Deal appoints nine to boards

April 22, 2011

William “Bill” L. Duck, Jr., State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors

Duck is the building official and Director of Inspections and Code for the Columbus consolidated government. A certified building official, plans examiner and building inspector, Duck served four years as a board member for the International Code Council. Before working with ICC, Duck served on the board of directors of the Southern Building Code Congress International. Duck was president of SBCCI during the consolidation of the three model code groups and has served on numerous committees for both SBCCI and ICC through the years. The Building Officials Associations of Georgia selected Duck as building official of the year in 1991 and presented him with the President’s Award in 2003. In 1996, the National Association of Home Builders recognized Duck as code official of the year. Also, he has served the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as a member on the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee since its inception in 1991. He attended Harris County High School. Duck lives with his wife, Karen, in Midland. They have two grown daughters.

Robert J. Cleveland Jr., State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors

Cleveland is vice president of commercial development, acquisitions and multifamily operations for Fickling & Company. He has been involved in the development of projects throughout the South with an aggregate value of more than $500 million. His areas of expertise cover development, finance, construction management, disposition and management of commercial and residential real estate. Cleveland is a life director of the National Association of Home Builders and has served as president to the Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and received a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Macon with their two sons, Joey and Tommy.

Morgan D. Wheeler Sr., State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors

Wheeler retired after 27 years of service from DeKalb County Planning & Development as Manager of Inspections. He currently serves as Building Official of Walton County Planning & Development. He serves as chairman of the State Codes Advisory Committee of the Department of Community Affairs and as a member of the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. Morgan graduated from White County High School in Cleveland and is certified by the International Code Council as a building official. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Stone Mountain. They have two sons, Morgan and David, and one granddaughter, Ashlee.

Judy C. Dyer, State Board for the Certification of Librarians

Dyer is a retired reference librarian, having worked 20 years in public, academic, university and nonprofit association libraries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee. She is the author of Vegetarianism: An Annotated Bibliography, which was awarded “Sci-Tech Books of 1982: 100 Outstanding Titles” by Library Journal, and “Outstanding Academic Books of 1982-1983” by Choice Magazine. She is currently employed in the Office of the Governor. She was born in Decatur and grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., before returning to Georgia in 1977. She and her husband, Dan, live in Norcross. They have two grown sons, Matthew and Jason.

Kacy Cronan, Board of Public Safety

Cronan serves as the vice president of operations and sales for Gainesville Salvage and Disposal. Cronan is also the founder and managing member of KC Transport Services, LLC, and founder of Cronan Contracting in Clermont. He lives in Clermont with his wife, Mandy, and two sons. He graduated from North Hall High School.

Robert Cowles, M.D., Georgia Trauma Commission

Cowles is presently a practicing urologist and is the founder and chairman of Cowles Clinic at Lake Oconee, a multispecialty clinic. He serves on the board of trustees of Tusculum College, has served on the board of governors at the University of Tennessee and is the former president of the Georgia Urological Association. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association. Cowles earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He and his wife, Jacqui, have one son and one daughter. They reside in Greensboro.

R. Fred Mullins, M.D., Georgia Trauma Commission

Mullins is an Augusta native and is the president and CEO of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers Inc. He serves on the board of directors for the Southeastern Fire Fighters’ Burn Foundation and is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Richmond County Medical Society. Mullins earned his bachelor’s degree from Augusta State University and continued his education at the Medical College of Georgia, where he earned his medical degree in 1996. He practices in Augusta. He and his wife live in Evans with their two children. 

Mickey Farmer, State Board of Registration of Used Car Dealers and Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers (Auto Auctioneer Position)

Farmer was born and raised in Hall County. Farmer served 12 years in the Merchant Marines and has been an auctioneer for 25 years. Farmer is currently employed at five different auctions per week. He resides in Gainesville. 

Gerald “Jerry” Prchal, O.D., State Board of Optometry

Prchal has practiced optometry in Albany and Blakely since 1979. He is currently on the board for Flint River Habitat for Humanity in Albany. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association where he served as president in 2004. He attended the University of Nebraska and received his bachelor’s and optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Albany and have two grown children, Katie and Taylor. They are members of Porterfield United Methodist Church.