Board of Directors & Officers
Paul Seabolt, Board Chairman
Mr. Seabolt and his family operate a poultry, beef, and dairy replacement operation in the southern end of White County. The Seabolt family harvest and market hay, silage, and vegetables. Paul and his wife, Bonita, have one son. Paul serves as vice-president of White County Farm Bureau and serves on the White County Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee and the Farm-City Week Planning Committee. In addition, Paul teaches agricultural awareness classes at school agricultural days.
Mitchel Barrett, Board Vice Chairman
Mr. Barrett is a retired middle school principal who operates a beef cattle farm in the northern part of White County. Mitchel has served as superintendent for the Mountain Education System, a charter school system offering alternative educational instruction. Mitchel current services as the Board Chairman of North Georgia Technical College. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Mark Skelton, Secretary
Mr. Skelton operates a breeder hen farm. He and his wife, Dana, are involved parents of two daughters helping with school and church activities. They live in the eastern part of White County on the family’s farm.
Ashley Helton, Board Member
Mr. Helton operates a registered Angus cattle operation and works for an area dairy replacement farm. Ashley is a past board member White County Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Chamber Agri-business committee. He also is president of the White County FFA Alumni Chapter and coaches the Dairy Show Team. Ashley and his wife, Angie, have one daughter – Brooke, and they are members Zion Church.
Matthew London, Board Member
Matthew London is a herdsman at his family’s dairy replacement operation east of Cleveland, Ga. In addition to raising dairy replacement heifers, their family also produces corn silage, hay, and raises beef cattle. Matthew is a graduate of University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a MS in Dairy Science. He and his wife Kimberly have served on the GFB and AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher’s committee; Matthew serves on the White County Farm Bureau Board. He and Kimberly have three daughters and are active members at County Line Baptist Church.
Charles McClure, Board Member
Mr. McClure, a former dairyman, currently runs a commercial cow/calf herd and has a custom hay operation. They also breed and sell Simmental cattle. Charles and his wife, Lisa, have two sons and have just become grandparents.
Gilbert Barrett, President/CEO
Barrett brings a valuable farmer’s perspective to his role at Farmers Exchange. Gilbert runs a grandparent-seed stock poultry operation and maintains a commercial cow/calf operation along with a small purebred Simmental herd. He also grows hay and other feeds to sustain the livestock. Aside from his duties as President of the co-op, Gilbert is active in civic, church and professional organizations. Gilbert serves on the Georgia Farm Bureau State Board of Directors and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. He is a former member of the Habersham County School Board of Education. Gilbert and his wife, Donna, have three children. They are members of Chattahoochee Baptist where Gilbert teaches the Adult Sunday School class and serves as a deacon.