Chair - MLEF
Amanda lives in Inman Park with her husband, David Adams, and daughter Della Adams who is in third grade at Mary Lin. Amanda is Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust, a non-profit committed to creating and preserving housing in Atlanta that will remain affordable in perpetuity. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and moved to Atlanta in 2002 to earn a Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. Amanda serves on several nonprofit boards including the Atlanta Preservation Center, Rebuilding Together Atlanta and the Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council.
Chair Elect - MLEF
After growing up OTP in Gwinnett County, Claire has been delighted to live in Candler Park for the last 8 years with her husband Adam and sons Sam (2nd grade – Mary Lin) and Dawson (pre-K – Hope Hill). She is Assistant General Counsel at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national non-profit providing programs and services that support kids and teens in reaching their full potential. Claire graduated from Washington and Lee University, received her JD from the University of Georgia, and, prior to joining BGCA, spent many (many) hours as a litigator at King & Spalding. In her free time, she volunteers with Election Protection, travels with her family, and attempts yoga.
Secretary - MLEF
Kristy and her family moved to Lake Claire in 2017. She and her husband, Paco, have two daughters and a third coming soon in November 2021. Naomi is a rising 3rd grader and Gabriela is a rising kindergartener. Each afternoon, they can easily be found outside playing in the neighborhood or at the Lake Claire pool. Kristy's educational background is in human and health applications of radiation physics (i.e. Medical Physics). Her current role is the Vice President of Clinical for a small medical device company, CivaTech Oncology. She has worked at this company for over 9 years ushering 3 radioactive medical devices from benchtop through regulatory clearances and into clinical use. She has had roles in R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality/Regulatory, and Clinical. Kristy volunteers as a mentor for Emory's Start:Me Accelerator and also serves on the Board and as Social Committee Chair for the Duke University Medical Physics Alumni Association. She has eclectic interests and in her free time loves to read, travel, invest in real estate, and trade the stock market.
Treasurer - MLEF
Rob and his family have lived in the Mary Lin school district since 2007, relocating from NYC to Atlanta in 2005. He is the proud father of 2 children, Lyla, who is in 4th grade at Mary Lin and Aida, who is in kindergarten. Rob earned a bachelors degree at the University of North Carolina and a masters at the Pennsylvania State University. Rob works as a business intelligence professional and has spent many years managing projects, including business process improvement, software development and implementation projects. In his spare time, Rob enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and relaxing with friends.
Grants - MLEF
Kristy Rachal and her husband, Tyrone, moved to Lake Claire in 2011. They have a daughter, Chloe, who is in the 4th grade at Mary Lin. Kristy is the Community Development Manager at Georgia Power Company, where she is responsible for the Company’s efforts in preparing communities for growth and bringing new jobs and investment to the state. Prior to her current role, Kristy was the Land Sales Manager, where she oversaw GPC real estate sales and leasing, and she was a Senior Staff Attorney, also at Georgia Power. Kristy was the Director of the Consumers’ Utility Counsel Division at the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and she worked as an attorney for the Women and Children’s Advocacy Project at the Legal Clinic for the Homeless before joining GPC. Kristy graduated from Spelman College and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. She currently serves on the boards of Georgia CASA, Park Pride, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and Georgia Cities Solutions, and she has served on the boards of VOX Teen Communications, CREW Atlanta, and the Atlanta Science Festival. In her free time, you’ll find Kristy reading, traveling with her family, or leading her Girl Scout troop (all Mary Lin fourth graders) for the fourth consecutive year.
Lynn Eaton is originally from Athens, Ga but has been a resident of Inman Park since 2007. She lives with her husband Andy, and their two daughters, Anne (2nd Grade) and Vera (Kindergarten) on Hale Street. She attended University of Georgia before earning her NP degree at Georgia State University. Lynn is a Pediatric Neurological Nurse Practitioner for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and has worked for CHOA for over 13 years. Lynn loves working with children and is excited to improve educational experiences at Mary Lin Elementary.
Andy is originally from Asheville, NC - but has been in Atlanta for over 16 years. Andy has spent his career in marketing working at Coca-Cola, Cox Automotive, Twitter, NCR and California Pizza Kitchen developing creative ideas, brand strategies and advertising campaigns for some of the world’s most iconic brands. But clearly the most important part of his life is his family -- he's married to Lauren, the most amazing woman ever who is a sports and entertainment lawyer at Turner Broadcasting. And is the proud dad of Molly (8 - 3rd grade at Mary Lin), Reid (4) and Jacob (2) and Grizz, a horse-sized dog. They all live in Candler Park.
Shari Golla is mom to Elise, a Mary Lin kindergartner, and 2-year-old Ethan. She and her husband Mark have lived in Candler Park since 2007. Shari has been a Southwest flight attendant for over 20 years. Before becoming a mom, she lived a double life, flying on the weekends and protecting the Constitution as a public defender in the Alcovy Circuit on weekdays. Shari graduated from Agnes Scott with a BA in English, has an MBA from Kennesaw State, and a JD from Georgia State.
Matt is a long-time Atlantan living in Inman Park. His son Max is in fourth grade at Mary Lin. Matt works at architecture firm Lord Aeck Sargent specializing in Urban Design, Planning and Landscape Architecture. He enjoys working at a variety of scales from designing small pocket parks to planning entire neighborhoods. Recently he was one of the lead designers for Howard Middle School. In his spare time Matt loves playing guitar, running, gardening and woodworking.
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