Melson Society Home at The University of West Georgia

Founders

Ingram Library and the University of West Georgia are grateful to those who assisted in founding the Penelope Melson Society and in guiding its development.

Steering Committee 2007

  • Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Don Chalfant
  • Dr. Fran Chalfant
  • Helen Chambers
  • Julie Dobbs
  • Suzanne Durham
  • E. Lorene Flanders
  • Diane Fulkerson
  • Shanna Freeman
  • Sharlet George
  • Bart Gillespie
  • Victoria Gunther
  • Myron House
  • Dr. Andy Leavitt
  • Lisa Ledbetter
  • Angela Mehaffey
  • Vicki Morris
  • Dorothy Pittman
  • Dr. Anne Richards
  • Jan Ruskell
  • Dr. Mel Steely
  • Roni Tewksbury

Holland Ware, grandson of John Holland and Penelope Stevens Melson, provided the tinted photograph of Penelope ‘Nep’ Stevens Melson that serves as the Society’s logo, and the wedding portrait of the Melsons used by the Society in the library’s 2008 Centennial exhibit and in subsequent publications.

Terry Kay, West Georgia College Class of 1957, granted permission for use of the quote about libraries from The Book of Marie, A Novel (Mercer University Press, 2007) featured in the Society’s original membership brochure, published in 2008 and subsequent publications.

Barbara Stevens Owston, niece of Penelope Stevens Melson, provided the quote about her Aunt ‘Nep’ used in the Society’s second membership brochure, published in 2010.

Founding Board of Directors 2008-2009

  • President
    Michelle Morgan
  • Vice President/President-Elect
    Beth Hunt
  • Representing the Steering Committee as Honorary Past President
    Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Secretary
    Helen Chambers
  • Treasurer
    Julie Dobbs
  • Faculty Representative
    Dr. Micheal Crafton
  • Community Representative
    Nathaniel Smith
  • Student Representative
    Rick Primuth
  • Alumni Representative
    Kenya Elder
  • Director of University Libraries
    E. Lorene Flanders
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations Representative
    James Janis
  • President of the Student Government Association
    Robert Kelly

Committees 2008-2009

Marketing Committee

  • Dr. Jon Anderson
  • Shanna Freeman
  • Kevin Shunn
  • Gail Reid
  • Josh Sewell

Programs Committee

  • Cyle Bohannon
  • Joe Cumming
  • Suzanne Durham
  • Myron House
  • Angela Mehaffey
  • Dorothy Pittman

Membership Committee

  • Joan Edwards
  • Carol Goodson
  • Betsy Griffies
  • Robin Smith

Board of Directors 2009-2010

  • President
    Michelle Morgan
  • Vice President/President-Elect
    Beth Hunt
  • Representing the Steering Committee as Honorary Past President
    Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Secretary
    Helen Chambers
  • Treasurer
    Julie Dobbs
  • Faculty Representative
    Dr. Micheal Crafton
  • Community Representative
    Sue Medeiros
  • Student Representative
    Rick Primuth
  • Alumni Representative
    Kenya Elder
  • Director of University Libraries
    E. Lorene Flanders
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations Representative
    James Janis
  • President of the Student Government Association
    Alan Webster

Committees 2009-2010

Marketing Committee

  • Josh Sewell, Chair
  • Dr. Jon Anderson
  • Shanna Freeman
  • Kevin Shunn
  • Gail Reid

Programs Committee

  • Myron House, Chair
  • Cyle Bohannon
  • Suzanne Durham
  • Angela Mehaffey
  • Dorothy Pittman

Membership Committee

  • Kenya Elder, Chair
  • Joan Edwards
  • Carol Goodson
  • Betsy Griffies
  • Robin Smith

Board of Directors 2010-2011

  • President
    Dr. John Ferling
  • Vice President
    Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Past President
    Michelle Morgan
  • Secretary / Treasurer
    Julie Dobbs
  • Faculty Representative
    Gail Reid
  • Community Representative
    Sue Medeiros
  • Student Representative
    Brittiny Prenell
  • Alumni Representative
    Kenya Elder
  • Dean of Libraries
    E. Lorene Flanders
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations Representative
    James Janis and Bill Norris

Board of Directors 2011-2012

  • President
    Dr. John Ferling
  • Vice President
    Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Past President
    Michelle Morgan
  • Secretary / Treasurer
    Julie Dobbs
  • Faculty Representative
    Gail Reid
  • Community Representative
    Sue Medeiros
  • Student Representative
    Abla Soglo
  • Alumni Representative
    Robin Collins
  • Dean of Libraries
    E. Lorene Flanders
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations Representative
    Bill Norris

Board of Directors 2012-2013

  • President
    Dr. John Ferling
  • Vice President
    Dr. Tom Carrere
  • Past President
    Michelle Morgan
  • Secretary / Treasurer
    Julie Dobbs
  • Faculty Representative
    Gail Reid
  • Community Representative
    Sue Medeiros
  • Student Representative
    Julianna Carter
  • Alumni Representative
    Robin Moore Collins
  • Dean of Libraries
    E. Lorene Flanders
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations Representative
    Bill Norris