Board of Trustees

Since its founding in 1970, The Heritage School has greatly benefited from the generosity and counsel of Trustees.

Board of Trustees | 2016-2017

Ms. Sharon Gruber, Chair

Trustees

Mr. Doug Augustine Mr. Walt Gutierrez Mr. Jim Naughton
Mr. Edwyn Carter         Mr. Clayton Hicks          Mr. Martin Pleyer
Dr. Todd Cox  Ms. Ansley Hidalgo '95 Ms. Barbara Osborne-Harris
Mr. Tom Crymes  Mr. Toby Jeffreys  
Ms. Angie Slappey  
Mr. Brad Everett
Mr. Shane Lord Mr. Cecil Walker
 
Ms. Sharon Gruber Mr. Dennis McEntire
   


Board of Trustees Biographies  

Doug Augustine

Mr. Augustine graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Accounting.  He currently owns and operates 12 Taco Bell and 6 Wendy’s Restaurants in the region.  He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Newnan, with their two sons, Grant ’22, and James ’30.  In addition to his service to The Heritage School, Doug enjoys running marathons, participating in triathlons, fishing, and reading. 

 

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John Edwyn Carter

Dr. Carter grew up in Carrollton GA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory College of Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Religion before earning a Medical degree from Emory School of Medicine.  Dr. Carter has been a Pediatrician with Piedmont Pediatrics for the past 22 years.  Dr. Carter and his wife, Mary Kathryn, a former Heritage lower school educator live in Newnan.  They have three children, Alex ‘2012, Mollie ‘2015, and Hampton ‘2017.  In addition to his service on the Heritage School Board of Trustees, Dr. Carter has also previously served on the Papp Clinic  Board, as well as a Deacon with Newnan Presbyterian Church. Other interests include golf, hunting, and skiing.

  Doug Augustine

Dr. Todd Cox

Dr. Cox is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree and later with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree. He is a licensed member of the Georgia Board of Dentistry and practices dentistry at Braelinn Village Family Dentistry in Peachtree City, Georgia. Dr. Cox and his wife, Kristin, live in Newnan with their children Ben, ’15 and Kaitie, ’18. 

Mr. Tom Crymes

Mr. Crymes grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction.  He is the owner of Tomco Construction in Newnan. Mr. Crymes and his wife, Laura, live in Sharpsburg with their three children, Thomas '19, Madison '16, and Tate '15.

Mr. Brad Everett                                     

Mr. Everett is from Richmond, VA, and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration - Accounting from Old Dominion University before completing the Business Law Program at Harvard Business School. He is a CPA and holds the title of Chief Marketing Officer of OneSource Virtual. Mr. Everett and his wife, Debbie, live in Peachtree City, with their children, Scott, Kate ’16, and Matthew ’19.

Ms. Sharon Gruber                                      

Ms. Gruber grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and later earned her Master of Business Administration from Augusta College and State University. She is an active community volunteer, working with the Coweta Samaritan Clinic. Ms. Gruber and her husband, Mike, live in Newnan with their children Allie ‘09, Megan ‘12, and Thomas ’15.

Mr. Walt Gutierrez                  

Mr. Gutierrez is a native of Colombia, South America.  He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota of Newnan.  Mr. Gutierrez and his wife, Mary, live in Newnan with their daughter, Isa ’15.

Mr. Clayton W. Hicks             

Mr. Hicks is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University.  He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and works in Management at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Mr. Hicks and his wife, Robyn, live in Newnan, where he is an elected member of the City Council. 

Ms. Ansley Johnston Hidalgo ‘95      

Ms. Hidalgo is a native of Newnan, Georgia, and graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French and Business before earning a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from George Washington University. She is a Sales Specialist in Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline.  Ansley and her husband, Javier, live in Newnan with their son, Sebastian ’23.

Mr. Toby Jeffreys                    

Mr. Jeffreys grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is the majority owner of Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC d/b/a Atlanta Gladiators Professional Hockey and serves on the Leagues Executive Committee.  Mr. Jeffreys and his wife Vicki have four children, Dr. Katie J. Lee, Kristin J. Pace, Maddux (THS Class ’16) and Mary Helen (THS Class ’17), and live in Newnan.

Mr. Shane Lord

Mr. Lord grew up in Douglasville, GA and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Management and Accounting before earning his Masters in Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.  He is currently the Assistant General Counsel for The Home Depot.  He is also a CPA.  He and his wife, Julie, live in the Serenbe community at Chattahoochee Hills with their child Koby ‘20.

  Shane Lord

Mr. Dennis McEntire

Mr. McEntire grew up in Rome, Georgia, and earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Georgia.  He is the General Manager of Newnan Utilities in Newnan. Mr. McEntire and his wife, Sally, live in Newnan. 

Mr. Jim Naughton                  

Mr. Naughton grew up in New York, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College before earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University. He went on to serve for 22 years in a variety of leadership positions for Milliken & Co. Mr. Naughton and his wife, Laura Richards, live in Carrollton with their three daughters, Alice ’20, Fiona ’22, and Maria ’25.

Ms. Barbara Osborne-Harris

Ms. Osborne-Harris was born in New York City, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Library Science from City University of New York. She most recently held the title of Coweta County Library Director for Coweta County.  Ms. Osborne-Harris and her husband, Reggie, live in Newnan.

Mr. Martin Pleyer               

Mr. Pleyer is originally from Durrlauingen, Bavaria in Germany and graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany with a Mechatronics Engineering Degree and with a Master of Business Administration  from the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He is the Chief Operation Officer at Grenzebach Corp. in Newnan. Mr. Pleyer and his wife, Claudia, live in Newnan with their daughter, Carolin ’23.

 

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Ms. Angie Slappey                

Ms. Slappey is a native of Carrollton, Georgia, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia before earning a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is a Licensed Physical Therapist and formerly practiced at Southern Therapy Services in Carrollton, Georgia.  Ms. Slappey and her husband, Greg, live in Carrollton with their children Steven ’21, Kate ’23, Eli ’25 and Lucy.

Mr. Cecil Walker                        

Mr. Walker grew up in Nebraska and earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He retired in 2002 as Chairman and CEO of Gannet Broadcasting in McClean, Virginia.  Mr. Walker and his wife, Jan, are grandparents to two Heritage students, Cate Yancey '20 and Rich Yancey '15. 

 

 

 
 

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