Speaker Date Topic
Sara Butler, author Apr 12, 2024 12:15 PM
Fortune and Folly: The Weird and Wonderful Life of the South's Most Eccentric Millionaire
Fortune and Folly: The Weird and Wonderful Life of the South's Most Eccentric Millionaire

Meet and hear the author of Fortune and Folly:  The Weird and Wonderful Life of the South's Most Eccentric Millionaire 

Sara Butler is a resident of Roswell, GA who has lived and worked in the Atlanta area for nearly 25 years.  She's currently employed as a Marketing Director at Cox Automotive, but prior to the pandemic she spent 13 years working at Colony Square in Midtown, where she spent her lunch hours walking the historic neighborhoods and researching interesting old buildings. Published by UGA Press, her book, Fortune and Folly: The Weird and Wonderful Life of the South's Most Eccentric Millionaire, is the result of seven years of research into the original Coca-Cola family and the impact they made on Atlanta as we know it today.  She's here tonight to share a few stories from the book and answer any Candler-related questions.

Patrick O'Carroll, President and CEO Apr 19, 2024 12:15 PM
The Task Force for Global Health
The Task Force for Global Health

Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI became The Task Force’s fourth President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2022. A physician and public health professional for 37 years, Dr. O’Carroll has extensive experience working across numerous public health domains including global health, epidemiology and disease surveillance, injury control, tobacco use prevention, adolescent health, disaster response and emergency management, public health information system development, bioterrorism, and epidemic control.

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, Commissioner Apr 26, 2024 12:15 PM
DeKalb County Super District 7
DeKalb County Super District 7

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is originally from Greenville, Alabama and a twenty-two-year DeKalb County, Georgia resident. Lorraine attended Troy University where she received a B.S. degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice; a M.S. in The Administration of Criminal Justice and received an M.P.A. in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and Grant Writing from Auburn University before attending John Marshall Law School. Lorraine holds a business certificate from Harvard University in Delivering Public Services: Efficiency, Equity and Quality. Lorraine has over two decades of experience in print media, mass communications, and management. A seasoned grant writer, Lorraine has developed state and federal proposals resulting in the procurement of millions in CDBG funding for state and local entities through the Auburn University Economic Development Institute.

Rabacca Arayan May 17, 2024 12:15 PM
CEO, Villa International
CEO, Villa International

Rebacca Arayan and Dr. Taiko Nakazawa.

Rebecca Arayan is the Executive Director of Villa International in Atlanta. Villa International is a 33-room residence founded in 1967 as a “home away from home” for international guests in Atlanta. Villa offers short-term housing for those looking for a friendly and affordable place to stay. Prior to this position she worked in the nonprofit sector as the executive director of the Georgia Radio Reading Service and as a development and grant writing consultant for local nonprofits and as the Director of Development for the Day1 radio program. She has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rebecca and her family live on-site at Villa. Her husband, Caren Arayan, is in supply train management and works at the Parts House in Stone Mountain. He is originally from Armenia (where Rebecca was stationed in the Peace Corps), and they have two teenaged children together.

 

Taiko Nakazawa is currently a student at Emory University at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Nakazawa prided herself on providing whole-person healthcare to her oncology patients while also participating in extensive involvement in clinical trials at one of the top cancer centers in Japan. Her continued studies in Public Health at Emory will assist her in leveraging her medical experience for the betterment of health equity to the general public. She is specifically focusing on enhancing cancer treatment systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Meredith Ford, Chef and Food Writer Jun 14, 2024 12:15 PM
Owner of Cremalosa
Owner of Cremalosa
 
 
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State Jul 12, 2024 12:15 PM

Brad Raffensperger is Georgia’s 29th Secretary of State, first elected in 2018 and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2022.

Secretary Raffensperger is a lifelong conservative Republican. He moved to Georgia 40 years ago to raise a family and start a small business. As a licensed Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer licensed in 40 states, and licensed General Contractor in Georgia and other states, Raffensperger successfully founded Tendon Systems, a provider of high-strength steel for construction projects. Under Raffensperger’s ownership Tendon Systems grew to become the southeast’s largest post-tensioning specialist contractor with approximately 150 employees and projects in over 40 states. Brad also founded Trillium Structures, a structural design consulting firm with commercial mid-rise and high-rise projects throughout the southeast.

Raffensperger was elected to the City Council in Johns Creek, Georgia. Three years later he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives where he then served for two-terms, and in 2018 Georgia voters elected him Secretary of State.

The Secretary’s top priority is secure and accessible elections.