Cobb In Focus May June 2022

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Contents Vol. XVIII, No. 3 MAY/JUNE 2022


It’s ‘Lucky’ No. 13 for Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique For nearly 50 years, the business known today as Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique has called Canton Road in Marietta home.






Find out what’s going on throughout Cobb County with our news updates and calendar of events.

Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation celebrates one-year anniversary by hosting the Second Annual Golf Classic to raise critical funding to support its mission.


Community partnerships provide a pathway for Marietta High School students to explore career possibilities.


Connect with local leaders who strives to make Cobb County a better place.

Cobb Senior Services is commemorating 50 years of assisting the elderly population in Cobb County.


The Marietta Business Association brings the community together with multiple events.


Now is a good time to remind everyone of a few tornado safety tips.

Cobb EMC continues its commitment to its clean energy goals.

On the cover: Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique owners Lester E. Crowell Jr., Marian Crowell, and Tony Lacey (seated). Photo: LaRuche Photo 2


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New South Publishing Inc. President Larry Lebovitz Vice President John Hanna Publisher Jamie Ryan Account Executive Sherry Gasaway Editor Cory Sekine-Pettite Associate Editor Amy Meadows Spring is considered a time of rebirth and renewal in nature. This is the time of year when flowers are blooming, plants are sprouting, and pollinators are abundant. It also is a time for us to emerge from our winter cocoons — metaphorically speaking — and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather. Thankfully, to help us with this, Cobb County and its various municipalities have organized a multitude of spring events. Yes, events are back in a big way, which you clearly can see from the two-page calendar in this issue (pages 6-7). While the pandemic cannot be altogether declared over, it is in its waning days with more than 65 percent of Georgia’s population having received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 54 percent being fully vaccinated. So, as long as you feel safe to do so, get out there and enjoy yourselves. And yes, you still can wear a mask if you like. I still wear mine if for no other reason than to repel a bit of that infamous pollen. I’m allergic to, well … everything. Whether you’re into networking events, running races, garden tours, food festivals, or concerts, there is an event for you taking place in May or June. And don’t forget about the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. We have a lot to commemorate this year, and there are many issues globally that should remind us just how good we have it in America. So, let’s make the most of our opportunities and once again enjoy some outdoor activities with our families, friends, and neighbors this spring and summer. Like me, I’m sure you have a renewed appreciation for social gatherings and cultural events. And fortunately for us, Cobb County has plenty to offer. See you out there!

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Sharper Focus Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in your community. Sweetwater Mission Accepting Donations for Summer Food Program

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. Sweetwater Mission’s Summer Food Program provides nutritious food children need to learn, play, and grow. You could sponsor a child for only $50. Learn more and make a donation today at

Dr. Janet Memark Awarded 2022 Mack Henderson Public Service Award The Cobb Chamber awarded the 2022 Mack Henderson Public Service Award to Dr. Janet Memark of Cobb & Douglas Public Health. The Mack Henderson Public Service Award is presented annually to an individual who is outstanding in their commitment and dedication to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County. In her role as District Health Director, Dr. Memark led Cobb as a top public health advocate throughout each wave of the global pandemic.

GHC’s New Marietta Campus Opens This Summer

MUST Ministries Opens Hope House

The new Marietta campus for Georgia Highlands College (GHC) at 1090 Northchase Parkway will open this summer. This will be the college’s first big expansion in the area since opening its campus in Marietta in 2005. You can read more about the expansion in the March/April 2022 issue of Cobb In Focus. Learn more about GHC from their website,

MUST Ministries has opened a new shelter, the Hope House in Marietta. Cobb County Chairwoman Lisa Cupid joined Gov. Brian Kemp and a host of dignitaries for the ribbon-cutting in early April. The $16-million campus, at 1260 North Cobb Parkway, will increase capacity from 72 beds at its current shelter to 136 plus an additional 36 “flex” beds in the case of inclement weather or temporary housing while people wait for approval into the shelter program.

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art Hosts Debut Solo Exhibition for Local Artist Miles Davis, longtime resident of Cobb County and mid-career artist is featured in a debut solo museum exhibition at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art (MCMA). “Vibrant Shadows” will be on exhibit through June 19, 2022. MCMA will host a separate artist talk on Sunday, May 22, from 2-4 p.m., in which the artist will welcome questions from the audience. “My goal for this exhibition is to encourage younger audiences and those without any art education or background to engage in contemporary fine art,” Davis notes. Learn more at 4


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Cobb Young Professionals Opens Nominations for 2022 Next Generation Award Cobb Young Professionals, the Cobb Chamber’s networking group for young professionals in their 20s and 30s has opened nominations for its 2022 Next Generation Award. This award celebrates the accomplishments and influence of two young professionals who, through hard work and commitment, have made an impact within the community. Nominees must be active in the community, be essential to their profession through demonstrated leadership, and offer a unique perspective. Recipients should be someone who others can admire, learn from and celebrate. Nominations are open through Friday, June 17 at

Award Recipients are ‘ALL IN for Cobb’

Cobb County Chairwoman Lisa Cupid recognized community members who are “ALL IN for Cobb” at the State of the County Address in April. After her speech summarizing the year’s achievements and visions for the future, she thanked the following award winners for contributing to the betterment of the community. •  Integrity: GA State Rep. Erick Allen, Dr. Carol Holtz •  Inclusive: Coakley Pendergrass, The Atlanta Braves, Food Fleet •  Intelligent: Cobb DA Flynn Broady, Flock Safety, Regina Delay & The Family Self-Sufficiency Program •  Innovative: Ser Familia, Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy, Team Recycle at Mt. Bethel Elem. •  Invest: Friends of East Cobb Park, Bill Cheeks, Kim Gresh

A.G. Rhodes Expands in Cobb A.G. Rhodes, one of the first nursing organizations to be licensed in Georgia and one of a few nonprofit nursing organizations in the state, is expanding its Marietta campus with the construction of a new skilled nursing and memory care community and renovations to its existing skilled nursing facility. The centerpiece of the project is a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot skilled nursing and memory care community with 72 private rooms that will be designed to support best practices in person-directed memory care. The building will be divided into six “households” complete with private rooms, residentialscale kitchens, living rooms, and laundry rooms. Learn more at

County Manager Named Woman of the Year Cobb County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris has been named the 2022 LiveSafe Resources “Woman of the Year.” She was honored during the 37th annual Tribute to Women of Achievement event. The first female county manager in Cobb, Dr. McMorris was selected from the 15 women named to the Academy of Women Leaders. The award recognizes women who exemplify the qualities of leadership, achievement, dedication, and generosity. She has served as county manager since 2020 and ushered the county through its response to the COVID pandemic. The complete list of 2022 honorees is as follows: Callie Andrews, Irene Barton, Kelly Bodner, Katy Ruth Camp, Kris Delaney, Jessica Gill, Dorie Griggs, Secret Holland, Barbara LoRusso, Takecia McDuffie, Jackie McMorris, Elba Pareja-Gallagher, Tahnicia Phillips, Dalia Racine, and Susan Treadaway.

Marietta Honors James Croy

James M. “Jim” Croy, Sr., PE, founder of Georgia-based, full-service consulting firm Croy, was honored with the recognition of outstanding service from the City of Marietta. This is the first award of its kind. Croy is a long-time resident and businessman in Marietta, as well as an active participant in community civic and charitable organizations. Croy founded Croy Engineering in 2005 as a small company of 17 employees and one office location in Marietta. Under his leadership, the Mariettabased consulting firm has grown to nearly 120 employees in three Southeastern states

Credit Union of Georgia Awards Scholarship to Marietta High School Student

Marietta High School (MHS) student Lillian Murrell has earned a $1,000 college scholarship from Credit Union of Georgia and the Marietta Schools Foundation based on her essay on “Where #DoYouCU Making a Difference.” Murrell shared in her essay that as president of the Interact Club at MHS she developed a strong bond with an 84-year-old lady named Laila at Winwood Retirement Community. “Our students are the future of our communities, so we want to make sure that we let them know that what they are doing is being noticed,” said Brian Albrecht, President/CEO of Credit Union of Georgia.

