Deal appoints six to boards, names Disability Services Ombudsman

June 17, 2011

Lee Ann Meadows, Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons (Reappointment)

Meadows is a kindergarten and first grade teacher for deaf and hearing impaired students. She has taught at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf for 10 years and Rebecca Minor Elementary School in Gwinnett County for 21 years. She is a member of Buckhead Community Church and the Junior League of Atlanta. Meadows earned a bachelor’s degree in education for the hearing impaired from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Piedmont College. Meadows lives in Atlanta.

Wayne M. Jessup, CPA, Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority

Jessup retired as managing partner from the certified public accounting firm of Jessup Compton & Pierce PC in 2010. While in public practice he was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a life member of the Georgia Society of Certified Accountants. He is also a former member of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club. Jessup earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree from Georgia College. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 44 years and live in Gainesville. They have three children and five grandchildren.

John Culpepper, Civil War Commission (Reappointment)

Culpepper is currently the city manager of Chickamauga, where he has served for the last 32 years. He is a board member of the Walker County Rural Water & Sewer Authority, the Hutcheson Medical Center, the Walker County Historic Preservation Commission and Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Culpepper has served as chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission for the past four years. Culpepper is founder of the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail and the co-chair for Tri-State Civil War 150th Commemoration Association. He is also affiliated with the Commander Private John Ingraham Camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Civil War Reenactors and the Sergeant Major: Hardee’s Guard Battalion. Culpepper and his wife, Brenda, reside in Walker County.

Mary Reed, Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons  

Reed works at Reed Imaging Services in Cartersville. She previously served as an analyst and a consultant with Accenture, where she designed and implemented major technology initiatives. She is active in the Atlanta community as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, past co-president of the Parent Teacher Club at the Katherine Hamm Center of the Atlanta Speech School and former president of the Georgia chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. A native of Atlanta, Reed earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University. Reed lives in Atlanta with her husband, Robert, and their two children. 

Michael H. Callahan, State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiologists

Callahan is a board certified otorhinolaryngologist serving the Northeast Georgia region. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and received his medical degree and residency training at the Medical College of Georgia. He currently serves as president of the Hall County Medical Society, is an active member of the Medical Association of Georgia and sits on several committees for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Callahan and wife, Jeannine, live in Gainesville. They have four daughters.

Jennifer W. Frisch, Teachers Retirement System of Georgia

Frisch, a West Virginia native, earned her bachelor’s degree in English education and her master’s degree in reading education at Marshall University; she also earned a master’s degree in educational administration at Kennesaw State University. After college, Frisch moved to Cobb County from Clemson, S.C., where she taught English for 10 years. Frisch currently teaches earth science to gifted and advanced students at Lovinggood Middle School. Previously, she taught social studies and later science at Lost Mountain Middle School for 13 years. In 2002, Frisch was named Cobb County Teacher of the Year. She has also been selected as a NASA NEWEST teacher, a fellow of the University of Tennessee Academy for Teachers of Science and Math and Teacher of the Year at Lost Mountain Middle School. She has two grown children, Carla and Kevin.

Corinna M. Magelund, Governor’s Office of Disability Services Ombudsman

A native of Camilla, Magelund comes with strong state government experience. She served in the governor's office under the Perdue administration and, most recently, the Department of Community Affairs, where she worked closely with the Governor’s Office of Disability Services. In this role, she will have the responsibility of promoting the safety, well-being and rights of individuals with mental, developmental, substance use and other disabilities. She will serve as an advocate for behavioral health and developmental disability community. Magelund earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communications with an emphasis in organizational communications from Valdosta State University. She is involved with the Chastain Horseback Therapeutic Riding Program and also been appointed a 5th Congressional District representative on the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.