Kettle Creek Battlefield Association Inc., Officers
Ruth Clements has twenty years of successful negotiation and legal experience heading up the South Florida Water Management District's land acquisition program resulting in over 65,000 acres being acquired for the joint/state Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) and spearheading the finalization of the Kissimmee River Restoration land acquisition which resulted in the acquisition of over 102,000 acres of land with less than 1 % through condemnation. Extensive knowledge of Real Estate, Land Use, Contract, Open Government and Public Records Laws. Led Staff of over 50 while managing annual budget in excess of $100 million. Oversaw management of all South Florida Water Management Lands. Routinely presented to and advised nine member District Governing Board. Interacted with local, state, and federal authorities including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Interior. Professional Experience: Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator (attorney, licensed in Florida), South Florida Water Management District (Deputy Dept. of Director of Land, Director of Land, Chief Real Estate Specialist, Section Leader
Chairman of the Board
N. Walker Chewning
Graduate of Mercer University; Captain U. S. Army; Retired, Crown Central Petroleum Corp.; Past President Button Gwinnett Chapter GASSAR, Regional V.P. GASSAR, Chairman of the Historical Sites and Celebration Committee GASSAR; ChairmanKettle Creek Celebration Committee GASSAR; Senior President Allen Howard Society Children of the American Revolution, National Society Sons of the American Revolution; Grand Lodge of Georgia F.&A.M.; Past President, Vice President and Charter Member of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc.
BA Vanderbilt University History major. Master of Science in Accounting University of Kentucky. Certified Public Accountant, Partner at Davidson, Arnold and Associates,LLP. Member Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc. John's office is located just off the square around the corner from the Chamber of Commerce at 10 East Court Street, Washington, GA 30673.
Louis F. Ricciuti
Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern University; JD Degree Woodrow Wilson College of
law; Vice Chairman City of Washington-Georgia Historical Preservation
Committee; Past President Washington-Wilkes Art Association; Past Board
Member Wilkes County Historical Committee; Attorney at Law, Private Practice;
Secretary & Web Master
Dr. Joseph B. Harris
Dr. Joseph Belknap Harris: PhD Duke University; Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin; Past-Visiting
Professor at NC State University, University of TN, Univ. of TX; Past Research Scientist USDA, Past-Instructor
Biology and Chemistry, Young Harris College; MS, University of Georgia; AB Emory University; Member of the
Wilkes County Historical Society; Past-Local President of Rotary International; Member Scientific Research
Society of Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science;
American Society Plant Physiologists; Past Editor & President, Midwest Microscopy Society; Author of more
than forty scientific publications in the U.S. and Foreign Countries; Professional and Scientific lectures in U.S.,
Russia, China and Georgia; Committee Chairman Life-Learning in Retirement; Past VP of the Samuel Elbert
Chapter & Washington-Wilkes Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; Chairman of the Board Kettle Creek
Battlefield Association, Inc; U. S. Army Veteran, Pacific Theater, World War II, Past Chairman of the Board, KCBA
Erskine College; Bachelor of Arts, Oglethorpe University: JD, Emory University School of Law; 1964-1982:Asst. City Attorney, Judge: Doraville, GA.; 1982-1992: MARTA Board of Directors, 1987-1988 Chairman; MARTA Long-Range Planning Chairman; MARTA Development Committee Chairman; 1992-1996 Georgia Rail Passenger Authority, Chairman 1996; 1974-2003: Counsel to Development Authority of DeKalb County; 1982-2004 Special Counsel to DeKalb County Housing Authority and the Decatur Housing Authority; 1992Chairman DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce; Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 1996-2007, Board of Directors; 1995 Chairman Georgia Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Tour; Erskine College and Seminary: 2010-2011 Board of Trustees Past President: Alumni Association; Charter Member and Chaplain of Washington-Wilkes Chapter GASSAR; Member Board of Directors, Charter Member of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc.
Charles Heard was born in Wilkes County, Georgia July 9, 1938. He graduated from Wilkes County public schools in 1956. He began career with State Highway Department of Georgia later known as the Georgia Department of Transportation since reorganization in 1972. Studied Civil/Highway Engineering and Surveying through home study curriculum. Also attended evening classes at the University of Georgia. Retired in 1990, accepted an appointment for six years to serve on the Elbert County Board of Tax Assessors. Charles Heard Co-founded a land surveying partnership in 1993. He met the requirements for license by the State of Georgia as a Professional Surveyor.
Emory Allen Burton
Graduate of Georgia Military College; Masters of Business, University of Georgia; Master of Business Administration, New York Institute of Technology; Master of History & Arts, Old Dominion University; Retired Lt. Col. U.S. Army; Professor of American History, Augusta State University; Charter Member of the Washington Wilkes Chapter GASSAR; Member, Board of Directors Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc.
Thomas Milne Owen
Bachelor of SCience, University of California at Los Angeles; Graduate of the OSHA Institute, Chicago, Illinois; AA Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California; Past President Owen Land LLC; Past-Treasurer, Georgia Advertising and Engraving, Inc.; Retired, Regional Risk Manager Ford Motor Company; Division Safety Engineer Ford Motor Company, U.S., Canada and Mexico; Vice President Southern Traditional Classics; Professional Credential Member American Society Safety Engineers; Black Belt Certified Safety Engineering; Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, Kettle Creek Battlefield Association Inc; State Genealogist and Board Member, Georgia State Society Sons of the American Revolution; Charter Member & Past-President of Washington-Wilkes Chapter SAR; Reciplent of the NSSAR Meritorious Service Medal; USAF Veteran
James Larry Wilson
Bachelors in Mathematics, University of Utah; Masters in Library Science - Computer Science Emphasis, Arizona State University, Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership (Administration), Clemson University. Retired Elbert County Math Teacher; President, Elbert County Georgia Educational Association; Master teacher and Peer Evaluator for the of Georgia Department of Education; Past Regional Vice-President, GASSAR, Past President of the Elbert Co. Historical Society; and Member Board of Directors, Elbert Co. Historical Society; Member, Steering Committee, Preservation Elberton Armory Auditorium and Author and Responsible Initiator for 1. 75 Million Dollars; Past State Registrar, GASSAR (6 years) and current President Samuel Elbert Chapter GASSAR. Initiator of the new Washington-Wilkes Chapter
President-Owner of Wood Specialty Co. of Washington, Georgia;Wilkes County District 3 Commissioner;
William D. deGolian
JD University of Georgia School of Law; Bachelor of Arts Degree, Princeton University; Attorney at Law,
Johnson and Ward Law firm, Atlanta; Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Georgia Trial Lawyers
Association; Volunteer, Atlanta Lawyers Association; Member of the Georgia and American Bar Association;
Lawyer Foundation of Georgia; Instructor, Emory School of Law; Captain United States Naval Reserve; Board
and Charter Member of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc
Dr. Jim Granade, Jr.
EX Officio Board Members
Edward S. Anderson, Sr., JD
Walt Andrae, Ed D
Richard Bennion, MD
David Toburen, Ed D
Washington Wilkes Historical Society