Jatunn Gibson Named Public Services Agency Director The Cobb Board of Commissioners has appointed Jatunn Gibson, Ph.D., director of the public services agency. She has served as Cobb’s director of Senior Services since March 2019. Before joining the Cobb County Government, Gibson worked in academia, focusing on the health of our aging population and their caregivers. She holds a doctorate in public health from Walden University in Minneapolis, a master’s in public health and a bachelor’s in administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

John Loud Receives Moody Award for Leadership John Loud, president of LOUD Security Systems, has been recognized with the William N. Moody Award which he will receive this June at the 2022 Electronic Security EXPO Public Safety and Networking Luncheon in Fort Worth, Texas. Created in 2004 by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, the Moody Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing positive alarm management and best industry practices. “John took a leadership role as vice president of the Electronic Security Association … to encourage Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp to sign and the Georgia legislature to pass a bill that bans counties and municipalities from fining alarm companies for false alarms generated by a customer,” said Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director.

Kelly Fisk Named 2021 Powder Springs Citizen of the Year The Cobb Chamber’s South Cobb Area Council has selected Kelly Fisk as its 2021 Powder Springs Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year Awards are given to honor an individual whose impact through the years will be recognized and regarded with pride throughout the area as a role model. Fisk has been an active citizen volunteer in the city and its various organizations, including the Powder Springs Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Keep Powder Springs Beautiful, Powder Springs Senior Citizen Center, the Citizens Police Academy, and Parks Department Ambassador.

KSU Names New President In March, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Dr. Kathy “Kat” Schwaig president of Kennesaw State University (KSU). Schwaig had been serving as the school’s interim president. She has focused on student-centered policies and practices aimed at improving retention, progression and graduation rates. Prior to joining KSU, Schwaig held faculty positions at Georgia State University and Baylor University, and taught as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina. “There is no question that Kennesaw State University has an extraordinary story and a promising future, and I’m honored the board has confidence in me to keep that story moving forward,” Schwaig said.

(l to r): 2022 Cobb Chamber Chairwoman Britt Fleck, Cobb Chamber CEO Sharon Mason, Powder Springs Mayor Al Thurman, Kelly Fisk, South Cobb Area Council Director Delphine LaGroon, and South Cobb Area Council Director Smith Peck. COBB

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Editor’s note: Due to evolving community needs, these events are subject to change or cancellation.

4/2 – 10/7 First Friday Concert Series From 6-9 p.m., the community is invited to stroll through the Historic Downtown Kennesaw and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, and live music. More info: first-friday-concert-series

5/3 - 9/27 Food Truck Tuesdays Food Truck Tuesdays are back in Smyrna at TaylorBrawner Park from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy the offerings from a weekly gathering of quality mobile gourmet trucks and a bit of music mixed in, too. More info:

5/13-14 We CARE Veteran Resource Fair Veterans can attend this one-stop solution for benefits and assistance 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center. More info:

Handmade Market

Smyrna Handmade Market is a mix of food vendors and artisans. Vendors and product will change throughout the season. Follow the event’s Facebook feed for updates: @smyrnahandmademarket.


Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival

The North Cobb Rotary Club, City of Acworth, and the Georgia Barbecue Association partner each year to host the Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival in Acworth. More info:


Bringing The Sea To The Springs

Community Plant Exchange

Acworth arden Tour

Acworth Cultural Arts presents four magical gardens on tour Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info:

5/9 Dot Martin Classic The Dot Martin Scholarship Golf Classic has been a long-standing tradition for Kennesaw State and the Department of Athletics since its inception in 1995. The tournament is a four-person scramble. More info:

5/14 Swift-Cantrell Classic The Kennesaw Grand Prix series is the premier 5K race series in north Georgia. The six runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative. More info:

This annual seafood festival in Powder Springs brings great food and fun for the entire family to Thurman Springs Park. More info:



Make plans to join fellow plant and garden enthusiasts for the spring plant exchange on May 14 in Smyrna at 3448 Alexander Place Southwest. Bring a pest-free, healthy plant (or a few plants) you are willing to part with and swap it for a new plant.

5/14 Paper Shredding and eWaste Event Modern Image, Atlanta in Marietta is hosting a paper shredding eWaste recycling event at their office on Northwest Pkwy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event benefits Marietta YELLS. More info:


5/18 Change the Way You Age Expo


Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County is holding its 19th Annual Garden Tour on May 14. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day. More info:

The Change the Way You Age Expo 2022 is coming to the Cobb Civic Center on Wednesday, May 18. The event is 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and FREE to the community. More info:

There will be food, drinks, and games at this networking & charity event at White Water for Communities in Schools. Admission is $20. More info:

19th Annual Garden Tour

5/21 Dragon Boat Festival


Shootout For Soldiers

The Acworth Dragon Boat Festival supports Loving Arms Cancer Outreach. Race day combines various cultural activities with food and fun for spectators and participants. More info: 6

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This lacrosse event benefiting American veterans is again coming to Kennesaw Mountain High School. The goal: to bring the lacrosse community together in support of our nation’s heroes. More info:

Spring Splash

5/31 Memorial Day Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States.

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6/4 Bark In The Park

The 90-mile Dixie Highway Yard Sale is an annual event that spans from Ringgold on through Marietta. More info:

The City of Powder Springs is throwing a “paw-ty for the pets” at Silver Comet Linear Park. More info:

Dixie Hwy Yard Sale

6/10 NCBA 5K9 6/11

Daddy Daughter Date Night

The City of Acworth will host a Daddy Daughter Date Night at Tanyard Creek Overlook from 6-8 p.m. More info:


Juneteenth Dinner

Join the City of Smyrna for a Juneteenth celebratory dinner with Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of “She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman,” at 5:30 p.m. at Smyrna Community Center. More info:

The 7th annual NCBA 5K9 is a community-centered race hosted by the Northeast Cobb Business Association. Proceeds go toward purchasing a service dog for Cobb County students and residents. More info:

6/11 Summer Jazz Concert Enjoy an outdoor jazz concert with PHAZE II in front of City Hall from 7-10 p.m. More info:

6/18 SpringsFest

6/19 Juneteenth

The City of Powder Springs and the Powder Springs Business Group present SpringsFest on June 18 from 1-9 p.m. at Thurman Springs Park, featuring live music, games, and food trucks, and more. More info:

The City of Powder Springs is hosting a Juneteenth Community Celebration & Unity Walk. More info:


Go Skateboarding Day

Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw will host Go Skateboarding Day activities from 6-9 p.m. More info:

Cobb Fourth of July Celebrations 7/3 Salute to America Concert & Fireworks

7/4 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks

City of Kennesaw, Depot Park 6-10 p.m.

City of Acworth, Cauble Park Begins at 5:30 p.m.

