HWDC Board of Directors
Vice-President - Kelley Trippe
A graduate North Georgia College and State University, where she earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education. She also is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University where she earned her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. She has worked in the Hall County School System for 22 years; 11 years as a Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher and 11 years as an elementary assistant principal. She was honored as Hall County Teacher of the Year in 2000. The majority of her career in the Hall County School System has been in Title One Schools, schools with a high population of economically disadvantaged students. She taught as an adjunct professor at Gainesville State College for 6 years, teaching Early Childhood Education Courses. She served as a member of the GSC Teacher Education Advisory Council for 4 years. She has been published in The Mailbox Magazine, a publication for educators, and also nominated to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004.
Board Member - Donnie Johnston
Donnie is the President & COO of Prime Retail Services, Inc., a leading provider of retail services to regional and national retailers, headquartered in Gainesville, GA. Prior to joining the merchandising industry, Donnie served on the football coaching staff of Valdosta State University, his alma mater, where as a student he was captain and starting quarterback for the nationally ranked football team. Donnie often spends time helping children in the community in an effort to give everyone an opportunity regardless of background. This has led him to coach junior football and participate in special events around the state. Donnie is working on starting a foundation to help children in all walks of life, and is a financial supporter of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and "Huddle up for Miracles".
Board Member - Gordon Thompson
Board Member - Jodi Arnold
Jodi is the Staff Development Director for the American Junior Golf Association where she provides awareness, education, and support for a healthy and positive work environment. She Identifies and arranges suitable training solutions for her employees while actively searching and implementing effective methods to educate, enhance performance. Previously, to this role, she was the Accounts Payable Manager for over 9 years for the American Junior Golf Association. Jodi is an active volunteer at her church and children’s activities.
Board Member - Todd Fields
Todd Fields is the Director of ETF Portfolio Strategies for Wealth & Pension Services Group. Previous to his role at WPSG, Todd was president of Trusted Wealth Management, a Georgia Registered Investment Advisor. Todd's financial services career spans over 15 years with the majority of that time focused on serving individuals' needs in the areas of financial planning, investment management, retirement planning and insurance. He specializes in the area of low cost investments such as exchange traded funds (EFT) to help keep portfolio costs as low as possible. Todd holds the Certified Financial PlannerTM certification as well as a Georgia insurance license.
Secretary - Kelli Britt