Board of Directors
Pictured: R. Gerald Sims, E. Ray Black, Sr, Donald E. Allison, June W. Parks, Joel R. Campbell, John Clifford Cox, B. David Barrett, Marc J. Greene, C. Lamar Black
Marc J. Greene, CEO
Mr. Greene served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since joining the organization in 2003. In January 2008, Mr. Greene passed the duties of President of the bank to Mr. Donald E. Allison. Mr. Greene now serves as CEO of the bank and CEO/President of the bank's holding company, Mountain Valley Bancshares, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business Agriculture from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is an honor graduate of the National Commercial Lending School in Norman, Oklahoma, and has been involved in various aspects of banking since 1979. He served as Senior Vice President for First Guaranty Bank in Hammond, Louisiana, from 1983-1990. He served as Executive Vice President of Pickens County Bank from 1990-1996. From 1996 until 2003, he was the President of Regions Bank of White County. Mr. Greene has been active in many local civic organizations, including serving as President of the Boys and Girls Club of White County, Secretary of the White County Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of White County Rotary Club. Mr. Greene has served as a director of the Georgia Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. He and his wife, Cindy, reside in Cleveland.
B. David Barrett, D.D.S.
Dr. Barrett was born in northern Hall County, Georgia, and has practiced dentistry in Cleveland since July of 1980, after graduating from North Georgia College and Emory University School of Dentistry. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Truett McConnell College, and is past president of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club. He is also a member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, the Northern District Dental Society, Hinman Dewter Society and the White County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Barrett served as a director of United Community Bank (previously White County Bank) from 1999-2003. He and his wife, Eilene, who currently teaches at White County Intermediate School, reside in Cleveland. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Joel R. Campbell
Mr. Campbell was born in Gainesville, Georgia. He received his B.S. degree from Mercer University in 1973, and his Masters Degree in Education from North Georgia College in Dahlonega in 1975. He served as the head basketball coach at White County High School from 1988-1994 and is currently the owner of Campbell Construction and Land Development Company, a position he has held since 1998. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Education, as Chairman of the White County Commissioners and as Director of Admissions at Truett-McConnell College. Mr. Campbell served as a director of Regions Bank of White County from 2002-2003. He is active in local team sports and politics. He and his wife Connie, a former teacher, have two children and reside in Cleveland.
E. Ray Black, Sr.
Mr. Black graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969 with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and bought the Cleveland Drug Company the same year. He has been a pharmacist in Cleveland since his purchase of Cleveland Drug Company. He has also been part of a corporation that has owned and operated convenience and grocery stores, and is still active in real estate sales, development and construction. He currently owns the Cleveland Drugs in Georgia. He and his wife, Ruth, have five children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Clarkesville.
Donald E. Allison, President
Mr. Allison served as our bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since 2004. In January 2008, he was promoted to President of the Bank. Before Mountain Valley Community Bank, Mr. Allison served in similar capacities in credit with United Community Bank in Cleveland, Georgia from 1991 through 2004. From 1978 to 1991, he served in various capacities with White County Bank. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia. He has a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from Brenau University. He is a native of White County. Mr. Allison has been active in many civic organizations including past-president of White County Rotary Club and White County Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Georgia Mountain Regional Economic Development Corporation and has served on the North Georgia Technical College Foundation. He and his wife, Rose Mariee, reside in Cleveland, Georgia.
John Clifford Cox
Mr. Cox was born in Clarkesville, Georgia. He served in the Air Force until his discharge in 1970. He has been the co-owner and operator of several convenience stores in Dahlonega and Cleveland since 1991. He has also been a partner in several real estate joint ventures since 1995. He and his wife, Janet reside in Cleveland, Georgia.
R. Gerald Sims
Mr. Sims was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but has lived most of his life in White County, where his father’s family originated. His wife, Rebecca, was born and raised in Cleveland. In 1978, he opened Simco Interiors, Inc., a commercial construction contracting business, and has served as its chief executive office until his retirement in 2015. In 2002, he became an active partner in TADventureS, Inc. He is also an active farmer and has served as past director, and is a current member of North Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, and is a member of the Georgia Poultry Growers Association. Gerald also maintains residential rental property in Hall County. He and his wife reside in Sautee, Georgia.
June W. Parks
Ms. Parks was born in White County and grew up in the area around Helen, Georgia. She graduated from North Georgia College and University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and from The University of Georgia with a master’s degree in elementary education and education administration. Ms. Parks holds and Ed.D. in educational administration from Nova University. After serving for 33 years in the White County School System as a teacher and principal, she became licensed to sell real estate in 1994. She has been a member of the Million Dollar Club each year during her real estate career. She and her husband, Bobby, have owned and operated a cheese and wine shop, The Cheese Hoop, in Helen. She was a charter member of both the Helen Chamber of Commerce and the White County Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a member of the White County Rotary Club. Ms. Parks and her husband, Bobby, live in Cleveland.
C. Lamar Black
Mr. Black has been in the oil business as a petroleum distributor since 1962 and is currently the Exxon Distributor in Cleveland, Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Oilmen’s Association where he has served as director, chairman of the board, first and second vice president and on several committees. He was an organizer and past director of White County Bank. He is past president of the Kiwanis Club, charter member and director of the White County Rotary Club and past director of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Cleveland, Georgia.