7/4 4th In The Park

7/4 July 4th Celebration

City of Marietta, Glover Park 10 a.m.-Dark

City of Powder Springs, downtown 6-10 p.m. COBB

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Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Milestone marked by hosting the Second Annual Golf Classic to raise critical funding to support its mission.


obb Sheriff’s Foundation, Inc. (CSF), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Cobb County Sheriff’s Office personnel, underserved communities, and citizens of Cobb County, celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 1, 2022, by hosting the Second Annual Sheriff’s Golf Classic. More than 110 golfers participated in the fundraiser held at the Atlanta Country Club, and more than 50 business leaders and community supporters sponsored and volunteered during the event. S.A. White Oil Company, Inc., and Axon were presenting sponsors for this year’s Classic. “The Golf Classic turnout was incredible and I am in awe of the overwhelming support we received from business and community leaders,” said Robert G. Haley, founder and executive director of Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation. “The support



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from the community underscores the confidence that has been entrusted to our vision.” The organization was formed in April 2021 by volunteers and community leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to support agency personnel and the citizens of Cobb County through community engagement and charitable collaboration. The Founding Board of Directors is comprised of business and community leaders, including the following: • (Chair) Brent C. Brown, Chairman & CEO, Chesley Brown International, Inc. • (Vice Chair) Frank Wigington, President, Frank Wigington Landscaping Company, Inc. • (Treasurer) J. Dan Oliver, Chairman & CEO, Vinings Bank • (Secretary) Ravi Puri, Chief Growth & Portfolio Officer, Americas Capgemini • Former Gov. Roy E. Barnes, Senior

Partner, The Barnes Law Group, LLC. • Eddy Benoit, Jr., Chairman & CEO, The Benoit Group • Phyllis G. Collins, Attorney, Phyllis Law • George “Buddy” Darden, Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives • Steve Ewing, President & CEO, Wade Ford Dealership • Reverend Edwina Graham, Associate Pastor, Turner Chapel AME • Kim Gresh, Owner & President, S.A. White Oil Company, Inc. • Beverly McAfee (Retired) • Chesley McNeil, Meteorologist, WXIA 11 Alive • Colin Meaders, Principal, Meadco Contractor Services • Tod Miller, Owner & President, JRM Management Services, Inc. • Sharon Owens, Vice President & Senior Project Manager, Truist Bank • Amber Patterson, Judge, Cobb County

Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation Board Members with Sheriff Craig D. Owens Sr. Left to right: Ravi Puri (Americas Capgemini), Reverend Edwina Graham (Turner Chapel AME), Robert G. Haley (Founder and Executive Director), Sheriff Craig D. Owens Sr., Sharon Owens (Truist), Brent C. Brown (Chesley Brown International, Inc.), Mitch Rhoden (Futren Hospitality), Chesley McNeil (WXIA 11 Alive).

Juvenile Court • Mitch Rhoden, President & CEO, Futren Hospitality • Malcolm “Cooter” Swanson, (Retired) • Pam Younker, Community Development Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Advisory Members • Jay Cunningham, Owner/President, Superior Plumbing • Greg Morgan, Partner, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC. “It is an honor to serve alongside other dedicated business and philanthropic leaders,” shared Brent C. Brown, chairman and CEO, Chesley Brown International, Inc., and Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation Board Chair. “As a board, we are focused on collaborating with other community leaders to support the Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation’s initiatives and the Sheriff’s Office and citizens they serve.” Since its inception, the Foundation has provided assistance to Cobb Sheriff’s Office personnel who have experienced a hardship through the Foundation’s Care and Compassion Fund and Fallen Personnel Fund. Also, Cobb citizens in need have gained help through the Citizens Fund and Community Engagement Fund. “Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation may be just one-year old, however, it is already making a big impact in our community,” shared Haley. “Through generous

A Look at the Executive Committee of the Foundation’s Board Brent C. Brown (chair) is chairman & CEO of Chesley Brown International, Inc., a security management company. He is a Harvard Business School alumnus, a former law enforcement officer, and has 30-plus years in security management, security consulting, and corporate investigations. Frank Wigington (vice chair) is president of Marietta-based Frank Wigington Landscaping Company, Inc. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, and is the former president of the Northeast Cobb Business Association. Wigington also has served on the Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Committee for Cobb County. J. Dan Oliver (treasurer) is chairman & CEO of Vinings Bank, a position he has held for the past 15 years. He is a graduate of both the University of West Georgia and Louisiana State University. Earlier this year, Vinings Bank was purchased by Georgia’s Own Credit Union. Ravi Puri (secretary) is the chief growth & portfolio officer, Americas for Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. He has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software and IT operations with degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech, and executive education training from Harvard Business School.

donations, external grants and partnerships, we are well on our way to serving as an advocate for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and amplifying community engagement.” Two examples of the Foundation’s impact include support that was provided through the Citizens Fund, where, in coordination with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit and the Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Unit, funding for an urgent hotel stay was granted to provide safe refuge for a mother and her child. In another situation, support was provided to a Cobb Sheriff’s Deputy through the Care and Compassion Fund to secure childcare for his young child after his wife passed after childbirth.

“We are gaining momentum; however, we have much more to accomplish,” said Haley. “Besides supporting Sheriff’s Office personnel and citizens through our funds, we are also developing plans that will make a positive impact on Cobb County youth, especially those who are at risk of incarceration and recidivism,” he continued. Learn more at cobbsheriffsfoundation. org, or to make a donation to the Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation, visit Cobb Community Foundation.

About Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation Established in 2021, the Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded by an independent group of dedicated community leaders and volunteers, is committed to improving the quality of life for agency personnel, underserved communities, and citizens of Cobb County. As an advocate of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the members of the Cobb County community, the organization supports community engagement initiatives through education, health, social services, safety, and charitable causes. For more information visit n


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Marietta High and Audi Marietta ‘Move the Future Forward’ Community partnerships provide a pathway for students to explore career possibilities.

By Jennifer Morrell


s students explore different pathways to their ultimate careers, Marietta High School offers an option through its College and Career Academy. The Marietta High School College and Career Academy (MHSCCA) is a wall-to-wall college and career academy designed to provide unique opportunities for all students. The academy is 100-percent inclusive in allowing any and all students to achieve in the highest way possible.

Randy Vicente, class of 2021.


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Education “We offer 20 career, technical, and agricultural education pathways here,” says Angela K. Sparks, Ed S., Career Advisor, MHSCCA. “This gives students an opportunity to take three courses within these pathways as well as an End of Pathway Assessment over the three courses.” Sparks says a fourth course is available in a few of the pathways, but for all areas of study, work-based learning (WBL) and Youth Apprenticeship Programs are available. The academy model is closely related to and partnered with Chattahoochee Technical College, whereby students can take college courses that support their journeys. “As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, our students can select to participate in a full IB program, an IB Career Pathway Program, or take a singleton IB course along the way,” Sparks says. “As a college and career academy, our focus is both on providing the tools needed to be prepared for college and career. It is about equipping students to be flexible, adaptable, and skilled for what their future career and life may be. “Today’s job market looks different,” Sparks continues. “Business and industry are looking for skillsets over degrees.

Jayden Cameron, class of 2023, part-time fall Work-Based Learning student.



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“We believe 100 percent that education and training are required beyond high school. We don’t believe that there is just one way to get there.” — Angela K. Sparks, Ed S., Career Advisor, MHSCCA Although a four-year degree is certainly something we want our kids to strive for, it is not the only way to be educated and prepared for their future. Employers want the right combination of professional skills, desire, talent, and strong hard/ technical skills to fill the needs of the work force.” Sparks says the current generation of kids tends to be interested in entrepreneurship and the gig economy. Creative and resourceful, they will make their own paths in their own ways. MHSCCA’s charge is to prepare students for a future that has opportunities and opened doors. “We believe 100 percent that education and training are required beyond high

school,” she says. “We don’t believe that there is just one way to get there. The biggest disservice to our students we can do is not giving them exposure to the workforce, the job market, and what employers want before graduating from high school. We need strong partnerships with the business community to make that happen.” Since a large percentage of the careers will require a dependency on technical skills, Sparks says, technical training will remain a key factor for students. However, employers still report professional skills, such as dependability, flexibility, teamwork and collaboration, are high on the list of needs. WBL is a catalyst to make this happen.

Taken at Audi Marietta. Left to right: Angela Sparks, Julie O’Meara, Tracie Maloney, and Masud Wiggins.

A Community Effort Sparks asserts that the greatest barrier to opportunities for high school kids in the business community is meeting transportation needs. To address this challenge, she has developed a strong partnership with Tracie Maloney, vice president of Audi Atlanta, Audi Marietta, Volvo Cars of Marietta, Volvo Cars Mall of



The academy did receive the $60,000 in funds from Audi Marietta, which will help provide a means to transport students to work-based learning internships, job shadows, industry tours, and visits to local colleges.

