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KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education Recognized for Excellence

October 17, 2018



The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at Kennesaw State University received two awards from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The Medical Assisting certificate was named Program of Excellence and Navy Veteran Kenneth Danter was honored with the Continuing Education Student Award. The awards were presented at the UPCEA Mid-Atlantic and South Regional Conference, October 1-3, in Washington, DC.

“This recognition is a testament to the quality of the healthcare education we provide at CCPE,” said Andrea Cochran, program director. “This program’s launch in 2013 involved constructing a specialized classroom complete with a clinical setting. Our graduates enter the workforce trained by some of the best.”

The Medical Assisting Certificate focuses on patient-centered services. The 14-month program includes lecture, hands-on training, and clinical externships. Graduates from the Medical Assisting certificate currently maintain a 94 percent pass rate on the National Heathcareer Associations’ Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam.

Kenneth Danter received the Continuing Education Student Award for combining his nine-year service in the Navy with professional education. Danter enrolled in CCPE’s Cisco Network Certificate in 2016, broadening his skill set and gaining the ability to manage and optimize network systems. In 2017, he completed the Certified Ethical Hacker Certificate.

“Thank you all for everything you all have done for me,” Danter said. “Every completed course from CCPE has caused a huge jump in my career path. I am very thankful for the opportunities.”

Interim Dean Dr. Tim Blumentritt and Director of Marketing Davia Rose Lassiter accepted the awards on behalf of CCPE. Lassiter also led a concurrent session titled “Bull’s Eye: A Multi-Layered Approach to Target Marketing” and co-presented “The CRM Spectrum: Finding a Solution that Fits” with Eric McGee, director of client services for JMH Consulting, a division of Education Dynamics.

For a complete listing of awards or additional information on professional education certificate programs, visit, email or call 470-578-6765.


AIM Chiropractic & Fitness to Host Grand Opening Celebration

October 15, 2018

Cobb County’s newest premiere chiropractic and fitness facility will host its grand opening event!

AIM Chiropractic and Fitness will be celebrating the opening of its doors and invites the public to attend the grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20! Starting with a 12 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, this special event will feature a free yoga class beginning at 1 p.m., music, and complimentary refreshments until 3 p.m..

Attendees can enter for a chance to win multiple prizes like a free Echo Dot, AIM gear, and essential oils for therapeutic uses. Swing by and meet the chiropractic team: Dr. Stephanie Smith (Founder) and Dr. Robin Young.

Meet the Doctors

Stephanie L. Smith, DC, MS, BS, CCEP, FMS, RKC, HKC, SFMA
Raised in New York, Dr. Stephanie Smith earned an athletic scholarship to Pennsylvania State University with the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, and her desire to play at the highest levels landed her an opportunity to play professional soccer in Vancouver, Canada.

Her time as a professional player inspired Dr. Smith to attain a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine and a Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life University in Atlanta, GA and ultimately become the founder of AIM Chiropractic.

Robin K. Young, DC, BS, FDM
Dr. Robin Young, a native of Texas, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. While working at the Texas A&M Department of Nutrition and Food Science Laboratory, she studied heavy metal toxicity in animals and the effects on the brain.

Dr. Young graduated magna cum laude with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker University in Dallas, TX. While attending Parker, University she developed a desire to learn how to integrate functional mobility with chiropractic adjustments.  Her post-graduate educational journey has yielded her two additional bachelor degrees from Parker University in Anatomy and Health & Wellness.

About AIM Chiropractic & Fitness

AIM Chiropractic & Fitness employs cutting edge soft tissue techniques through the Graston and Cupping methods, which are used to remove muscle adhesions and regenerate stronger muscle fibers. AIM providers utilize highly specific, non-invasive chiropractic adjustments to benefit the overall spinal structure and movement of their patients. In addition to chiropractic and wellness care, the facility will offer weekly yoga and High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) classes! AIM’s goal is to create a positive, encouraging and supportive environment for all practice members to confidently attain new heights with their health journey.

AIM Chiro

Photo: Dr. Stephanie Smith performing the Cupping method that helps to decrease adhesions and increase blood flow to the affected area.

Cobb Community Foundation Hits the Refresh Button

September 26, 2018

Cobb Community Foundation 2012

Cobb Community Foundation (CCF) has recently restated its vision, refined its mission, revised its logo and tagline and given a fresh new look to its communications channels and website to make sure that Cobb’s residents, businesses, charitable organizations and other key stakeholders know what CCF is all about: inspiring charitable giving, building resources for the future and connecting donors who care with causes that matter.

“The new look, the new website, the new tools – everything that we have done –positions us well for growth in all types of charitable funds, certainly individual and corporate Giving Funds (also known as donor-advised funds), but also scholarship funds, funds for specific fields of interest or designated non-profits and even unrestricted funds that can  be used to address different community needs as they arise,” explains CCF Executive Director Shari Martin. “All of this will allow us to give more support to the non-profits serving Cobb County as well as those outside of Cobb that are important to our donors,” she continues.

