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Spotlight: Mike Jann

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Family – married? Children? Pets? No – just me. Delta Airlines is my wife.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Atlanta – off Clairemont Rd. I went to Lakeside High School. Sports – soccer, swimming, etc. Doctor, because my dad was one.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Ga Tech/GA State – Studied computer engineering and business management.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Perimeter area. I am born and raised in Atlanta.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Traveling, lake trips, sporting events.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Fish the keys!

Favorite food? Worst food? Pizza. Worst is Okra – I never ate vegetables as a kid.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Team= ATLUTD (Atlanta United)! Movie= Old School.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Furthest: Australia. Same trip– the Gold Coast. Beautiful geography, great scuba, fun people.

Speak any other languages? Functional Spanish.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach for sure.

Role model in your life? Dad – motivated, driven, ambitious.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I try to visit 4 new countries each year.

Spotlight: Scott Zanardo

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married with three adult children and four grandchildren. One dog – Alex. He’s a toy poodle.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Chicago. Loved building (erector sets, Legos). Have always had a great appreciation for art. I knew in 6th grade that I wanted to be an architect. My uncle gave me the bug as he was an architect as well and showed me plans in his office, etc.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? University of Illinois Chicago. Architectural Design & Technology. Having instructors who were award winning architects in Chicago.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Chicago – was hired by an architectural group and then asked to head an Atlanta office.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Travel, baby sitting grand babies, mission work. Rotary International is a big part of my life. Tekton which trains refugees in building trades.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Mentoring and mission work – basically what I’m doing not but full-time vs. part-time.

Favorite food? Worst food? Italian – all dishes. Chinese – can’t stand it.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Cubs/Bears. Big on Atlanta United though. Big fan of the Marvel movies and mystery movies in general. Spy movies like Jack Ryan.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Furthest: Japan/St. Petersburg. Best: Italy when we did Amalfi coast.

Speak any other languages? No. Grew up Italian but don’t speak any.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Me: mountains. Wife prefers the beach. So most family trips are beach oriented as there’s more to do.

Role model in your life? My uncle Tony who inspired me to be an architect. My dad – great guy, very solid and spent a lot of time with me.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Bible teacher. Saturday mornings I facilitate a bible study course.

HealthCare Services Team Holidays

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The Healthcare Services Team gather for the 2019 Holiday to celebrate success!

Favorite Holiday Traditions

  • “Watching Elf on Christmas Eve”
  • “Thanksgiving at my house for 22-30 people, Going shopping Thursday night and 6 am Friday”
  • “Annual holiday vacation with two families (10 years running)”
  • “Making Christmas cookies with my mom and siblings”
  • “When I was a kid, I used to make the rounds to my friends’ homes on Christmas day to see their presents. I would get so envious, since Chanukah is not really a major holiday like Christmas. Now we go to the movies on Christmas day and get Chinese food for dinner”

 Favorite Holiday Memories

  • “Getting one of the GI Joe Destroyers as a kid”
  • “My dad was the community Santa – he came to school dressed as Santa but I never knew it was him – now I own the Santa suit!”
  • “Watching Christmas movies while it’s snowing outside (Chicago)”

 Best Holiday Vacations/Holiday Vacation Plans

  • “Cruise when I was younger, North Captiva Island, FL – no cars allowed on the island, miles of empty beaches”
  • “Enjoying in Atlanta”
  • “Lake Oconee”
  • “Christmas at Gulf Shores – walking on the sand Christmas morning”

 

 

 

Spotlight: Caitlin Gonzalez

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married, 1 son, 3 cats, and a dog (didn’t ask for the cats though).

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? I grew up in Smyrna. Fun fact: I’ve been on The Voice so a lot of singing and talent shows. Other calling is interior design, for which I went to school, but ended up in HR and have been in that space ever since.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? I went to Valdosta State & Kennessaw State – interior design then para legal. Was in a few plays while at Valdosta which was a great experience.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Cumming. Grew up in area.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Binge watching TV. I’m a mom so limited time – perhaps laundry? Do a lot of weekend sports with Porter (son). We own “Atlanta Boxer Rescue” which has rescued ~3000 pups.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Binge watch TV shows.

Favorite food? Worst food? Love Thai and Mexican. Hate eggplant.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Anything Atlanta related – loved the Thrashers while they were here. Book: Harry Potter – just finished book 2 with my son.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Middle-of-nowhere Canada, DR (Dominican Republic), Jamaica. DR was probably my favorite.

Speak any other languages? A little French, and now a little Spanish to keep up with in-laws as they only speak Spanish.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains – love horseback riding.

Role model in your life? Chrissy Teigan – amazing mom, great business women, incredible cook (she cooks every meal they eat – I have her cookbook).

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I’ve got a dirty mouth. And I’m extremely sarcastic and like to poke fun at people.

