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James grew up along Florida’s Gulf Coast and immediately felt at home when he arrived here in beautiful coastal Georgia. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate work and later the University of Georgia, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. James comes to Camden from Rome, Georgia, where he served as the Director of Professional Recruitment and Retention for Floyd Medical Center. In this role James traveled the Southeast region, recruiting physicians to the northwest Georgia area. James was a 2011 graduate of Leadership Rome and in 2013 he was the Governor’s Appointee to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. James lives in Kingsland with his wife, Diane, and daughter, Autumn. He believes that above all else, people are the greatest asset this community has to offer.
2021 Site Coordinator:Camden County
John Lester is Vice President for University Communications and Marketing at Georgia Southern University, overseeing all their advertising, PR and communications efforts. He started his career as a newspaper reporter in Tampa before moving into higher ed communications at the University of Florida. He then went to Columbus State University for 17 years before moving to Richmond Hill in July. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a master’s degree from Columbus State, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He is father to two beautiful girls and married to a spectacular school teacher.
2022 Site Coordinator:Bulloch County
Justin Callaway is Executive Director of United Way of Coastal Georgia, serving Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh Counties in Southeast Georgia. Before joining the staff at United Way, Justin served as President and CEO of NewCity Brunswick, Inc., a nonprofit organization developed to direct investment in the residential resurgence and revitalization of Downtown Brunswick, GA. Justin helped to form NewCity after serving over a decade at SunTrust Private Wealth as VP and Investment Strategist.
Locally, Justin serves on the Board of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and formerly served on the Boards of United Way of Coastal Georgia and Historic Brunswick Foundation. He also founded and directs the Community Leadership Council, a program that equips community leaders with tools to better serve on nonprofit boards.
Justin and his wife, Sarah, own and operate Sandy Bottom Bagels, a local restaurant on St. Simons Island. They live on St. Simons with their 3 boys: Hunter, Chase, and Jack.
2022 Site Coordinator:Glynn County
Leia Dedic joined SEDA in 2012 and serves as the Director of Research and Grant Management. Leia provides research, data, fiscal impact analyses, and avenues of funding to help bring economic development projects and marketing campaigns to fruition. She also led the effort of identifying target countries for WTCSav and is the organization’s Salesforce administrator helping track progress towards annual goals. Leia received her B.A. in Economics from Armstrong State University. She is an IEDC and C2ER member and currently serves on the Junior Achievement Board. In her free time, Leia enjoys coaching volleyball, traveling and spending time on Georgia’s beautiful waterways.
2021 Site Coordinator:Chatham County
Randy Mayfield is a Local Manager for Georgia Power with responsibilities for Liberty and Bryan Counties. In previous roles with Georgia Power, Randy worked in Engineering and Customer Service. He is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. Randy serves on several boards including Hinesville Rotary Club, Coastal Georgia Community Action Authority, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and the YMCA Board. He is past Chair of the Ogeechee Technical College Board in Statesboro and past Chair of the Evans County Development Authority. Randy is a graduate of Clayton State University and Bellevue University. He is married to Donna Hall Mayfield and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.
2021 Site Coordinator:Bryan and Liberty Counties