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Board Members

Mr. Scott Forehand 
 
Chairman, City District
Phone: 229-273-0399
sforehand@crispschools.org
 

Mr. Scott Forehand was elected to the Crisp County Board of Education in 2004.  Scott graduated from Crisp County High School and has a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Resources Management from the University of Georgia, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia Southern University and a Master's Degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Georgia State University.  He is married to Becky Forrest Forehand and they have two children, Holly and Scotty.  Scott is the broker and owner of Southern Realty Company.

Mrs. Lydia Adkins
 
City District
Phone: 229-273-5181
ladkins@crispschools.org

Lydia Adkins was elected to the Crisp County Board of Education in 1999.  She graduated from Crisp Co. High School in 1971 and is proud to be a member of the first fully integrated class to graduate. She is married to Renay Adkins. They have two daughters, Kristen Adkins-Murdock and Kelly Glass, also seven grandchildren. Four of the grandchildren attend school in Crisp County. Renay and Lydia own Adkins Studio of Photography and Color Lab. Lydia holds a Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America and attend the Professional Photographers of America school in Des Plains, IL. Adkins Studio of Photography and Color Lab was recognized in 1999 for being the first photography and color lab to go totally digital in the world. They were also given the National Award that year by the Professional Photographers of America for their innovative work in advancing photography.  

 

Mr. Charles Kerr
 
City District
Phone: 229-815-4905
ckerr@crispschools.org
 
Mr. Charles Kerr was elected to the Crisp County Board of Education in 2014.  Mr. Kerr is a 1963 graduate of A.S. Clark High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Morehouse College, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Fort Valley State College, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Fort Valley State College, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State College.  He is married to Joe Ann Clark Kerr and they have five children.  Mr. Kerr is a retired educator, having worked 33 years in the Crisp County School System and the Sumter County School System.  He also retired from Wal-Mart after 25 years of service.  Mr. Kerr served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam-era and achieved the rank of Sergeant.
Mr. Lonnie Nelms 
 
Arabi District
Phone: 229-938-8934
lnelms@crispschools.org
 
Mr. Lonnie Nelms took the oath of office to become a member of the Crisp County Board of Education. He was sworn in on December 9, 2013 by Probate Judge Rusty Wright. Lonnie was appointed to complete Troy Pullin’s term, which expires in 2019. 

Lonnie and his wife Melissa have lived in Arabi for over 20 years. They have three children, two of whom graduated from Crisp County High School. Mr. Nelms retired after working for 35 years in various management positions in the textile and uniform industry. He continues to consult in the field of new product research and development.

Mrs. Lelee Phinney 
 
West Crisp District
Phone: 904-910-6967
lphinney@crispschools.org
 
Mrs. Lelee Phinney was elected to the Crisp County Board of Education in 2014.  Mrs. Phinney holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Growth and Development, Specializing in Early Childhood Intervention from Mercer University.  She is currently the Executive Director of The Gateway Child Advocacy Center, serving children in the Cordele Judicial Circuit.  She serves as Vice President of Prevent Child Abuse Crisp, as 3rd Vice President and Chairman of Community Projects for Crisp County Community League, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Families and Crisp County Family Connections.  She provides services to children throughout the Cordele Judicial Circuit, including Crisp, Dooly, Wilcox, and Ben Hill Counties.  

Mrs. Phinney is a native of Jacksonville, Flordia and moved to Cordele in 2006.  She is married to Sean Phinney, a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and a pilot for American Airlines.  She is the proud mom of Duff Phinney and Shane Phinney.  Duff is a 2011 graduate of Crisp County High School and a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia.  Shane is a 2015 graduate of Crisp County High School and attends Georgia Southern University.  Lelee attends Christ Episcopal Church in Cordele.