BOARD MEMBERS and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Jennifer Conforti

Founder

Jennifer Conforti has over 15 years experience as a business consultant and has owned her own consulting firm since 2001. In 2013, she took a new path as Executive Director of Southside Support, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving special needs families in South Metro Atlanta. During her 3 years of service with Southside Support, the realization of the need for housing for adults with disabilities was too great to ignore.

 

On May 1, 2017, Jennifer founded Two Sparrows Village, Inc., and was appointed the Executive Director position once again for the purpose of building an intentional community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Fayette County, GA. Jennifer is married to her husband, Byron, and has one child, Abby, who is 6-years old. Abby was diagnosed with Parial Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2012. Abby is the fuel that keeps Jennifer’s fire for the special needs community burning.

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Jacquelyn Thornton

Executive Director

Jacque currently serves as the Executive Director for Two Sparrows Village and SageNavigator, respectively. She has served as a change agent for 20 years in association management with her focus in the field of aging services, as well as 13 years in the public health arena as an analyst.

 

In her recent positions, Thornton was the Senior Vice president of LeadingAge Georgia and the Georgia Institute on Aging and the Population Health Director at National Church Residences, Georgia.

 

In addition, Jacque’s career and volunteer activities have been devoted primarily to working with governmental and nonprofit organizations such as LeadingAge National’s Professional Development Network, Co-founder and Board Chair of SageNavigtor, Board Member of Two Sparrows Village, Center for Positive Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission’s Advisory Committee on Aging, AARP Georgia AgeFriendly Collaborative, Clark Atlanta University Guild Member & Officer, BridgeBuilders of DeKalb & East Point, Atlanta Healthy Start Initiative, Children 1st, NCNW Life Member, Hands-On-Atlanta, and others.

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Janet Preston

President

Janet Preston is President of Two Sparrows and a disabilities rights activist. She has served as an attorney with the Zimring Law Firm with a primary practice in education law since 2010. Janet has a business degree from Emory University and a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Janet’s prior legal practice included mergers and acquisitions and hostile takeovers, with a special focus on negotiating difficult transactions. Her special education experience includes representing students with all disabilities, as well as lobbying and litigation.

 

Janet has specific expertise in developing programs for students who require maximum services in the LRE. She is a founder and board member of The Coralwood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which has benefitted an inclusion preschool for special needs children in DeKalb County since 2005. Janet believes that parents must take an active role in developing the inclusiveness of their child’s school and community. She is also a happy wife and the proud mother of three children.

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Lila Cooperider

Treasurer

As a tax accountant and consultant, Lila has served the Greater Atlanta Market in both the public accounting sector as well as in the technology industry for twenty years. She received her undergraduate degree from Temple University and her master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University. Her background is broad based and ranges from having served large inbound and outbound multinationals, large and mid-size domestic corporations, and family-owned businesses.

 

In 2012, Lila retired from public accounting to focus solely on caring for and advocating for her son who happens to have Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Apraxia of Speech. Currently, Lila has her own business which features bookkeeping and tax accounting for the small business owner. Additionally, Lila is passionate about raising awareness and increasing acceptance of individuals with different abilities and continues to volunteer her time at her son’s school, at church, and in the community. Lila, Todd (husband), and Colin (son) reside in Brookhaven, Georgia, and enjoy spending time outdoors and at the beach.

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Karen Graiser

Secretary

Karen Graiser, a client-focused Realtor with almost 3 years of experience serving North Georgia with Harry Norman Realtors, is an advocate in both corporate and philanthropy settings. She is a seeker of justice and promoter for doing what is right. Her sense of humor is refreshing and her initiative to be everyone’s advocate is contagious.

 

Before pivoting into the world of real estate, she spent 15+ years of experience building her experience in business development, sales, and marketing in Atlanta with companies including Delta Airlines, Synder’s Lance and IHG. Since her transition, she focuses on strategizing the best solutions for her clients by continuing to earn real estate designations, staying on top of market trends and serving as Secretary on the Council of Relators 2020. Her hard work has earned her the President Elect position for 2021.

