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1CountyLineApril2016 APRIL 2016 WOMEN LEADERS OF NONPROFITS Standing Joni Smith Ruth Goode Sitting Rebecca Eller Niki Adams Colella APRIL 2016 CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 DEmentia whole family impacts your Theres no getting around it dementia is hard on everyone involved. But it is possible to lessen the load. Were here to help with a progressive approach to assisted living for memory loss that redefines the traditional idea of memory care bringing peace of mind to everyone in your family. Our two neighborhoods of memory care provide just the right amount of assistance at just the right time. 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Visit us online at CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 WOMEN LEADERS OF NONPROFITS DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 12 Paparazzi BUSINESS FOCUS 14 the Vein Center at Johns Creek Dont ignore the warning signs Be proactive and protect your legs 28 Allergy Asthma Institute Are You Suffering from Spring Allergies 16 5CountyLineApril2016 FEATURES 8 Devoted to the Arts 20 Building a Culture in Theater 22 CountyLine Poets COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Johns Creek Foundation Provides Grant to Johns Creek Beautication 11 Ground Broken for New Fire Station Construction of new facility funded by SPLOST sales tax and Impact Fees 30 Bowl for Kids Supports Mentored Children 8 20 22 CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 From the Publisher Afew months ago I was looking over a list of nonprofits in Forsyth County and as I thought of each organization and their Executive Director I realized that a majority are women. I was impressed with the incredible services that are available to help people in need in our community and that so many of the organizations providing these services are led by women. Each Executive Director is individually impres- sive and I would like to honor all of them with this issues cover story. Of course theres not enough space for informa- tion about each of these women so the Executive Directors featured are Ruth Goode of United Way of Forsyth County Joni Smith of The Place of Forsyth County Rebecca Eller of Literacy Forsyth and Niki Adams Colella of Forsyth County Community Connection. Thank you to all the women Execu- tive Directors of nonprofits in Forsyth County The arts have been a passion for Stuart Miller since he was a child. So when he joined the Johns Creek Arts Center last fall as the Executive Director he brought along a lifetime of personal and professional experience in many areas of the arts. Be sure to read about Stuarts experience and education and you will understand why he is such an asset to the arts in our community Students at South Forsyth Middle School SFMS who are interested in drama have the advantage of being taught by the schools Director of Theatre Bob Upton. The drama department at SFMS is exceptional and you will surely be impressed when you read about Bob Upton and the talented stu- dents who are learning and excelling in theater at SFMS. This month is the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month and it is the 9th year that CountyLine readers have submitted their poems for publication in this issues CountyLine Poets I am honored to be able to publish poems written by adults and students in our community. Conversely it is difficult to not be able to publish all the poems that were sent in by readers. Congratulations to those whose poems are being published and to those who are not please try again next year. The Business Focus this issue is on the Vein Center at Johns Creek and the Allergy Asthma Insti- tute. Dr. William H. Johnson of the Vein Center at Johns Creek provides very valuable information about venous reflux the warning signs and recommends a vein evaluation to protect your legs. Dr. Lakshmi Reddy of the Allergy Asthma Institute has some very helpful suggestions to survive the spring allergy season. Be sure to read what you can do and how Dr. Reddy can help. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher 7CountyLineApril2016 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Cindy Lombardo CountyLine Poets Photography Eric Sturges On the Cover WOMEN LEADERS OF NONPROFITS Standing Joni Smith Ruth Goode Sitting Rebecca Eller Niki Adams Colella photographed at the Forsyth Conference Center CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. 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He fondly recalls living by the beach as a boy chasing seagulls crabbing on the docks and later lifeguarding. He attended Sol C. Johnson High School in Savannah where he played varsity tennis. He also played valve trombone in the high school citywide jazz band sang with a choral symphony and performed in local theater. I knew at a young age that I liked the arts. I was well-rounded and my parents gave me opportunities to try creative outlets Stuart said. After graduating from Shorter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Theater Stuart worked in Virginia and Philadelphia as a theater technician and in acting roles. He continued artistic and performance pursuits in Atlanta and then he earned a Masters de- gree in Leisure Studies with a focus in Museum Meth- ods from Georgia Southern University. He received a grant from the Science Museum of Minnesota for his thesis field study of interpretive theater for children and developed material so the museum would come to life for visitors. Stuart proved that students knowledge increased with interpretive performances of museum exhibits. After completing his field study Stuart accepted a job in Gadsden Alabama where he designed Imagination Place Childrens Museum. He managed and oversaw the science and hands-on education program with ro- tating exhibitions and interpretive programming. He said about his six years there It gave me the founda- tion for the rest of my career. I learned about designing an outreach program grant writing and fundraising. This