Leadership

2023-2024 CHERRY BLOSSOM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Karla Redding-Andrews

Karla Redding-Andrews

Festival Chair

Karla Redding-Andrews, a native of Jones County, Georgia, has a passion for education paired with music and the arts.  She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 with a BS in Public Relations and remains an active alum, serving on the Public Relations Advisory Board. In addition to her role with the Foundation, Redding-Andrews, oversees the day to day operations of the Foundation whose motto is ‘Progress through Education-Enlighten through Music & the Arts`.  In addition, and with her mother Zelma, they oversee the massive catalog of works for Otis Redding along with requests for use of his name, image and likeness.

Karla currently serves as the vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Macon Class of 2015 and a member of the Macon Rotary Club. She serves on the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors at Mercer University and the boards of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Central Georgia Technical College, the Georgia Intellectual Property Association and the International Cherry Blossom Festival.  She most recently was appointed to Macon, Ga’s Bicentennial Commission appointed by Mayor Lester Miller.

Karla received the Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award in 2016. In 2018, she received The Women’s International Music Network’s “She Rocks Award.” Her alma mater, Georgia Southern University, awarded her with the inaugural “Shine, Black Girl, Shine” Black Women Empowerment Award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs as the Coordinator of Diversity Education and Program Outreach in 2019.

Redding-Andrews and husband Timothy have two sons, Justin and Jarred.

Kenny Burgamy

Board Chair

Kenny is a Macon native, where he was a 1979 graduate of Southwest High School. He studied mass communications at Macon College and graduated from Atlanta’s Columbia School of Broadcasting, with a focus on broadcast journalism. Kenny began his broadcast career in March 1980. In the span of more than 30+ years, Kenny has worked in the areas of radio and television news, talk radio, programming, and operations. Kenny was named Best Local Radio Personality in 2003, and again in 2008 by the Central Georgia Advertising Federation.

He has interviewed two U.S. Presidents, hundreds of federal, state, and local politicians and dignitaries, while discussing the important issues facing the community, state, and nation. In 2007, Atlantic Southern Bank, based in Macon, hired him as their Corporate Communications Director. From 2008 until 2012, Kenny wrote a weekly column for the Macon Telegraph that appeared in Sunday papers and served as a visiting member of the Macon Telegraph’s Editorial Board.

Kenny joined WMAZ television as morning anchor in 2012. In 2014, he joined the staff of the Georgia Farm Bureau and started a stint as co-anchor and Field Reporter with the Farm Monitor TV program seen on 12 Georgia television stations, Georgia Public Broadcasting and national cable channel RFD-TV based in Nashville, TN.

In the Fall of 2016, Kenny was named Brand Marketing Manager at Farm Bureau. He was named Associate Director of Information/Public Relations in February 2018. In May 2019, Kenny was promoted to the position of Director of Information/Public Relations. He serves on several Macon area community boards including; Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival and South State Bank’s Community Board. Kenny and his wife Dawn have been married 39 years and have one married daughter, Morgan Adams. They have one granddaughter, Kennedy Adams born in April 2020.

Stacy Moore

President and CEO

Carolyn Crayton

Founder

Carolyn Crayton*

Founder

Kenna Scragg

Incoming Festival Chair

ICB Construction Group

Ivan Allen

Central Georgia Technical College

Elizabeth Cleveland*

Past Board Chair 
Stratford Academy

Kenny Burgamy*

2024 Board Chair
Georgia Farm Bureau

David Danzie

Synovus Bank

Kaitlynn Kressin

Fall Line Brewing Company

Stacy Moore*

President & CEO

Dr. Jimmy Asbell

Vineville Methodist Church

Paul Hart*

R.A. Bowen Trust

Bill Fickling III*

Fickling Family

Don Bailey*

Chairman’s Club Chair
Graphic Resource

Yvonne Gabriel

Mercer University

Dr. Latoya Smith

Karla Redding- Andrews*

2024 Festival Chair
Otis Redding Foundation

Robby Redmond

Oconee State Bank

Gary Wheat

Visit Macon

Patty Gibbs

Natasha Christian

Macon Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Gregory Brown

Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning

Chrissy Miner

The Miner Agency

Dr. Vernard Hodges

Critter Fixer

Mary Bowman- Hampton

Cox Communications

Chris Floore

Macon-Bibb Communications

Alex Habersham*

Habersham Enterprises

Cassandra Cox

Georgia Power

Jessica Cork

YKK

Daniel Tate

Mercer University Athletics

Tiffany Harvey

Academy for Classical Education

*Designates Executive Committee

Staff

Stacy Moore

PRESIDENT & CEO
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Robin Cochran

