The Coastal Georgia Foundation welcomes two new Board members for 2020. They are Burch Rountree Barger and Michael D. Hodges.
Burch Barger is a fourth generation resident of Glynn County. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. Her early career included working in Washington DC for the U.S. Senate and in Atlanta for WebMD. She then spent 11 years working in graduate school recruiting, admissions, outreach, development, and alumni relations – first with the University of Alabama’s MBA program and later with Samford University.
In 2014, she and her husband Jim made the decision to move home to coastal Georgia and to raise their boys, James and George. Burch previously served as director of membership and communications for St. Simons Land Trust and is currently the engagement coordinator for Stewards of the Georgia Coast, a donor affinity group focused on coastal conservation in Georgia. She also serves on the board of Friends of Coastal Georgia History.
Mike Hodges, also a native of Glynn County, is the Southeast Georgia market president of Ameris Bank in Brunswick. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. Mike and his wife, Dana, reside on St. Simons Island and have two sons, Michael and Matthew. His previous board appointments include the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Southeast Georgia Health System, Jekyll Island Authority and the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.