experience led to his next job with Exhibits USA in by Cindy Lombardo Devoted to the Arts CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 9CountyLineApril2016 Kansas City. As the Education Curator Stuart met with artists and learned how to explain their skills. He then developed programs and activities to go on tour with traveling exhibitions. He recalls that one of the best experiences of his career was working with assemblage artist Betye Saar and putting her art on CD-ROM to show how art works with computer technology. Stuart returned to Georgia to become Director at the Thomasville Center for the Arts where he helped launch the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival which was named one of the top 10 wildlife arts festivals by Wildlife Mag- azine. He has also served as Executive Director at the Sautee Nacoochee Center where he helped to origi- nate the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia the only museum in the country solely dedicated to folk pottery. Before joining the JCAC Stuart also worked in government services and pubic school administration in Georgia. During the years he was building his career he raised three sons whose ages range from 7 to 19 and earned a Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As time allows Stuart is involved in Habersham Community Theatre and is an avid hiker having trekked most of the Ap- palachian Trail in Georgia and recently accomplishing a challenging rim-to-river hike in the Grand Canyon. Excited to be part of the JCAC Stuart believes the Center offers great growth opportunity with strong community support. Last year the City of Johns Creek awarded the JCAC a grant for exhibitions and programs. The Center reaches into libraries schools senior centers Emory Johns Creek Hospital and col- laborates with Parks and Recreation at Newtown Park. My core value is that arts need to be part of the com- munity. Last year marked a new peak for adult and childrens classes and camps. That success was due to the full-time staff members that are well-credentialed. I couldnt have asked for a better team to work with. We continue planning a variety of classes for all ages and interests and are also exploring offering outreach programs to area businesses with a trial program in place and plans to offer this to other businesses this spring Stuart said. April is the 20th Anniversary of the JCAC with a series of events planned for the public. There will be a celebration at the Center with a Fam- ily Day on Saturday April 30th . What drives me in my work is the opportunity for the Johns Creek Arts Center to fulfill its potential as an arts center for the entire community. We are celebrating our 20th year in 2016 but our best years are still to come Stuart said. To find out call 678-898-4645 or email If you are a provider of medical services in Johns Creek do you know what the Johns Creek Healthcare Association has to offer you and your practice Looking for a healthcare provider Visit Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. Aneurysm Carotid Disease Diabetic FootLeg Ulcer Leg Pain 1-800-VEIN-DOC 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek 407 East Maple Ste 101 Cumming 4040 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 200 Alpharetta Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 The Johns Creek Foundation Board of Direc- tors recently presented a grant award in the amount of 5000 to Johns Creek Beautification. The grant will be used to support the launch of ArtSpot a juried outdoor public art initiative to promote art in public spaces throughout the City of Johns Creek. Public Art in Johns Creek will add to the visual identity of the City creating memo- rable images for visitors and residents alike. Johns Creek Beautification is a non-profit 501c3 organization formed for the specific purpose of providing median and right of way landscape en- hancement public works of art and historic pres- ervation within the City of Johns Creek. Johns Creek Foundation Vision The Johns Creek Foundation seeks to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and business of Johns Creek by encouraging and di- recting financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cul- tural growth and strengthen our unique community identity and spirit. JOHNS CREEK FOUNDATION PROVIDES GRANT TO JOHNS CREEK BEAUTIFICATION Front Row Danielle Lenaway Rebecca Rahm Wayne Carrel Cindy Jenkins Lynn Canty Bob Bowling Back Row John Bemont Jim Saffell Steve Broadbent Chuck Wilkinson Debbie Cortjens 770.331.6855 Liz Ryan 404.713.6023 Now is the time to Sell Your House Our 2015 sold listings were on the market an aver- age of 26 days and sold for 98 of asking price. Call us to see what your home is worth Massage service performed by Georgia Licensed Massage Therapists. 11CountyLineApril2016 The southern portion of Forsyth County will be home to a new station for the Forsyth County Fire Department designed to improve service and reduce response times in a densely popu- lated area of the county. Ground was broken on Friday February 12 for the departments newest facility which will be referred to as Forsyth County Fire Station 6. The new station will be locat- ed just off of Peachtree Parkway Highway 141 on Brookwood Road south of the intersection with Caney Road. Based on the history of incidents along the south corridor of Peachtree Park- way Station 6 will be uniquely located for more timely emer- gency responses in the area said Fire Chief Danny D. Bowman. This territory is currently served by Fire Station 10 which is located a number of miles away. It is fully expected that once new Fire Station 6 is open our response times in this area will be trimmed considerably. Construction of the new station is funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax SPLOST VI program and by Impact Fees. Fire Station 6 will be a four-stall station designed to accommodate the personnel and equipment that will operate out of the facility and to allow for future growth. Construction is expected