Givers 5

Their gift is giving.

Nancy Alterman

Nancy is a licensed Radiation Therapist and Certified Professional Coder with Peachtree Radiation Oncology and gives her time to her favorite charities by organizing silent auctions for American Cancer Society North Fulton, CHOA’s Festival of Trees, Junior League of North Fulton, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and Happy Tails Pet Therapy, to name a few.  She chaired silent auctions for the Child Development Association, North Fulton Community Charities, Roswell Azalea Festival Gala to benefit the Cottage School, Bulloch Hall Magnolia Ball, Roswell Rotary Golf and Tennis Tournament, and Every Woman Works Stars Dancing to Change Lives. Working with cancer patients and their families to provide a better treatment experience is her job and passion, and this year she is working with Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance on their spring fundraiser.  Her husband, Richard of 28 years and their daughter, Tori live in Alpharetta.

Laura Madajewski

Laura Madajewski came to The Drake House three years ago out of a desire to give back to the North Fulton community she lives in, seeing a sharp rise in the need for housing and support for homeless families. The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless mothers and their children in north-metro Atlanta, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. The north-metro Atlanta area has the highest growth of suburban poverty in the nation, with single mothers being the fastest growing homeless population.   The Drake House is the only agency in the area offering an emergency residential program.  In ten years, they have served almost 400 families and 900 children.  Laura is Senior Audit Manager at HLB Gross Collins, P.C.

Carolyn O’Brien

Carolyn is an Atlanta native whose passion for neglected and abused animals and decreasing the euthanasia rates in the metro Atlanta area is matchless.   She vehemently believes in leaving this world a better place than you found it.  Even with a full-time consulting job, Carolyn recognizes the importance of philanthropy and finds the energy, time, and discipline, combined with an unfailing commitment to generously serve the community. Carolyn is Founder of Two Tailz Rescue, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing abandoned, abused, and homeless animals in and around Atlanta. Carolyn also founded Freedom Flightz, a group of Georgia pilots with private planes who fly rescue missions to adoptive or foster homes along the SE corridor.  Two Tailz Rescue is entirely funded by tax-deductible donations from individuals and organizations, is completely volunteer-based, and saves the lives of hundreds of animals each year. You’ll see them at pet adoptions at Whole Foods locations in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, PetSmart in Dunwoody and in Alpharetta. They partner with the Atlanta Humane Society off of Mansell Road in Alpharetta with special events at restaurants throughout the Perimeter.

and Robin Yackley

Thomas and Robin Yackley, founders of the Alpharetta Community Chorus, are retired Fulton County music educators.  They have a combined teaching experience of 67 years.  Thomas earned a Bachelors degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters degree from Florida State University in choral conducting.  Robin earned a Bachelors degree from Florida State University and a Masters degree from Georgia State University, both in music education.Thomas supervises student teachers for Georgia Southern University and has a photography business, Yackley Photo. Together they have worked with graduate level choral conductors at Georgia State University. They also lead the Park Place Social Singers for seniors in the Johns Creek area.  The Alpharetta Community Chorus is in its fourth season, having started rehearsing in September of 2013. The non-auditioned group is open to new membership following each concert.  The chorus rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m., with a music reading training session offered from 6:30 – 7 p.m.  They regularly perform three concerts per year plus a summer weekend workshop in addition to performances throughout the community. They perform a wide variety of choral music from Renaissance to Contemporary

Shane Jackson

Shane’s company, Jackson Healthcare, exists to improve the lives of others. Giving back is at the heart of everything they do as they seek to use skills and resources to give a hand up to people in need globally and at home. Shane supports many valuable organizations locally such as Faithbridge Foster Care, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, and City of Refuge.  The company has incredible global partners such as Mission Predisan, CURE International, and the Chinese Agape Foundation.  Sean recently had the privilege to work with Homes of Hope to build two homes for families in Latin American- one where he got to work beside his wife and three kids. Shane’s passion is a new initiative the company is launching to revolutionize medical care for the poor in developing countries through Video Medical Missions. He is on the board of civic organizations including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, North Fulton Community Improvement District, and the Alpharetta Technology Commission and non-profit organizations including Junior Achievement of Atlanta and the Goodman Institute. He lives in Alpharetta.

Chris Glavine

Tom and Chris Glavine are the proud parents of five healthy children ranging in age from 7 to 22.  They do not take their good health for granted and have witnessed far too many children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, these kids are in the fight of their lives, and, far too many have already lost their battles. With Tom’s accomplishments in Major League Baseball, they recognized a unique opportunity to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer at a national level. Their family decided to become advocates for these children through CURE Childhood Cancer, since less than 4% of federal funding for cancer research is allocated towards curing childhood cancer.  Kids’ cancers are different than adult cancers and desperately need different treatments.