OUR BOARD MEMBERS

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Marsha Spear, President

I thoroughly enjoy being involved in my community. I am on the board of Southern Magnolia Charities serving as president; I have been actively involved with the Milton Tour of Homes, serving as chairman for the 2017 tour; and have served on the board of the Friends of the Milton Library for the past four years.

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I am a financial advisor, CFP®, with Edward Jones, having opened my office in Crabapple in 1997. My team and I are dedicated to providing exemplary service and advice to help families in the community meet their financial goals.

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My husband, Kevin, and I are high school sweethearts. We are both involved in the Milton community, serving on various boards. We enjoy cycling, traveling, watching Steelers football and are proud “parents” of two Siberian huskies.

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Robert Meyers, Vice President

As a member of the US Foreign Service, Bob served in Panama, Peru, Chile, Belgium, Switzerland and Washington, and as US Spokesman at the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Geneva. He was Director of the US Government's Foreign Press Centers in Washington, DC and New York and was Special Assistant to the White House Staff Director during President Carter’s final year in office.

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In the private sector, Bob was responsible for global employee communications in a Fortune 100 company. He later served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Scientific-Atlanta. For 12 years he worked as a professional glassblower at Stone Mountain Park.

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Bob was Chairman of Milton's first Tour of Homes, Chairman of the City of Milton's Charter Review Commission and is VP of the Milton Historical Society. He is the author of the award-winning books - “Bygone Treasures and Timeless Beauties: Barns of Old Milton County” and “Irish Pubs in America: History, Lore and Recipes”.  He has a BA from the University of Colorado and MA in Political Science from UCLA.  He is married to Linda and has two daughters and three grandchildren. His mother was born and raised in Alpharetta

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Judy Burds, Treasurer

Judy Burds serves Southern Magnolia Charities as Treasurer and leads logistics for the Tour of Homes Committee. She worked at AT&T in Operations and Engineering, followed by international consulting and sales work specializing in Sourcing, Purchasing and Accounts Payable. 

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Judy also serves on the Board of Governors of White Columns Country Club, their Ladies Golf Association Board, and as Vice President of the Friends of the Milton Library. 

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She has called Milton home for over 11 years. Golf and her human-affection-seeking rescue dog help keep her active. 

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Donna Savas, Secretary

Donna is the president/founder of Savas Digital Creations, a local graphics design company specializing in creating logos, websites, marketing material, print layout design, etc.  After presiding over and being actively involved in PTA leadership at the elementary, middle and high school levels for over 15 years, and sitting on multiple sports related boards, she turned her volunteer focus toward other community involvement and, in addition to serving as the Secretary for the Southern Magnolia Charities board, she is currently is or has been involved with the following organizations:

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◆   Milton Tour of Homes - 2018 Chairperson, and Committee Member in 2017 and 2016

◆  The Friends of the Milton Library - Board Member

◆   Milton First Responders Foundation - Volunteer

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Donna and her ever supportive, loving husband, Ted, are the parents of two outstanding young adults, (Drew and Taylor) and love to cheer on the Green Bay Packers, from their residence in Alpharetta - or anywhere else for that matter!  GO PACK, GO!

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Lara Dolan

Lara Dolan is a full-time real estate agent focussed on residential sales in Milton, Alpharetta, and surrounding communities. Together with her business partner Tracey Craft they are The Craft Dolan Team at Village Realty and specialize in Luxury Residential, Investment and Commercial transactions, consistently achieving "Circle of Excellence" and "Top Team" designations.

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Lara is active in the community, and in addition to Southern Magnolia Charities, she currently serves on the boards of the Alpharetta Business Association, the Milton Business Alliance, and is a founding member of landmark fundraising events including ShamRockin’ for a Cure and the Milton Tour of Homes. In 2017 Lara was named one of 10 “Good Neighbors” by National Realtor Magazine selected from thousands of entries across the country, and was a 2014 Points North “Savvy Successful” woman of the year from Points North Magazine. She is New Homes Specialist and a graduate of 2015 Leadership North Fulton. 

