College of Arts and Humanities Community Development Council Members
Bruce Bobick is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Art at the University of West Georgia. He has also taught at Western Illinois University. He is widely recognized for his accomplishment in watercolors and sculpture—two of his stainless steel works are installed in Carrollton. In 1988 West Georgia recognized Bruce for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Creative Research, and in 1989 he was named Professor of the Year by the West Georgia Alumni Association. He has had twelve juried exhibitions with the selective Watercolor USA Honor Society, twice taking awards. He has had 225 additional juried exhibitions, 101 international exhibitions, and 86 solo exhibitions. He has won a total of 79 awards over the course of his career. He is a St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Outreach Mentor, and he served for several years on the Board of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center.
On her way to earning her BA in English from the University of West Georgia, Amy Lavender Buice distinguished herself and set her career path as the editor of Eclectic. She also published work in a peer-reviewed professional journal as an undergraduate. She has written for and serves as an editor of the Carrollton Times-Georgian and other local newspapers; and she was the founding editor of the much acclaimed regional magazine West Georgia Living, which focuses on the life, art, music, and people of the West Georgia Region. An ardent supporter of the College of Arts and Humanities since its inception in 2011, Amy contributed to the idea of our annual fundraiser Eclectic Live. She has steadily provided coverage and sponsorship of the College’s events in her professional capacity, and she provides internship opportunities for students interested in careers as writers and editors.
Clay Cox joined the State of Georgia Board of Community Health in 2010, after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010. As a Representative he chaired the Human Relations and Aging Committee and served as Majority Whip. Clay is the CEO and Founder of Professional Probation Service, a private probation, corrections, and offender management company that serves more than 60,000 offenders across the US in 50 locations. A graduate in criminology from Western Carolina University, he has been married to his wife Alisa for 21 years. They have two children—Connor, a member of the Georgia National Guard and a cadet at the University of North Georgia, and Carson, a student at Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Tommy Cox taught in the Theatre Department at the University of West Georgia for fourteen years and served as the inaugural Director of the School of the Arts (SOTA) before moving on to become the Director of Performing Arts at Carrollton High School. A graduate of Florida State University (BA in Acting) and Purdue University (MFA in Theatrical Design and Technology), Tommy taught at Brenau University and Gordon College before coming to the University of West Georgia. As Director of SOTA, he worked with Amy Lavender Buice to initiate the fundraising event Eclectic Live; in fact, he initiated many successful programs in meeting his charge to develop and promote the arts at UWG and throughout the West Georgia region. His scenic and lighting designs have been featured in Atlanta and around the southeast. He is listed as a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Georgia Repertory Ensemble of Artists and Theatres Fellows in recognition of his professional status and accomplishments as a teaching artist. Tommy currently serves as the National Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society.
Brenda L. Dangle is Vice President for Commercial Lending for the LaGrange Banking Company. She holds an MBA and a BA in Political Science from West Georgia and attended the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. For fifteen years she owned and operated A Likely Story Book Center in Carrollton. She is a former member and past president of the Carrollton Rotary Club and has served in several capacities with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. She serves or has served on the LIVEART Planning Committee, the Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County Board, the Richards College of Business Board of Visitors, the West Georgia Regional Library Board, and the Carroll County Cultural Arts Alliance Board. Active in both theatre and music, Brenda has taken roles in Oliver, Oklahoma, Camelot, Death and Taxes, Spitfire Grill, and White Christmas; and she has performed with the Side by Side Singers and the Carrollton Community Chorus. She served on the Economic Development Allocation Panel for several years from 2010-2012, holding the position of Chair in 2012.
Penny Lewis is Director of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center and a former Industrial Arts teacher at Carrollton Junior High School. With her staff she coordinates all arts programming for the city, including Community Theatre, the Creative Writing Club, Community Chorus, the Carrollton Artists Guild, the Advanced Youth Orchestra, and the Fine Arts Meccafest. The entire Lewis family is active in the arts in Carrollton, appearing in community, school, and professional theatre productions. Penny and her husband Dan write mini musicals for children that have been sold and performed all over the world: New York, South Africa, Singapore, Israel, Japan, and England. A graduate of Industrial Arts from Berry College, volunteerism awakened Penny’s interest in the cultural arts and led her to be named Volunteer of the Year by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Division the year before she became the Cultural Arts Coordinator for Carrollton. She is also active in the Carrollton Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs.
