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Deb Rowe is the owner of two successful restaurants in downtown Dahlonega, Bourbon Street Grille and Shenanigans Irish Pub. She is very proud to provide employment to her wonderful staff and to be an avid supporter of the community. She has been a member of the Chamber Board of Directors, currently serves on the Leadership Lumpkin Board and annually is a sponsor and a major volunteer for Hemlockfest, Trailfest and Bear on the Square. Her passions include giving back and supporting fundraisers, both locally and nationally. You can find her in her off time in the mountains with her one-eyed dog, Brown Dog, and their friends.

Chris Dockery has a broad range of experience and has demonstrated success in leading and managing in various organizations. He has utilized his experience in operating his business as well as serving as a military officer to become a community leader by serving in the elected position as Chairman of the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. He owned and operated a construction business for more than 24 years specializing in design/build of custom homes. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia- Group Self Insured Workers Compensation Fund. Chris is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve having served in various roles, such as Armor Company Commander, Public Affairs Officer and as an Inspector General. He served as a unit commander during combat operations in Iraq, served as Chairman of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County for 6+ yrs, and served as a member of the Lumpkin County Water and Sewer Authority for 6+ years.

Cindy Tomblin owns Divine Home & Whimsy, a charming gift boutique and home decor shop on Dahlonega’s Historic Square. An Atlanta native, she has been a Lumpkin resident for 13 years and has a passion for leaving the world, the community and those around her a little better off than how she found them. Having served on numerous boards in Lumpkin County, Cindy believes that every individual has the ability  to make a positive impact in the lives of those around them. By competing in and serving on various committees each year for CASA’s Dancing with North Georgia Stars, Cindy hopes to help raise awareness and funding for CASA, to help lift up a childs voice. As a wife and mother of 3, Cindy is “for the child” and so proud to be a part of this wonderful event.

Paul Dunlap serves as Associate Department Head for the Department of Visual Arts and teaches Photography and Senior Capstone Exhibition at the University of North Georgia – Dahlonega Campus. Paul earned his BA in Studio Art from North Georgia College & State University in 2001.  Dunlap then earned his MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in 2004 and has been working at the University as an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Visual Arts since completing his graduate degree.  His personal creative interests are focused on Appalachian Studies and photographing the region through alternative photographic processes where he blends the use of traditional film with contemporary digital approaches. Paul has lived in Dahlonega since 1991 and is active in numerous community-based programs such as Connectability and Rainbow Children’s Home. Currently he serves as Past-Chair for Leadership Lumpkin County, a yearlong leadership development program through the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Community Helping Place.  Dunlap has shown his work throughout the Southeast and in national media outlets like CNN, After Ellen, The Advocate, American Life and Rolling Stone.