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Board of Directors

Mrs. Ruth Bruner – Chairman of the Board Ruth Bruner grew up in Rock Hill, Sc. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Agnes Scott College in Decatur Georgia, and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. For eighteen years she owned and managed a private home care nursing agency. She subsequently sold the business to the ACTS Corporation and the business is now known as Village Nursing Care. She has also worked in psychiatric and medical social work settings. She served on the Gainesville City School Board from 1991 to 2000, serving as Chairman for two years. In 2003 she was elected to the Gainesville City Council and became Mayor of the City of Gainesville in January, 2010.Ruth is married to Robert, who is a local dentist, and has two sons and three granddaughters. She is a member of First United Methodist Church, where she sings in the Chancel Choir and plays in the Hand Bell Choir. Her favorite activities are reading and playing duplicate bridge.She became a member of the new BRM board in 2005, serving as vice-chair, and became chair in 2007, a position she still holds. She is a community minded and oriented worker, having served on the boards of Gateway, March of Dimes, Christian Education Center, Council on Aging, CASA Advisory Board, the Gainesville College Foundation Board and League of Women Voters, just to name a few.
Mrs. Martha Zoller – Vice President of the Board Martha Zoller studied the legacy of Beulah Rucker Oliver long before she became a board member in 2008. A graduate of the prestigious Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Martha Zoller began her talk radio career in 1994 after being a regular caller to WDUN AM 550. From 1996 to 2001, she hosted the award-winning public affairs program, “The Brenau News Forum,” winning the GABBY for Best Locally Produced Talk Show in Georgia in 1997. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Talkers Magazine named her to the “Heavy Hundred” Talk Show Hosts in America. She was also named to James magazine’s list of Most Influential Georgians in 2005, 2006, 2007.Martha now hosts a daily conservative talk radio show on WXKT FM 103.7 from 7 to 10 am EST and is syndicated across Georgia. She is a regular panelist on Fox 5 Atlanta’s The Georgia Gang, has been seen on CNN, FNC and MSNBC and has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, The Newshour, and on PBS and NBC’s The Today Show. She is also a contributor to Human Events Online, Pajamas Media, Jewish World Review and various other publications.Martha lives in Gainesville, Georgia with her husband and they have four children.
Mrs. Myrtle W. Figueras – Chair, Education Committee Myrtle Figueras has served on the Board of Directors since the re-organization in 2005. She is presently serving her 16thyear as a member of the Gainesville City Council with two two-year terms as Mayor. (2001-2002) and (2008-2009). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Bennett College, 1964, and completed a seven-week French Immersion “Stage,” at the University of Nicein Nice, France, 1983 She received her Masters of Education degree in French Education from The University of Georgia in 1974, served as Adjunct Professor of French at Brenau University from1996-2002, State French Teacher of the Year, and STAR Teacher for Gainesville City Schools and for this Region. She was awarded the Girl Scouts ‘Woman of Distinction’for Hall County in 2005.She has a Scholarship established in the name of Myrtle W. Figueras at North Georgia Community Foundation/Gainesville High School. She is a Member St. John Baptist Church serving in many areas, including the St. John Angelic Voices Choir, the Adult Sunday School Class and Bible Study Class.She is the proud mother of one son and the proud grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters.
Mr. Terence Bailey – Member Terence has been a member of the board since it re-organized in January of 2005.  Terence is the son of Rojene Bailey, the grandson of the late Mrs. Carre N. Bailey, and the great grandson of Mrs. Beulah Rucker Oliver.  He currently resides inBuford,GAand married to Lisa Jones- Bailey.  They have one daughter, Tori-Nicole Bailey.Terence is a graduate of Gainesville High School, has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University, and he received his Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University.  Terence is currently employed with Abbott Laboratories.  He is a member of the National Sales Network organization, the National Black MBA’s organization, and currently coaches youth basketball in Gwinnett County.