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Lara and her husband Brian live in the Crabapple area of Milton with their 2 daughters, Olivia and Carly.

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Kim Gauger

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Kim Hirsch 

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Sally Rich-Kolb

Sally Rich-Kolb was born and raised in Atlanta and now lives with her husband, Tom, in Berkeley Lake.  After years of teaching in Forsyth and several other educational opportunities in Gwinnett, Sally opened an antique shop in the then, "Antique Capital of the South", little ol' Crabapple.  Raising two children sleeping under tables for sale, Sally, along with her tenants in the Crabapple House, started the festival "Old Times in Crabapple" and started it back up as "Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival" when the new City of Milton came knocking on her door.  Still having some energy left, she started up “Carving in Crabapple”, as well as several other events through the Crabapple Community Association, which she presided over for years.  Since then, she owns/manages more commercial and residential properties in Crabapple and enjoys traveling and her home in the mountains.  

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Abbe Laboda

Abbe Laboda knows the North Atlanta market and is especially plugged into the Milton and Alpharetta communities. Over the past 19 years, she has helped her husband develop their full-service, custom builder business, Capstone Building Group Inc., into a sought-after and trusted resource for fine homes. Well respected in the community, they successfully built two Roswell Womens’ Club Showcase Homes. Abbe’s extensive knowledge of the building and renovation process, proper land usage and preservation, and large contact base set her apart from other REALTORS®. She knows the business, the market and the community.

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With a passion for community, historic and land preservation, and responsible development, she co-founded Preserve Rural Milton, built a community network, the Milton Sweet Tea Society, which connects, develops and fosters local businesses, charities and relationships. Passionate about local history, she was appointed to two terms by the City of Milton to serve on the Milton Historic Preservation Commission and published articles on local history, families and land preservation. Abbe not only knows the North Atlanta community, but she has helped nourish it.

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Abbe’s enthusiasm, energy, drive and knowledge have proven to be contagious and made her successful at sales and client service, earning her several awards at previous corporations such as President’s Club Membership, Outstanding Achievement Award and Circle of Excellence, among others. Abbe’s focus is doing what is right by the client, to exceed expectations, and build relationships, earning referral-based connections. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Abbe looks forward to football season, and off season she practices her photography, hikes with her Sole Sisters Club, works on her local history project, follows the financial markets, volunteers in her community and relishes the time spent with her two girls and husband.

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Betsy Lowery

After multiple relocations over the past 30 years due to her husband’s military and corporate careers it has become apparent to Betsy that the more quickly she gets involved in a new community the more it feels like home.  And what better way to make Milton home than to participate in the Southern Magnolia Charities? Betsy is excited to be part of SMC and its support of local charities.

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Born and raised in upstate New York, Betsy graduated from the University of Vermont with a Business/Finance Degree.  Her professional career includes over 14 years of experience in the financial industry across the country, including establishing a successful a start-up business in Honolulu and managing a medical consulting firm in Boston.

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Betsy, Chris, their three teenagers, and black lab have lived in Milton since 2014.   She currently serves on the Board of Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) and previously on the Milton Tour of Homes Committee.  When she is not volunteering, attending soccer games and horseback riding competitions, or traveling, Betsy can be found spending time with family and friends.

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Kevin W. Spear

Kevin is retired after a career as a sales and client relations executive for several firms including PNC Bank, United Parcel Service, and PSCU Financial Services.  He has been and continues to be actively involved in civil and charitable organizations including and serves on the following boards:

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◆   The Friends of the Milton Library (President)

◆   The Milton Historical Society

◆   Board of Trustees for West Virginia Wesleyan College (Vice President and Finance Chair)

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Kevin and his wife, Marsha, have resided in Milton, GA since 1996.  Go Steelers!

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