Our Leadership and Board

Chief Executive Officer: J.R. Davis

J.R. Davis is a Florida native and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia since 2011. He has developed and led youth programs in California, Florida, and Georgia over the past 20 years and estimates his programs have successfully served more than 30,000 youth. He has a deep understanding of the importance of after-school programming that promotes the success of the whole child, including educational, lifestyle and activity choices. He is a military veteran and has a B.S. in Business Management and an Executive M.B.A. He also has leadership certifications from Florida State University and the Ross School of Business, The University of Michigan.

Mr. Davis is very active in the Rome Community, serving as a board member of the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, Rome Smile for a Lifetime, Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce, and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation.  He is also a member of the Seven-Hills Rotary Club and Leadership Rome.

2018 Board of Directors

The Northwest Georgia Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Directors is made up of community and business leaders dedicated to helping young people succeed in life. The Board of Directors provides fiscal management and strategic direction and, in addition, helps build a network of like-minded community members and organizations that can help the Clubs achieve its mission. 


Gaines Dempsey – President

Dr. Gayland Cooper – Vice President

Rob Masters – Treasurer

Kelly McClain Espy – Secretary


Bob Babcock
Tom Bennett
Ballard Betz
Dr. Brad Bushnell
Dr. Ryan Cox
Stewart Duggan
Russ Gates
Edward Graves
Villa Hizer
Bryan Holland
Chip Hood

Robert Hortman, Jr.
W. Jordan Knight
Robert Ledbetter, Jr.
Greg Major
Dr. Charlie May

Ben McElrath
Robert Owens
Jarrett Shadday
Jimmy Smith
Scott Smith
Jim Talley II
Chad Taylor
Mark Tison
Thad Watters
Charlie Williams
Buster Wright
Janice B. Wright
Bo Yeargan