Old Fourth Ward Business Association

Old Fourth Ward Business Association Board of Directors Slate Nominations

ELECTION: Wednesday October 26, 2016 @ 6pm- Helene Mills Center

ONLINE VOTING: 9am-3pm on Wednesday 10/26.

Please read over the slate of 13 nominees who will be volunteering their time and expertise to guide and grow the Old Fourth Ward Business Association for the benefit of all businesses within the community. 

At the end, choose to VOTE YES or VOTE NO for the entire slate of nominees. No individuals will be voted on separately.  

* Only Large, Medium, Small, Non-Profit and Home Based Business Members May VOTE! 



Joe Stewardson


Big Boy Development

Kit Sutherland

Community Liaison

Sutherland Associates

Michael Garber

Public Safety Chair

Gimbal Residential

Matt Ruppert

Festival Chair

Noni’s Restaurant

Eric Lawton

Modern Dental

NOMINEES FOR 2016-2017

Heather Infantry

Director of Opportunity

Moving in the Spirit


Originally from Toronto, Canada, I have been a proud Georgia peach since the mid-90’s.  Currently, I am the Director of Opportunity for Moving in the Spirit, a youth development program, now in residence at JD Sims Rec Center, that gives kids confidence through dance. I hold a B.A. in Theatre from Georgia State University and a MBA in Nonprofit Management from Trinity University.  I formerly served as board secretary for Whitefoord, Inc, so I’m an experienced note taker. My approach to work is guided by the principle that  success is predicated on developing strong relationships and creating your own luck. I am eager to bring my fundraising expertise and talent for connecting people, places and ideas to the Old Fourth Ward Business Association as well as my Michael Jackson impersonation (hee-hee).

Marjan Yavari

NavMar Properties


381 & 395 Edgewood Ave

[Co-Vice President]

I have been an active member of metro Atlanta since 1993.  My life journey has brought me from east to west and then from North Fulton to South Fulton.  I have been full-time mom with all the blessings of being a room-mom/ soccer-mom/ fundraising-mom/ girl scout mom……..all the meanwhile investing/ building/ and managing our family ventures.  

In 2009, we moved to the city limits and as I started attending the Atlanta Baha’i Center.  My fascination and love grew for the O4W and its rich history.  We decided to purchase the abandoned buildings next to the Baha’i Center to continue the vision that Mr. Burns had when he built the center in 1950;  to bring racial unity and a building where all races can come together.  So over 60 years later, my hope is to do everything in my ability to keep the beauty, integrity and spirit that was infused in this community by MLK and the likes of Mr. Burns.  I am also currently an angel investor and contribute to the growth of a few technology startups.  

Lindsay Knodel, CCUE


Pinnacle Credit Union


I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Atlanta in October 2014. I attended Minnesota State University where I received my masters in Mathematics and was the treasurer for Colleges Against Cancer: Minnesota Chapter. Today I live in the Old Fourth Ward with my two teacup yorkies, Ella and Gus. We spend our weekends walking the beltline, enjoying the warm weather, and watching football (Go Vikings!).

During the week you’ll find me at Pinnacle Credit Union where I am the Controller. Pinnacle is all about serving the community and as our motto says “Helping people afford life”. I love working and living in the Old Fourth Ward and am excited to help make it a better place.

Jeffrey Craig Yancey

Bellfounder Consulting


Bellfounder consulting is a development consultant and liaison. Modeled on a blend of market study, expert interviews, and property analysis. I believe that if our local creative drivers (Tech, Art, Food, etc.) are invited to help design our future structures and landscapes, then we'll be a better city. We also focus on meaningful urban planning for the activation of places.

I'm a Mechanical Engineer by degree, however I grew up with more artistic and philosophical interests. This says much about Bellfounder. A systematic approach to achieving something useful and beautiful.

I'll be getting married on Oct 1. My fiancé, Michaela Jamison, and I have recently moved to Adair Park. Previously living in Midtown and Poncey Highlands. I have grown passionate for the O4W over the recent years. Of many particular interests, my strengths to the board would be protective activation, urbanist planning, and real estate development.

