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HEather Abbott

Heather Abbott calls Thomasville, Georgia, home with Kelly, her husband and business partner. They reside on a small farm north of town with their two dogs, cats, two horses, chickens, and bees ( they harvest their own honey ).  Heather is the Director of Sales and Marketing for SouthLife Supply Co. where she also manages day to day operations.  Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Valdosta State University in 2001.  After a short tenure with the State of Georgia’s Department and Family Children Services, Heather began a 12 year long career in the health care industry working in a rural hospital, hospice, and finally settling into a sales career in the pharmaceutical industry.  In 2010, after twin layoffs, both Abbotts decided to invest in themselves and started what today is known as SouthLife Supply Co.  Heather’s background in sales and management led to a unique division of labor between she and her husband.  Over the past 7 years, he has designed and created new products while she has led the way in creating an environment in which to sell them.  SouthLife started out as a wholesale manufacturer and just last year opened its flagship brick and mortar retail location in Thomasville, Georgia.  As most small business owners, Heather has worn and continues to wear many different hats ranging from managing employees to developing strategic growth plans in order to ensure continued success.  Heather is currently working on plans for a second SouthLife Supply Co retail location.

Alice hallman durham

Alice Hallman Durham, a native of Boston, GA, is the owner/partner behind the creative retail and wholesale whirlwind of The Mailman's Daughter and Alice & Jay. Partnering with Jay Redmond in 2007, they have built a business that has brought happiness and encouragement to all who experience their art. 

UGA alum, mother of two and new grandmother, Alice is a purveyor of whimsy; a creator of delight; and dreams of continuing to spread smiles for years to come. 

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Rhonda foster

I am one part reality TV addict, one part pluviophile, two parts mom to Liam, and five parts cheesemonger. Too many parts? I am in the restaurant business because I truly love it and can't imagine doing anything else. I have been in this business since before it was cool, hip, popular, trendsetting, or before chefs had channels on TV and TV series dedicated specifically to their personal brand of neurosis. My restaurant family is my family and are my closest friends. I hope to build a business that will continue to thrive and outlive me. In the meantime, I would like it to make enough money so that I can see the world and retire at Disney.   

ALSTON WATT

Alston Watt has been the Executive Director of the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia for 18 years. He life path sent her around the world (literally) to prepare for this position.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Alston worked in Haiti and Bangladesh for CARE, administering programs in microcredit, health and water.  Alston and her husband Philip then moved to Zambia to both work for the North Luangwa Conservation Project.  They returned to Atlanta where Alston worked for the Emory School of Medicine evaluating teen clinics and training 3rd year medical students in reproductive health before moving to Thomasville, Georgia.

Alston grew up in Baltimore but truly considers Thomasville her home.  She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. degree in Economics and earned a Masters in Health Science from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

As the only daughter of an only daughter, Alston grew up in the outdoors with her brothers, cousins and uncle during the holidays.  Philip introduced her to fly fishing on their honeymoon.  Alston and Philip have two sons and their family is never happier than when enjoying the outdoors fishing, hunting and hiking.  For this reason, she values her work at the Foundation that supports programming that builds the fabric of strong communities in the rural landscape of South Georgia