Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision Board of Directors

Savannah CBLV Board of Directors

President Emeritus

Mr. Robert Falligant

Robert E. Falligant is a retired Federal Judge in Chatham County who has been the President of the Board for two years. He has seen the organization through some very critical times, including the sale of the downtown location and renovation of the new facility on Cornell Avenue. Judge Robert E. Falligant is also a trained Mediator and has served as a Mediator or Arbitrator in over 400 cases in the last five years with a settlement rate in excess of 90%. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for the Eastern Judicial District Circuit of Georgia and Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and returned to private practice in 1973, where he handled both criminal and civil cases in all of the State Courts and U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Middle, and Southern District as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Northern District of Florida. He is currently a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Savannah Bar Association, past President of the Savannah Criminal Defense Lawyers, past President of the Federal Bar Association, formerly a member of the Savannah Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyers and rated AVA by Martindale Hubbell.

President

Mr. Robert Duffy

Robert J. Duffy graduated from Florida State University and is the owner of RJ Duffy & Co. Real Estate. Robert and his wife Helen have been supporters of the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision for more than twenty years. Their son Patrick was a student of the center at age 4 and now works in the field of Public Transportation in another state.

Vice President

Mr. Danny DeLoach

Mr. DeLoach is retired from the State of Georgia, serving as the Superior Court Administrator for the First Judicial District of Georgia for 33 years. He also served as the Trial Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Chatham County for 11 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Armstrong Atlantic University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The University of West Florida. He has served on several State commissions and councils including the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Courts. He is married to Karen and they have two grown daughters, Amelia and Caroline. He is currently working as a consultant.

Treasurer

Mr. Michael Halligan

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Member

Mr. Fred Bergen

Fred Bergen represents individuals in personal injury, wrongful death, and products liability cases, throughout Georgia. He is admitted to practice in all lower and appellate Georgia Courts, U.S. District Courts in Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th, 5th, and 11th Circuits; and U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Bergen is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an advocate member of American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyer, Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia, and AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He graduated from Mercer Law School in 1986 and has practiced law in Savannah since that date. Mr. Bergen has been active in other community affairs and Boards and served as Vice Chairman and Board Member to the former Coastal Bankshares the Holding Company for The Coastal Bank prior to it’s merger with Ameris Bank Corp.

Member

Ms. Margie Wright

Margie Wright is a former student of the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. During her attendance at the center, she received training in mobility skills, communication/ brail, daily living, computers and other technical devices. Since graduating from the center, she has become an active member of the peer support group for current and past students, and a member of the board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the center and all tasks as they relate. Prior to her entry into the center, she was employed under Americo-Vista government program as a higher education teacher for those who had not yet completed school. This assignment was received when she took a leave from teaching under the Detroit board of education where her duties assigned were working with teams to oversee that the teachers taught according to the curriculum guidelines set by the state. She also taught students of all grades and taught all subjects. Ms. Wright went to the school system after making a decision to change her career choice from the social service field. Within this field Ms. Wright held positions of social worker, supervisor, manager/admin, and director. The agency in which she was involved with was the Illinois department of children and family services; welfare, child protection, foster care, and home and agency licensing. Her duties at the agency consisted of networking with other agencies to rectify any problems that may have occurred within the agency and working with a team on the board to ensure that all aspects under the umbrella of the agency were in line with the quality insurance guidelines for the state. Also, she was in charge of coordinating and setting up various meetings between the agencies around the state. She also has worked with other private social service agencies such as Catholic, Spectrum, Lutheran, and Evergreen. Her education includes a B.S. in sociology with a minor in Spanish and a MHSA with certifications in education in both the states of Georgia and Michigan.

Member

Mr. Don Jones

Don Jones resides in Historic Downtown Savannah and has been partner since 2010 with Purewater Enterprises, a company that provides a Go Green alternative to bottled water for employees in businesses located in Georgia and South Carolina. Don earned his degree in Business Administration at West Virginia Career College in Huntington, WV. After a 16 year career as a Realtor, Don became a daily radio sport talk show host in Fort Myer, Fl before moving into television. From 2002 till 2006 Don owned the WB local television affiliates in Savannah, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC. After CBS bought the stations, Don was a manager at WJCL and WGTS in Savannah. Don is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, an avid boater and golfer and a longtime member of Southbridge Golf Club.

Member

Dr. Robin Ray

Dr. Robin Ray, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specialized in the evaluation and treatment of retinal disease including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, macular pucker, and retinal detachment. He holds an undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL with majors in Biology and Chemistry and completed his medical degree at Duke University. He joined the Georgia Eye Institute in July 2011 and currently sits on the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision.

Member

Mr. Michael Mashburn

Michael Mashburn is the Liquid Operations Manager for Colonial Terminals, Inc. with marine terminal facilities in both Savannah, Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina. Michael has worked for the Colonial Group in and around the terminal industry for 13+ years. He holds a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University and an MBA from the University of Georgia. When not working, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Chanda and 2 daughters, Samantha and Katelyn.

Secretary

Mr. Roy Hill

I am the General Manager of Seabolt Brokers / Harry Norman Realtors. We are headquartered in Savannah and are the Coastal Georgia affiliate of Harry Norman Realtors, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. We are also the Coastal Georgia affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate and Whos Who in Luxury Real Estate. I have extensive experience in the marketing, management and disposition of all types of real estate for both public and private sector employers and clients. As a former First Vice President for a regional financial institution I managed multi million dollar real estate portfolios and oversaw the banks disposition of ORE. In addition, I coordinated the sales of thousands of properties utilizing the auction and sealed bid format as the Southeast Auction Coordinator for the FDIC/Resolution Trust Corporation. Some of the regional and national lenders I have managed and marketed ORE properties for include: Darby Bank, AMERIS Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Colony Bank, Park Avenue Bank, Regions Bank, BB&T, SunTrust Bank, as well as various asset management companies. Our corporate office is located in Savannah’s Historic District and many of the properties we market and sell are luxury homes located in the Historic District. We also market and sell many waterfront homes and properties between Hilton Head Island, SC and Brunswick, GA.

Fundraising Chair

Mr. Larry Evans

Mr. Evans is from Snellville, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a Minor in Spanish. While attending the University of Georgia, Mr. Evans was the treasurer of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, Mr. Evans attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude in 2008. While at the University of Georgia School of Law, Mr. Evans was a Notes Editor for the Georgia Law Review. Currently, Mr. Evans practices in the litigation section of the law firm Oliver Maner LLP. His primary practice areas include commercial litigation, financial services, creditors’ rights and insurance defense. He has extensive experience with real estate disputes, loan workouts and related litigation, foreclosures, and protecting creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. Prior to joining Oliver Maner LLP, he worked in the Atlanta office of a large, international law firm. Mr. Evans was chosen as a member of Georgia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy for 2012. He is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Savannah Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar Association. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Evans serves as a Director and Secretary for Rambo Committee, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting The Christian Hospital Mungeli in Mungeli, India, and as a Director for the Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision in Savannah, Georgia. He also serves as Vice-President of the Savannah Chapter of the University of Georgia Alumni Association and is a founding member of the St. David’s Society of Savannah, Savannah’s Welsh heritage society.