Georgia, and Mazda Marietta. “We have partnered in placing students as interns or employees with Audi Marietta over the last two years,” Sparks says. “I submitted a proposal for $60,000 to help us with transporting students to these opportunities in the community.” The initiative, Marietta High School College and Career Academy + Audi



Marietta = a Work Force Initiative called “Transporting Success — Moving the Future Forward,” includes the use of funds to pay for bus drivers and gas to transport students to placements/opportunities. The academy did receive the $60,000 in funds from Audi Marietta, which will help provide a means to transport students to work-based learning internships, job



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Education shadows, industry tours, and visits to local colleges. Now the initiative is known as “Transporting Success — Moving the Future Forward,” with Audi Marietta as an elite sponsor of a unique opportunity to impact a student’s future. “Audi Marietta is extremely excited to partner with MHSCAA,” Maloney says. “We believe that students deserve the opportunity to consider a career path outside of the traditional four-year college path. While we certainly do not discourage students from pursuing a college degree, the reality is that this is simply not an option for all students for a variety

of reasons. We believe the automotive industry and, specifically, the Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships, has a tremendous amount of opportunity to offer these students.” Those career opportunities include sales, administration, inventory management, automotive repair, and paid on-thejob training. Maloney says Audi Marietta feels an obligation to serve the public by providing these opportunities for the next generation that will operate and manage their dealerships. “Who better than our own youth could we employ to do this?” she says. “We are looking

forward to growing this partnership to bigger and better things year after year.” Julie O’Meara, CEO and CTAE director, MHSCCA, says the academy strives to encourage all students to graduate with either a work experience, college credit, or a credential of value. Sparks, working in tandem with Nakeesha Wilson, MHS’s work-based learning coordinator, exposes students to careers via job shadowing, tours, employer visits, as well as by matching students to internship opportunities in the community. “We are so incredibly grateful for [Audi Marietta’s] generous donation,” O’Meara says. “Our focus is to

Chattahoochee Tech Students Complete 2022 Student Leadership Academy In April, Chattahoochee Technical College honored a select group of students at its Student Leadership Academy graduation ceremony at the college’s North Metro Campus. The Student Leadership Academy is an annual, semester-long program at Chattahoochee Tech to prepare students to become effective workforce leaders. This initiative, which was sponsored by Open Roads Complete RV, also gave participants the opportunity to be mentored by top-level administrators from Chattahoochee Tech along with local business and community leaders. Included among these leaders who facilitated training sessions with the students were Darion Dunn, Marty Hughes, Jim Larson, Drew Tutton, and Jason Sleeman. To participate in the Student Leadership Academy, students must complete an application process that includes an interview, meeting GPA requirements, and providing evidence of community or workrelated leadership activities. The program culminates with one student being selected to receive

The Chattahoochee Tech 2022 Student Leadership Academy graduates are shown here with sponsor Drew Tutton of Open Roads Complete RV and Chattahoochee Tech President, Dr. Ron Newcomb. Pictured, L to R: Drew Tutton, Latoya Drakeford, Natnael Bayeligne, Lashanda Anderson, Daniel Carter, Samantha Bulloch, Daniel Barraclough, Kayley Partain, Payton Hood, and Dr. Newcomb.



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an award of $500, which was presented by Drew Tutton of Open Roads Complete RV. This year’s award winner was Kaley Partain. The 2022 Student Leadership Academy graduates and their programs of study are as follows: • Lashanda Anderson, Design and Media Production • Daniel Barraclough, Accounting • Natnael Bayeligne, CIST Cybersecurity • Samantha Bulloch, Interdisciplinary Studies/CIST Track • Daniel Carter, Cybersecurity • Latoya Drakeford, Business Management • Payton Hood, Marketing Management • Kaley Partain, Business Management For more information, visit

“We believe the automotive industry and, specifically, the Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships, has a tremendous amount of opportunity to offer these students.” —Tracie Maloney, vice president of Audi Atlanta, Audi Marietta, Volvo Cars of Marietta, Volvo Cars Mall of Georgia, and Mazda Marietta

instill confidence and to prepare students to earn, learn, or serve. There is no single model that fits all students. Students may find their individual path in a variety of ways, entering a career through the military, an apprenticeship, additional training, or by attending college.”

The End Goal Sparks says the MHSCCA has a distinct goal of creating inclusive programming, looking for ways to level the playing field. Transportation is one of the largest barriers to forming opportunities for students. Sparks stresses the importance of

the funds from Audi Marietta, adding that the money will go a long way in helping the academy get students to internships and other experiential opportunities. “We already have an industry tour set up for late-April, where we give a group of students exposure to diesel mechanic opportunities,” Sparks says. “We are looking forward to developing sites — in addition to Audi Marietta internship sites — that will hire multiple students as interns. With this donation, along with future partnerships, we will have the means to transport our students to these sites. This will be a game-changer for our kids and program.”

Last year, Audi Marietta hired two MHS graduates, and this year, a WBL intern as well as another student, will be participating in WBL his senior year. Sparks says the intern is an engineering pathway student who is deciding between a career as a design engineer in the auto industry and or as an auto technician. “Ultimately, we want our graduates to leave us not only feeling confident in the skills and education they have gained, but with the network to step into a fulltime career that offers more than just a livable wage, and a path to advance in the future.” n

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In Your Community

It’s Getting Easier To Be Green

Cobb EMC reaffirms clean energy goals By Cory Sekine-Pettite


Reprinted and updated from May/June 2021 obb EMC continues its commitment to its clean energy goals, and it reminds members that by 2030 the electric cooperative will reduce carbon emissions by 75 percent and double up on its renewable energy portfolio with a 200-percent increase. “We are passionate about a greener future while keeping our electric rates low and reliability high,” says Cobb EMC President/CEO Kevan Espy. “Furthermore, we are confident that we can achieve our renewable energy goals without passing any additional costs on to our valuable members.” So far, Cobb EMC is well on its way to producing cleaner energy, having already installed rooftop solar panels on its campus, completing a Solar Flower Garden and battery storage facility, and installing its utility-scale solar project. Further, this year, Cobb EMC will be among the few cooperatives in the nation that will



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incorporate microgrid technology. The system will allow the co-op to operate autonomously if the need arises by furnishing a continuous supply of power to the cooperative during any extended outages, which strengthens power grid resilience for faster response and recovery. “The microgrid is an evolving technology that will complement our existing solar and battery system to help create this autonomy,” Manish Murudkar, director of DER (distributed energy resource) Strategy told Cobb In Focus last year. “Our goal is to build a model for future microgrid projects, and increase the quality and resiliency of our power system.” “Cobb EMC is committed to a sustainable future while maintaining low rates and high reliability,” says Tim Jarrell, VP of Power Supply, Rates & DER Strategy at Cobb EMC. “Cobb EMC has set goals of increasing our renewable energy portfolio

by 200 percent, with a 75-percent reduction in our carbon footprint by 2030. We are also in a great position to meet any future state or federal mandates to achieve a clean energy future.” According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the nation’s electric co-ops, which serve about 42 million people across the country, have nearly tripled their renewable energy capacity over the last 10 years. The group reports that co-ops have deployed enough wind and solar capacity to serve nearly 2.7 million homes, and that they will continue to rely on a diverse energy mix to ensure a reliable, affordable, and responsible electricity supply that meets the needs of their consumer-members. The best way to a cleaner future is through multiple sources of energy production, Jarrell told this publication last year, adding that while solar has the greatest

potential of meeting clean energy goals, wind power can’t be ignored “if taller turbines are considered, which provide more electricity output and better economies of scale. Also, other technologies shouldn’t be ruled out that have potential such as hydrogen renewable energy.” The co-op’s members understand the need for cleaner energy production, and Jarrell reports they are on board for change. “Some of our members have expressed their desire for utilities to work toward a sustainable future and gratitude for what Cobb EMC has already done towards a clean energy future,” he reported to us last year. “The majority of Cobb EMC members place low rates and reliability as their top priority from their cooperative. Cobb EMC can be a leader in all three of these areas.” For example, in the co-op’s “Green Energy for a Penny” program, members can choose to help support a clean energy future for just a 1¢ per kWh charge. The program allows members to purchase

