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 21 years. She has been married to her husband, Ty, for 22 years and they are the proud parents of four children (Chase, Jayden, Zachary and Leah), all of which currently attend HCA. Tonya previously served on the HCA Booster Club. The Phongsavanh family resides in Cumming, GA where they are actively involved in supporting many local charities.
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.
Sharon C. Walker (Secretary) graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Throughout the next fifteen years, Sharon managed the U.S. Southeast Region for Procter & Gamble, Tambrands, and The Clorox Company. After serving as Vice-President of Sales for 1-800-Database, Sharon decided to join forces with her husband, Robert, to merge his residential construction business with her knowledge of commercial development. Now a licensed General Contractor, Sharon is the owner of Commercial Custom Concepts, Inc. and The Walker Group, based in Cumming, Georgia. Sharon and Robert are the proud parents of three boys, Tim, Michael, and Jake, all of whom graduated from Horizon Christian Academy. Sharon also served with the Parent-Volunteer Group for four years and with the Booster Club for five years. She also serves on the Board of Directors of CASA of Forsyth County. The Walker family attends First Redeemer Church in Cumming, 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.
Adam Rodes 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.
Tom Shefchunas, or “Shef” as most people call him, has worked with students and adult leaders for over 25 years. He has been a teacher, a coach, a high school principal, student pastor and a father. Currently, Shef is the Executive Director of Youth Specialties, a non-profit company committed to resourcing leaders to develop the next generation of leaders. His passion involves working with, developing, and consulting with volunteer and professional youth workers all over the world. He is also an author of several books including co-authoring Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Shef has a degree in Physics and Education from Grove City College, A Masters in Educational Leadership from Georgia State, and a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Julie have three kids; Mac, Joey and Cooper.