Kevin John Gillese

Artistic Director

Dad's Garage Theatre

[Co-Chair Arts & Entertainment]

Kevin started improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta as a teenager in 1996. As an undergraduate he studied Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta. He then went on to take the Post-Graduate Comedy Writing and Performance program at Humber College in Toronto. Kevin is one-half of the comedy duo Scratch (with Arlen Konopaki), which has toured several times across Canada, Europe and Australia (highlights include appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the English Theatre of Berlin, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival). He became the Artistic Director of Dad's Garage Theatre in 2010, a title which he amazingly still holds. Kevin has written eight plays, most of which have been produced in Atlanta, and has directed many more. He is also the writer and executive producer of the award winning web series Hart of America. In his spare time Kevin is a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Amber.

Lara Smith

Managing Director

Dad's Garage Theatre

[Co-Chair Arts & Entertainment]

In May 2007, Lara moved to Atlanta for the role of Development Director of Dad's Garage. She was a member of the 2008 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class. Lara became the Managing Director of Actor's Express in August 2010. Lara returned to Dad's Garage in August 2012 to become Managing Director. She helped lead the organization through losing their home of 18 years, including securing temporary space and purchasing a long-term home through a nontraditional capital campaign. Lara is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014 and received a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta to attend an executive education course, Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management, at the Harvard Business School in July 2014. She is a board member for The Farmer Fund, which provides disaster relief to help keep farmers farming. Lara was named one of the 40 under 40 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2015.

Burke Sisco


Founder & Real Estate Agent

Burke Sisco is a 7 year resident of the Old Fourth Ward. He lives four houses down from the MLK Jr.. birthplace with his wife, two daughters, grandson, and 14 year old puppy. He loves it that he lives in both an urban environment and a national park with rangers outside his front door.

Burke and his family strive to be good neighbors by volunteering in the community any time they can. They also host dinner parties in their home 2 - 3 times per month because they believe that community begins around the table.

Burke is a Real Estate Guide to BeltLandia, the quilt of 45 historic neighborhoods being stitched together by the Atlanta BeltLine. He is founder and managing editor of BeltLandia.com, a lifestyle website devoted to this surging community of which the O4W is such a vital part. He’s a 15 year veteran of the Atlanta real estate market and has helped a number of satisfied clients buy and sell property in BeltLandia.

Kim Ryan

President, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Senior Vice President, WellStar Health System, Inc.

Kim Ryan serves as President of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Senior Vice President of WellStar Health System.  Ms. Ryan earned a MBA from Georgia College and State University, a MS from the University of Rochester and a BS in Nursing from the State University of New York at Albany.  With over 35 years of healthcare experience, and 15 of those years at the executive level, Kim brings solid leadership skills.  Prior to joining WellStar, Kim served as President and CEO of Southern Regional Health System, CEO of Emory Eastside Medical Center, and Principal Chief Operating Officer at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans.  Kim’s experience at Tulane included the safe evacuation of 178 patients and 1100 family members, physicians, and employees immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

As a major employer in the O4W, Kim is passionate about providing world class healthcare, delivered locally.  She works tirelessly to improve the health of the community, evaluating the community’s emerging needs.  She knows that healthy patients come from healthy neighborhoods, and strives to find ways to deliver exceptional care to all.  As a not-for-profit health system, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center continually reinvests into the health of its community through new treatments, services and facilities.

Kim is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She also serves as Chair of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and is a Board member of SafeAmerica.   She has been married to her husband Rich for 29 years.  They have three children, Cheryl, Matthew, and Christopher and three grandchildren.  

Stephanie Davis

Sales Acquisitions Manager

Google Fiber

I currently work for Google Fiber as their SMB Sales Acquisitions Manager. I was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in the South. My husband (Joey) and I moved back to Atlanta from San Francisco at the beginning of September. Before I moved to SF, I worked for Cloud Sherpas (now Accenture) where I helped build out their SMB Sales practice that focused on reselling Google Apps for Work bundled with professional deployment services. I lived in Atlanta for 6+ years and then moved to San Francisco in 2014 to join Dialpad, one of Google's ISV Partners that offers an enterprise cloud phone system. My husband and I are also huge FSU fans and dog lovers!

I have a passion for technology and helping communities stay innovative and productive. I'm ambitious with a strong work ethic and solid understanding of the value of building relationships to achieve both short and long term results. I'm excited to build on the success of the Old Fourth Ward Business Association and be apart of the team.


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