Meet Our Staff

Michael Smith

Michael Smith
President & CEO

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


Michael Smith 

Read More About Michael Smith in the Valdosta Scene Magazine

Robin Plymale
Finance Manager

Robin Plymale is the Finance Manager for the Greater Valdosta United Way. She has been with Greater Valdosta United Way for sixteen years. Robin is married to Dennis Plymale and she has two sons; Stuart Chappell and Drew Martin.  Robin enjoys traveling and spending time with her granddaughter Emma Claire.  She is excited about the future of United Way and the impact it is having on the community.

Melissa Register
Development / Marketing Coordinator

Melissa Register is the Development & Marketing 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.

Susan Nebel
Community Impact Director

Susan is originally from Statesboro, Georgia. She has lived in Valdosta since 2004 and is a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. Susan attended Valdosta State University for her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Sociology. Susan has spent a lot of time in the community over the years and has developed a profound love for this community and a desire to see it grow and prosper.

Korrelle Trollmann
Office Manager/Direct Services

Korrelle is a Maryland native who moved to Valdosta in 2020 as part of the military community. She is married to Brandon, an active-duty service member, and they have 3 beautiful children together. She just completed her Associate of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State and will be pursuing her Bachelor’s degree. Korrelle has spent a significant part of her life serving communities stateside and overseas, and is excited to be serving here in South Georgia.

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

Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake
Senior Academic Advisor - Biology
Valdosta State University

Randy Smith
Senior Vice President

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

Andrea Schruijer
Valdosta Lowndes Development Authority
Executive Director

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