Spotlight: Stephen Bradley

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married w/three children – all under the age of 3. They certainly keep us busy.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Peachtree Corners, which makes me a true Atlanta native. We regularly traveled for sporting events so I still enjoy a good tailgate today. Was never attracted to any industry – just enjoy meeting and learning from new people daily.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? UGA. Undergrad was Political Science. I later went on to earn an MBA as well from UGA. Undoubtedly, my best memories are the times spent with friends, both in class and around campus. Especially game days.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Dunwoody. I’ve always lived in Atlanta. My wife and I previously lived in Brookhaven but recently moved to Dunwoody after having children.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Traveling and golf. Sporting events. Most charitable time spent supporting our church and its outreach programs.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Focus more time to hobbies!

Favorite food? Worst food? Fried chicken. Nothing in particular but no sweet tooth here.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? UGA Dawgs. I enjoy reading about current

events over novels. Tombstone is my favorite movie.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Furthest – China. Best – traveling/hiking in Alberta.

Speak any other languages? Nope.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains.

Role model in your life? My parents.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I can spin a basketball on my finger for a long time.

Spotlight: Bill Steuer

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Family – married? Children? Pets?

Wife and 3 girls- 16,14, and 11.(yes, I have an 11 yr old!)

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”?

Clearwater, FL and Daytona Beach, FL. Loved all sports especially  anything on the water. Really never had a specific career/job in mind, but my aptitude test in high school had me leaning towards sales and as a lawyer. I took the easier path and less education requirement 😉

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years?

THE Florida State University, business school and Hospitality Administration (hotel & restaurant). FSU was a great place to get an education and have a great social life. One summer I studied abroad with our Hotel & Restaurant faculty and got to live in Switzerland for 7 weeks. During this time we traveled all across Europe as well as classroom time 3 days a week. Really a fantastic experience.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here?

Dunwoody. Married and bought a house in Decatur which was fun. As we added kids, we wanted more a family-type community and moved to Dunwoody. We live less than a mile from the JCC where my kids and I do a lot of sports, working out and volunteer activities, and can easily get to highway.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy?

I love basketball and staying fit through exercise and cross fit-type movements.

As for charities, I have a few passions and for a variety of reason- probably like how most people are drawn to their charitable giving.

  • Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) : My middle daughter was in kindergarten with Ian Yagoda and we learned about Pediatric Brain Cancer and how it is the leading cause of death in children after accidental death. This led to our support and involvement over the past 10 years and a bond to the entire Yagoda family. Fast forward to today, IFF raises over $1.3mm every year and has invested in many types of Brain cancer stem cell research.

Just this year, the FDA has Fast Tracked one of the investments IFF made for a specific treatment for inoperable brain tumors called the “monorail”. Where they can take an inoperable brain tumor and moved to an operable area.

  • Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) : This is an organization in Holon, Israel that I had the pleasure of visiting in 2018 as part of a “mission” of sorts. This group is based inside of a hospital where it utilizes the common operating and recovery rooms for children who have congenital heart disease at No cost to the families. Ironically, this organization does Not treat children of Israel since Israel utilizes a Universal Health Care system and offers “free” healthcare. The organization serves children from undeveloped nations such the Congo, Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Gaza. Religion and Nationality have no bearing on who get helped, it is based solely on need.

In 2017 we started a local chapter to help raise awareness and funds to support the group.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time?

Spend more time volunteering in the community, as well as helping others network/connect to further their businesses and concepts.

Favorite food? Worst food?

Like most people I love all that is not good for you, like pizza, Italian, etc. I do like Mediterranean a lot too. Reality, I try to eat well most of the time and definitely cheat along the way. I am a fan of Red wine and many bourbons.

Cook or clean dishes?

I am more of a “cleaner “ these days, but there was a time I would cook frequently.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie?

FSU Seminoles ; grew into a Falcons fan and now, like most locals , Atl United.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life?

All over Europe  and again to Normandy France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day (1994); and any trip with my family

Speak any other languages?

Barely speak English!@

Mountains, beach, or staycation?

BEACH!!

Role model in your life?

Several : Father, best friend, and uncle

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect?

With 3 girls, I am one of the best at blow drying and straightening hair!

Sheila Fox-Lovell Spotlight

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married to Mitch for 24 years. Three step children – all grown, and one lives/works with us. Three cats – one is 18! Best cat on the planet

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Long Island, South Shore, near Jones Beach. Graduating high school, boys. Originally wanted to be an anthropologist (it sounded cool, then wanted to be probation officer (hence my degree in law enforcement).

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Bryant College – now known as Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. All four years were a party (hey, it was the 70’s) but the highlight was the year a blizzard hit because school shut down for a week. Yet another excuse for a party!

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? East Cobb. When criminal justice was no longer attractive, I went to work for my dad who owned an envelope manufacturing plant in NY. When he sold the business, there was a location in Austell that the purchasing company owned, so it was a natural move.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Scrapbooking, crochet – all things that help de-stress. Was once an avid tennis player (actually how Mitch and I met).

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel. For sure. As often as possible.

