Prince Avenue Christian School is a ministry of Prince Avenue Baptist Church. All PACS Board members are active members of PABC and may serve up to six years of continuous service.
Daniel Gowder - Chair
Dr. Daniel W. Gowder graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, earned his medical doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia in 2004, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Palmetto Health Richland and the University of South Carolina in 2007. Dr. Gowder is American Board of Emergency Medicine certified and has worked at Piedmont Athens Regional since 2010 in the Emergency Department. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 2007-2010 and has continued to serve in the Air National Guard since 2010 as a physician and has deployed worldwide. Dr. Gowder married his wife, Rachel, in 2002; they have four children all of whom attend Prince Avenue. He joined the board in 2017.
Joe Taylor - Vice Chair
Joe Taylor has an Applied Behavior Analysis degree from Middle Georgia College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Georgia. He is the managing director and founding partner of The Avenue Wealth Management Group and a senior wealth advisor. Mr. Taylor married Hayley in 1994, and they have two children who graduated from Prince (’16 and ’18). Mr. Taylor began his work with the board in 1999.
Jan Barham - Secretary
Dr. Jan Barham serves as associate dean of students and director of the Tate Student Center for the University of Georgia. She also serves as graduate faculty in the College of Education, instructing courses at the masters and doctoral level.
Dr. Barham graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then received a Master of Science degree in human development and psychological counseling from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.
In 2004, Dr. Barham married Ed, and they have two daughters who attend Prince Avenue. Dr. Barham joined the board in 2018.
Ashley Barnett graduated from Georgia Southern University where she earned a degree in public relations and a minor in speech communications. While at GSU, Mrs. Barnett was assistant director of public relations and promotions for WVGS The Buzz Statesboro radio station, publicist for Society of America, a member of Southern Image, and a Student Government Association Senator. She was also the president of Kappa Delta Sorority where she received awards for Outstanding Leadership and Sister of the Year. Mrs. Barnett went on to serve as the director of marketing and public relations and media relations for Washington-Wilkes County, Georgia. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and volunteers at the family business, Barnett Southern Corporation.
Mrs. Barnett is married to Ames, and they have three children, two of whom are enrolled at Prince. Mrs. Barnett began her service on the board in 2022.
Chad Cleveland serves as the Controller for the University of Georgia and has worked at various levels in the University’s business office since graduating from UGA in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting.
Mr. Cleveland married his wife, LeAnn, in 1995, and they have three sons, one of whom is currently enrolled at Prince and two who are Prince alumni (’18 and ’20). Mr. Cleveland began his service on the board in 2010.
A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Billy Henderson is currently the sales representative for Thomas Concrete in Athens, one of the leading suppliers of high-quality ready-mixed concrete in the southeast. Mr. Henderson is married to Terri, and they have two children, one of whom currently attends Prince and one graduate (’19). Mr. Henderson began his service on the board in 2022.
Scott McCall works at TRS Labs as business manager. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting. Mr. McCall also achieved a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Master of Arts degree from the College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.
In 1990, Scott married his wife, Christy, who was in the first graduating class of Prince Avenue. They have two children who have graduated from Prince (’14 and ’17) and one daughter still enrolled at the school. Mr. McCall joined the board in 2018.
Tommy Murray graduated from the University of Georgia in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in middle school education and in 2001 with a Master in Education in instructional technology. He is currently the senior director of talent development for Prison Fellowship where he leads a team to develop curriculum, training, performance support, and coaching experiences for volunteers, staff, prisoners, and their families. Mr. Murray married Cheryl in 2003, and they have two sons currently enrolled at Prince. He began his service on the board in 2020.
Stephanie Powell is a University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a master’s degree in educational psychology, and a specialist degree in educational leadership. Mrs. Powell is currently the vice president of Organizational Development at Joe Powell and Associates, Inc. She previously served as a teacher and assistant principal with Gwinnett County Public Schools. Mrs. Powell currently serves on the advisory board for her sorority at UGA. Her love for the Bulldogs runs deep, and she has served the university in a variety of volunteer roles including the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the College of Education Alumni Board, and the Redcoat Band Alumni Association.
Mrs. Powell married her husband, Chad, in 2001, and they have three high school age children at Prince. She began her service on the board in 2022.
Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith is a licensed family general dentist who has been in private practice since 1999. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry from North Georgia College in 1992 and obtained her Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree with honors from Medical College of Georgia in 1996. In 2002, Dr. Smith married her husband, Jeff, and they currently have three children enrolled at Prince. She joined the board in 2020.
Scotty Thurmond is the founder and owner of Oconee Foundations, LLC and Georgia Pumping Services, LLC. He is also the co-owner of Precision Poured Walls, LLC. Mr. Thurmond holds an associate degree in mortuary science from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Mr. Thurmond married his wife, Kasi, in 1996, and they have two daughters, one of whom graduated from Prince in 2020 and one who is a current student. Mr. Thurmond joined the board in 2021.
Kevin Turner received a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences/consumer economics from the University of Georgia and a master of business administration degree from Augusta State University. He is currently the operations program manager for Viasat Global Communications.
Mr. Turner is married to Brandy, and they have three daughters, all of whom attend Prince. Mr. Turner joined the board in 2022.
Karin Usry is the director of board relations at the University of Georgia Foundation. She graduated from the UGA with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and was part of two NCAA championship gymnastics teams in 1998 and 1999. Mrs. Usry is also honored to be the first collegiate gymnast to score a perfect 40 in all-around competition. Mrs. Usry married her husband, Mike, in 1999, and they have two children who attend Prince. She joined the board in 2021.