Staff

JOSH ROGERS

President and Chief Executive Officer

josh@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 102

Josh is a native of Waycross, GA and is a graduate of the Southern Studies program at Mercer University.  After receiving the Gilbert-Tharpe Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Josh completed a Master’s degree in historic preservation at the University of York, in England.  Josh is an Eagle Scout, a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, currently serves on Board of the Macon-Bibb County Public Libraries and is a member of the Macon Rotary Club.  Along with his wife Meaghan, Josh enjoys hiking, kayaking and working on their 1892 cottage in downtown Macon.

Prior to joining the staff in his current role, he previously served as Director of Preservation and Special Projects at NewTown, Economic Regeneration Manager for the City of Macon, founding director of the College Hill Corridor Commission and Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation.

Josh’s responsibilities at NewTown include all aspects of executive leadership, including strategic visioning, community accountability, real estate project planning, cultivating new projects and raising funds to revitalize downtown Macon.

 

GAIL MANSFIELD

Chief Financial Officer

gail@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 104

Gail is a Macon native and an alumna of Mercer University. Prior to serving as CFO at NewTown, Gail spent 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant in both public and industry accounting. Gail is a Leadership Macon graduate, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of CPAs, and the Career Women’s Network. She has two teenage daughters and enjoys reading, watching movies, and following Georgia football.

At NewTown, Gail is responsible for managing all financial aspects of NewTown, including managing payments, revenues, and cash flows, developing the budget, implementing appropriate internal controls and strategic planning, and working with auditors. Gail also manages company liabilities, maintains financial relationships, and oversees all financial obligations.

 

ERIN KELLER

Vice President for Development

erin@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 107 | 478-361-7007 (cell)

Erin is from LaPlace, Louisiana and is an alumna of Mercer University, where she was member of the women’s basketball team. After graduation, Erin received  her Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University. Erin is a 2015 Leadership Macon graduate,  has completed a “Certificate of Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials” with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, currently serves on the Workforce Development Board, and is a member of the Downtown Macon Rotary Club. Erin enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, reading, and cheering on the Mercer Bears!

Prior to joining the NewTown staff, she worked for her alma mater. Erin was an admissions counselor for three years and most recently served as the Coordinator of Alumni Programs.

At NewTown, Erin is responsible for capital campaigns and annual fundraising, grant writing and management, donor relations, and special program management.

 

BETHANY ROGERS,
PhD

Director of Business and Real Estate Development 

bethany@newtownmacon.com| 478-722-9909, x 113 | 478-228-9990 (cell)

Bethany grew up in Danville, Kentucky, a small town in central Kentucky that is also home to her alma mater, Centre College. Bethany moved to New Orleans as a young professional and ending up earning her PhD in Geography from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her academic and professional pursuits have centered around community documentary and preservation work. She was also involved in various recovery and research projects in southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Prior to her work at NewTown, Bethany moved back to her hometown and served as Executive Director of Danville’s longstanding Main Street program. Bethany moved to Macon in 2016 with her dog Prince, a charming Pomeranian, to join the NewTown team and be part of the city’s growing community building movement.

At NewTown, Bethany manages all of NewTown’s investment programs for real estate and businesses.  Bethany is responsible for working with people who are interested in locating businesses downtown, helping them find suitable sites, and making necessary connections with agencies for building improvements.  If you are interested in developing property or starting, relocating or expanding your business downtown, Bethany is your best resource.

HAL BASKIN

Business and Real Estate Development Assistant

hbaskin@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 108 | 478-955-1411 (cell)

Hal is a Macon native and an alumnus of The Georgia Institute of Technology. Hal is a member of the Macon Rotary Club and is married. He enjoys spending time outdoors, especially near rivers and mountains.

At NewTown, Hal assists the Director of Real Estate and Business Development and coordinates construction projects for both NewTown and our borrowers.

 

ERIKA CONLEAY

Director of Place

erika@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 103 | 912-429-1874 (cell)

Erika is originally from Springfield, Georgia. Erika majored in Construction Management and received her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Southern Polytechnic State University. Outside of work, Erika enjoys traveling,  and spending time with her dog.

Prior to joining the staff, she was an Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Kennesaw State University.

Erika’s responsibilities at NewTown include marketing, digital and print communications, graphic design, management of the websites and social media accounts and event coordination.

DAVID MOORE

Project Manager
david@newtownmacon.com|478-722-9909, x 101

David is native of Akron, OH and a graduate of Miami University, where he received a BA in American Studies with a focus in Civic and Public Engagement, as well as Urban and Regional Planning. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and experiencing culture and new foods.

David originally moved to Macon to gain experience as NewTown’s Urban Planning Fellow. David is responsible for all research and survey projects, aiding developers and entrepreneurs with business mentorship, government permitting and regulations, grant administration for urban revitalization projects, organizing First Friday, supporting the Downtown Community Association while providing general administrative and organizational support.

In addition to working at NewTown, David is a K880 Emerging City Champion and a 2016 Knight City Challenge Finalist. He also serves as a commissioner for the College Hill Corridor Commission, co-mentor for SCORE, Open Streets Macon committee member, and participates in the Creative League of Interventionists.

MARK THOMPSON

Photographer & Special Events Assistant

mark@newtownmacon.com

Mark is a Macon native and an alumnus of Georgia Southern University and the North Georgia Technical & Vocation Photography Department. Mark has one son and enjoys camping, travelling, antiquing, scouting, rustic retreats, and art and coin collecting.

At NewTown, Mark is responsible for around town photography, serves as Park Ranger at Amerson River Park, and assists with event setup and overall logistics.