Field serves as the I.T Committee Chair, and redeveloped the GRA web site in 2020. He’s formerly served as a House District Chair in the Cobb County Republican Party, and has worked competently in the I.T. business for many years. He currently resides in South Georgia.
The Vetting Committee Chairman reports to NFRA Director Catherine Bernard and is responsible for interviewing candidates for office seeking the GRA’s endorsement. The committee makes recommendations to the GRA membership regarding endorsement. Michael Optiz is also the founder of the Madison Forum.
Silas Roberts was first appointed the Chapter Relations Chairman of the GRA in August of 2021. He has been an active member of the Hart County Republican Party for many years with the rest of his family. The second-born son of Timothy Roberts, Sr. and Linda Roberts, Silas has experience working in congressional campaigns crossing multiple county lines as well as in operating a successful landscaping business.
As the Chairman of the New Membership Committee, Gregory Howard had the special task of vetting applicants for new membership into the Georgia Republican Assembly. He served in this role from February 2021 until the conclusion of the GRA State Convention in December of 2021. Greg is from Gwinnett County, and has served with distinction as the President of the Gwinnett RA chapter there. He formerly served as the Chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party, and hosts a conservative radio program called “News & Views.”
Celestine James from South Georgia, who is affectionately known by many as “CJ,” brings a special passion for outreach to overlooked groups for the Republican cause. She volunteered and was appointed to Chair the new Membership Committee for the GRA in January 2021.
As President of ANNIE’S LEGACY INC., a domestic nonprofit corporation, Celestine James is carrying on a spirit of service and compassion imparted by her mother, Annie Ruth Page Jones, who raised her family with only a fourth-grade education before tragically passing away of breast cancer at age 57. Ms. James and her siblings founded ANNIE’S LEGACY INC. over 25 years ago to honor their mother – a woman of strong moral character, a love of God, and a strong work ethic to overcome obstacles – by providing educators and students of humble means with classroom supplies and holiday meals, among other initiatives to boost opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow. Ms. James served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army and seven years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Ms. James also served in the Republican Party as a former Precinct Chair in Columbia County, 8th District Chair in Chatham County as well as Minority Engagement officer, Liaison between the Republican Party and Board of Elections as well as community engagement. Employment experience as a Health-Benefits Advisor at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, and Quality-Control Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition to her work with ANNIE’S LEGACY INC., Ms. James serves her community as a civic advocate and a mother, carrying on a lifelong mission to bring dive …
Frank Molesky served as the 3rd Vice President of the GRA until he was elected as the new Southeastern NFRA Director in the autumn of 2019, a position he served in until a new Southeastern Regional NFRA Director was elected at the NFRA National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona in October of 2021. Retired now after having worked as a successful financial advisor for many years, Frank has been active in the Republican Party and in the Republican Assembly all the way back since the 1964 Republican National Convention from California. He loves to travel.
Abigail Hope Darnell (formerly Abigail Hope Cochran) grew up in Whitfield County in northwest Georgia before marrying Nathaniel Darnell in the summer of 2020. She is the grateful mother of their first child Patience Hope Darnell, who was born in November of 2021. She is the eldest daughter among seven children belonging to Crystal Cochran and CPA Keith Cochran, and worked at his accounting firm for many years. She has also been heavily active in Georgia Right to Life, helping her family organize and run the northwest chapter of GRTL beginning in 2016. In 2019 she was elected as the Vice President of Georgia Right to Life by the state board, serving under Ricardo Davis, the President of that organization. She was re-elected to that position in August 2021. She served for five years as Secretary on the board of the L’Abri Symphony, a non-profit community orchestra in Dalton, Georgia, and has trained and volunteered with the Center for Bioethical Reform, doing campus outreach and street activism. In addition, she has served as a field reporter and correspondent for David Tulis’s radio show based in Chattanooga. Abigail served as 3rd Vice President originally in 2021, and was re-elected to that position at the GRA State Convention in December of 2021 for another term.
Nathan Porter was elected to serve as the Treasurer for the GRA after James B. Jordan resigned from the position. He was later re-elected to that position at the GRA State Convention in December of 2021. Nate was the founding leader of the Fulton chapter of the GRA formerly, and was elected as Chairman of the 6th Congressional District GOP Committee in 2021 as well. He runs a bookkeeping firm in Alpharetta.
Michael Davis served as the Assistant Secretary of the GRA in 2020 and 2021, and was previously the founding President of the Cobb County Republican Assembly chapter. Having graduated from Sprayberry high school and studied business marketing at Perimeter college, Michael worked as a marketing and sales manager for a Fortune 500 company from 2001 to 2005 (responsible for training and managing 75 sales reps). He thereafter worked as the telecommunications director for T-Mobile until 2007. He founded the company “Local Boys Lawn Care” in 2007. He has volunteered as a delegate and committee member of the Cobb GOP and 11th Congressional District since 2012. He was elected as the 44th House District Chair in 2013 and the Vice Chair of Fundraising for the 11th District GOP in 2015. He now serves as the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party under Jason Shepherd. Michael has been married to his wife Katie for over 12 years and has two beautiful children, Lillian and Brennen.