Speaker Date Topic
Judge Jason B. Thompson Mar 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Accountability Court / Laws of Life
Accountability Court / Laws of Life

A native to Fayette County, Judge Thompson is a graduate of Maryville College and Cumberland School of Law. Prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Nathan Deal in April, 2013, he was elected to serve as Fayette County Magistrate Court where he presided over both civil and criminal matters. Judge Thompson was elected Fayette County State Court Judge in May, 2014, in an uncontested race.

Judge Thompson has received a number of professional and community awards. Judge Thompson was re-appointed as the State Court Representative to the Chief Justice of Georgia's Judicial Council Access, Fairness, and Public Trust and Confidence Committee. After serving as Chief Judge of the Trial Advocacy Board, he was asked to serve on the Order of Barristers. He was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Fayette County Bar Association. After serving as coach of the Fayette County High School and McIntosh High School mock trial teams, he served as Statewide Chairman of the High School Mock Trial Program. Judge Thompson currently serves on the Training Committee of the Council of Accountability Court Judges.

Judge Thompson has organized and lectured at The People's Law School of Fayette County. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Point University. He also served as a member of the Fayette County Development Authority. Judge Thompson is a graduate of, and current presenter for, Leadership Fayette. He is an active member of the Peachtree City Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Directors for AVPride, The Joseph Sams School, and the Board of Advisors for The Southern Crescent Chorale.

Most weekends, you can find Judge Thompson at the soccer fields either coaching or refereeing local youth games. He is a Commissioner for Georgia Soccer Officials Association. Judge Thompson and his wife, Alisha, have three children, and reside in Fayetteville. They attend Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

With the recent formation of the Fayette County State Court DUI Court in January 2016, Judge Thompson created the first accountability court in a State Court in the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Ken Walma, VP/GM Cooper Lighting Solutions Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Corporate Outlook
Corporate Outlook

At Cooper Lighting Solutions, we build forward-thinking lighting solutions that make people’s lives safer, while making buildings, homes and cities smarter and more sustainable.


Cooper Lighting Solutions is a business unit of Signify, the world leader in lighting. Together we have a shared purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.

Aaron Rice / Sheryl Singletary - United Way Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM
Business Engagement / Development
Business Engagement / Development

United Way of Greater Atlanta brings together people and resources to tackle complex issues and drive sustainable positive change to help our community thrive.

We are the problem-solvers, the hand-raisers, the game-changers. We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

 

Chelsie Nichole - Executive Director Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Southside Support
Southside Support

Working to connect families with medically fragile / complex children south of Atlanta.  Our mission is to educate, support and connect!

MISSION:  To provide education, training, support and inclusion opportunities for our community and for families and individuals with special needs in the South Metro Atlanta area

GOAL:  Expand the partner network of providers and local businesses (SNAP) to strengthen community awareness while increasing opportunities for families

COMMITMENT:  To educate the community and our members about inclusion opportunties and programs that support special needs families

Cynthia Jenkins, CEO Apr 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Every day, more and more families in South Metro Atlanta find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads. 

Caught in a poverty cycle of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress, and fear. 

We believe that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.

At Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) we help low income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their futures. We build stronger families and neighborhoods through homeowner education which includes financial literacy and by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive, affordable homes and to repair existing homes.

Tami Morris - CEO Apr 08, 2021 12:00 PM
Association of Village Pride, Inc. (AV Pride)
Association of Village Pride, Inc. (AV Pride)

What skills and attributes do our children need to possess to be competitive in the 21st century? How can we provide the kind of support through both their formal education and social development to help our children successfully negotiate their environment and become productive, contributing members of society?

“The mission of the Association of Village PRIDE, Inc. is to assist Fayette County youth to become conscious and productive citizens of society who will make significant contributions to their community.”

Tena Barnes Carraher Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM
The Daisy Foundation
The Daisy Foundation

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Pat and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick.  

After his death, his family wanted to do something in Patrick's memory and knew that first and foremost, they wanted to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as they had experienced.

Tena came up with the acronym, DAISY, standing for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem and the family filed papers to become a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Georgia Laws of Life May 06, 2021 12:00 PM
McIntosh High School Winners
McIntosh High School Winners

What is a Law of Life?

A Law of Life is a short, pithy saying or quotation that points to a core personal value or ideal. Oftentimes, a Law of Life serves as a memorable and meaningful moral compass on a person’s journey through life.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest asks students to select their own Law of Life, and to write about how it applies to their lives. In doing so, students reflect deeply and write from the heart about what they think matters most. The contest celebrates the students’ stories and their often profound reflections, and proudly presents significant cash awards to students and teachers.