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kidz2leaders Appoints Christina G. Cummings as Executive Director

March 21, 2017

kidz2leaders, inc., an organization dedicated to working with children of incarcerated parents, announced the appointment of Christina G. Cummings as Executive Director today. “She brings a wealth of experience to kidz2leaders and will play a key role in executing our mission,” said Dr. Diane Parrish, kidz2leaders’ President and Founder. “Her enthusiasm, community contacts, and passion for making a difference in the lives of kidz2leaders’ children will be a tremendous asset to the Board.”

Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Cummings served four years as Director of Programs for kidz2leaders, overseeing Camp Hope, creating the inaugural Family Retreat Program, and overseeing all year-round programs designed to break the cycle of generational incarceration for children of inmates. “kidz2leaders has a huge impact on the children and youth we serve, and I look forward to furthering the growth and mission of the organization,” Cummings said.

Prior to joining kidz2leaders, Cummings served as Volunteer Coordinator with Project Safe, supervising more than 200 volunteers as they worked to end domestic violence through crisis intervention. During this time, she also worked the the Serious Fun Children’s Network camps in California and Ireland.

She holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Georgia.

A native of Marietta, Cummings is a member of numerous organizations, including “30 Under 30″Award Winner of Atlanta Young Professionals Network and Georgia Center for Nonprofits; Respite foster parent through FaithBridge Foster Care Ministry serving foster families and children in metro Atlanta; active member of Smyrna Fist Baptist Church; and is certified in Nonprofit Finance & Accounting through Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

About kidz2leaders

kidz2leaders, inc. exists to help change the lives of prisoners’ children and to break the vicious cycle of generational incarceration. We help children rise above their circumstances, teach them to become leaders, and provide a life of hope through Christian programming in a safe and fun environment.

For more information, contact Sandra Cathy at or (770) 977-7751.

NAFE Names WellStar Health System One of the 2017 “Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women”

March 21, 2017


The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has named WellStar Health System one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women for 2017 in recognition of organizations that identify and advance women through their ranks. WellStar has earned a spot on this prestigious list eight years in a row.

“At WellStar, we are always looking for opportunities to support our team and create opportunities for growth,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System.  “As a not-for-profit health system, we have an unwavering focus on providing excellent patient care. By building a strong team of dynamic caregivers, we are better able to care for our patients.”

WellStar has a robust set of benefits for team members, which are aimed at creating work-life balance, creating trust and improving quality of care. These programs include on-site child care, concierge service and backup care for elderly family members or sick children. These offerings allow team members to focus on work while they are at work and on their families when they are home.

“The NAFE ‘Top 10 Nonprofit Companies’ are the leaders in the U.S. that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture where talented women are nurtured, promoted and thrive,” says Betty Spence, president of NAFE. “We are very proud to honor their contribution to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

“NAFE emphasizes women with bottom-line and top-line responsibility—the positions that lead to the corner office,” according to Subha V. Barry, vice president and general manager, Working Mother Media (WMM). “In addition, more than a quarter of the board of director’s members at the 2017 NAFE Top 10 nonprofits are women.”  NAFE is a division of WMM.

The announcement is featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother and on

About the Methodology
The 2017 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, concentrating on high-level women. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance.

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit

About NAFE
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

New Northside Hospital Cherokee To Open May 6

March 20, 2017

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Northside Hospital Cherokee’s long-awaited replacement hospital will open for patients on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

The new hospital is located at 450 Northside Cherokee Boulevard in Canton, off I-575 at the Ga. Hwy 20 exit.

“This is a huge move forward for Cherokee county and the surrounding areas,” said Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital Cherokee. “Our new hospital is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people over many years. The entire Northside Cherokee family is proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we look forward to a new era of health care service.”

Construction is complete on the new hospital, which will open with 105 inpatient beds and more than twice the square footage as the current hospital. Northside staff is now focused on training and education, while overseeing the installations of equipment and furniture.

A medical office building opened on the 50-acre campus in early January. Several physician practices and Northside Hospital Radiation Oncology have opened their offices and are seeing patients. Additional Northside services and physicians will move into the building over the next several months.

Northside is planning an open house for late April to give everyone a chance to tour the new hospital campus before patients are moved and accepted there on May 6.

For more information about the new hospital and to view videos of the construction, visit

About Northside Hospital (
The Northside Hospital health care system is an 868-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses and treats the most cancer cases in Georgia and performs the most robotic surgeries in Georgia. The only Georgia hospital on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers, Northside has more than 2,500 physicians and 15,000 employees who serve 2.5 million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.

Cobb Site of TAG 2017 Georgia Technology Summit

March 17, 2017

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The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced today that its full line-up of industry innovators is now set for the 2017 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS), which will be held on March 23 at the Cobb Galleria.

