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Eight added to North Georgia Community Foundation board
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The North Georgia Community Foundation has added eight new members to its board of directors.
The new members began their three-year terms in January.

“Our new directors bring a deep commitment to serving the community,” foundation President Jim Mathis said. “Their various backgrounds are strong additions to our board.”

Joining the board are Jeff Ash of Helen; Chip Frierson and Lydia C. Starke of Gainesville; Haines Hill of Gainesville and Dahlonega; Ronald K. Hopkins Sr. of Jefferson; Mary Helen McGruder and Virgilio Perez Pascoe of Cumming; and Loveanne Addison of Clermont.

Ash worked in banking for more than 20 years and has been in the tourism business for the past 15 years. He has served on the City Council of Helen, and the Development Authority of White County and the White County Chamber of Commerce.

Frierson, who has been a banker for 27 years, works at the National Bank of Georgia. He was honored by the Gainesville Jaycees as Young Man of the Year for 2002-2003.

Starke currently is a member of the Gainesville State College Foundation board and is a board member for the Hall-Dawson CASA Program.

Hill is a retired Army colonel who served four terms as mayor of Dahlonega. He manages a small apple growers association in Washington state.

Hopkins is managing partner of Davidson Hopkins and Alexander law firm.

McGruder is chairwoman of the Forsyth County Library board of trustees, serves on the executive committee of the Cumming/Forsyth Chamber of Commerce and is vice chairman of the North Georgia College & State University Foundation board of trustees.

Pascoe is retired after 40 years in the food industry and is now chairman of Mentor Me North Georgia Inc.

Addison is a member of the board of directors for the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

Founded in 1985 by Lou Fockele and other business leaders, the foundation manages and awards charitable grants from a pool of community funds valued in excess of $40 million. To date, more than $45 million in grants have been awarded.

For more information, contact or call 770-535-7880, ext. 226.