Glenda (Martin) Brassell and Darrel Baumgardner, both 1967 graduates of Gainesville High School are co-administrators of the GIFT scholarship.
Glenda is a native of Gainesville. Honor graduate of GHS in 1967; received D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award for two years in a row at Enota Elementary and Senior year at GHS. Was involved in many organizations. Studied private piano with Estelle Bloodworth from age 6 to 12; then with Sue Morris from age 12 to 18. Earned Bachelor of Music Education Degree (grades K-12) from Mars Hill University, NC, in 1971; Major: Piano; Minor: Voice; member of Touring Choir & other organizations there. Taught elementary classroom music, Pickens High School Chorus & Theatre in Pickens, S.C. School District 1971-1988. Was listed in Outstanding Young Women of America in 1980. Served as Admin. Assistant to Gainesville City Marshal from 1991 to 2007. Continued to accompany many soloists during free time. Retired 2007 to provide in-home care for my elderly parents for 10 years.
Darrel is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Wyoming. Was a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado for 20 years, professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico for 14 years, founded Droplet Measurement Technologies in 1987 and is currently the Chief Scientist there