to take approximately 12 to 14 months. GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW FIRE STATION Construction of new facility funded by SPLOST sales tax and Impact Fees The Primary Care Center for Your Entire Family Infant Adolescent Adult Geriatric DOT Physicals Other In-House Services Accepting All Patients New Old With Extended Hours Monday - Friday 8AM 6PM We Accept Most Health Plans A Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You eMedical Associates 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd Suite 501 Cumming Located across from The Collection at the southeast intersection of Peachtree Pkwy and Ronald Reagan Blvd Visit us at a.k.a. Encounter Medical Associates PRIMARY CARE CLINIC To Make An Appointment Call 678-736-6000 To schedule an appointment call 404-300-9931 9810-B Medlock Bridge Rd. 104 Johns Creek 30097 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center Sports Chiropractic Physical Therapy Massage Dr. Lauren Cortjens is a highly specialized sports chiropractor who has pursued years of post-graduate training. As an athlete herself she understands the mindset and emotions involved while training and preparing for competition. Her practice is devoted to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and she is certified in Active Release Techniques ART and Fascial Distortion Model for the treatment of soft tissue related conditions. Dr.Cortjenscanhelpyouwithrepetitivestressandotherinjuriescausedby CrossFit Cycling Golf Running Soccer Swimming Lauren Cortjens DC CCSP CF-L1 CFE CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 Paparazzi MELISSA MANNINO KELLEY BISHOP DIANE LASORDA DR. LAUREN CORTJENS DEBBIE WILLIAMSON DR. SUJATHA VIVEK DR. UTHAN VIVEK ELLEN MATTHEWS CATHY CORNEJL RACHEL GILSTRAP DR. USHMA PATEL DR. BRITTANY CORBETT JENNY RIDNOUR JENNIE AMOS PAM LORDTORI TAYLOR BARB HORNSBY 13CountyLineApril2016 Dr. Lakshmi P. Reddy MD Dr. Reddy is board certified in Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Reddy completed her residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri. She then completed her fellowship in allergy and immunology at the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to receiving her medical degree Dr. Reddy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University. She is a native of Atlanta and lives in north Atlanta with her husband and 2 children. Mon-Thurs 800AM-500PM Fri 800AM-1200PM Extended Shot Hours Call our office to make an appointment today 678-615-7878 Same Day and Walk-in Appointments Available Children Adults Board-Certified Physicians Testing and Treatments Done On-Site Most Insurance Plans Accepted Allergy Asthma Institute 10700 Medlock Bridge Rd. Suite 102 Johns Creek GA 30097 Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 4040 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 200 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I H ow do you know if your leg discomfort is from varicose veins Are you some- one who could benefit from treatment Over the last 10 years of treating patients for varicose veins Dr. Johnson has often had people look at some of the more advanced pictures of varicose veins and say My legs dont look like that do I really need treatment The pictures usually show large rope-like veins going up and down the legs or even show legs with more advanced changes such as skin thickness darkened pigment or even ulcers. Of course these patients need help and should seek it right away. But you dont want to wait until you get to that advanced stage to start treatment. You want to prevent it. Most people start getting early symptoms years before they get to this point. Many people dont even know they suffer from venous reflux. It is not just a cosmetic problem and it will progress. More than 30 million Americans have undiagnosed varicose veins. It affects both women AND men with men making up 33 of patients. Have you already devel- oped small spider veins or varicose veins Do you have heavy or tired legs Do you experience pain aching or swelling in your legs If you answered yes you may be experiencing something called venous reflux. Veins take blood back to the heart. Veins have valves that are supposed to stop blood from going backwards towards your feet. In many people the blood starts going the wrong way refluxing in some of the larger veins deep below the skin. This acts like the trunk of a tree. Branches off the refluxing vein start to become enlarged and engorged causing even more branches to dilate and voila you start to see veins popping up on your legs. This condition only worsens over time. As the blood pools it starts to cause symptoms such as heaviness tiredness or aching. Many of my patients have very few visible varicose veins but still have significant underlying disease. The process can start as early as the teenage years and earlier treatment will help keep your legs looking good. It is much better to be proactive than reactive. Do you want your legs to look and feel better Vein procedures are simple and safe. Almost all insurance plans cover treatment for venous reflux. The treatments are done in the office setting and people return to work the next day. They are done under local anesthesia - you can drive home from the procedures. Studies show 95 of your symptoms will resolve making your legs look and feel so much better. Protect your legs with early treatment. Let us help by setting up a vein evaluation. To schedule a consultation call vein technician Patrick at 770-232-2911 ext. 105. For more information visit The Vein Center at Johns Creek is located at 6920 McGinnis Ferry Rd Suite 340 in Johns Creek. - Be proactive and protect your legs Dr. William H. Johnson CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 Dont ignore the warning signs 15CountyLineApril2016 Imagine working in a collaborative environment of contagious professionalism. One where the education marketing technology support training agents and offices are of the highest caliber. Where people work together striving for excellence yet feeling like family. You want to provide the best possible experience for your clients. We want to be there with you. Imagine yourself powered by Harry Norman Realtors. 