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The Academy at Double H Ranch is a non-profit, Christian K-12, private school focused on serving low-income and at-risk children, located near Jasper Georgia. The Academy provides independent studies in a classroom setting utilizing the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum. The Academy has certified teachers, tutors, and an equine therapist.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help low income, at-risk students in Pickens County and surrounding areas prepare for life by providing a safe, loving, Christ-centered learning environment in which each student is treated with respect, and is inspired to reach his/her full academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual potential.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of business professionals who establish strategic initiatives for The Academy to ensure its successful and continued spiritual and financial growth, achievement of excellence in education for our students, and oversight of overall facility and operations.

Billy Edmunson, CEO

Rev. Edmondson has served as the senior pastor of Sutallee Baptist Church in White, Georgia since 1991. A former United States Marine, Rev. Edmondson attended Reinhardt College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He presently serves as the representative for the Etowah Association on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Bob Skelton, Vice Chairman and CFO

Bob Skelton was raised in Sandy Springs, GA and attended Clemson University on an athletic scholarship while earning a BS degree in Engineering Analysis, and later attended The University of Georgia where he received his MBA.  Bob spent the last 30 years of his working career with Emerson Process Management, where he crafted and marketed process optimization solutions to the Chemical and Pulp & Paper industries.  In Bob’s five years of retirement, he has enjoyed international travel, while staying involved at his church and volunteering weekly at a local hospital.  Bob recently moved to Milton, GA and lives with his wife, Denise, who is employed by Gallagher Bassett as a Claims Executive.

Suzanne M. Dunham, Community Relations

Suzanne Dunham brings 30 years of results driven executive leadership in the creation of operational excellence and superior customer service for large, mid-sized and startup organizations in the Finance, Technology and Home Décor sectors. Suzanne’s passion and competencies include the design and implementation of entrepreneurial strategies that create customer and employee loyalty, process improvement, building high performing teams and developing future leaders. Suzanne served for 16 years in adjunct faculty positions for Glendale Community College in Arizona and the University of Phoenix in Atlanta and Chattanooga teaching on ground graduate and undergraduate classes in the School of Business. 

Suzanne holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  She recently retired from Surya Inc in White GA where she served as the Director of Customer and Employee Services.  Suzanne resides in Cartersville, GA with her husband Jim Dunham, a Director at the Booth Western Art Museum. 

Cathy Bagdonis, Secretary & Academic Advisor

Cathy Bagdonis' experience spans 17 years in education during which she taught high school Science and middle school Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. She also served with leadership as content team lead. Prior to teaching, Cathy enjoyed a 22 year career in corporate banking as a Senior Vice President with Bank of America where she worked in treasury management, internal audit, commercial lending, and loan restructuring for syndicated corporate loans.


Cathy earned her degrees in Economics and Psychology at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. She recently retired from Forsyth County Schools and currently resides in Waleska, GA with her husband Tony, a retired defense contractor. When not volunteering at The Academy or her local church, Cathy can be found reading, gardening, hiking, or kayaking.

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