Meet Our Staff

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Michael Smith
Executive Director

Valdosta is a community like no other and I have been blessed to call it home all my life. I graduated from Valdosta High School, where I played both basketball and baseball. After high school, I went on to study business at Valdosta State University. I played baseball for the Blazers and was drafted to play in the minor leagues for a short period. I graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance

Once I finished playing ball, I came back to Valdosta and began helping with our family business. It has been such a blessing to be able to work alongside my father for the past 15 years running Smitty's Package Stores in Valdosta and Lake Park. Working in retail has provided me with many experiences to work and interact with people from all walks of life

I love the Valdosta community and have recently realized that I want to do more to serve this area. I want to see Valdosta grow and prosper. I want it to be an area where my children can grow up and find good jobs. I don't want them to have to rely on moving to a bigger city for more opportunities. I want them to have all the opportunities they need right here in South Georgia. It is my hope that Valdosta community will be the safest and best place to live and work in all of South Georgia. 

This area has so much to offer and there are so many great things we can do to help the community continue to grow and be prosperous. I believe that if the community can come together to help address any areas of need, we can achieve great things. 

With that being said, we do have friends and neighbors around us who are in need of assistance. In reality, we are all just one job loss, one sickness, or one accident away from needing support and help. We have to fight to keep the American dream alive and to help our friends and neighbors in need

I believe that the United Way can be the bridge that connects local businesses, charities, individuals, and government officials. Together we can continue to help support and meet the needs of the people in Valdosta. It takes money, time, communication, and efficiency but it can be done if we work together

Respectfully

Michael Smith 

Read More About Michael Smith in the Valdosta Scene Magazine

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Robin Plymale
Office Manager

Robin Plymale is the Office Manager for the Greater Valdosta United Way. She has been with Greater Valdosta United Way for thirteen years. Robin is married to Dennis Plymale and she has two sons; Stuart Chappell and Drew Martin. Robin is part of Quota International of Valdosta and is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hahira, GA.

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Melissa Register
Development Coordinator

Melissa Register is the Development Coordinator for Greater Valdosta United Way. She joined Greater Valdosta United Way in 2017. Melissa is married to Greg Register and they have two daughters; Emma and Abby. Melissa coaches the girls in basketball and softball and is an active member of Cross Point Church.

Advisory Council Members

Angela Crance
Former United Way Director
Business Owner

Bill Cowart
President Synvous Bank Valdosta Division

John Crawford
Vice President of Advancement
Valdosta State University

Bill Slaughter
Chairman and County Commissioners, Lowndes County
CEO Waller Heating and Air

James McGahee
Former CEO of SGMC
Works at Southern Pointe Investments

Joyce Aigen, MAS
JL Concepts Sales Representative