Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to announce the addition of four (4) new members to its Board of Trustees, Mr. Ken Hardy, Mr. W. Mansfield (Manse) Jennings, III, Mr. Donald Johnson, and Mr. R. G. Lamar. These gentlemen are wonderful representatives of their vocations and bring with them a wealth of knowledge that will help further the growth and prosperity of Taylor Regional Hospital.
Ken is the Vice President of Production and Finance for Hardy Farms Peanuts, Inc. He is a 1989 graduate of Hawkinsville High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Ken is very active in the Hawkinsville community, and is currently serving his second term as a Hawkinsville City Commissioner. In addition to his City Commissioner Office, he is also a member of the Hawkinsville – Pulaski County Development Authority. Ken enjoys hunting, cooking, and coaching his childrens' sports teams. He also enjoys exercising, especially participating in CrossFit training. Ken is married to the former Miss Janet Shumate of Rome, Georgia and together they have two children Trae, 10 years old and Kate, 8 years old.
Mr. Jennings, a native of Hawkinsville, graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1981 with a BS in Physics. He then returned to Hawkinsville in 1982 to begin full-time employment at Hawkinsville Telephone Company (now ComSouth). In his role at the telephone company, Mr. Jennings worked with the central office, helping with the installation of the first digital switch, and participated in bringing alternative long distance to the area. He also assisted with the cellular service launch, internet and computer services, and security monitoring. Additionally, he was involved with the acquisition of the cable network with expansion of both video and data services. Mr. Jennings currently sits on the boards of ComSouth, Sunmark Bank, and Pulaski Tomorrow, as well as the Visitors Board at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. He is a member of the Hawkinsville Rotary Club and past chair of the Hawkinsville/Pulaski Chamber of Commerce.
Donald was born and raised in Hawkinsville, GA. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University who came home to work in the family business, McCranie Tractor Co, where he managed the export division for many years. Following his time at McCranie, he managed the Case IH store in Hawkinsville. Mr. Johnson currently works with Fickling & Co in the Commercial Division, and he is also a pecan grower. Donald has three daughters: Mary Catherine is a senior at UGA, Laura is a Junior at Valdosta State University, and Elizabeth is a Senior at Westfield and will be headed to UGA next fall. His hobbies include cooking, photography, hunting, fishing and traveling.
R. G. Lamar, son of former board of trustee member Bob Lamar, is a managing Partner of Lamar Pecan Company. He is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a BA of American Studies. He also serves as current Vice President of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and serves as a member of the Board at the Heart of Georgia Peanut and Gin. In his free time, R. G. enjoys golf, running, and reading and is a member of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In February, he married Mrs. Rachel Lamar and established a home in Hawkinsville, where they look forward to building their life together.