Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Bakerboard co-chair
Jennifer is VP, Relationship Manager/Lender for United Community Bank in Dawsonville and has been in banking for 16 years with the past eight and a half years at United. She specializes in consumer real estate and enjoys working with the people she meets. Jennifer is currently serving as Board Chair for NxTG and has been on the board for several years. She previously spent seven years on the board of Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman in 2012. Jennifer attended University of North Georgia and received and Associates Degree in Business Administration. She resides in Cumming with her husband Daniel, son Jake, and Dachshunds Fudge and Rocky. They enjoy spending time together outdoors and traveling.
Michael Foor
Michael Foorboard co-chair
Michael has over 20 years of leadership experience in finance, economic development and low voltage/telecom distribution and manufacturing. Prior to his role as President and CEO of Georgia Communications Cooperative, Michael served as Director of Business and Economic Development for Habersham EMC. He has also served as President of a privately held low voltage and telecom company, and CFO of a multi-million dollar distribution company. Michael is heavily involved in community service, serving on the local Rotary Board, North Georgia Network Board of Directors, and the Development Authority. Michael’s education includes a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Youngstown State University, and MBA from Brenau University.
Gaye Palmer
Gaye Palmerboard member
Gaye has been a resident of Dawson County for over 25 years and has been employed by Dawson County Board of Education for the past 15 years. She has a strong ties and commitment to the community as seen by her volunteer experience which includes: service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), youth mentor with Next Generation Youth Development, and PTA President & Secretary/Treasurer for Dawson County Middle School and Riverview Middle School. Ms. Palmer has served as a Board member for the Dawson County Library and Family Connection. Previous employment includes community organizations such as Ric-Rac and Dawson County Parks and Recreation. She is Next Generation’s longest standing board member, having joined in 2002.
Joseph Homans
Joseph Homansboard member
Joseph is a civil attorney originally from Plymouth, NC. He graduated cum laude from Washington State University and earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and the University of Georgia School of Law. Joseph began his career as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Gainesville and then the Assistant D.A. for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. He joined Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks and McKinnon in 1989 and has represented a variety of public and private interests with a focus as a civil attorney since that time. Joseph’s considerable community work includes being a mentor with the Hall County Mentor Program and Next Generation (1996 – Present), he serves as President of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club, as a youth coach for multiple community teams and is a member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce. Joseph joined the NxTG Board on 2014.
Corey Gutherie
Corey Gutherieboard member
Corey is a family man with a lovely wife, Audrey, and two lovely children Sam and Isabel. He was born and raised in the Atlanta metro area and moved his family to Dawson County in 2010 where he has played a very active role in the community. As a civil engineer, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Corey was previously employed as the Dawson County Engineer and now owns his own firm, Ensite Civil Consulting. Corey became a mentor in 2010 upon his arrival in Dawson County and continues to lead the young men of our community as a mentor and as a Board member of the Next Generation Youth Development program..
Lauren C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Lauren C. Johnson, Ph.D.board member
Lauren is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia. A graduate of Columbia College and Teachers College of Columbia University, she received her PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of Florida. Dr. Johnson has taught at the K-12 and university levels in both the United States and abroad. She has conducted research in the areas of cultural studies, applied anthropology, and the anthropology of education on issues of race and inequality, gender and sexuality, immigration, and diversity pedagogy. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented at numerous academic conferences on the topics of tourism sustainability, immigration, diversity in the field of anthropology, ethnic diversity in education, and education as a human right.
Adam Jordan, Ph.D.
Adam Jordan, Ph.D.board member
Adam is an assistant professor of special education with research interests in public alternative schooling and purpose-based teaching. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Jordan was a history and math teacher in a public alternative school for students who were facing difficulties in the traditional system as well as a traditional middle school special education teacher.