Meet the Task Force
Kimberly is an Education Supervisor in Georgia Power’s Education and Workforce Development Organization. Kimberly has been with Georgia Power/Southern Company for 26 years. In her current position, she leads a team of Education Coordinators that provide hands-on, STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons to all grade levels, Pre-k though high school. Kim serves as the chair of the Rehiring and Retraining Committee for the COVID-19 Resources and Recovery Task Force for the Harris County Chamber of Commerce.
Denise Eckley moved to Georgia in 2013 with her husband, Robert, and son, Caleb. They chose Harris County for their residence because of the quality of education and community. Denise is the Career Center Manager for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers in Columbus and has been with them for 7 ½ years. In her role, she oversees services providing access to resources, education, financial literacy and careers. She has an MA in Counseling with a focus on career counseling, and a passion for helping others find their purpose. Before moving here, Denise spent 15 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing similar community services.
Ken Pope is the Residential Services Marketing Coordinator at Diverse Power. He was born in Chambers County Alabama but grew up and lived his entire life in Troup County – grew up in the front door of KMMG,…He remembers when they were contacted about selling the small family farm of 70 years. His widowed mom said, “…if it will help people get jobs then I will gladly sell…” He learned much from his mother and father and he misses the old fashioned way of doing things. He is doing my best to keep them alive.
William Pendergraph is Vice President of Kimble’s Food by Design. He leads the business development and operations efforts in both their correctional as well as candy manufacturing divisions. An alumni of Ole Miss, William currently serves on the National Sheriff’s Association Covid-19 Industry Action Group, Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Board-Pineland Campus, and Harris County Chamber of Commerce Board. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Troup County and Leadership Harris County. William has resided in Harris County for over a decade.
Billy Cobb is the Executive Vice PResident of Columbus Water Works. He has been a resident of Harris County for 25 years and has been with Columbus Water Works since 1992. Billy is a 1989 Graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree. Billy is a Georgia Registered Professional Engineer (1994). He is involved in a number of industry organizations; including, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), American Water Works Association (AWWA), and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
Alex Johnson is the creative marketing maven behind Alex Johnson Media. She has two degrees in English and Radio, Television, and Film from Auburn University and spent many years working in local radio. Afterwards, she acted as and Agency Development Manager with Colonial Life before branching off and creating her own business. Alex is a freelance digital markerting consultant and assists with the web design and social media management for the Chamber.
Gary Johannes is currently the Work-Based Learning Coordinator (WBL) for Harris County High School and the WBL President Elect for the State of Georgia. His positions allow him to work with Business and Industry with the goal to help students find meaningful work experiences that will help prepare them for the workforce and future careers. He has a passion for helping Business and Industry find quality employees and helping students explore career pathways through creative work experiences. He has been employed by Harris County Schools since 2006 and prior to that he taught in Cobb County for 10 years. He currently lives in Harris County with his wife Michelle and three children all who attend Harris County Schools.