Mrs. Haydee Anderson – Member Haydee Anderson joined the BRM Board in 2006.  She and husband Dave, are the publishers of Mexico Lindo, an English/Spanish newspaper designed and created to help teach new Hispanic immigrants in the Hall County area about their new community. Haydeé is originally from Lima,Peru, where her education prepared her to become a bilingual assistant, a position which she held for six years with Envolturas Industriales,S.A. She continued her studies a tPacific University in Lima. However, Haydeé feels her real education began when she came to the US and believes she continues to learn everyday.Haydeé arrived inGainesvillein 1976 to visit friends whom she had met inPeru. She quickly fell in love with the area and decided to stay.  In January of 1979, she met her future husband at a social gathering.  They decided to marry later in the year in September when Haydeé became a member of First Presbyterian Church.In the following years Haydeé became deeply involved in the Hall County community. She has taught Communicative Spanish for 24 years at Gainesville State College as part of the Continuing Education Department. She has regularly translated for the Hall County Court System since 1985 and has also served as foreman of the Grand Jury.In 2008 Hall County Magazine featured her as one of five “Life Changers” in their first edition. That same year Haydeé completedLeadershipHallCountysponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ricky Garrett – Treasurer Ricky became a board member of BRM in 2009. He is a native of the great state of Texas and he is the only child of Ms. Vesta Hawthorne. Born and raised in Waco Texas, he is a 1977 graduate of Waco High School. He enrolled in the Four-C business college where he obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting.Ricky had an opportunity to travel the world while serving his country in the US Army. He held numerous administrative and postal duties while serving his country with pride and honor. Ricky was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1983-1986, being released with an Honorable Discharge. He then became an active member of the Texas National Guards from 1986-1989.In 1989, Ricky relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, his new home. He began his employment at Fort McPherson. After advancing his career, he is presently employed with the Center of Disease Control, CDC, in Atlanta, Ga.He is extremely passionate about his two hobbies: sports and cooking. As a passionate sport fan, Ricky is known for being an enthusiastic fan, a vocal sports critic, and a supporter of local athletics. It gives Ricky great joy, to challenge the knowledge and commitment of fans/athletics, to their sport.Across the state of Georgia, Ricky is known as “Cowboy Ricky-Grill Master” This is Ricky’s specialty to bring the “Taste of Texas” to all.When Ricky can find the time, he enjoys doing volunteer work with the different charitable groups and organizations. He is usually just a phone call away.Ricky’s parent, Bill and Vesta Hawthorne, still resides in Waco, Texas. He has one son; Ricky (Chipper) Garrett also remains in Texas. Ricky presently resides in Gainesville, Ga, surrounded by numerous adopted families and friends.
Mr. Ethan Hopkins – Member- “For four years Ethan served as one of the academy coordinators for Generation Inspiration’s Youth Community Leadership Academy.  As a result of his unique perspective, both as a student and as a coordinator for this program, he has developed a strong commitment to community involvement.  These experiences continue to influence his future plans.  Ethan became a member of the BRM board of directors in 2009, and is proud to represent the Foundation and GI as a member of the Board of Directors and for the advancement of students of the community.  He knows that Gainesville will continue to benefit from GI as more young people are influenced to step into roles of leadership.  He firmly believes in the positive impact that any and all efforts to inspire younger generations have on a local and global scale
Mr. Rojene Bailey – Volunteer Executive Director Rojene Bailey is best known as host of BluesTime in the City on KISS 104.1 and WCLK-FM Radio in Atlanta Georgia.  He’s also known for his many years as a multi-emmy award winning television producer/director.  He is currently retired from television, and is the volunteer of Executive Director of The Educational Foundational and Museum of Beulah Rucker Inc. He was educated at Columbus College in Columbus Georgia, now Columbus State University, and got his start in television there.  Rojene also has a distinguished, parallel in radio. In 1985 he hit the radio airwaves with “The New Atlanta Blues Show”. Being a Blues enthusiast and collector, what began as a one-time special for a fundraiser, evolved into the top-rated show on Saturdays in Atlanta. The “Saturday Morning Blues Show” on WCLK radio was the top-rated Arbitron show in its time slot in the Atlanta market.  In 1998, Rojene decided to concentrate on golf and to relax, and left the Saturday Morning Blues Show.  In less than two weeks, he was called by David Dickey, owner of KISS-104.7 FM, to become the host of their blues show.  Rojene accepted, and a new venture was under way.  Blues on commercial radio. According to the Arbitron rating services, Down Home Blues with Rojene Bailey, later changed to BluesTime in the City became the top rated show in it’s time slot, 4pm – 7pm in the city.  It was a top 3 program in it’s time slot until Rojene left the station in 2009. BluesTime in the City is now syndicated on 25 radio and internet stations in the country, and in Belize.

Rojene spends much of his time working with the The Educational Foundation and Museum of Beulah Rucker Inc. in Gainesville Georgia, named for his grandmother, where he is the volunteer Executive Director.

The Educational Foundation and
Museum of Beulah Rucker Inc.
Post Office Box 907951
Gainesville, GA 30501

Museum Location:
2101 Athens HWY
Gainesville, GA 30507
901/337-2361