The Coalition for a Better Community is presenting a symposium on Leadership and Civil Discourse Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the College of Coastal Georgia. Brenau University – Kings Bay is one of the principal sponsors of the event, with campus director Bob North serving on the Coalition´s board of directors.
The event features three experts in the field of leadership and community relations. Mary Lou Frank, Ph.D., of Middle Georgia College holds degrees in speech communication, counseling, and psychology. She has been a consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on first year programs, learning communities, student success, women in higher education, ethics, leadership, and faculty development.
David Michael Keating is Chief Executive of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. He offers expertise in organization and personnel management, strategic planning, deal negotiations/structuring, project development, appraisal/valuation, media/community relations, economic development programs and incentives, and leadership.
Charles A. Smith is the CEO of The Cumberland Financial Group LLC as well as a Chartered Financial Consultant and Investment Advisor Representative. With advanced degrees in fields as diverse as Theology and Financial Counseling, he offers a unique perspective of community and leadership development. Smith´s public activities include serving on the Board of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, and he is the Chair of the Chamber´s Government Community Affairs Committee.
The symposium is open to all community members who have an interest in Camden County, Georgia. Admission is free.
Mary Lou Frank Ph.D. received degrees in Speech Communication, Counseling, and Psychology from Colorado State University, with a doctoral internship at the University of Delaware. A licensed psychologist, she has received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling. She has been the recipient of grants, national leadership awards, teaching and diversity leadership awards, and awards for community service. She has been named in lists of Who’s Who and has been a consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on first year programs, learning communities, student success, women in higher education, ethics, leadership, and faculty development.
Dr. Frank has published in journals and textbooks. At Arizona State University, she coordinated the Eating Disorders treatment program and team, co-coordinated the master’s and doctoral practicum training programs, and taught in the graduate program in counseling. She was associate professor and assistant academic dean at the University of Virginia at Wise. Dr. Frank next served as professor and department head of Psychology and Sociology at North Georgia College and State University. Prior to working at Gainesville State, she served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the University College at Kennesaw State University.
Dr. Frank has been the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education. Currently she serves as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Middle Georgia College. She also serves on many boards and is active in numerous professional and community associations.
David Michael Keating is Chief Executive of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, an economic development agency promoting Camden County, Georgia to business and industry. Mr. Keating has twenty-five years of professional experience in both business and government. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Business Administration and a major in real estate. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Valdosta State University. He is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), and graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.
Mr. Keating has managed government agencies in Florida and Georgia as well as divisional real estate departments at two Fortune 500 companies. He offers expertise in organization and personnel management, strategic planning, deal negotiations/structuring, project development, appraisal/valuation, media/community relations, economic development programs and incentives, and leadership. He is a published author, speaker/lecturer, and has served as a Director on various governing and advisory Boards of Directors. He was most recently nominated and appointed to Leadership Southeast Georgia (class of 2011). He has been married twenty-two years to Amy Keating, and has two children; Christopher-Ryan and Carly-Grace.
Charles A. Smith is the CEO of The Cumberland Financial Group LLC as well as a Chartered Financial Consultant and Investment Advisor Representative who is affiliated with Questar Asset Management, a registered investment advisor firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter and an Accredited Estate Planner. Charlie has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, having served as a financial advisor, agency builder, and insurance industry executive in Washington, D.C.
Smith graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1962 with an AB degree. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina. In 1971 Charlie enrolled in the advanced studies program of The American College in Bryn Mar, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded The Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1976 and The Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 1984. He also holds a graduate certificate in Financial Counseling from The American College.
Charlie currently serves on the Board of the United Way of Camden County, the Board of Elders at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys, the Board of St. Marys Downtown Development Authority, the Board of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, and is the Chair of the Chamber’s Government Community Affairs Committee. He is a member of Leadership Camden County Class of 2008 and an active member of the Rotary Club of Camden County.