Foundation Board

Otis Redding Foundation Board of Directors

The Otis Redding Foundation Board of Directors were carefully selected. Each member is an active member of the community and are advocates of empowerment.

Zelma Redding

President & Founder

“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says Otis Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding. “And through the Otis Redding Foundation, we continue his dream to empower all young people with an education.” As head of the estate of Otis Redding, Mrs. Redding works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. And she also works each day to continue his philanthropic efforts as president of the Otis Redding Foundation.

Karla Redding-Andrews

Vice-President & Executive Director

Karla Redding-Andrews, a native of Jones County, Georgia graduated Georgia Southern University in 1985 and remains an active alum, serving on the Public Relations Advisory Board. In addition to her roles with the Foundation, Redding-Andrews, with her mother Zelma, oversee the massive catalog of Otis Redding’s songs and his name, image and likeness.

Karla is vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Macon Class of 2015 and the Macon Rotary Club. She serves on the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors at Mercer University and serves on boards for the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival, Central Georgia Technical College, and the Georgia Intellectual Property Association. 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.Karla Redding-Andrews, a native of Jones County, Georgia graduated Georgia Southern University in 1985 and remains an active alum, serving on the Public Relations Advisory Board. In addition to her roles with the Foundation, Redding-Andrews, with her mother Zelma, oversee the massive catalog of Otis Redding’s songs and his name, image and likeness. Karla is vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Macon Class of 2015 and the Macon Rotary Club. She serves on the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors at Mercer University and serves on boards for the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival, Central Georgia Technical College, and the Georgia Intellectual Property Association.

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.

Jeff Battcher

AIM Sports Reputation Management
Battcher Communications, LLC

Jeff is an international communications expert who previously ran the global corporate communications departments for BellSouth, Delta Air Lines, and Level 3 Communications. He is the founder and administrator of the Macon chapter of the Major League Baseball initiative RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inter Cities). Jeff has spent the substantial portion of his adult life helping Georgia’s less fortunate citizens. He is also a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.” Otis Redding loved Macon. Helping and inspiring the youth of Macon was very important to him. To be part of continuing that legacy with the Redding Family is a privilege and an honor.”

Valerie Bradley

Vice President of Marketing for Visit Macon

As Vice President of Marketing for Visit Macon, Valerie Bradley oversees the marketing, advertising, branding, public relations and social media for Macon’s tourism organization. Valerie has spent the last 7 1/2 years with Visit Macon in several marketing & communications roles and leading various initiatives including rebranding the destination to “Where Soul Lives”. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she is a member of the American Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America and is active in numerous community organizations in Macon.

Steve Daugherty

CEO of Piedmont Healthcare Systems

Stephen J. Daugherty is the Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont Health System in Macon, Georgia.  Originally, from Oklahoma, Steve has worked with HCA Healthcare for 29 years and has over 18 years of administrative experience, the last five years spent in Macon.  Steve received his MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University and has a Bachelor’s in Biology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls.  He also has a diploma in Medical Technology recognized by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  Steve serves on several boards in Macon including the United Way of Central Georgia, The Otis Redding Foundation, and the Middle Georgia State University Foundation.

Thane Good

Director of Operations, Hargray Communications

A strong, accomplished and energetic leader with 28 years of telecommunications experience working with Cox Communications and most recently Hargray Fiber as of July of 2018. He has a proven record of sustaining growth and profitability while building effective teams and relationships.

“Having the opportunity to invest in the Macon community and our young adults helps to bolster economic growth and prosperity and is very special to me. I am passionate about Macon’s future and the people who live here. It is very exciting to be part of initiatives that make a big impact, such as the Otis Redding Foundation and I am both fortunate to be a part of the Otis Redding legacy and future,” says Good.

Good received his BA in Management at Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. Originally born in Colorado, he moved to Macon 34 years ago where he graduated from Central High School and later met his wife, Dodi. Married for 25 years, they have two children, Bailey and Alex. Together they spend most of their free time enjoying and hosting events on their family farm, Tiny Tails Fun Farm. The Good family benefits from the Otis Redding Foundation with Alex attending the summer music camp and weekend educational program involvement.

 

Chris Jackson

Managing Member, Celeron LLC

Proud Veteran of the United States Air Force. Chris is Managing Member of Celeron LLC, a Business Development Consulting firm that specializes in finding a good fit between a product or a service and a market demographic for clients and community partners. We partner with private and public entities to assist with identifying new business opportunities and devising sales strategies and implementing them for growth. 

Excellent speaker and trainer with a keen understanding of people. His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership will leave you both amazed and refreshed. Chris understands the connection between results and business growth.

He has spoken across the United States to various trade organizations as well as local chamber events, and he brings a unique world view and personal experiences in life and business to his talks, courtesy of his military background. Chris is active on Social Media as well as in his local community. He also serves on the Governing Board for the Academy for Classical Education in Macon, GA.

Dr. Rebecca Lanning

Professor of Music, Middle Georgia State University

Dr. Lanning is noted for her rich, distinctive sound. She has performed in recital, opera, and oratorio throughout the U.S. and in France. Symphonic appearances include the Central Florida Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Albany Symphony and Macon Symphony. She was named Young Artist of the Year by the Gretchen Bunche Endowed Recital Series and received the Irvin Bushman Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions. As a member of Robert Shaw’s Chamber Singers and Festival Singers, she has performed several times at Carnegie Hall.

