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.
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.
Melissa is excited to bring a parent’s perspective to the Two Sparrows Board. She resides in Fayetteville with her husband and three children. Her middle son is on the autism spectrum and will one day require assisted residential living.
Melissa has served on several fundraising and conference planning committees for the Chattanooga Autism Center. She co-founded REACH Summer Learning with another parent which continues to provide children in the Chattanooga area with a structured learning environment throughout the summer. She is excited to get back into the volunteer world here in Georgia.
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.
Dr. Dozier Hood is an Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his surgery internship at Emory, followed by residency in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University. He has been in private practice since 1997, and joined ENT of Georgia in 2002. Dr. Hood is board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and also board certified in Sleep Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hood is married and the proud father of triplet boys.
Mr. Browning is a 20-year exec in the executive search and talent acquisition space. He offers his clients, in the markets he serves, front-line exposure to identifying and delivering best-in-class talent. Mr. Browning has conducted search and consulting assignments for clients across a broad range of industries including healthcare, media, technology, data & analytics, financial services, professional services, real estate and consumer products.
Prior to the launch of PURPLE SKYS, Mr. Browning was a Principal with the Judge Group, a Partner with Aquinas Search Partners and previously functioned as managing director and owner of the Atlanta office within the Sanford Rose Associates network. He was an EVP with DHR International, and was a Principal & Global Senior Associate Lead with Korn/Ferry International. Mr. Browning has played a significant role in launching strategic initiatives to enhance the overall client experience and guiding the enhancement of the diversity platform on a global scale. His clients have engaged him for internal capacity related needs and external senior level strategic or high volume hiring initiatives.
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Browning is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley. He also played football for the California Golden Bears.
Mr. Browning’s honors, recognitions, and memberships include: mentor, Brown University Investment Club; featured speaker, University of Georgia: Business School, panelist “Preparing for the C Suite”; featured speaker, University of Georgia: Transition and Career Management; past Board Member ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease; present Board member – Zion Hill CDC & Two Sparrows Adults with Needs Communities; member, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
Jacque has served as a change agent for 18 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 last position, Thornton was the Senior Vice president of LeadingAge Georgia and the Georgia Institute on Aging.
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, 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.