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Meet our team: Deb Cantrell

Deb Cantrell is a project manager for the Rural Center, focusing on north Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Clayton State University as well as a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University. Following a 20-year career in K-12 education, Cantrell most recently served as program coordinator for an Appalachian Regional Commission-funded workforce development initiative. In this role, she developed innovative approaches to solving workforce challenges in five rural Georgia counties. Cantrell also chairs the board of directors of the Copper Basin Federal Credit Union. She and her husband Russell live in McCaysville and enjoy spending time with their son and his family, including their four grandchildren.

What is one item that's produced in rural Georgia that you would not want to live without?

“That is a tough one because I love all the fresh produce, but nothing says summertime in Georgia like peaches!”


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