In addition to revealing its new look, CCF is celebrating 25 years of inspired charitable
giving with a cornerstone event, the Together We Can Celebration on October 21, 2018,
from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The celebration will be the first of its kind in Cobb County: an elegantly simple, upscale Sunday brunch, which will honor the people on whose shoulders the organization was built – founders, past board chairs and board members.

The celebration is also a fundraiser for the Cobb Community Impact Fund, a charitable fund that will ensure that the impact grants previously funded by the county can continue. “Over a three-year period, the $820,000 provided by the county was matched by $936,000 in private donations, and nearly 325,000 people were impacted. Cobb County cannot afford for these grants to go away. By raising the dollars needed, we can make sure that they won’t,” Martin says. The founder of the Cobb Community Impact Grant program, Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, will also be honored at the event. “Tommy showed us what a huge impact a relatively small amount of dollars can make in the right hands.”

Impact grants historically were in the amounts of $5,000 to $10,000 and helped to fund new programs or expand existing ones. To avoid having to raise funds for these grants every year, CCF is rolling out a program where individuals, families, businesses and organizations can fund a grant for five years or even endow a grant into perpetuity. The fundholders will have the opportunity to name their grant and, depending on the commitment level, select which of the grant recipients should be awarded their specific grant. Fundholders can even present their grants at a future event. Martin reports that there are already several grant funding commitments in place. “Both individuals and companies really like the idea of being able to give dollars in their name for a program and to an organization that has already been vetted by an organization like CCF,” she says.

“The new Community Impact Fund will provide a mechanism for businesses, families and individuals to come together to ensure that resources will be available for the non-profit community, both now and into the future,” stated CCF Board Chair Bruce Clayton. “Providing an avenue to connect donors with causes that matter will help CCF realize its vision of a community fully engaged in meeting needs now and into the future.”

Also taking place at the Together We Can Celebration will be the formal presentation by CCF of the James L. Rhoden, Jr. Visionary Philanthropist Award to the recently named 2018 Philanthropists of the Year, David and Brittney Bottoms. “I have never seen anyone deal with such a tragedy with the grace and strength that they have shown,” Event Chair Kim Gresh shared. “To lose a child then almost immediately begin working on a program to support others going through something similar is just incredible. David and Brittney truly exemplify what philanthropy is all about.”

For more information about Cobb Community Foundation, how to support its celebratory event or to fund or endow a Cobb Community Impact Grant in the future,
visit, or contact Shari Martin at 770.859.2366.

About Cobb Community Foundation
Founded by a group of Cobb business leaders who recognized the community’s need for a vehicle to invest in its future in late 1993, Cobb Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
organization that is passionate about inspiring charitable giving, building resources for the future and connecting donors who care with causes that matter. To learn more, email or visit

Arylessence Accelerates Growth with Opening of New State of the Art Fragrance Research and Development Center

September 25, 2018


Leading fragrance and flavor company, Arylessence, Inc., celebrates the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of its new state of the art fragrance research and development center.  Arylessence welcomed industry friends, family, and an esteemed guest list of Federal and State representatives, including U.S. Congresswoman Karen Handel and U.S. Congressman Barry Loudermilk, as well as Georgia State Senator Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick and several Cobb County officials, and the leadership of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.  RWgd1N6A “Arylessence employees are the heartbeat of our company, and we believe this facility represents the fruits of collaborative teamwork and commitment from some of the most creative and dedicated individuals in our industry,” said Arylessence President and CEO, Steve Tanner. “We represent the All-American success story.  A company built on dedication, commitment, integrity, service, quality, innovation, and creativity.”

The center designed by CDH Partners and built under construction management by Brasfield & Gorrie, includes custom office spaces, themed conference rooms, GC/analytical lab, a technology and innovation lab, applications labs, fragrance R&D lab, sensory evaluation booths, laundry fabric care test center, and an evaluation consumer/professional panel center.

“With our dynamic growth, we needed to enhance our facilities and expand our capacity,” said Arylessence’s executive vice president Cynthia Reichard. “We wanted our new facilities to meet the growing priorities of the work we perform for our clients and to reflect our commitment to excellence, creativity, and innovation. Our team worked collaboratively to envision a cutting-edge facility designed to provide Arylessence clients above and beyond service in winning fragrance development.”

About Arylessence
Arylessence is a leading fragrance and flavor company, based near Atlanta, Georgia, creating amazing sensory experiences for clients in the personal care, home fragrance, industrial and institutional, household, automotive, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries around the world.  Arylessence flavorists, perfumers, evaluators, application specialists, account executives, and marketing experts work closely with clients in a multi-disciplinary, team-based environment. Arylessence provides marketing resources, proprietary developmental processes, and strategic insights to help clients achieve product differentiation, consumer preference, and market leadership.

