Bethany Rogers |

Executive Director of NewTown Loans

bethany@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 113

  • Loan programs
  • Real estate development
  • Business start-up, location, and expansion

Bethany grew up in Danville, Kentucky, a small town in central Kentucky that is also home to her alma mater, Centre College. Bethany moved to New Orleans as a young professional and ending up earning her PhD in Geography from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her academic and professional pursuits have centered around community documentary and preservation work. She was also involved in various recovery and research projects in southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Prior to her work at NewTown, Bethany moved back to her hometown and served as Executive Director of Danville’s longstanding Main Street program. Bethany moved to Macon in 2016 with her dog Prince, a charming Pomeranian, to join the NewTown team and be part of the city’s growing community building movement.

At NewTown, Bethany manages all of NewTown's investment programs for real estate and businesses. Bethany is responsible for working with people who are interested in locating businesses downtown, helping them find suitable sites, and making necessary connections with agencies for building improvements. If you are interested in developing property or starting, relocating or expanding your business downtown, Bethany is your best resource.


Ricardo Cordew | Business Consultant

ricardo@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 108 

  • First point of contact for loan clients 
  • Business coaching and strategy 
  • Group trainings (including Developers’ Academy, Entrepreneurs’ Academy, and Downtown Diversity Initiative)

Ricardo is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and is an alumnus of High Point University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Ricardo joins the NewTown Macon staff with over 12 years of sales and consulting expertise. 

Ricardo is the proud father of a creative teen daughter. Both a newlywed and new to Macon, Ricardo and his family enjoy exploring their new home and are looking forward to all the adventures Macon has to offer.  

At NewTown, Ricardo is responsible for one-on-one coaching services to potential and current loan applicants.  He also coordinates NewTown’s support programs serving Macon-Bibb’s small business and real estate development communities. 

Ricardo thinks the apple scones at Z Beans are amazing with a caramel latte. He and his wife love going to the Douglass Theatre for live jazz and plays.


Jolie Rowland | Director of Lending

jolie@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 120 

  • Loan origination
  • Credit analysis
  • Loan closings

Jolie Rowland serves as NewTown Loans’ Director of Lending, where she is responsible for analyzing loan applications, maintaining and improving our online application process, and facilitating loan closings. 

Jolie lived in Dublin, Georgia until she moved to Macon to attend Mercer University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and Spanish. Jolie has worked for NewTown Macon in several different roles since 2018, giving her the opportunity to help create and become a co-founder of NewTown Loans, Middle Georgia’s first CDFI. 

In her free time, Jolie enjoys acrylic painting, attending events in downtown Macon, volunteering, and visiting her family in Dublin. Jolie lives downtown and loves the community it has given her. You’ll find her shopping at 7th Street Salvage and Travis Jean Emporium or hanging out at some of her favorite restaurants: Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, La Bella Morelia, and Oliver’s Corner Bistro.


Macheita Adams | Accounting Consultant/Portfolio Manager

macheita@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 109

  • Loan and collections process
  • Loan portfolio monitoring  
  • One-on-one accounting coaching services 

Macheita is a Washington County native and alumna of Mercer University. At Mercer, she served as a member of the Honor Society and National Society of Leadership and Success. Macheita also received a certificate of Achievement from the Urban Leadership Academy’s Cohort 5. 

Shortly after moving to Macon in 2003, Macheita began working for a local environmental contractor as Accounting Manager where her passion for accounting grew. Macheita’s accounting expertise led her to work at various organizations within the railcar, non-profit, and education industries.  

Macheita is a devoted wife of 22 years to her husband Tamayo; doting mother to 3 beautiful children, Jamarcus, Paris, and Emmanuel; and a grandmother to 1 galloping granddaughter, Kaia. Macheita enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, singing, traveling, reading, and great dining.  

At NewTown, Macheita is responsible for managing the loan and collections process, portfolio monitoring, and one-on-one accounting coaching services to loan applicants and current loan holders. 

No doubt, Macheita’s most wanted burger is the Second Street Heat Burger from Macon Beer Company!  She delights in The Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza and feels it ushers in the spirit of Christmas. 

Board of Managers

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    Bob Hatcher, Chairman | Chairman, H2 Capital

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    Ryan Griffin | Owner, New Atlantic Realty

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    Corrie Hall | Partner, James Bates

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    DaQuanis Harvey | Executive Director, Operation Hope

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    Stephanie Howard | Executive Director, Mercer Innovation Center

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    Dr. Anissa Jones | Owner & Doctor, Total Health Chiropractic

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    Ronnie Rollins | President & CEO, Community Health System



555 Poplar Street
Macon, GA 31201



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