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Board Members

ACE Governing Board Members

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.



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. 


Christy Kovac ~

 Kovac is president of Sheridan Construction in Macon. She has spent 25 years in the building industry and has extensive background in educational construction projects from elementary schools to universities. She graduated from Southwest High School and has degrees from Georgia Tech and Mercer University. Kovac is proud to be a product of public schools in Macon, and in fact, both of her children are recent graduates of the Bibb County school system. Kovac is a member of the Downtown Macon Rotary Club and is vice president of the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity board of directors. She is also a chairperson of the Associated General Contractors Central Georgia Workforce Development Alliance.  Email

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






Ember Bishop Bentley ~

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 and Deputy Commissioner of International Relations for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Bentley also served as Chief of Staff for former First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal.  Bentley sits on the boards of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, Eisenhower Business Improvement District, NewTown Macon, and serves as a Navicent Ambassador. She is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Council and the Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association. Bentley is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Protocol Partners, and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She earned a bachelor's degree from Shorter College.  Bentley and her husband, Will, attend Vineville Methodist Church.