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Some are local chapters of national organizations most were established to address a need in this community. Some provide assistance to adults children and families and others specifically provide assistance to a more focused group such as Bald Ridge Lodge and Jesses House that provide temporary housing for boys and girls in need of a place to live away from a troubled home environment Mentor Me-North Georgia that creates mentoring relationships between children in need and positive adults Meals by Grace that prepares and delivers a hot nutritious weekly meal to those in need and Family Haven that helps victims of violence. What the Executive Directors of these non- profits have in common is that they are all women Heidi Snarey of Bald Ridge Lodge Amber Black of Jesses House Sylvia Cardona of Mentor Me-North Geor- gia Suellen Daniels of Meals by Grace and Shandra Dawkins of Family Haven. These and other women who are Executive Directors of many of the nonprofits in Forsyth County have the daunting job of overseeing the programs staff and volunteers to provide invaluable services that help people in our community. To recognize and honor the many women Executive Directors of nonprofits in Forsyth County who have dedicated their careers to serve the needs of others four women have been selected to be featured in this cover story Niki Adams Colella of Forsyth County Community Connection Rebecca Eller of Literacy For- syth Ruth Goode of United Way of Forsyth County and Joni Smith of The Place of Forsyth County. Each of their organizations serves a different need in the community and they each brought different career experience to their non- profit. What they have in common is the gratitude they feel from the work they do to improve the lives of people in our community. They each work with other organizations and community leaders to provide solutions to problems and to help people obtain self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. This cover story is to honor and thank all the women Executive Directors of non- profits in Forsyth County. Their hard work and dedication is providing a better quality of life for many people and serving many needs in our community. CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 NIKI ADAMS COLELLA FORSYTH COUNTY COMMUNITY CONNECTION Family Connection has a collaborative in each of Georgias 159 counties that bring community partners together to address and serve challenges faced by children and families. Prior to taking over as Executive Director in Forsyth County Niki served in this position at other Family Connection collaborates spending seven years in Jackson County and two years in Jasper County. When I came to Forsyth County three years ago I reached out to the Board of Education the Sheriffs Department the County Commissioners and local organizations to determine the issues that families in this area were facing said Niki. Drug use a lack of families to care for foster children and child sexual abuse were identified as the major issues. The goal of Community Connection is to be the incubator for solutions to these issues added Niki. She collaborated with community leaders and other local organizations to initiate the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council FCDAC. Drug summits were held for the community and the first one was attended by over 500 parents. The FCDAC attained a grant of 125000 a year for the next five years to address drug abuse and create awareness. In 2013 there were 68 children in need of a foster family and only three homes. Niki formed group meetings to recruit families and there are currently 47 children living in foster homes. With many incidents of child sexual abuse by adults that come into contact with children Niki initiated the Dark- ness to Light program to educate adults and train them on how to avoid abuse and have safe contact with children. The success that I have had responding to issues in Forsyth County is because of the support that I have received said Niki. This is truly a community that cares. REBECCA ELLER LITERACY FORSYTH Prior to coming on board as the Executive Director of Literacy Forsyth in June 2015 Rebecca worked at Literacy Action Inc. for two years. She was hired as a Transi- tions Specialist became the lead teacher and was then made the Site Director. Her first introduction to Literacy Forsyth was as an ESOL and GED instructor. She was also an ESOL and GED instructor and a Transitions Advisor at Lanier Technical Col- lege. Since 1993 Literacy Forsyths mission has been to provide adult literacy ser- vices that educate build self-sufficiency and strengthen the communitys economic base. These services are available at no charge and include tutoring for low-level and non-reading adults preparation for the GED preparation for U.S. Citizenship and English classes for non-English speakers.Rebecca began her career working as a paralegal until she made the decision to accept a position in Japan for two years as an English teacher and assistant trainer. As a first generation college graduate I understood the struggle many adults face to get an education said Rebecca. I wanted to teach adults but wasnt educated to at that time so I was drawn to the opportunity to teach in Japan. I learned how daunting it is to adjust to a new language and culture and I believe that this experience made it possible for me to empathize with the adults I work with who are in this situation. Rebecca has initi- ated two pilot programs that she hopes will make adult education more accessible new locations to overcome the barrier of transportation and child care at the class location. I believe in access to education said Rebecca. The adults that I work with have busy lives but they make the effort to show up to learn and Im inspired by these wonderful students. 