Cobb EMC Sustainability Stats •  Cobb EMC is first in the nation for restoring outages quickly. •  Cobb EMC is second in the nation for reliability. •  The co-op is on track to achieve its goals by reducing its carbon footprint by 30 percent since 2016. •  Cobb EMC is increasing its use of renewable energy through current and planned projects by 60 percent since 2020. •  The co-op continues to add renewables to its energy mix.

renewable energy credits from Cobb EMC and support solar farms right here in Georgia. Currently, about 100 members have joined the program. Learn more at The organization also has become a local leader when it comes to planning for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Cobb EMC is active in supporting EV adoption. The cooperative provides an EV loaner program for members, it offers EV

charging rebates for residential and commercial members, it hosts EV seminars that bring together members and industry experts, and it works with Green Power EMC (a renewable energy program consisting of 38 co-ops throughout Georgia) on larger initiatives while working with other organizations such as the EV Club of the South. Read more about this program and other Cobb EMC sustainability initiatives at n

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Special Section

Leaders of Cobb


ince its establishment more than 180 years ago, Cobb County has been defined by its people. Some of these individuals have made their mark by becoming pioneers of business, captains of industry and heads of state. And if you’re reading this, you likely know why Cobb is attractive to so many. It hosts exceptional schools, is within close reach to the world’s busiest airport, has all of the convenience of proximity to the



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big city and is fertile ground for entrepreneurship. The list goes on, but it always comes back to the people who have built this county into what it is. On the following pages we have profiled individuals who are among Cobb’s premier leaders. We wanted to find out about their job, delve into their personal life, and gain some words of wisdom. And of course, we asked: Why have you picked Cobb County?

Leaders of Cobb THE STORY: I was born in Lexington, Kentucky to a working-class family. My parents divorced when I was young enough that I do not have any memories of them together. They both remarried, and I was lucky to have four parents who loved me and shaped me into who I am today. After graduating high school, I earned both my degrees from the University of Kentucky. My father instilled in me the principles of entrepreneurship and finding a career doing something I love. After graduating law school, I did just that. I moved to Georgia where I did not know anyone, studied for the bar exam, bought a house, and started my law office all while working an evening job at Staples. The Cobb County legal community welcomed me and with a lot of help and hard work, my firm was successful. I enjoyed my 10 years of being a small business owner immensely. Following my 10th anniversary to the practice of law, I was encouraged to apply for a judicial vacancy in the State Court. I was honored to be placed on the “short list” of highly qualified candidates by the Judicial Nominating Commission and eventually was selected by Gov. Perdue for that appointment to the State Court of Cobb County. I was subsequently elected by the voters to retain that seat without opposition. Two years later, a Superior Court vacancy came open and I was again nominated, short-listed, and subsequently appointed by Gov. Deal to fill that vacancy. I have since been elected two more times, both without opposition. WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: I made several trips to Georgia in my third year of law school to meet with lawyers all over the metro area. I chose Cobb based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received from the legal community. Cobb’s justice system was (and remains) the best in Georgia. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love that my job challenges me daily to be versed in so many different areas of the law. There are no “small” cases, and the gravity of those decisions needs to be trusted to someone with a wealth of Georgia legal experience. It is a real honor to be that person. I also love that as the Chief Judge, I have been able to

Rob Leonard

Chief Judge, Superior Court of Cobb County

leave my mark on the court through modernizing the courts with technological advances and leading the justice system through some difficult times during COVID. LEISURE TIME: Spending time with my wife and three amazing children. I enjoy watching Braves games, but I love watching my daughter play volleyball and my son play lacrosse even more. I also give my free time to non-profits, having recently concluded a 14-year tenure on the Board of Directors for the Tommy Nobis Center, where I served as chairman. WHAT SHOULD READERS KNOW? Local elections are the most important elections in your community. You should know who is running and why, not just what they say about themselves. Voters should also know that with the retirement of two judges effective May 1, 2022, the Cobb County Superior Court has lost over 130 combined years of judicial experience in approximately two years, making me the most senior Judge in Superior Court. At a time like this, experience matters. COBB

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Leaders of Cobb Atlanta, I transferred to the Georgia State University (GSU) Honors Program. I received a bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Law and served as a founding member of the GSU Honors College Board of Visitors. I also have a mediation certification in conflict management for workplace disputes from the Justice Center of Atlanta and serve as the governor’s appointee on the State Board of Dispensing Opticians as the Consumer Member. In 2016, I started my business and political consulting company, A Georgia Company, LLC.

Angelic Moore

State Senate District 6 Candidate

THE STORY: The Moore’s have a linage of political public service dating back to the founding of our country. As a child, my Grandfather Moore was especially encouraging when he learned of my interest in politics and policy. I am now 47 years old and have been active in public service helping with the Georgia Republican Party for more than 30 years. I began while in Naval J.R.O.T.C. at North Cobb High School to help Newt Gingrich. Through the decades, I have had the fortune to have distinguished mentors from Cobb County such as Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson, and Sue Everhart. In 2012, I was honored to serve as the Atlanta Chair for Newt’s presidential campaign. WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: My family chose Cobb County for accessibility to their jobs and the excellent educational system. I attended Pine Mountain Middle School, North Cobb High School, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Kennesaw State University. While working in downtown • 404.932.5482 20


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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Helping others. In my career of political public service, I have found that government bureaucracy often frustrates citizens, is inaccessible, and is a barrier to business and economic growth that Georgians and Georgia needs to thrive. Unfortunately, there are times state and federal departments do not respond to citizens’ or businesses’ requests. Consistently, especially during the pandemic, people called me for help because I have the institutional knowledge and relationships to assist. I am honored to be the constituent’s liaison. I believe it is my honor, privilege, and duty to help. LEISURE TIME: I love spending time with my family and friends, especially working with my 8-year-old nephew who has Autism. Also, I enjoy being an extra on television and in movies, reading, gardening, and playing tennis. BEST ADVICE: “To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable.” –Barry Goldwater WHAT’S NEXT? I am running for State Senate District 6, not to be confused with Congressional District 6, because I would like the opportunity to represent the citizens of our district with my experience. Experience matters. Senate District 6 is 48% Cobb County and 52% Fulton County. Cobb is my home county, and I have lived in the community of Buckhead for 25 years. I know our district and our needs. Our district is vital to citizens who live and work here, but it is also a key economic hub of Georgia. The ability to deliver state funding for our economic welfare and infrastructure, as well as accessibility, are essential. From day one, as our state senator, I will deliver. I have the institutional knowledge, the understanding, and have built the relationships to ensure our district is represented in a way that protects our quality of life and secures funding back to our communities.

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Leaders of Cobb THE STORY: I am originally from Mumbai, India but have been a resident of Atlanta for over 20 years. Being raised in India, exposed me to multiple languages that assist me greatly in my career. My professional background, prior to real estate, was in the jewelry industry. This is where I developed a passion for helping others. I do not see my career as work, but rather a calling and an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of others. Many of the relationships that I made, while selling jewelry, continued into the purchase of a home. The bonds that have been created during my time as a Realtor are truly immeasurable. WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: When my wife and I moved to Atlanta, we originally lived at Walton on the Chattahoochee apartments. This is where we fell in love with the area. We could walk by the Chattahoochee River and local shops as well. We loved that we were so central to most areas of Atlanta. Our first home was a Townhome in Mableton. We now reside in West Cobb, which we have grown to truly adore. We love how rural West Cobb can feel and yet everything is within a short drive. Our love for the outdoors is truly fulfilled by our proximity to Kennesaw Mountain and the Marietta Square. Cobb County is where we have planted our roots!

