John B. Parker

Our initial founder, John Parker, is currently a fifth-year MD/MPH student at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and recently completed a Master of Public Health degree at UGA with a concentration in Disaster Management. His primary fields of interest include emergency medicine, disaster management, water treatment, and public health. John hopes to begin a residency program in 2021 after graduating from medical school. His personal website can be found here.

Lee Brackman

Lee is a first year graduate student studying Environmental Health Science through the school of Public Health at the University of Georgia and holds a B.S. in Biology (Chemistry Minor) from Catawba College. His research highlights include genetic analysis of microbial communities in wild yeast isolation and exploration of glucose transporters in the gut. Additionally, Lee has practical experience in water filtration and relationships amongst the hiking community from a 2019 thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail.

Stephen Simmons

Stephen has extensive experience in sales, product development, and marketing, with a diverse background of business experience. After receiving a BBA in Marketing from UGA’s Terry College of Business, Stephen used his entrepreneurial talents to start several companies. Stephen possesses excellent coordination and troubleshooting skills, a high work ethic, and is extremely dedicated to successful and complete execution of projects and tasks. He has managed high-intensity projects ranging in size and scope.  In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing bass guitar, fishing, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

Derek Imes

Derek earned a BBA in International Business and German from UGA’s Terry College of Business. In 1997 he joined Morgan Stanley as an advisor to high net worth individuals and mid-size companies. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, GA and Los Angeles, CA and Mocama Beer Company on Amelia Island, FL. He formerly served on the Board of Managers of Terrapin Beer Company prior to selling it to MillerCoors LLC in 2010. Derek has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs and raising capital for startups in a diverse array of industries