19CountyLineApril2016 JONI SMITH THE PLACE OF FORSYTH COUNTY Joni brought over 30 years of experience with her when she took over as Executive Director at The Place of Forsyth County in January 2015. Her career began in the nonprofit sector working 24 years in business management for two local hospitals. In 2009 Joni took a year off to regroup volunteered at the Boys Girls Club and then accepted the position of Chief Professional Officer for the Club. Following her move from Florida to Georgia Joni worked for two years as the Executive Direc- tor at the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross. She then spent six months as the Development Director of Atlanta Childrens Shelter before taking over at The Place of Forsyth County a nonprofit organization that has been assisting resident families with basic needs since 1975. The Place provides a hot nutritious lunch every Wednesday financial assistance that includes rent and utilities and shopping at a food market and a workforce development program for the under- and unemployed. Last August Joni greatly improved the weekly food assistance program from providing several bags of random food items to a food market where residents can shop and select specific items that meet their familys likes as well as their needs. This summer 44 garden beds at The Place will yield fresh fruits and vegetables to be added to the food pantry selection. Joni also improved the work- force development services that has already helped nearly 70 people and resulted in 40 getting jobs. I feel so gratified when I see a person who has come to us for help make the choice to help themselves said Joni. We are here to help them with the services we provide but it is their choice to use what we give them to become self-sufficient. RUTH GOODE UNITED WAY OF FORSYTH COUNTY Ruth Goode has been the Executive Director of United Way of Forsyth County UWFC serving Forsyth and Dawson Counties since 1999. Ruths focus on busi- ness during her education led her to start her career working as a sales financial analyst for several large corporations. When she moved to Forsyth County in 1989 Ruth was looking for an opportunity to get involved in her new community and became a volunteer at Family Haven a family violence center. Several years later when their Executive Director left Ruth was asked to fill the position. I did a lot of soul-searching and personal re-budgeting to see if I could live with the considerably lower compensation said Ruth. In the end I made the move to nonprofit because I believed in the work that Family Haven was doing and I believed that I could make a difference. After seven years as Executive Director at Family Haven Ruth became the Executive Director of United Way of Forsyth County. Their mission is to improve lives in our community by mobilizing the caring power and spirit of our citizens. To do so they work in conjunction with other local organizations to improve the educa- tion health income and basic needs of people in the community. These needs are continuously assessed through surveys focus groups and committees. Identifying needs and being able to provide services that help improve lives to be able to see measurable results of the work we do is an incredibly gratifying experience said Ruth. After 17 years as Executive Director of UWFC Ruth is proud to see how much the organization has grown rewarded by the positive effect their funded programs have had on those in need and honored to be a part of it. CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 I f Broadway and the movie box offices around the country tell us one thing its that the theater in- dustry is big business and an important part of our American culture. Bob Upton Director of Theatre at South Forsyth Middle School SFMS recognizes this as he prepares his dra- ma students for their upcoming spring musical Legally Blonde. Though the students in this production have a very rigorous rehearsal schedule they audition to have the opportunity to improve their craft by working with Bob who has over 30 years of experience in all phases of theater. During his time in the theater industry and in teaching Bob has built and designed sets acted directed and taught all components of theater.He earned his Bach- elor of Arts degree in Theatre with a concentration in Technical Direction and Design from Jacksonville State University. After graduation Bob worked profession- ally in regional theatre for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Childrens Theater. In 1987 he moved to the Atlanta area where he worked on nu- merous projects for Broadway designers directors and playwrights at the Alliance Theatre. Bob began his career in education in 1995 when he was asked to join the team at the Gainesville The- atre Alliance GTA as Assistant Technical Director and a contributing set designer.After nine years at GTA Bob took a position as the Technical Director and Tech Theatre teacher at Forsyth CentralHigh School. While there he worked with award-winningdirector and teacher Yatesy Harvey. During their five years togeth- er at Central Bob and Yatesy took students to com- pete in the Georgia High School Associations One Act Play competition four times winning two State titles. In 2009 Bob joined the team at South Forsyth Middle School where he continued to build their top-notch middle school drama program. In addition to two productions each school year the drama students attend numerous festivals and compe- titions. In January for the second time they attended the Junior Theater Festival JTF held at the CobbGal- leria Centre. This prestigious festival hosts students and teachers from 101 educational musical theatre groups. This years festival represented 28 states the District of Columbia South Korea and Australia with over 5800 people in attendance. Among the achieve- ments awarded to the SFMS students were five nomi- by Brian DeRose Building a Culture in Theater Bob Upton with drama students at the Junior Theater Festival photo courtesy of Eric Sturges 