Ivan Savant Pictured L to R: Janet Abbazia, Ivan Savant, and Jessica Savant.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I have found joy in being part of the major milestones that take place in my clients’ lives. For some, I helped them find the perfect engagement ring and continued on to assist them with the purchase of their first home. I love to learn and I am passionate about finding ways to make the real estate experience memorable. It has never been about the transaction for me, but about helping others find happiness. Our team is always striving to find ways that help to make the selling and buying process smooth and fun! LEISURE TIME: We love biking, hiking, taking our dogs for walks (you name it). I have a 5-year-old daughter, Aarya, who I cherish spending time with. Being a father is one of the most

Team Lead, Ivan Savant Team

rewarding things I have ever experienced. I learn something new from her every day. My goal is always to find a work/ life balance that allows me to enjoy both of my passions: real estate and my family. BEST ADVICE: When searching for a Realtor, find someone who shows a true interest in understanding who you are, your lifestyle, and your goals. It is also important that he/she sets expectations and has access to the tools and technology needed to get the job done. Someone who has cultivated relationships and makes a valiant effort to ensure that you understand what it takes to sell or buy a home. WHAT’S NEXT? As our business has grown, we are currently interviewing agents and continuing to build out the back end of our team. Our goal is to provide a white-glove experience for our clients.

3107 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite A-1, Atlanta, GA 30305 • 678.801.1598 • COBB

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Left to right: Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique owners Lester E. Crowell Jr., Marian Crowell, and Tony Lacey. All photos: LaRuche Photo



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It’s ‘Lucky’ No. 13 for Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique By Lindsay Field Penticuff


or nearly 50 years, the business known today as Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique has called Canton Road in Marietta home. “We started in what was the Canton

Village Shopping Center, and it was originally called Super Hair,” recalls Lester E. Crowell Jr., managing partner at Three-13. Crowell and his wife, Marian, started working at the salon in 1976, with Three-13 Salon co-owner Tony Lacey joining the team the following year. The three bought out the original owners in 1984, renaming it Super Hair Three-13.


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“This March marked 48 years since we were married and 48 years since the salon started.” —Lester E. Crowell Jr., managing partner, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique



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The salon name, Crowell adds, “three is spelled because it is three people and 13 is their lucky number.” “Marian and I actually got married the same year the salon was started in 1974, and on March 13,” he says. “This March marked 48 years since we were married and 48 years since the salon started.” Upon taking over ownership of the salon in 1984, Crowell says they had nine employees and have steadily grown since. They now employ about 90 people and serve approximately 1,300 clients a week. And with growth, came an opportunity to move into a larger space. In 2002, they moved into their existing location at 2663 Canton Road, expanding their footprint from 6,600 square feet to 13,000. They also recently renovated the space, refreshing the décor and equipment so that they can bring the highest quality and newest tech to staff and guests. “We always have to keep growing and keep up with the trends,” says Christina

Herrera, director of operations, who has been at the salon for 22 years. “We just finished up the last of our renovations, which includes all new porcelain flooring throughout the salon, all new stations, new mirrors, new shampoo bowls and chairs, and a VersaSpa spray tan booth.”

Thriving During Difficult Times When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down salons, boutiques, and spas all around the world in early 2020, it was devastating. That was no different for Three-13, but they persevered. “We were actually the very first salon in the United States that opened after the pandemic,” Crowell says. “We had so much press here on opening morning, Friday, April 20, it was almost like we had opened our business for the first time. It was so exciting and scary at the same time.” Approximately 75 percent of their staff came back that weekend, with the rest returning over the following weeks. And

they have continued to grow, business-wise. 2021 was their best year yet, and it looks like 2022 could be even better. Herrera credits their business model and the confidence they’ve built within their team for their continued success during a global pandemic. “We were meeting up here while we were closed, knowing we’d have to come back differently,” she says, “and we started buying supplies, gloves, masks, sanitizer, and hospital-grade disinfectants. We also started talking to our cleaning crew that comes in every night and does a general cleaning. We contracted them to do the electrostatic hydro-chlorinated spray, which is the same thing they use in hospitals and schools. We were doing that every single week.” Something they discovered during those initial meetings was spectacular — it just so happened that every hairdresser’s station from the center of a chair to center of the neighboring chair was exactly 6 feet. “It worked out pretty perfectly for us!” says Herrera. The Three-13 team also was consistent with checking guests’ and staff members’ temperatures upon entry into the salon, and they’d answer a series of screening questions to make sure there wasn’t a possibility anyone was sick and could bring the virus into the business. “We had so many clients coming in here just raving about how safe we made this environment,” Herrera adds. “Several people said they felt more comfortable here at Three13 getting their hair done than they did in their own grocery store because of the precautions we were taking to ensure that our guests and employees were as safe as we could possibly make it.” The best part: Three-13 has added nearly 20 employees since 2019, and they haven’t had to let anyone go. “When Gov. [Brian] Kemp announced that salons and barber shops could reopen, we called a meeting in our parking lot and we brought our staff here and asked their opinions,” Herrera says. “We didn’t want to tell them what we were going to do. We wanted feedback from our staff, and for them to feel like we were doing everything that we possibly could to help them feel safe.” And the staff felt confident that the

Three-13 team would go above and beyond to make their business extra safe because one of their very own was immunocompromised. Crowell, who has had two heart transplants, had to stay healthy and safe, and he wanted to make sure that the salon was just as safe for his employees as it was

for him. “They trusted that we were going to be overly cautious,” he said.

“They Are Angels.” Crowell’s two heart transplants are also why Three-13 has successfully held an annual fundraiser — Angels of Life — in support


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“We had so many clients coming in here just raving about how safe we made this environment.” —Christina Herrera, director of operations, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique of the Georgia Transplant Foundation since 2011. To date, they’ve raised $707,313 for the statewide nonprofit. “My first heart transplant happened about five days after I was placed on the transplant list, but with the second one, it was about a year before I got the call, and I honestly didn’t think I’d get the second heart transplant,” shares Crowell. But when he did get the call on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at 5:45 a.m., he was ready. And shortly after waking up from his second transplant surgery, Crowell started texting Herrera to figure out how Three-13 could support an organization that does so much for transplant recipients and donors. “Angels of Life just Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique came to me, and it’s 2663 Canton Road Hours: such an appropriate Marietta, GA 30066 Monday-Saturday name for people who 770.426.0313 (call or text 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. donate their organs to for an appointment) Sunday save others,” Crowell Noon to 7 p.m. says. “They are angels.” The first event was 26


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held in the summer of 2011 and later moved to October of each year. Last year, they collected $100,000 for the Georgia Transplant Foundation, and they have always had a goal of hitting the $1 million mark during their 13th annual event. The 12th annual event will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Cobb Galleria. Angels of Life includes a fashion show in which the Three-13 team helps style about 30 models, who are clothed by a local boutique. The event is broken into four different sections. Someone who has received or donated an organ will share their story, then a high-energy fashion walk will follow. They will then host a live auction, all while a silent auction with 250-plus items is being hosted throughout the evening. “We’ll do this four different times, and also take time to recognize our Halo Award recipient, which is for someone who has helped us out a lot for that year’s event,” Crowell says. “It’s a really fun night!” Starting eight weeks before the event, Three-13 staff also will host bake sales at the salon. Employees will sell baked goods, homemade casseroles, pimento cheese, arts and crafts, jewelry, candles, bath salts and more. In 2021, they raised $20,000 alone from those in-house bake sales. “Our employees really go to work, and it’s become wildly successful,” says Herrera.

