a head and shoulders photo of Terri Jondahl (left) purple shirt and Angie Johnson (right) in DNR uniform.

Angie Johnson, right, with chair of the Islands Development Authority, Terri Jondahl.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Director of State Parks & Historic Sites Angie Johnson has been named to serve on behalf of the DNR Commissioner on the board of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority.

With more than 34 years of experience with the DNR she is responsible for overseeing the state’s 63 state parks and historic sites, two historic welcome centers and one train. Her DNR career has included working in the Game Management section of the Wildlife Resources Division, park management at Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Moccasin Creek State Park, Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, as well as on the administrative side of the department.

In 2020, she developed COVID protocols to allow Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites to remain open during the pandemic. Georgia’s state park system was only one of four states in the nation to continue to be fully open during that time.

The Dahlonega native attended Gainesville College (now the Gainesville campus of North Georgia University). She and her husband, Johnny Johnson, live in Lumpkin County and have two children, a son who attends the University of Alabama and a daughter in Tallulah Falls Middle School. Her husband retired two years ago from DNR’s Law Enforcement Division as a lieutenant colonel.

She is based at the DNR Parks Division headquarters in Stockbridge. She also serves on the board of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

The Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority provides administrative oversight responsibility with respect to a long-term lease agreement with Lake Lanier Islands Management, LLC, a private-sector entity, charged with the management and operation of Lake Lanier Islands facilities, long-term capital investment in Islands’ infrastructure and management of critical strategic partnerships with USACE, GA DNR and other stakeholder groups.

Photo: by Pamela A. Keene