21CountyLineApril2016 nations for Choreography DVD auditions for which one student received a second callback two students were named JTF All-Stars two were chosen for the JTF slam performance and Kristen Dickey received a Freddie G Excellent Individual Performance by a Female award. The students are motivated and they work hard to be prepared said Bob. Eighth-graders compete in two one act festivals each year The Georgia Theatre Con- ference and the County-wide One Act Festival that was started by Bob so other middle schools theatre pro- grams have the opportunity to get involved in the one act play process. SFMS won first place this year. The drama program has roughly sixty members. Bobs goal is for the students to receive a well-rounded edu- cation in theater. I want students to learn all aspects of theater said Bob. There is so much more to our industry than just acting. These students will be much more marketable if they have experience in all areas of theater. Drama student Morgan Saur says of Bob Upton Not only has he taken the time to get to know each of us and help us find our strengths but he also tries to find a way to give each and every one in the cast a chance to shine on stage. To improve the quality of the productions and to help the students grow in all areas of theater Bob hires pro- fessional outside talent such as choreographers and guest directors to work with the students. The out- side professionals help the students to learn the real- world components of theater and motivates them to improve said parent Renee Dickey who is a member of the Booster Club. This outside help is one of the many reasons that we are so successful. The Booster Clubs President Eric Sturges sums up the program Since being part of the South Forsyth Middle School drama program I have seen enormous growth in the students.The parents in the Booster Club do what we can to assist in making Bobs vision for the program a reality.Ive never seen sixth seventh and eighth-graders be able to take on the type of material they do and excel when performing it. The productions are on a high school or even a college level.Its very rewarding to be part of such a great program and to have a small part in its future. Legally Blonde will be performed at Lambert High Schools auditorium on March 24 25 and 26. For ticket information visit Todays College Admissions Process is Complex Time Consuming and Competitive We offer College Admissions Planning Services for grades 8-12 Free Initial Consultation Call 770-203-0300 Denise Eccleston Owner 2-time Forsyth County Counselor of the Year HECA Member Aim for the Future will help guide you throughout the college admissions process. CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 CountyLine Poets A MASK OF MANY by Nancy Hicks A poet took away the laughter I thought was real And said ah ha it was only A shield of loathing. Naive I would declare. Laughter despite despair Laughter dredged from anywhere Surely helps the pain. It weakens the defenses Of those who speak of Differences while you secretly Weep in shame Instead you held up a mask Lowered your eyes and head And with crumpled heart Left me content with the face I chose to see. Wandering far In a land of many parts With people judging people From where they come and sound And I have found I now borrow Your mask ah ha. Catch the moon by Alvin Nathaniel 1st grade I looked out to the moon Shining high in the sky There was a moose Staring and waiting for it to set There was a cardinal Looking at the moon Sitting upon her three little eggs There comes the daddy cardinal With a worm in his mouth I run out to the trampoline Jumping and trying to catch the moon EMPTY HOUSE by Mia Bulick 4th grade Swinging shutterS Slamming doors Floors that have seen better days Empty halls Quiet rooms Empty house faded memories of small screaming children Now serious faced adults The familiar scritch-scratch of an old bassetT hound Gone Cold Drafts of wind through the empty halL Sweet memories of the holidays now gone Bitter. Cold UNwelcoming entryway EMpty house Good-bye 23CountyLineApril2016 BROADWAY by nora Michaelis 2nd grade Broadway iS So pretty when you See the SiteS oF the city the lightS are So Bright eSpecially at night Broadway iS So Fun and Fancy it MaKeS Me want to get dancy thatS JuSt how Broadway iS. Christmas on the Lake by Richard Diggelmann The candle flame glows steadily no wind no whisper disturbs the soft and sensuous silence. A distant foghorn bleats uncomely welcome warnings As random ships race swiftly cross the nearly frozen lake. A sharp crack resounds the Yule log shifts to find its cozy perfect place among the embers. The whitening fluff has all but silenced an outside world the chain-y click of passing cars the gentle scrunch of trodding boots remind us of these frigid months. We sit alone And watch the flicker from the flaming log reflected in each others eyes We watch the butter-pad so swiftly come undone and sink not swim into our steaming cups of rum. We look we live we love . . . Serene and warm . . . Complete . . . this Christmas eve. I Believe by chase Malinowski 11th grade i believe in happiness it always brings a smile i believe in excitement it always brings a thrill i believe in mistakes they always help us learn i believe in forgiveness it is like a mothers embrace i believe in words Because they are inuence i believe in stories they are imagination i believe in choices and how they shape lives i believe in justice and how it takes a stand i believe in innovation and how it moves us forward i believe in the past it reminds us of the future i believe in writing and how it shares points of view i believe in opinion and how fast it changes i believe in kindness and how it affects others i believe in life and how we should live it to its fullest CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 Haiku by Matthew Tregembo - Kindergarten I love to stay home Snow I hope school is cancelled The breeze is cold too Haiku by Kaitlyn Barne- Kindergarten I love hibachi I love