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President - Lisa Thompson
President - Lisa Thompson

Lisa and her husband, Ken, launched Thompson Hypnotherapy LLC in March of 2017 after they both experienced a life-changing transformation using hypnotherapy to achieve permanent weight loss.  Lisa has over 1500 hours in hands-on classroom training and is certified as a Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Council for Hypnotic Examiners and the Atlanta Center for Hypnosis Training.  Although the application of hypnotherapy is extensive, the most popular areas of focus are permanent weight loss, stress mitigation and performance.   Although Lisa was born and raised in Ohio, she became a resident of Duluth in 1998 when she married her husband of 24 years, Ken Thompson, in Sharpsburg, GA.  Lisa and her husband, Ken, are avid hikers and when it is time to recharge, they head for the mountains of the Shining Rock Wilderness near Ashville or Amicalola Falls and the Appalachian Trail right here in our own back yard

Lisa Thompson - Thompson Hypnotherapy LLC - (937) 499-4273

Vice-President - Michelle Riley
Vice-President - Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley is Vice President, Financial Sales Manager for First Citizens Bank.  With 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Michelle brings knowledge , professionalism and an understanding of the financial landscape to her customer relationships.  A member of our First Citizens team since 2009, she's well known as a trusted banker, helping customers achieve their financial goals.  

Michelle is knowledgeable and passionate about the Banking industry, working with many customers to grow their businesses.  As a part of the Duluth area, Michelle is familiar with what is happening  locally and how it impacts the community.  We make recommendations and decisions based on what's best for your business and focus on your growth, expansion and success.

Michelle is proud to be part of the First Citizens family, where "Forever First" is more than just a slogan.  It's a promise to stay with our customers through the years - and even across the generations - and remain worthy of the trust they place in us.  We're committed to being of value to the people, businesses and communities that rely on us.

Michelle Riley - First Citizens Bank - (678) 473-9627

Secretary - Holly Norman
Secretary - Holly Norman

Holly is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Furnishings and Interiors.  After college, she worked for three years as a model home designer decorating for a national builder.  In 2003, she joined the top-producing team at her local RE/MAX office.  After six years working as part of a team, Holly took another bold step and became an individual agent.  She kept on this path for the next ten years.

Holly hired her first assistant in 2019.  Since then, she's added another assistant, a partner agent, a showing assistant, and mentors an agent.  When a need arises for a client, they find a way to fill the need.  The team she has put together and continues to add to aligns with each pillar of her business.  They focus on building relationships and communicating exceptionally well.  Holly is among the top 1.5% of Real Estate Professionals and Teams in the U.S. and recently was featured on the cover of  Real Producers Magazine.

In her personal life, Holly has been married to her husband Robert since 2001 and they have a son, Christian.  She enjoys traveling, swimming, and interior design.  She also likes concerts, Atlanta Braves baseball, University of Georgia football and trying new restaurants.

Holly Norman - RE/MAX Center- (678) 820-4454

Treasurer - Karen Walker
Treasurer - Karen Walker

Karen is the Tax and Accounting Manager for McClellan & Associates.  She has worked for the firm for 25 years and holds Enrolled Agent status with the IRS. 

Karen and her husband have lived in Suwanee for 20 years.  They have four children, three of which live at home.

Karen has worked with non-profit organizations for many years, helping to get them established by filing the Application for Exempt Status with the IRS and to remain in compliance by filing all necessary tax returns and documents. 

While her sons were in High School, Karen was on the Board of the Peachtree Ridge Band Boosters Association for five years, serving two years as Treasurer and three years as President.

When Karen is not working, she enjoys camping and hiking with her family, reading and shopping.

Karen Walker - McClellan and Associates - (770) 497-9525

Past President - Michele Parrish
Past President - Michele Parrish

Ms. Parrish has 30+ years of experience in various sales, account management, and business development roles.  She is a Partner/Owner of Engineering Collaborative LLC, a woman owned civil engineering firm designing projects in the Southeastern U.S.  She is also a licensed realtor in the State of Georgia.  Previous experience includes top producing roles in sales and sales management for a major global medical laboratory achieving numerous financial and customer service awards, as well as, managing and executing business development, marketing, and human resource activities for a long-standing civil engineering firm based in  Metropolitan Atlanta.  She has a proven track record of building strong internal and external business relationships with expertise in leadership, public speaking and customer facing activities.  Ms. Parrish is a member of the Society of American Engineers, the North Atlantic Metro Association of Realtors, Board member and Past President of the Duluth Business Association, and a volunteer mentor at Rainbow Village.

Michele Parrish -  Crosspointe Realty - (404) 452-5881

Board Member - Michelle Alcorn
Board Member - Michelle Alcorn

Michelle first began her journey with Rainbow Village as the Liasion between Rainbow Village and Perimeter Church.  In this role, Michelle organized service projects, co-chaired fundraising event committees, and organized faith partner serving efforts.  She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2010.

Since joining the Rainbow Village Team in 2016, Michelle has continued to focus on engaging the community to provide the support and resources needed to fund the Rainbow Village programming that gives families stability, safety, and second chances.  As a member of the team, Michelle gets to see firsthand how that programming can equip, teach and coach residents to give them a hand up!

Michelle Alcorn  -

Board Member - Benjamin King
Board Member - Benjamin King

Benjamin is the owner of Pet Wants Johns Creek which produces specially-crafted, private label pet food formulas made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl.  Pet Wants Johns Creek offers multiple blends of dog food to local area rescuers.  Pet Wants John Creek is a mobile business that offers free, personal delivery to Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Duluth and the surrounding areas.  Ben is a Certified Health Coach and has his certification in Anti-Inflammatory Diet that aids in people dealing with chronic inflammation.  He was most recently the art director and creative studio manager in brand marketing for a global sporting goods company for 18 years.  He also coached youth basketball for 15 years and has passions for both Weimaraners and photography.  Ben has lived in Duluth for 20 years.

Benjamin King - Pet Wants Johns Creek - (678) 896-6540

Board Member - Paul Shin
Board Member - Paul Shin

Paul started his career in Real Estate but then shifted his focus to retail banking where he transformed bottom-ranked banks into flagship financial centers.  He also dipped his toes in the startup arena, building a tech platform to streamline and improve communication and processes in the dental industry.

Paul is a Vice President and the Manager of Retail Banking at Loyal Trust Bank, and his priority is keeping the customer experience exceptional by improving efficiency without sacrificing the quality of the service.  He loves coming to work every day because he gets to see first-hand the difference a community bank makes to provide personalized services for customers as technology makes everything in life more personal.  His secret sauce to improving the client experience is ensuring each team member is empowered to do whatever it takes to get the job done - no matter how big or small the task may be.  For him, it is important to cultivate a culture where every individual feels like a valued member of the Loyal Trust Bank family, and they are encouraged to contribute their thoughts and opinions to help drive continuous improvements.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and toddler, as well as playing golf, volunteering, and exploring the diverse culinary delights in the Atlanta area.

Paul Shin - Loyal Trust Bank - (678)-783-8018

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