The Safe America Foundation to Conduct News Conference on September 27

September 19, 2018

SAF logoThe Safe America Foundation is conducting a news conference on Thursday, September 27, 11.00am, hosted by Georgia State Representatives Paulette Rakestraw and Michael Smith, where Safe America will announce its programming leading up to Veterans Day, the Super Bowl …and beyond into the new year.  Through continuing collaborative  partnerships & ventures with Atlanta VA, youthSpark, AMR, WellStar Atlanta Med. Center, Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, and Delta to help rescue victims of human trafficking… As well as Opioid addicts and PTSD-suffering veterans.

 We would be so pleased if you are able to join us at the Georgia State Capitol, inside, in the South Wing  (the site of the news conference is visible from the rotunda).  Be sure to mark your calendar!

Also, plan for a few extra minutes afterward, to see and take pictures after the news conference concludes.

And, in addition to our main announcement, there will also be remarks given by Executives from some of our partner organizations:

  • Kim Ryan,  President of the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
  • Dr. Joshua Murfree, COO of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority
  • Rick Ornelas, Director of Operations, AMR (Ambulance Co),
  • Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark
  • Jeff Turner, Chairman of the Clayton County Commission.

Safe America Foundation Press Conference
Thursday, September 27
11.00 am
Georgia State Capitol
206 Washington Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30334 Ø In the South Wing

RSVPs should be sent to, or by dialing him at (770) 384-7937.

The Davis Direction Foundation to Host Conference on Addiction September 26-29

September 19, 2018


1 death every 7.5 minutes * 192 deaths every day* 72,000 deaths annually

Learn about advances in addiction treatment from national experts at “Building Communities of Recovery,” a conference organized by The Davis Direction Foundation.

The crisis personally affected Missy Owen, CEO and co-founder of the Davis Direction Foundation, and her husband Michael, who lost their 20-year-old son Davis to a heroin overdose in 2014. The “Building Communities of Recovery” National Conference & Expo is Missy’s brainchild. WellStar Health System is the co-host for this inaugural event.

During the three-day gathering, experts who have helped people recover from substance-abuse disorder will share their successes in four primary areas:
1) Health and wellness
2) Law and legal
3) Education
4) Faith-based/spiritual

Speakers will showcase examples of solutions-based recovery, with discussions centered on how and why the programs are working. Here are a few examples:
• Washington State’s “Starts with One” research-based social media campaign builds positive self-norms around safe use, storage and disposal of opioids.
• In Kentucky, Kenton Co. Detention Center takes a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to addiction and is experiencing a 71 percent reduction in recidivism.
• DISPOSE RX is a cost-effective safe disposal tool for prescription medication for home and office.
• Young Living Oils will be available for purchase; oils are utilized by many hospitals as a substitute for opioids.
• One activity, “Pick Your Pathway,” details the different recovery meeting methods, including: 12- step meetings, Self-Management & Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery, All Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, and Book Studies.

Among those addressing the conference will be Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, whose interests have long included transforming health care. Gingrich maintains, “The need for this conference has never been greater.”

At the banquet Friday evening, the foundation will recognize advocates, writers, and organizations that have made progress in addiction treatment and recovery. DDF board member Ryan Hampton will discuss “American Fix,” his new book on solutions to end the opioid epidemic.

According to the Surgeon General’s most recent report, more than 25 million people are in recovery in the United States. The Conference will provide educational opportunities to help recovering individuals maintain sobriety and be productive citizens.

About The Davis Direction Foundation
The Davis Direction Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight addiction and fuel recovery while
serving as the national model for “Building Communities of Recovery” in the midst of a national opioid/heroin epidemic.
The Davis Direction Foundation focuses on advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention and recovery.

Chicken Salad Chick Launches Military First Mondays Deal in Honor of Patriots Day

September 12, 2018

59fc8e8625273.imageMondays just got a whole lot tastier! Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, is honoring military personnel with a fifteen percent discount to active and retired military with a valid ID, available every first Monday of the month through July 2019. Customers visiting any of the ten Atlanta-area locations can choose from over a dozen delicious chicken salad flavors, fresh soups, salads and sides. In addition, a special code will be generated for the Craving Credits app for those wanting a discounted meal on the go!

“This Patriots Day, we wanted to do something special to honor our loyal customers who have served our country,” said Lauren Fernandez, co-founder and president of Atlanta-area developer Origin Development Group. “Chicken Salad Chick has a long-standing tradition of supporting our military patrons and this promotion is our way of making sure that both active military and veterans in Atlanta know that they are appreciated all year round,” added Darren DeVore, managing partner.

The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew. Under the baton of Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick and with majority investment partner, Eagle Merchant Partners, the company now has 84 restaurants in nine states across the Southeast and 20 locations in Georgia, ten of which are owned and managed by Origin Development Group, an Atlanta-based restaurant development fund founded by Darren DeVore and Lauren Fernandez.

For more information about the discount please visit, or call 844-41-CHICK (844-412-4425). Follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and special contests.