Favorite food? Worst food? Italian – I’m an aficionado of eggplant parmesan. Anything pesto works for me too. Sushi – never had it, never will.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Braves/Falcons. Movie: Life is Beautiful. Book: The Kite Runner or 1000 Splendid Suns.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Australia with my sister. Also, my honeymoon in Hawaii. Close second is Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta Canada

Speak any other languages? No. Unless “cat” counts.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Yes. 50/50 mountain/beach.

Role model in your life? My dad, as a business owner.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I’m first generation American. Both my parents came through Ellis Island. Dad came over from London after WWII. Mom came over as an infant from Poland and was quarantined for several months due to small pox.

Picture to share? Mitch and I visiting the “fatherland”.

Spotlight: Bart Segal

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Wife Kara. Jeremy (22), Ilana (19), Tori (14). Dog Tov.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Suburban Philly. Always loved science – anything science related. Swimming. Boating. Mineral collecting. What did I want to be – Engineer.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Drexel University in Philladelphia. Studied computer engineering. Was nerdy in high school – came out of my shell in college, so socialization was the best of memories .

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Marietta, East Cobb. I owned a software company in Philly that was sold to a company in Atlanta circa 1997. I still in the same house.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Mineral collecting, swimming, juggling, travel. Support a number of charities – ALS society mainly.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel – everywhere.

Favorite food? Worst food? Favorite – everything (lobster? Sushi? A good steak!). Worst – raw tomatoes.

Cook or clean dishes? Clean because I don’t want to starve.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Eagles! Philly anything really. Shawshank Redemption.

Non-fiction books. Harry Potter.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Israel. Most unique was Iceland.

Speak any other languages? No Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach

Role model in your life? Einstein or Stephen Hawking because he overcame so much.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Grew up very shy and nerdy.

Spotlight: Jennifer Autian

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married – 20 years coming up this year. Son in High School – typical teenager who starts driving this summer. We also have 2 cats – 20 lbs and 6 lbs.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? North of Chicago, in a small town. Came south to warm up – Nashville first, then Atlanta. Played tons of sports growing up – usually on the boys’ teams. What did I want to be? Physical Therapist.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Undergraduate at Vanderbilt, MBA from GA State. Double major in math and Spanish, double minor in psychology and German. Change of scene was the best part.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Roswell. 75S (kidding). Next big city south of Nashville was Atlanta – wanted to be here before ’96 Olympics.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Crafty when not analytical. Home renovations are of great interest along with my son’s activities. Enjoy hiking too. I spend a lot of time at “Fur Kids”, which is an animal shelter. I’m there at least once a week. And church.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Beach. Love waves and reading

Favorite food? Worst food? Mexican food. Sushi.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook. Usually end up doing both anyways though. I clean as I go though.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Chicago Bears. Football in general. Field of Dreams.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Europe for Spanish studies. Best: honeymoon in Hawaii.

Speak any other languages? Supposedly Spanish and German. Still some Spanish in there but not much German.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains & beach. I like to hike. I like beach walks. Certainly not a homebody.

Role model in your life? Step-father is likely the most influential. He started a business on own and grew to three locations. Always took care of his employees. “Don’t pay for something you haven’t earned yet.”

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Rowed crew in college for three years.

Spotlight: Dawn Stastny

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married, two only children. Son is 30, daughter is 14. We are dog people–2 currently as just lost one.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Grew up in Texas, suburb of Dallas. Always wanted to be a lawyer. Got married straight out of school, then I the joined military instead. I didn’t go to school until later in life – 25.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Texas Women’s University. Studied organization development. Played golf in college – haven’t really played since.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Town Lake, Cherokee. 9/11 brought me here – made me realize that long-distance relationships should be more serious as I tried to reenlist into military as medic. I decided to stay instead.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? My daughter’s activities consume much of our time. We love to cook–he cooks French, I cook traditional/bake. Travel (St. Martin). My husband owes me a trip to Nice –upcoming anniversary gift. We take an annual trip to St. George

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Child advocacy – PTA involvement, etc. Help to improve education/childhood development. I believe every kid should have the chance to learn.

Favorite food? Worst food? Toast – it’s the most underrated food on planet. With butter (real).Liver – ate it when I was pregnant for nutritional values, but can’t do it again.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook, but I don’t mind the washing dishes. Husband and I trade off cooking. I’m particular about how the dish washer is loaded, so I’m the only one that loads it (or it gets reloaded).

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Hockey – was heartbroken when the Thrashers left. Gone with the Wind – the actual book. Favorite movie too. I love Scarlett O’Hara.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Ireland. Or Kuwait (Desert Storm). Best: St. Martin when we took Kat (our daughter) with us.

Speak any other languages? Nope. Does sarcasm count?

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach. Sand & Sun!

Role model in your life? I idolize Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I came from such a conservative/strict/secret service family. I never saw my mother drive a car. Attended church 4 times/week. Loved it as I was in a bubble – some feeling of missing out. Never had a slumber party. Now – I’m so outspoken/sarcastic/career driven.

 

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