2019-2020 Advisory School Board
Tonya Phongsavanh (Chairman) graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and from Georgia State University in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Taxation. She is licensed as a certified public accountant in Georgia. Tonya is a Partner in a national CPA firm, where she has worked for the past 20 years. She has been married to her husband, Ty, for 21 years and they are the proud parents of four children (Chase, Jayden, Zachary and Leah), all of which currently attend HCA. The Phongsavanh family supports many charities, including Cumming First United Methodist Church (where Ty coaches Upward sports and Chase works in the food pantry during his summer breaks), Bald Ridge Lodge, Jessie’s House, North Fulton Community Charities and Foster Care Support Foundation. Tonya was heavily involved with the Booster club during the prior school year, and looks forward to contributing to HCA’s growth in a greater capacity as the new Chairman of the HCA Board. The Phongsavanh family resides in Cumming, GA.
Fred Weir (Vice-Chairman) attended The University of Georgia and The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He is the President & CEO of Meadowbrook Restaurant Co. Inc. which owns and operates Zaxby’s restaurants in several states and Dairy Queen restaurants in Georgia. Fred serves in other various leadership roles including Vice Chair of Zaxby’s Franchising Corporate Board of Directors and President of Zaxby’s Advertising. In addition, Fred serves on the Board of Trustees for Reinhardt University. Fred and his wife have three children: Mary Stewart, Cross and Sawyer. The Weir family attends First Redeemer Church in Cumming where Fred is active in the Choir, Praise Team and Men's Ensemble.
Alison B. Smith (Treasurer) serves as CFO and head of marketing with Bagwell Insurance Group. She has loved this family business from a young age and is the second generation to continue the family commitment. Alison earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing degree from Brenau University in Gainesville. She has worked in this industry since 2000 in marketing and accounting. Alison is committed to giving back to the community. She is actively involved with CASA of Forsyth County, where she serves as an Ambassador; and is active in leadership at Browns Bridge Community Church where she leads a small group for women. She and her husband, TJ, serve as mentors for newly engaged couples at Browns Bridge Church, and she supports Greater Hall FCA. Alison presently is a member and on the Board of Directors with the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Through Bagwell Insurance, she has worked as a Partner in Education with local schools. Her focus revolves around providing middle and high school students with life skills, career planning, and interview techniques. She also partners with elementary schools to encourage literacy, and bring agriculture awareness to classes. She is committed to serving her community and is eager to pour her love for agriculture and desire for leadership into children. She and TJ have two children at HCA, Sawyer and Olivia.
Adam Rodes (Secretary) has been in the mortgage banking business since 2001, opening and building a mortgage branch for Wells Fargo in Cumming in 2009. In 2016 after leaving the bank he opened a branch of Northpoint Mortgage (a branch of Fairway Independent Mortgage) in Cumming. Adam and his wife Whitney met in Statesboro where they attended Georgia Southern University and now have 3 children Everet, Regan, and Hunter, 2 of which attend HCA. They are also active foster parents and have fostered numerous children in their home over the last 7 years. Adam is active in the community having served on multiple boards including Bald Ridge Lodge, Leadership Forsyth, Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club, and Forsyth county Community Connection. Adam and Whitney live in west Forsyth and attend First Baptist Cumming, where they are very active in the adoption and orphan ministry.
Gardner Biddle is dedicated to his family, his community and Christ. He and his wife Michelle have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with three wonderful daughters: Caroline (20), Canby (18) and Catherine (17). He attended college at Georgia State University where he obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration in Management with a minor in Marketing in 1993. After graduating, Gardner started in sales for a marketing and printing firm and eventually worked to achieve the position of Vice President and General Manager. This experience eventually unlocked a vision to start a new venture in 2003: Power Marketing + Printing, which he served in the role of President and CEO. He sold the firm in July of 2018 and currently works for Chick-fil-A Blairsville as the Talent Acquisition Coordinator. His ultimate goal is being blessed with the opportunity to operate a store as a Franchisee in the near future. As a strongly committed father and business owner, supporting Young Life of Forsyth County as Platinum Sponsor has become a priority. This commitment to bringing the message of Christ to our youth also led Gardner to join the Committee for Young Life Leadership and the Board of Directors for Horizon Christian Academy in Forsyth County Georgia. Gardner, the Biddle Family, and in the past- Power Marketing + Printing, are fully dedicated to these two very important and other charitable causes because he knows that we all must behave as if we play a small part in a much larger game.
David Guettler worked in a family-owned business for 23 years in construction and golf course renovations. In 1998, David, his wife Chrissy, and son Devin moved from Ft. Pierce, Florida to Georgia. In 2000, he opened his own company, Gold Mine Golf, Inc., renovating and landscaping golf courses. David also has a daughter, Alaina, who has been a student at HCA since Kindergarten and is currently in the 6th grade. In 2015, Devin married Anna Fishburne and David and Chrissy are now proud grandparents of two beautiful boys, Quinn and Silas. David and his family are involved in Mountain Lake Church and currently reside in Dahlonega, Georgia.
Bruce Petty graduated with a PhD from Louisiana Baptist University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. As a Pastor, Bruce served and built six churches over 43 years and has guest lectured for Point University and Beeson Divinity School. In October of 2015 he founded Today’s Chaplain, a Corporate Chaplain Agency with home offices in Cumming, Ga. Bruce has been married for 47 years to his wife Linda and are the proud parents of two adult children, both of whom are married and have richly rewarded them with five grandchildren.