shrimp french fries and rice I love the re too If the Time is Right by Luke Michaelis - 7th grade If the time is right we can go to the farthest corners of the world. When we soon get there the wind will take us far away let us y away. As we aim for stars the world is getting smaller it is so serene. We both y away we land gracefully on stars and stop to talk a while. Suddenly the star shoots us right back down to Earth and we land back home. But when time is right I will still love you so much to the stars and back. Layers by harold Jordan layers upon layers of layers i peel back only to expose more layers of unexposed layered layers of what i am or who i am But i know not either there is no name meaning or identity for this unidentiable entity wandering aloof forever lost while all the while i am in plain sight of my destination. i seek the face of truth while yearning for the heart of peace But they are nowhere to be found Both easily evading me effortlessly Slowly exhausting every bit of my energy. even my exhalations are exhibiting exaggerated breathing patterns the quest for understanding the reasons why i am the way i am has yet to be undertaken because i am afraid to know who i am. Fear of self-rejection and the deniable liability that i am sure to invoke keeps me grounded at the starting line Jockeying for position with Mr. never moving forward himself Stand Still. and i stand just as still unmoving. a stoic statuesque somber symbol of whatever i am. hoping for an identity crisis in the worst way. Memories That Never Die by Herb Waterhouse Men may speak of memories dimmed with time But oh how fresh and new seems every thought Of the years we two have spent as one. Others know not love thats stood the test of time Nor stored away the joy that never dies Only sadness and disappointment fade away When thoughts go back to all our love has known. Who could ever want more than has been ours Gods blessings so abundant and complete. If life hereafter found in heavens bliss Exceeds the peace we two have found Therein will lie the proof that God Is truly love. 25CountyLineApril2016 Ode To My Piano by J. Craig Hill For forty years youve followed me From house to house to house From cockeyed manse To shack on bricks To cracker concrete blocks From rented room To rented rooms To 1950s ranch And maybe down the road a bit Youll follow me to France In all those years I learned to play No more than 20 tunes Simple songs with simple chords A simple riff or two I kept you tuned and in repair Free from dust and grime But kept you at a distance From my body and my mind Patience was your virtue Sloth my foolish vice But now I have the time and will To learn to play you right So someday soon well share the joys Of rock and blues and rag Of classics old and modern Of Christmas songs and jazz Of Mozart Bach and Beethoven Of Joplin Blake and Hines Of Clair de Lune As Time Goes By And Georgia On My Mind Smile by Allie Tatoy 8th grade Never again shall I see the smile That shines my world with light Never again shall I stand by you Or know whats wrong or right For how can I walk again Knowing we shall nevermore talk How can I stand up When I have no one with which to walk Yet I know I can stand once more Because of your smile of light For I know that if I try once again I can make the world bright. Truth by Lisa Saghini I am my own north star. I am an inalterable YES shouted from heaven in answer to prayer and a humble hallelujah whispered through lips worn ragged from the praying. I am a merciful miracle and pardoned pain. I am solemn and sacred joy liberated from deep holy sorrow tendered by grace. I am powerfully perfect every cell summoned from an ancient ether which cradles the spirits of the innite long gone yet still enduring. A course charted by the Infallible One lling the hollow places with an unseen and faithful wind Afrming my irrefutable truth. CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 The Tranquil Spot by Elizabeth Yu 6th grade The lush green grass is swaying in the wind. The clouds crawl across the endless pale blue. High above the eld is the shining sun. This meadow seems too beautiful to be true. The trees dance as the wind gently pushed them back and forth. The meadow is lled with owers of every hue. The deer swish their tails and graze quietly. The birds are singing twoo. Far in the distance a waterfall cascades. The splashes can be heard in the meadow. Behind the meadow are towering mountains gazing down below. Beginning to get bigger are the shadows of the trees. The darkness begins to overcome the light. The crickets chirp the owls say hoo. Slowly the moon rises as the sun sinks out of sight. The Alzheimer Patient by aarti nayar Short and pleasantly plump she sports athletic pants her salt and paper hair come lose from the tuck of her fraying bun thin wisps framing her face her sepia skin weathered matte against the glossy walnut frame of her glasses a mass of time worn wrinkles she is unsteady barely balancing as she tips side to side her feeble fragility being led by her clasped hand much like that of a childs unlike a child though her eyes arent soaking in the sights and sounds of the vibrant outdoor neither radiating with their inner light vacant they see only because they can her ve senses are as if in an airtight ziplock untouched by the throb of life WHEN DAYS ARE LONG by Shreya Kharidhi 3rd grade When days are long You have to have a song to sing Like the birds and the bees The sun and the clouds And all sorts of things. When days are long You have to have a song to sing Like rushing water singing to the world Saying Im here to put a smile on your face As you wander through this beautiful place. When days are long You have to have a song to sing Like rain making music As it falls to the ground Waking up the plants that you see all around. When days are long You have to have a song to sing Like the sun shining bright as diamonds Making a rainbow through the clouds Giving us dreams of pots and pots of gold. 27CountyLineApril2016 Dr. William H. Johnson is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.He is a member of many national medical and surgical societies including the Ameri- can College of Surgeons. Dr. William H. 