MERCHANDISE & ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
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Jenny O'Neal

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

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Katie Hart

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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Scarlett Farr

ROYALTY COORDINATOR
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Antonio Watkins

CAROLYN CRAYTON PARK OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

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Hannah Jett Theus

DIRECTOR, MARKETING & FULFILLMENT
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Sarah Ford

COMMUNITY EVENTS MANAGER
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Chairman’s Club

Charles A. Jay
1982-1983: KMBBC Chair
1990-1991: CBF Chair
1994-1995: Festival Chair

William P. Simmons*
1982-1983: Festival Chair

Harold C. Weathers*
1983-1984: KMBBC Chair
1984-1985: KMBBC Chair
1991-1992: CBF Chair

William O. Faulkner
1983-1984: Festival Chair

Dr. Kirby Godsey
1984-1985: Festival Chair

J. Alan Neal*
1985-1986: KMBBC Chair
1986-1987: KMBBC Chair

Dr. Robert K. Ackerman
1985-1986: Festival Chair

Dr. S. Aaron Hyatt
1986-1987: Festival Chair

Marion Byrd
1987-1989: KMBCC Chair

Buckner F. Melton
1987-1988: Festival Chair

Carr G. Dodson
1988-1989: Festival Chair

Thomas H. Faulk*
1989-1990: CBF Board Chair

A.P. “Buster” Barry
1989-1990: Festival Chair

Vernon Colbert
1990-1991: Festival Chair

Guy B. Eberhardt
1991-1992: Festival Chair
1992-1993: Festival Chair
1994-1995: CBF Board Chair

William T. “Bill” Wiley
1992-1993: Board Chair
1999-2000: Festival Chair

Emily P. Myers
1993-1994: CBF Board Chair

Melvin I. Kruger
1993-1994: Festival Chair

Bill Forget*
1995-1996: CBF Board Chair
1996-1997: Festival Chair
1997-1998: CBF Board Chair

Roy H. Fickling
1995-1996: Festival Chair
1998-1999: CBF Board Chair

Dr. John O’Shaughnessey
1997-1998: Festival Chair
1998-1999: CBF Board Chair

Donald K. Miller
1998-1999: Festival Chair
1999-2000: CBF Board Chair

Mark A. Stevens
2000-2001: CBF Board Chair
2001-2002: CBF Board Chair

Eddie Pruett*
2000-2001: Festival Chair
2001- 2022: CBF Board Chair
2004-2005: Festival Chair

William A. “Bill” Fickling II
2002-2003: CBF Board Chair
2003-2004: Festival Chair

Reverand Ronald E. Terry*
2002-2003: Festival Chair
2003-2004: Festival Chair

Paul Leath
2004-2005: CBF Board Chair

Steve Jukes
2005-2006: CBF Board Chair
2008-2009: CBF Board Chair
2009-2010: Festival Chair

Chip Cherry Jr.
2005-2006: Festival Chair

Shirley M. Buafo
2006-2007: CBF Board Chair
2007-2008: Festival Chair

Lowell L. Register
2006-2007: Festival Chair
2007-2008: CBF Board Chair

William Lee Robinson*
2008-2009: Festival Chair
2009-2010: CBF Board Chair

C. Steve Farr
2010-2011: CBF Board Chair
2011-2012: Festival Chair

Thomas J. Wicker
2010-2011: Festival Chair
2011-2012: CBF Board Chair

George McCanless
2012-2013: Board Chair
2013-2014: Festival Chair

Cyndey Busbee
2012-2013: Festival Chair
2013-2014: Board Chair

General Bob McMahon
2014-2015: Festival Chair
2015-2016: Board Chair

Thomas Bacote
2014-2015: Board Chair
2015-2016: Festival Chair

Stacy Ingram
2015-2016: Festival Chair
2016-2017: Board Chair

Don Bailey
2016-2017: Festival Chair
2017-2018: Board Chair
2018-2019: Board Chair

 

*Designates Deceased

Hall of Fame Inductees

Carolyn Crayton

Charles A. Jay

William “Bill” Fickling II

Alex Habersham

Donald K. Miller

Dee Newton

Eddie Pruett*

Harold C. Weathers*

Dr. John O’Shaughnessey

Karen J. Lambert

*Designates Deceased