Award-Winning Apprenticeship Program For Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique, offering an apprenticeship program has been a top priority since the beginning. In fact, managing partner Lester Crowell was the very first apprentice at Three-13. And the program that started with just one person has grown tremendously over the past five decades. “We’ve licensed more than 1,300 individuals into our industry,” says Christina Herrera, director of operations at Three-13. “We take people who don’t have any formal training in hairdressing or aesthetic manicuring and we teach them.” Three-13 has an education team that provides apprenticeship opportunities for almost every service provided at the salon and submits hours to the state for licensures. They work with anyone, whether they are right out of school or have never been to school before.

The event attracts roughly 700 guest each year which makes it a hot ticket not just for patrons but for sponsors as well. Over the 11 years, the event proudly boasts its expanding sponsorships from national businesses, such as Yamaha and Regions Bank, to the cherished local businesses, such as Superior Plumbing, Krantz Chiropractic, Pruning Guru, and Ernst Concrete just to name a

“We have three educators in our hairdressing department, three in our technical, and two in our spa, and we also train in our guest services,” says Lester E. Crowell Jr., managing partner at Three-13. “We have an extensive training program that we do every Wednesday morning. We get to train them in our methods and our way, which is very important.” This program also is one of the top reasons Three-13 was named the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year in 2020. “We have been around for 48 years, and we’ve been successful because of our level of service and our level of customer service,” Herrera adds. “With the opportunity to train them from the beginning, we know that we are training the absolute best hairdressers, color technicians, estheticians and manicurists in the area.”

few on a very long list of local businesses who support this notable event. Three-13 employees also step up for other events and fundraisers throughout the year. Crowell says they help support their partners at MUST Ministries and Piedmont Church, which is nearby. They also host food drives and go above and beyond to give back to the communities they serve.

They were proud to be the title sponsors for the inaugural Super Women’s Conference, which supports women in business with the Kennesaw Business Association. They are now on the board to expand that event. “It feels amazing to see our business continue to grow year after year, but I think it’s important for our guests and our community to see us out there doing the work and not just living in the light,” Herrera concludes. “We work to keep our finger on the pulse of the community. We are doing whatever we can to help.” n

2022 Angels of Life 12th Annual Angels of Life Hair & Fashion Show Sunday, Oct. 16 Cobb Galleria Learn more: Benefiting the Georgia Transplant Foundation Learn more:


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Senior Living

The Best Kept Secret in Cobb County

Cobb Senior Services celebrates 50 years of serving those 55 and older.

Cobb Senior Services has scheduled a number of trips throughout Georgia in the past, including whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River.

By Lindsay Field Penticuff


ovie days, Spanish classes, cooking lessons, transportation to and from doctor appointments, line dancing, on-site gyms and wood carving are just a few of the many, many offerings from Cobb Senior Services. “Research shows that learning new things and doing a lot of activities helps as you’re aging,” says Jatunn Gibson, PhD, agency director of Public Services, which includes the Cobb County Department of Senior Services. “We try to be really mindful of where our seniors are, what they are asking for and how we can provide that for them.” This year marks 50 years since Cobb Senior Services was started. Initiated by a grant in 1972 and originally named the Marietta Cobb Community Service Center, it was created to unite senior citizens of Cobb County by providing a forum for communication, recognition of outstanding senior leaders, and a common meeting



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place. Five decades later, the program offers seven senior center locations throughout Cobb and an abundance of services, including information and referral, case management, transportation, in-home services, home-delivered meals, volunteer services, community health education, and a Veteran’s connection. There are three nutrition sites in Austell, Marietta, and North Cobb. For Kathy Lathem, strategic partnership manager with Cobb Senior Services, the department is the “best kept secret in Cobb County.” In fact, she was so passionate about it, she left a career in radio 17 years ago to join the team after learning all about what Cobb Senior Services does to better serve the 55-plus community in Cobb. “I’m out all day, every day talking to groups and individuals about what we offer for the 55-plus community, but we are also here to help children who are helping mom and dad navigate aging,” Lathem says. “Our main goal is to help people age in place

and avoid going to assisted living as long as possible.” Oftentimes, Lathem hears that family members aren’t sure where to turn to until there is a crisis. Bringing awareness to the community before that time helps so many in need, and that’s why her messaging, and sharing the recent 50th anniversary celebration, has become so important. “Most people think that because they aren’t a senior, they don’t need our services,” she says. “But when the time comes and they need to make decisions for themselves, a loved one or someone who lives in their neighborhood, then they have that seed planted in their mind and they know that Cobb County has an organization that can help with that. …The more I am out there, the more Cobb Senior Services is visible in the community, and the more people realize that when there’s a need, there’s a place to turn.” Lathem goes on to say that Cobb Senior

Our main goal is to help people age in place and avoid going to assisted living as long as possible.” —Kathy Lathem, Strategic Partnership Manager, Cobb Senior Services

Seniors can participate in multiple activities at the Cobb Senior Centers, including billiards, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services should also be everyone’s first phone call — and hopefully their only phone call — when searching for senior services. “We have contracts with in-home care companies that offer services we can’t offer, so we are joining hands with local organizations to provide that service and provide what people need,” she says.

Growing, and growing fast The 55-plus community is the fastest-growing population in the United States. Every single day, there are approximately 10,000 baby boomers turning 65. This is why it continues to be so important for Dr. Gibson and her nearly 100 employees working in Cobb Senior Services to offer an abundance of opportunities and services to the 55 and older community. “If we’re not providing that service and paying attention to the fastest-growing population in Cobb, we would lose a lot of people. It also draws their children,” Dr. Gibson says. “Cobb is growing and our seniors are very, very important. They are also our largest volunteer base when you study the data on volunteers.” She adds that their most beneficial programs and services to this quickly growing age group include home-delivered meals, transportation and care managers, in addition to the senior centers themselves. “When the COVID-19 pandemic happened and we had to shut down our buildings, we

heard from our seniors about how important it was for them to socialize and have a place to gather and meet with their friends, learn things and participate in activities,” says Dr. Gibson. This is why the Cobb Senior Services team continues to go above and beyond after 50 years, and Dr. Gibson says they are thriving because of the incredible staff and their passion for working with seniors. “We listen to our seniors and offer them what they are looking for. Then, we provide a place where they can come in and have their own space to feel welcome and the staff knows them,” she says. “That makes them feel better.” And if you’ve not had an opportunity to visit a senior center yet, run — don’t walk — to check one out. “You’ll be so surprised, and impressed,” she adds. So, what’s on the horizon for Cobb Senior Services? One thing Dr. Gibson says they will continue to work diligently on is

helping to safely expose seniors to more technology. “Technology classes are on the rise, and it’s because we are listening to our seniors,” she says. “We also have offered classes on how to safely call an Uber, use the Uber, and get back home.” In addition, they are working closely with AARP to share more information about health education and programming with seniors. “As you’re aging, your health is very, very important to you, and if you’re in a situation where we are spending a lot of time not understanding, we tend to shy away from those things,” says Dr. Gibson. There also is some consideration into how to offer more services on the weekends, as there are many activities that seniors are interested in participating in, but they may need the transportation support if they are unable to drive or find a ride. Lastly, they are focused on working more closely with veterans. “We have a coordinator who is working to provide more services, including helping veterans register for services that are available to them that they don’t know about,” Dr. Gibson concludes. “Our veterans services is a new group on the horizon, and we expect it to grow. They served our country and we want to be able to help them.” n

Connect with Cobb Senior Services General: 770.528.5355 Online: Email: Volunteer services: 770.528.5381 Community health education: 770.528.5350 Veterans connection: 770.528.1448

Home-Delivered Meals: 770.528.5364 In-home services: 770.528.5364 Information and referral: 770.528.5364 Transportation: 770.528.5364