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Our board-certified physicians are experts in the surgical management of hip and highly complex arthritis disease and offer state-of-the-art procedures to return you to a high functional level and restore quality of life. Services offered Evaluation of the painful hip and knee Hip and knee arthritis surgery Robotic surgery of the hip and knee Primary and revision hip and knee replacement Arthroscopy Surgical management of tendon tears of the hip 3400-C Old Milton Pkwy Suite 290 Alpharetta GA 30005 Call 770 667-4343 for an appointment 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive Suite 250 Cumming GA 30041 CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 Its official. Pollen season has begun in Georgia. That means tree pollen levels are high. If you have allergies you probably have a love-hate relationship with spring. You want to enjoy the weather but youre sneezing sniffling and your eyes itch. Let us provide a few simple ways to survive the spring allergy season. First try to avoid going outside on days with a high pollen count. Typically the pollen count is highest on dry windy days and lowest on rainy days. When you need to work outdoors wear a high quality face mask. Second limit indoor exposure to pollen. Shower at night. This helps remove the pollen on your hair and skin before you go to bed. Wash your sheets weekly in hot water. Dont sleep with pollen in your sheets or youll say hello to a stuffy nose in the morning. Also dust weekly using a wet mop or wet cloths. These pick up dust and pollen better than dry ones. In addition use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If you are still suffering its time to see Dr. Reddy. She can determine what youre al- lergic to and prescribe the exact treatment you need. Dr. Reddy has specialized training and years of experience in the field allowing her to provide state-of-the-art care to all of her patients. She recognizes that allergies asthma and allergic diseases present in myriad ways and no two patients are the same. To that end Dr. Reddy will provide each and every patient with individualized care that is comprehensive and compassionate. When visiting the office you can expect a detailed medical history a thorough physical exam and appropriate diagnostic testing. Based on this information you and Dr. Reddy will work together to devise a treatment plan that not only addresses your symptoms but aims to improve your quality of life. Dr. Lakshmi Reddy MD was raised in Fayetteville Georgia. She stayed in Georgia to com- plete her undergraduate studies at Emory University. She then attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee obtaining her medical degree in 2001. She then completed her medical training at Washington University School of Medi- cine in St. Louis Missouri. She stayed on staff as a hospitalist for three years and during this time her interest in allergy and asthma grew. She attended the Medical College of Georgia for her fellowship in the specialty of allergy asthma and immunology spending the next two years training with both adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Reddy moved back to Atlanta five years ago to found the Allergy and Asthma Institute in Johns Creek a pre- mier specialty medical practice dedicated to treating allergy sufferers in North Atlanta. Dr. Reddy is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy asthma and immunology. She offers a broad array of services including treating and testing for seasonal allergies asthma recurrent cough food allergies skin rashes hives eczema insect sting allergy and drug allergy. Reddy Allergy and Asthma Institute is located at 10700 Medlock Bridge Road Suite 102 in Johns Creek. To schedule an appointment call 678-615-7878 or visit their website at Are You Suffering from Spring Allergies Dr. Lakshmi Reddy 29CountyLineApril2016 PreK Lower School Tuesday April 12th 830 - 10 am 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming GA PEEK INTO PINECRESTGrand Opening Special 20 Off Call today to schedule an appointment 678-404-7973 10350 Medlock Bridge Rd. Suite 206 Johns Creek Manicures and Pedicures Waxing Eyelash Tinting Extension Johns Creek Town Center 3630 Peachtree Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Cumming Town Center 2305 Market Place Blvd Cumming GA 30041 Alpharetta North 5665 Atlanta Hwy Alpharetta GA 30004 Receive up to 4 visits per month. Additional visits only 10. 770 292-9292 CountyLine April 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 The annual Bowl for Kids raises funds to sup- port Mentor Me-North Georgia a local non-profit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring relationships between volunteers and children. The recent 2016 event attracted a record 130 bowlers and corporate sponsors. Sylvia Cardona executive director of Mentor Me- North Georgia said Everyone had a great time and it was good to have so many bowlers partici- pate. Supporters from our community had a chance to visit with our mentors and mentees and enjoy the fun. The funds we raise help us match more children with caring mentors. And thats what is important. We currently have children waiting. Thank you to everyone in our community who supports children and youth. Kim Castleberry is a mentor for the second time. She was matched with Erika one year ago. Having men- tors gives these children a chance to experience things in life that they would not be able to other- wise Kim said. And mentoring gives me a joy that I also would not experience any other way. Jane Iglesias is Chair of the Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017. I believe in Mentor Me she said. It is important to empower children and provide them with someone who can guide them in the right direction. 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