 

Family and philanthropy has always been Karen’s top priorities and finding the intersection between the two is evident through her family’s participation in multiple fundraisers and support for nonprofit organizations, including TSV. With two daughters of her own, Karen understands a parent’s need for knowing their children are safe and cared for. She been a supporter of TSV since it’s inception and enjoys contributing her time to a place where she knows she is making a difference in the lives of those with disabilities.

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Chip Beard

Chip Beard is founding partner of Derbend Asset Management in Peachtree City, GA, an independent Registered Investment Adviser started in 2002. Chip began his career in 1983 with Merrill Lynch. He holds an undergraduate degree and MBA from The Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.

 

He and his wife, Suzanne, have three grown children and attend Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City.

Paul Goggin

Paul Goggin

Paul Goggin is a serial Entrepreneur and has held many technology/operations roles. Currently, he is COO/CTO and Founder of The Able Channel, an OTT dedicated to individuals with special needs, chronic health conditions and their caregivers. His most recent role was CTO of Free All Media which provided a marketing/advertising technology platform for the music industry and content publishers.

 

Paul serves on several corporate boards including Viva Green Homes, Planet Systems Group, and Free All Media. Paul is very active with his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology and has served in a variety of capacities on The College of Sciences Advisory Board, Alumni Association Advisory Board and Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Technology Task Force.

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Cindy Holler

President and CEO of Community Housing Capitol

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Capital, Ms. Holler brings strong leadership qualities and extensive experience in the community development field to guide CHC to new levels of production and accomplishment while employing strong business practices.

 

Ms. Holler is the former SVP of National Real Estate Development Strategy for Mercy Housing Inc. where she constructed a housing preservation platform for Mercy, acquiring existing multifamily apartment buildings, raising capital, and sourcing potential transactions through its regional offices and a broker network. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Housing Partnership Equity Trust (HPET) and continues to assist other non-profits like Mercy to acquire real estate. Before joining Mercy Housing, Ms. Holler was a National Director for Housing and Community Development for Fannie Mae, and she has deep expertise in large-scale real estate development including projects which include market-rate and subsidized multi-family and single-family housing. Ms. Holler has served as President/Chief Operating Officer of both for-profit and non-profit real estate development companies in New York, Ohio, and Chicago. In these roles, she has overseen the development of over 5,000 units of housing, making significant impacts in local neighborhoods and regional markets.

 

Ms. Holler received a Bachelor’s degree in political science/rhetoric and communications from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning/Real Estate from Pratt Institute in New York City. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s School of Design Advanced Management Degree Program.

Derrick Jackson

Derrick Jackson

Derrick Jackson is Georgia State Representative for House District 64, which consist of areas in College Park, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Tyrone, City of South Fulton and Union City.

 

Derrick is a 22-year military officer veteran (U.S. Navy), corporate general manager, Adjunct Professor, entrepreneur, non-profit Board Member, and a leader in the community that is known for his energy, enthusiasm, keen work ethics, integrity, and a strong commitment to serve his constituents.

 

Derrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Management (and minor in Marketing) from Virginia Wesleyan College; Master of Science in Management from Troy University, and is currently enrolled in Walden University’s Ph.D. program for Public Policy & Administration.

 

Derrick Jackson is married to the former Michelle McClain of Charleston, SC., and they have been blessed with three children and loyal residents in District 64. Lastly, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, Elizabeth Baptist Church, and several non-profit organizations.

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George Martin

George Martin is Chief Operating Officer at Christian City where he has worked for the past 10 years. Prior to that he was employed by the US Postal Service for 30 years when he retired as the Executive Director responsible for the network of package sorting processing centers across the nation.

 

George has a BA in Pre-Law from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. He has also participated in on-site Executive Leadership programs at the University of Virginia, Northwestern, Duke and Harvard University.

 

He has served on a number of local non-profit and civic boards including United Way of N. Fla., the Combined Federal Campaign, Promise Place, and the Peachtree City Recreation Commission. He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City and also the Peachtree City Running Club. He lives the motto of “Service above Self”.