This year’s events will focus on “Innovation Discovery” and will feature scheduled keynotes such as Glenn Lurie, President and CEO AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations, Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Founder, Chairman and CEO of publicly-held Intercontinental Exchange, Inc and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.

In addition to the speakers, the event will host the innovation segment spotlighting new technologies being developed at Emory, Georgia Tech and Georgia First Robotics and 40 new companies will be named to TAG’s Top 40/Top 10 Innovative Companies in Georgia at the Summit.

“Over the past thirteen years, we have been uniting Georgia’s technology community in a day of celebration and learning,” said Larry Williams, President and CEO of TAG. “This year’s Summit promises to be the best one yet as we look to inspire the next wave of innovative disruptions in Georgia and beyond.”

The 2017 Georgia Technology Summit is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,300 C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community.

For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit and to register for the event, visit:

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 33 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at





GSO Jazz Performs Music of the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band

March 16, 2017


Sam Skelton and the GSO JAZZ! will return to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square to present music of the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band at 8 p.m. on March 18.  The One O’Clock Lab Band:  “Seven Grammy nominations! Multitudes of great composers, performers, and educators all throughout the music world. Over 60 recordings and a tradition that just keeps swingin’…”

The March 18 performance will present the GSO JAZZ! big band, which is known for playing jazz standards, swing, and contemporary compositions. Bandleader and saxophonist Sam Skelton has recorded with Elton John, Matchbox 20, Train, and The Ohio Players, among others. GSO JAZZ! is part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra organization.

The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is located at 117 North Park Square on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $28 for adults, and $10 for students.

To reserve tickets, call, (770) 429-2390 or visit

About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951, and brings music to over 15,000 people annually.  Its mission is to engage and enrich diverse audiences through the presentation of music at the highest artistic level and to provide programs and education that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts. The GSO organization also includes the GSO Chorus, GSO Jazz! and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

New Supply Chain Management Program Begins in April at KSU

March 16, 2017

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The Continuing Education program offered at KSU will provide students a chance to enhance their professional skills

For individuals who desire to enter or advance their career as a professional logistician, the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University has a new option programmed to begin on April 15  – the Supply Chain Management Certificate.

“Supply chain managers work in nearly every industry,” said Tracy Jordan, program manager for the Supply Chain Management Certificate. “This program will provide students the foundation they need to gain introductory level experience in the supply chain industry.”

The seven-week Supply Chain Management program is led by Benjamin Tolber, an expert instructor who possesses more than a decade of relevant industry experience in information technology, operations and supply chain management. Course topics of study include supply chain overview, demand planning, transformation of demand and supply, supply, logistics, quality control, supply chain IT and supply chain globalization. Ideal candidates for this program include individuals with a background in manufacturing, retail, hospitality, military, project management and Lean Six Sigma.

“If you need an understanding of the effective flow of goods and services from the point-of-origin to the point-of-consumption to meet customer requirements, then this program is for you,” Jordan said.

The Supply Chain Management program is approved for several forms of financial aid including VA Education Benefits, WIOA Funding and Continuing Education Loans. A free online webinar information session is scheduled for March 22 at 2 p.m. For more information or to register for the free online webinar, visit or call 470-578-6765.

Burger 21 Monthly Charity Night Partners with Bullock Hope House

March 15, 2017

Kicking off its monthly Charity Night, Burger 21 partnered with the Bullock Hope House last month and donated 10 percent of the sales on Feb. 21 to the Powder Springs-based charity.

Burger 21, which opened February 6, is locally owned and operated by David and Theresa Brown. Since Burger 21’s inception in 2010, the Tampa, Florida-based company has provided more than $160,000 in contributions as part of its’ “B Charitable” initiative. On the 21st of each month, Burger 21 donates 10 percent of its restaurants’ sales to local schools and charities.

The Bullock Hope House, founded in 2005, provides free housing for out of town cancer, rehab and families of burn patients. It has provided a “Home Away from Home” atmosphere for out-of-town patients and their caregivers. Last year, they received referrals from the burn unit at WellStar Cobb Hospital, The Shepherd Center’s Beyond Therapy and Pathways programs.

“The need for providing a ‘Home Away From Home’ atmosphere to out-of-town patients and their caregivers and is a very worthy cause,” said Hope House president Connie Bullock. “The free housing takes away just one of their financial burdens, while providing a peaceful healing environment as the patient is going through treatments.”

All proceeds received from the Burger 21 Charity Night go to supporting the operations of the house and to the housing of the guests and their caregiver.

Bullock Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) IRS approved nonprofit and is operated solely with volunteers, as there are no salaried positions.

For more information, visit