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Board Members

ACE Governing Board Members
 
Contact:  governing.board@acemacon.org
Witt Gaither 

Thomas"Witt" Gaither, Chairman ~ 

Mr. Gaither is a Financial Advisor and Planner living in Macon, Georgia. He is actively involved in community leadership, support and outreach. Witt is currently the Board Chair for the Children's Hospital of Middle Georgia, a board member of the Health Services Of Central Georgia, a member of the Middle Georgia Military Affairs Committee and is the Church Council Chair at Martha Bowman Methodist Church. Mr. Gaither is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a daughter, Mary.

Email: witt.gaither@acemacon.org

 
Lee Gillis

Lee M. Gillis, Jr. ~

Mr. Gillis  has successfully represented clients in business, employment, civil rights and general liability defense litigation. A significant portion of Lee’s practice is dedicated trial and appellate practice. Lee also oversees the firm’s statewide uninsured motorist litigation practice. Lee is a regular presenter to the Insurance Law Institute on the development of liability defense law.

Lee also has experience representing employers in various areas of employment law, including hospitals, school boards and small businesses. His contributions in support of the local community include serving as the chairman of the board of directors for Campus Clubs, a faith – based, educational outreach ministry to at risk children in Middle Georgia.

Lee is originally from McRae, Georgia. He and his wife, Lori, have two children and are members of First Presbyterian Church, where Lee serves as a Deacon. 

Email:  lee.gillis@acemacon.org

George Greer

George S. Greer is a partner practicing in the areas of secured transactions, commercial real estate, real estate development, and corporate business planning and advice.  George represents several lenders in secured transactions. 

 

George also represents developers and investors in the development and construction of affordable housing projects utilizing low income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), HOME Partnership Loans, and various other federal and state financing and subsidies.  He also provides counsel to parties rehabilitating historic structures in Georgia using historic tax credits.  Finally, George has represented numerous small business owners in middle Georgia as corporate counsel.

 

A native of Macon, Georgia, George received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1992.  George worked in Washington D.C. on the staff of Congressman Mac Collins from 1995-1997 before returning to Macon, where he worked as a commercial realtor for The Summit Group from 1997-1999.  He received his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2002.  George is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and serves on several local boards, including the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.  Currently, he is serving as the Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and Chair-Elect of the Macon Economic Development Commission.

 

George is married to former Anna Sanders of Macon.  They have two children, Katherine (5) and Henry (3).  The Greers are lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church

 

Email:  george.greer@acemacon.org

 

 Ember Bentley

 

Ember Bishop Bentley ~

 

Ember Bishop Bentley is the Chief of Staff and government relations officer of Middle Georgia State University. She was previously executive director of the Georgia Forestry Foundation, deputy commissioner for international relations for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Sandra Deal. Bentley sits on the boards of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Jekyll Island Foundation, Academy for Classical Education, NewTown Macon, Macon Chamber of Commerce and the International Cherry Blossom Festival. She is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Council, Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association, and a Navicent Ambassador. Bentley is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Protocol Partners and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She earned a bachelor's degree from Shorter University and is a master’s degree candidate at Georgia College and State University in the field of Public Administration. Ember and her husband, Will and their daughter, reside in Macon and are members of Vineville United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

Email:  ember.bishop@acemacon.org

 

Michael Kruger

 

Michael R. Kruger ~

Mr. Kruger is a Vice President of L.E. Schwartz & Son and is the 5th generation to work for the family-owned business. A native Maconite, Michael graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Central High School and he received his B.A. degree from the University of Georgia.

 

Continuing the family tradition of community involvement, Michael is a graduate of Leadership Macon and has also served on multiple boards in the community including the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Georgia and Communities in Schools of Central Georgia. He is also currently the President-Elect for the Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors (RSMCA) of Georgia

 

Michael and his wife, Blair have 3 children: Brady, Landon and Benjamin. They are longtime members of Congregation Sha’arey Israel synagogue in Macon.

 

Email: michael.kruger@acemacon.org

 

Walter Stafford

Walter Stafford ~ 

Walter Stafford is the Chief Executive Officer at Stafford Builders, a general contracting firm in Macon, GA. He graduated from Southwest High School and Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction & Contracting. As a minister, he has also studied at Dallas Theological Seminary.

 

Mr. Stafford is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and advocates for trade skills within the educational system for workforce development. Throughout the year, he loves to visit schools in Macon-Bibb county to introduce students to careers in the construction industry.

 

He is married and has two children.  They are members of Ingleside Baptist Church where Walter teaches class on Sunday mornings and often gets involved with missions. 

 

Email:  walter.stafford@acemacon.org

 

 
 
 Ryan Schnetzer
 
 

 

Dr. Ryan Schnetzer ~

 

Dr. Schnetzer is a Georgia native, board certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon at OrthoGeorgia.  He completed his degree graduating cum-laude while playing football on two SEC championship teams for the University of Georgia.  He went on to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by residency training at the University of Florida, and completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.  He still enjoys teaching and working with medical students and residents as they are learning about medicine and Orthopaedic care.

Ryan is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, Bibb County Medical Society, and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society.  He is the chairman for the Department of Surgery at Coliseum Northside Hospital and serves on the committee for patient care for Secure Health.

Ryan is originally from Newnan, GA.  He and his wife, Jessie, have 3 daughters, Evie (6), Emerson (4), and Elle (2).  He and his family are active members of North Macon Presbyterian Church.