An active choral conductor, Dr. Lanning has presented choral master classes and clinics throughout Georgia.  She is a Professor and Coordinator of Music at Middle Georgia State University.

“The Otis Redding Foundation’s stated mission is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation. As someone who has dedicated her life to a similar mission at the university level, I count it an honor to partner with the Otis Redding Foundation in support of its work.”

Karen Lee

Senior Vice President, W&W PR

Karen E. Lee’s enviable career in media relations management and artist development spans more than 20 years and was acknowledged in 2019 when she was presented with the Media Award at the Living Legends Foundation Gala in Los Angeles.

Karen served Prince as Vice President of Media Relations for both he and his Paisley Park production facility. Karen’s talents have enhanced the careers of numerous artists including: Curtis Mayfield, Tamia, Quincy Jones, Somethin’ For The People, Sandra St. Victor, Chaka Khan, Seal, Eric Benet, Jaheim, Bobby Brown, Lalah Hathaway, New Power Generation, Charlie Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Tupac Shakur, the Estate of Barry White, and Chris Brown’s Symphonic Love Foundation.

W&W Public Relations, founded by the late Patti Webster, has been one of the most respected independent PR firms in the country for almost 30 years. Their diverse client roster of musical artists, professional athletes, corporations and nonprofits has included Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Dwight Howard, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Bow Wow, Patti LaBelle, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Micah’s Voice, Rushion McDonald’s Money Making Conversations podcast, the Estate of Otis Redding, RCA Inspiration and the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards.

 

Michael McGowan

Owner, Premier Audio Services

Michael is the owner and operator of Premier Audio Services a professional sound and lighting company in the Atlanta Georgia area. Michael has been involved in music and live audio since his high school years, where he played the drums and was responsible for setting up the sound system for the jazz band and school events. He founded Premier Audio Services after moving to Atlanta in 2001. He has become a well sought out engineer and has worked with Grammy award winning musicians and artists. Michael believes in sharing his knowledge to uplifting others. He has mentored young engineers who have now become owners of their own companies and helped add skill set to those with an existing company. He has engineered for Eve, Angie Stone, Kelly Price, Pastor Troy, Kenny Lattimore and many others, and has served as a broadcast engineer for Patty LaBelle, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Tyrese, and more.

“To continue Otis Redding’s legacy, is to continue inspiring our youth in keeping the performing arts alive.”

Arron Saxe

Kinfolk Management + Media

With a proven track record of more than 20 years of creating and executing successful marketing campaigns for established global brands, Arron Saxe deeply understands the importance of smart connections and sound strategy.

Seeing that there was a need for Black families to have their legacies properly carried forward, Arron started his own firm, Kinfolk Management + Media, in 2017. Among Kinfolk’s current clients and project partners are
the Estate of Otis Redding, the Estate of Donny Hathaway, the Estate of Tupac Shakur, RZA/Wu-Tang Clan, Q-Tip/A Tribe Called Quest, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Kinfolk Management + Media also has a development deal with Endeavor Content, focusing on music-based projects in the film, television, and live sectors.

Arron is a proud board member of the Otis Redding Foundation, carrying through their mission to empower young people through programs focusing on music, writing, instrumentation, and the business at large. In addition, he is also a member of BLD PWR, which engages pop culture, education, and activism to build and train an inclusive entertainment community to advance radical social change. Arron resides in Los Angeles with his two children.

Stacey Timothy

Chief Financial Officer, ShuBee

As CFO of ShuBee, Stacey Timothy oversees the Accounting department and all financial aspects of the company including financial planning, budgeting, compliance and daily accounting activities. Stacey has spent the past 14 1/2 years at ShuBee Inc, starting out as Accounting Manager and moving up to Chief Financial Officer.

Stacey moved to Macon from New York after high school and received her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Middle Georgia State University and her Master’s in Accounting from Auburn University. She is married to Jason Timothy and their son, Christopher Timothy, is a 3 time Otis Music Camper and 2021 graduate.

Stacey is currently a board member and the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee with the Central Midwest Georgia chapter of The American Red Cross. Her main focus as chair is to educate the African American community on Sickle Cell disease and the importance of being blood donors.

She is also a graduate of Leadership Macon, class of 2019.

“The Otis Music Camp has made a tremendous impact on my son’s life and his love for music and honing his talent. He absolutely loves the camp, the campers, the coaches and the foundation in general. Our experience over the past 4 years has been nothing but rewarding and I would love to be a part of giving that same experience to other families.”

Dr. Kevin B. Williams

Mercer University, Assistant Professor Healthcare Leadership

Dr. Kevin B. Williams is the former project coordinator for the Injury Prevention Center at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught health education to patients, parents and staff. His other responsibilities included managing a grant from the Robert Woodruff Foundation, data collection and evaluation of program and research activities.

Kevin Williams was an entrepreneur from 1993 – 2006 serving as the former president and CEO of Uplift Enterprises Inc., a management, special events, and production company. His current research focus is on African American students living with Learning Disabilities, and the health and education outcomes of those students. Other research interests of Dr. Williams include health services research, health workforce research, and health policy research and leadership.

Kevin believes a person using uplift education values the learner’s contribution in the classroom and challenges the student to be great in critical thinking, writing and oral delivery. An uplift educator also challenges the learner to think about the larger contribution that he or she can make through his or her education and career.

Father of Otis Music Camper D.K. Williams.