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A rts & Recreation

Keeping It Local

Connections After Hours

The Marietta Business Association brings the community together. By Cory Sekine-Pettite


hile you may not directly be familiar with the Marietta Business Association (MBA), you certainly know about many of its community-oriented events, which not only bring us together for family fun but also raise funds for worthy causes. Like most business associations, the MBA’s primary goal is to “promote civic, social, and business goals through providing a forum to exchange business policies and create good customer relationships, all in good faith and integrity.” This cadre of local business owners meets regularly to remain knowledgeable about the community, its drivers, and its resources, so the group can create and leverage relationships that drive business collectively, says current MBA President, Michael Lindsey. Lindsey, president of Freedom Payment Solutions, says that as the association grows, so does its belief in its members, creating a culture where they exist to supN.O.W. port one another. Members shop at each



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other’s businesses and restaurants, he says. They hire services from members, they connect each other with members, and they exist to support! That support extends into the community at large as well. The MBA has created multiple special events over the years with which you likely are familiar and perhaps have attended, including SPLASH, its Annual Golf Tournament, and the annual Marietta Egg Hunt. “Our Board of 12 Brand Ambassadors work hard to provide an environment that will help your business grow and will help you engage with other businesses, the city of Marietta, and with each other,” Lindsey says. Let’s take a closer look at these signature MBA events:

SPLASH Known as the annual event presented each year by the MBA, the SPLASH event’s purpose is to raise money for a good cause while networking and having fun. Six Flags White Water Park plays host

to this year’s SPLASH on Thursday, May 19. Enjoy food tastings from local restaurants, products from Red Hare Brewing Company, meet local business owners, and try your luck with the duck race while celebrating the upcoming opening of White Water and the beginning of summer. Held at the pavilion inside the lazy river with the backdrop of the wave pool, expect a relaxing atmosphere to network and meet new friends. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Communities in Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to reaching at-risk youths and helping them succeed with their education and beyond. Last year, the SPLASH event raised more than $3,600 for MUST Ministries. You can download a sponsorship application for this event and buy tickets at

MBA Annual Golf Tournament Attendees of this annual event are guaranteed to have a good time, regardless of

Photo by Virtually in Focus | Nadja Cook

how well they hit the ball. Tee up with your business partners or make new friends at the City Club Marietta course where attendees are treated to great, local food and beverages; vendor tables; and chances to win prizes. City Club Marietta presents challenging shot selections and new Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens while providing an incredible golfing experience. The course has presented golfers with 10 decades of the finest playing experience among rolling hills, towering pines, and spectacular Southern vistas. The dates for this year’s golf tournament have yet to be finalized, so keep an eye on the events tab of the MBA’s website at You don’t want to miss this!

Those of you with young children or grandchildren likely have participated in the annual Marietta Egg Hunt, which is presented in partnership with Superior Plumbing, Life University, and JRM Management. This family-focused holiday event takes place on the athletic fields located off of Barclay Circle. Attendees are sure to find fun, food, games, music, entertainment, a kids’ zone, and of course egg hunts for all ages. There are more than 40,000 eggs to be found each year! Can you imagine? For details on sponsorships, event history, and attending the 5th annual Marietta Egg Hunt next year, be sure to visit the MBA’s website at The members of the Marietta Business Association no doubt struggled over the last two years in not only managing their own affairs but also in working to maintain and run their organization and provide some sense of normalcy to the community at large through its events. As the group has persevered, Marietta has benefited. “I am proud to represent the MBA in 2022 and am thankful for the board members who have chosen to accept the challenge of serving the community in 2022 and beyond,” Lindsey

says. “To steal a quote from our 2020 MBA President, Dave Young, ‘Let us lead from the front!’ And let us spend the great new year of 2022 engaging with each other, our businesses, and all other aspects of the Marietta Business Association!” n

2022 MBA Board of Directors Michael Lindsey (President), Freedom Payment Solutions Michelle Faucher (2022 President-Elect), Biltmore Insurance Greg Fuller (Past President 2021), White Water/Six Flags Dave Young (Past President 2020), Command Wealth Management Kathy Winiarcyzk (Secretary/Treasurer), Credit Union of Georgia Dr. Tricia Patterson, Marietta City Schools Bobby Lindsey, Atlanta Braves Sean Rayborn, Money Pages Brent Rittersdorf, High Caliber Realty Tim Rogers, All State Insurance Chase Sanger, Office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk Photo by Virtually in Focus | Nadja Cook

Marietta Egg Hunt

Pictured L to R: Chase Sanger, Dave Young, Sean Rayborn, Michelle Faucher, Brent Rittersdorf, Michael Lindsey, Tim Rogers, Dr. Tricia Patterson, Kathy Winiarcyzk, Greg Fuller


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Final Focus

Tornado Safety Tips By Cory Sekine-Pettite


ccording to a recent report from the AccuWeather Global Weather Center, tornado activity in March surged in the United States. At least 253 preliminary tornado reports were recorded throughout March 2022, the organization states. While the number was preliminary at press time, only 193 of the reports need to be confirmed as actual tornadoes to break the record of 192 confirmed tornadoes in 2017. For most of March, AccuWeather noted, the contiguous U.S. didn’t go more than three days without a report of a tornado touching down. Violent storms continued into April. In our state, for example, five tornadoes were confirmed in just one

day on Wednesday, April 5 resulting in at least one death. Meteorologists and other climate change experts agree that as our climate continues to warm, we will experience more frequent and more ferocious

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weather. So, now is a good time to remind everyone of a few tornado safety tips, courtesy of AccuWeather: If you are driving on the road, and see a tornado, do not take shelter under an overpass, and never try to outrun a tornado. If there is no shelter nearby, stay in your car, in your seat belt, and keep your head down below the window. If you can safely get to a low-lying area — such as a ditch or ravine — exit the car, lie down, and cover your head with your hands. If you are at home, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. If you live in a mobile home, leave the mobile home immediately because it will provide little to no shelter from a tornado. Instead, go to a community shelter, or get as far away from your mobile home as possible and lie down in a low-lying area. Those at work or school should proceed to a tornado shelter location quickly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms, such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums. Don’t open windows and doors. A popular myth is that if you open your windows and doors, the tornado will cause less damage. Not true: Opening doors and windows only wastes precious time. n

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“I enthusiastically endorse Chief Judge Rob Leonard’s re-election campaign. As former Chairman of the Cobb County Commission and former Attorney General for the State of Georgia, I know, respect and support Rob Leonard. He is a leader with integrity who finds a way to make sure that everyone receives a fair hearing. I urge all of Cobb County to re-elect Chief Judge Rob Leonard.” - SAM OLENS


✭ 2021, “The Thomas J. Charron Public Service Award” ✭ 2021, “Distinguished Judicial Service Award” recipient from the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyer’s Division ✭ 2021, GACDL “President’s Award” recipient for helping to modernize courts with technology in an effort to keep people safe during the pandemic. ✭ 2020, “Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service” recipient ✭ 2020, “Thomas A. Slaughter Award” recipient for service helping people with disabilities break down barriers to employment and gain independence. ✭ 2018, “President’s Award” for his work with the Bench and Bar Committee by past Cobb Bar President, Judge Kimberly Childs ✭ 2014, Daily Report’s “On The Rise” award recipient honoring the top 40 lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 ✭ 2013, Cobb Life Magazine’s “Top 20 under 40” publication ✭ 2009-2011, Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” recipient ✭ 2009, “Greatest Trial Victory of the Year” Award recipient ✭ 2006, Recipient of the Cobb Bar Association’s “Ross Adams Award”

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Legal Affiliations and Memberships ✭ Presiding Judge, Cobb County Veteran’s Court ✭ Chairman, Standing Committee on Judicial Workload Assessment ✭ Chairman, Technology Committee of COVID-19 Taskforce ✭ Member, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court ✭ Chairman, Cobb Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Committee ✭ Former President and Member, Cobb Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section ✭ Former Vice-President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ✭ Former President, Cobb Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section ✭ Former Member, Cobb County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees ✭ Member, Marietta Lawyers Club ✭ Member, Atlanta Lawyers Club

✭ Judge Leonard is the proud father of three amazing children. He and his wife Katie live in Marietta with their three crazy black labradors.

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