. He was previously the Assistant Headmaster at Sea Pines Academy (Hilton Head Island, SC), Headmaster at Frederica Academy (St. Simons Island, GA), Assistant Headmaster at St. Stephens School (Alexandria, VA), and Founding Headmaster at Flint Hill School (Oakton, VA).   He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Open Door Home.

Brad Reeder

Brad Reeder is a Kentucky native but has lived in Rome since 2000. He received his B.B.A. from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and his M.B.A. from Berry College. Mr. Reeder is a CPA, Certified Public Accountant, and opened his own CPA firm in 2010. He also serves on the Harbor House Board, the Elder Board at Church, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Treasurer, and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Wright Bagby 

Wright Bagby is a life-resident of Rome. Mr. Bagby owned a construction supply business, Smith-Evans, which is located on Cedar Avenue for thirty (30) years. He was elected City Commission for eight (8) years and Mayor for three (3) years. Mr. Bagby attends First Baptist Church where he has served Chair of Deacons and the Chair of Trustees. He also has been on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club for twenty-eight (28) years. Mr. Bagby has been married to his wife, Pat, for forty-five (45) years. They have two (2) children and five (5) grandchildren.

Karen Dublin

Karen Dublin is a long time resident of the South Rome Community where she has been instrumental in helping to organize and start the South Rome Community Association, Inc., Grassroots Empowerment Alliance of Rome, Inc., and Greater Rome Area Community Enterprises, Inc.  Karen has served as a leader in her community for 30  years in the non-profit sector and as a business owner.  Her present work includes training people in small business planning and working with new non-profits to help develop the capacity of their organization.  Karen also serves as founder/administrator of Spirit and Truth Outreach Ministries.   She is the wife of Grady Dublin, Jr. and they have three loving daughters Jalia (18), Jaleesa (16), and Jada (14).

Sammy Rich, Ex-officio

Sammy Rich is Assistant City Manager for the City of Rome. Having worked in local and state government since 1998, Sammy previously held the position of Assistant County Manager for Floyd County, County Planner for Carroll County, and Urban Planning Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Sammy is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, and holds both a B.S. in Geography & Planning and Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of West Georgia. Additionally, Sammy is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Georgia City-County Manager’s Association and the International City-County Management Association. 

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