GOLD STAR MENTORS™
Board of Directors
Brett Jones, Founder
Fourteen top 10’s and seven #1 songs to date. Over 300 songs recorded as a writer and multiple albums as an artist in his own right. In the words cited by Billy Currington in his #1 smash, “that’s how country boys roll.” Or rather, in the words of songwriter Brett Jones. In fact, Currington falls into the same category as Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and many more who have all recorded Jones’ songs thru the decades. Fortunately for Nashville, the Warm Springs, Georgia native traded in farm life for Music Row 28 years ago.
Michael Schalosky, Board Chair
Graduate Chemical Engineer University of South Carolina. 27 year career with Abbott Laboratories, Plant Manager, Operations Director, Director Pharma Engineering, Director Global Engineering. General Contractor owner Shalosky Engineering LLC. Chairman of the Board – Gold Star Mentors, Member Board of Trustees Kiawah Conservancy.
Ernest “Ern” L Sherman, Vice Chair & Secretary
40 years working in numerous executive management and leadership positions with the Coca-Cola system – (retired). Since retirement, consultant for start-up technology company focused on an enhanced shopping experience. Additionally, former co-owner of a music venue providing entertainment for the local community from local artists.
Married 36 years to Michelle, and together they have three adult children and three grandchildren – enjoying their time in Roswell, Georgia and Park City, Utah. Passionate about providing the best opportunity for others to succeed and follow their dreams.
Clyde Bright, Treasurer
A financial consultant by trade with experience as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen & Co, and Partner with Collinsworth, Bright & Company, PC, Clyde Bright holds a Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University where he majored in Accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee earning a Master of Business Administration.
Having served in the United States Army Airborne (Infantry) from 1966–1969 and with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968, Clyde’s was called to join the Board of Gold Star Mentors as a distinguished veteran.
His business acumen is reflected in his many certifications that include: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation), CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics), CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), CBM (Certified Business Manager), and CGMA (Certified Global Managerial Accountant). As such, he has taken the role as the organization’s Treasurer.
Hobbies include scuba diving, hunting and traveling in his RV.
Fred C. Goad, Board Member
Graduate BS Degree from University of Virginia. Cofounder and partner of Voyent Partners LLC. Past president of Envoy Corp, Co-Chief Executive Officer of WebMD. Served as past board member of Quintiles, Specialist on Call, Emagen, Luminex, Informatics Corp. Past Chairman of the Board of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Dr. John G. Kearns, Board Member
Senior and Founding Pastor of Christ Harbor United Methodist in the area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduating from Furman University, John worked in the financial field in Atlanta before attending seminary at Asbury Theological. He has pastored in north Alabama since 1985. Following his doctoral work, he planted his current congregation in 1998.
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