7 New Members Added to the AACC Board of Directors

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has added 7 new members to the board of directors for 2016.


Ralph Johnson

Since May 2002, Ralph Johnson has served as the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management at UGA, where they manage over 16 million square feet of building space, with a staff of just over 900 full time employees.

He has a BS EE from Penn State, an MS EE and a multidisciplinary certificate in Energy Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer. Before coming to work at UGA he served for 24 years in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer retiring at the rank of Captain, in 1997. He then worked for five years as Director of Operations for Physical Plant, at Penn State University.

He is the Immediate Past President of the GA Chapter of APPA; is the President of the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse Athens; serves on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Hospital; and the Board of Directors of United Way of NE GA; and is a member of the Athens Rotary Club.

Ralph has been married to the former Karen Rakowski for 42 years. Their daughter, Kristin, and son-in-law, CDR Marc Fryman, and two grandchildren live in Rhode Island where Marc is currently stationed with the Navy.


Richie Knight

Richie Knight is an entrepreneur who has spent years honing the art of marketing and management. His affinity for people helps him turn professional thinkers into spirited experts. Years of experience working with people, learning their businesses and celebrating their obsessions have turned a young ideator into a marketing guru.
In 2010, Richie co-founded HW Creative Marketing, a fully integrated inbound marketing agency with a concentrated passion for people and the dedication that drives their business. At the helm of the HW team, Richie brings years of marketing experience to businesses dedicated to sharing their carefully-crafted products and services with devoted customers. Each year, Richie coordinates the Success Summit in the heart of Downtown Athens, Georgia, an all-day event giving business leaders the opportunity to learn, connect and be inspired.

Mónica Lebrón

Mónica Lebrón serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at the University of Georgia. Lebrón also served as Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Ole Miss from 2012-14. Prior to joining the Ole Miss staff, she held positions as Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts (2011-2012) and Senior Major Gifts Officer (2008-2011) at the University of California, Berkeley. Lebrón also served as Associate Director (2006-2008) and Assistant Director (2004-2006) of Gator Boosters, Inc., at the University of Florida.

Lebrón received her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Yale University (2001), Master of Sports Administration and Master of Business Administration from Ohio University (2003) and has been working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi.

As an undergraduate at Yale, she was a three-time All-Ivy League softball player, GTE CoSIDA District All-Academic and Academic All-Ivy League selection. She also served as team captain.
During her undergraduate years and following graduation she held internships at the University of Michigan, University of Washington, Yale University, and Stanford University.


Johnny McCutcheon

Johnny was born in Lake City, SC. He attended Presbyterian College where he played football and baseball. He graduated with a B.S. in Social Studies Education. He was a teacher and coach for four years before pursuing a career in the insurance industry as a sales associate for Aflac.

Most of Johnny’s career at Aflac was as an independent agent where he excelled in his roles as a sales coordinator, recruiter, and leadership development trainer. His various titles included District Sales Coordinator, Regional Sales Coordinator, Business Development Manager, and State Training Coordinator.

In 2012, Johnny decided to leave a successful career in a thriving market in South Carolina, to return to Georgia and begin JMac’s Clothiers. JMac’s Clothiers was founded out of Johnny’s desire to follow his passion with all of the risk and faith that accompanied this new business and personal adventure. JMac’s Clothiers is in the business of making a man’s image match his mission, so when friends and colleagues ask for advice now, they get a concierge approach: fine fabrics, garments, and accessories put together for the unique look that reflects who they are and the image they want. Every client has his own statement about who he is, and JMac’s wants to help him dress the part. The best days are fueled by confidence. At JMac’s, the drive is to help you create more days that reflect your confidence and in turn be a part of your life well lived.

Johnny McCutcheon currently resides in Georgia with his wife, Melynda, and their two girls.


Dr. Charles Peck

Chuck Peck, MD, is the President and CEO of Athens Regional Health System in Athens, GA. He is an internist and rheumatologist with more than 35 years of healthcare experience as a clinician, scientist, medical school faculty member, administrator, medical director, CEO and partner in a global healthcare advisory company.
His areas of expertise include health strategy and policy, performance improvement, clinical and operational excellence, change enablement, clinical care, leadership training, quality and utilization management, and risk management for hospitals, health systems and physician organizations.
Prior to joining Athens Regional, Chuck served as partner at a global healthcare consulting firm responsible for the clinical operations practice; CEO of a 150 physician group multi-specialty practice; president of the southeast and northeast regions of a large national health insurance carrier; chief medical officer of a start-up retail health clinic operator; and chief medical officer/chief operations officer of a national disease management company and CEO of an ambulatory surgery center and physician services company.

Lorie Petersen

Lorie Petersen is currently a Business Development Manager with BankSouth. She has been with BankSouth since 2013. Lorie grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, Lorie worked in pharmaceutical sales for over fourteen years in the Atlanta and northeast Georgia area. Prior to joining BankSouth, Lorie worked in the front office of a local medical office. Lorie and her family have lived in Watkinsville for twelve years. Lorie is a member of Athens First United Methodist Church. She loves being involved in both the Athens/Clarke and Oconee communities. Lorie and her husband, Mark, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. They have two girls in college, Allie and Eliza.

Dr. Shannon Wilder

Dr. Shannon O. Wilder has served as the founding director of the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) at the University of Georgia since 2005 where she provides leadership for the expansion of academic service-learning opportunities both locally and in study abroad. In this role, she coordinates the OSL’s Service-Learning Fellows program, and oversees programs and initiatives related to faculty and graduate student development, grants and funding for service-learning, faculty awards and recognition programs, and university initiatives promoting community engagement. Prior to leading the OSL, she worked in UGA’s Office of Instructional Support & Development (now the Center for Teaching and Learning) from 2000-2005, and in Cooperative Extension from 1995-2000. Wilder received her BFA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She holds a M.Ed. in instructional technology (2001) and a Ph.D. in art education (2006), both from the University of Georgia.
In addition to her administrative duties, Wilder serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art Education in the Lamar Dodd School of Art where she has developed and teaches the graduate course Art Education in the Community as well as a First Year Odyssey service-learning course, ‘Citizen Artists’ and the Role of the Arts in Public Life.
An active community member, Wilder serves on the board of the Athens Community Council on Aging, the LEAD Athens Steering Committee, and as president-elect of the Classic City Rotary Club. In 2011, she was selected as one of the Athens Banner-Herald’s 40 Under 40 community leaders. She previously served on the board of the Clarke County Mentor Program, the 2008-09 School Council for Classic City High School, and is a 2012 graduate of LEAD Athens.