Poet and artist Laura Crowell Lieberman is past Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County. She is co-founder and Editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Art Papers and Arts Editor of Southern Accents. She is also a past president of the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, a member of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, and a Member of the Board of Georgia Arts Network. Laura’s artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues in the Greater Atlanta Area; and she has published many newspaper, magazine, catalog, and exhibit articles, essays, and reviews—including works in American Craft, American Ceramics, Southern Homes, USA Today, Atlanta Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Creative Loafing, The Atlanta Constitution, and the Southern Quarterly. In 2010 she received the City of Douglasville Spirit Award.
Lamar Richard “Dick” Plunkett graduated from Brown University in 1965 and subsequently received an MBA from Georgia State University in 1967. He then worked for seven years in investments at Suntrust. In 1974 he left Suntrust and went into his family business which had antecedents going back to 1918. The family companies manufactured high end private label tailored clothing, at times employing more than 2000 people. Dick was CEO of one of the manufacturing companies, Lamar Manufacturing Company, from 1989 until its sale in 1993. He also served a three-year term as CEO of Warren Sewell Clothing, a sales and marketing company owned by the family. In 1993, he returned to the investment field and became a Registered Investment Advisor. Despite his active career, Dick has had the opportunity to serve on a number of boards of directors in both the corporate and non-profit world.
Ryan Roenigk is President and CEO of Roenigk Digital Craft and President and CEO of Republic Commerce. He is a past consultant with Arthur Andersen. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce as well as Carrollton Main Street and the Carrollton Redevelopment Authority. In the business of constructing websites, apps, and information technology tailored to the needs of businesses and organizations, Ryan actively recruits interns and employees directly from Arts and Humanities Programs; and he works to educate Carroll County employers on the value of such graduates in a broad set of careers as leaders and problems solvers. He also educates those graduates beyond their curriculum content to think of and present themselves in terms of such values as employees. He is a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Vestry and of the Carroll County Sertoma Club. He annually sponsors the COAH’s Eclectic Live! event and the Kiwanis state-wide youth arts program. Ryan developed software and organized a partnership to bring full health exams to more than 50,000 public school children as a cost of $5 per child.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Navy pilot, and Vietnam veteran, Bob Snelling worked as a Delta pilot for 31 years and continues his association with the airline as a part-time Boeing 777 Flight Instructor . He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and co-authored Georgia’s Character Education Law. A singer, Bob was a member of the Naval Academy Glee Club and today is a baritone in the a capella quartet 129 & Counting. He is Vice-President of the Marietta Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and a member of the Charleston, S.C. Opera Society, the Douglas County Chamber Singers, and the West Georgia/Douglas Country Choral Society. He also serves as Ruling Elder and Clerk of Session for the First Presbyterian Church of Douglasville and as a Board Member of the Covenant Fellowship of Presbyterians and of Presbyterians for Renewal. He founded and chairs the Community Character Coalition of Douglas County.
Robert Lance Snyder is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and taught at Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Seattle Pacific before coming to West Georgia. From 1989 to 2004 he was the editor of Christianity and Literature, which was recognized under his editorship with an award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and, by invitation, the International Association of University Professors of English. Rob’s recent scholarship includes The Art of Indirection in British Espionage Fiction: A Critical Study of Six Novelists; Espionage Fiction: The Seduction of Clandestinity; and several articles in such noted journals as Papers on Language and Literature, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and the South Carolina Review. He is currently completing a book on John Le Carre’s post-Cold War fiction. He is annually involved in the Empty Bowls project and supports his wife Carol as a member of the Carrollton Artists Guild, including providing logistical support for Meccafest.
Andrea Hutchins Stone is a Carrollton artist, art teacher, and the Social and Media Director and Events Planner for the Carrollton-based Milestone Investment Management Company. She is a member of the National Arts Education Association, a member of the Carrollton Arts Council, and the Coordinator of Arts in the Schools. She engages through the arts in philanthropic support of local organizations such as the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Alice’s House children’s home, and the Women’s Shelter through endowments and through exhibits and donations of her own paintings and murals. For her many contributions she was voted the Most Valuable Alumni of Tallulah Falls High School in 1998. Her work was exhibited at the first one-woman art show ever held at the Neva Lomason Library.