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“Nominate a Star” Nominees in Atlanta, presented by Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta

October 8th, 2020 | By Lily Robinson

During this challenging time, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta was looking for local stars who’ve gone above and beyond for the community. They could have been a nurse, doctor, first responder, teacher, grocery worker, delivery driver or any person working hard to help us all.

Thank you to the wonderful members of our Atlanta community who nominated their friends, family, and coworkers for our Nominate a Star campaign! We reviewed the nominees and chose five winners, who will each receive four tickets to an upcoming show when Broadway returns to the Fox Theatre. All the nominations we received were inspiring and heartwarming, and we are thrilled to share our winners and other nominations.

Winners

  • David Barnes, Nominated by Marlene Taylor: My brother Dave is ICU RN manager of the COVID unit in Braselton. He has sacrificed so much personally. He and his wife adopted and are raising his granddaughter, he is helping to care for his father-in-law, and he now adds the challenge of being a light of hope to those that are very ill with COVID. He is the person who stands in for a family members who cannot be present and help there beloved pass from this life to another. When leaving work, he must be careful that he doesn’t pass COVID on to someone else. He missed my son’s wedding. Family dinners, picnics, and many other things to keep those he loves safe. He is my hero. Himself last, others first.
  • Tracy Butts, nominated by Steven Butts: Tracy Butts is a local star because during these hard times, she and her three daughters have sewn over 1,100 masks and donated them to the Million Mask Challenge. Tracy constantly volunteers for Special Olympics Georgia, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and more. She has always wanted to see a Broadway show and loves going to see local productions. Her dedication, hard work, and generosity are deserving traits of winning these tickets. Please make her dreams come true!!!
  • Amaretto Herring-Russell, nominated by Diamond Herring: I am nominating Amaretto because she is the most dedicated, hard-working, loving, and caring Charge RN for her patients, as well as her family. She has a 6-year-old son, wonderful husband and she is eight months pregnant, still goes to work at her hospital helping patients and taking care of everyone around her. She deserves this nomination—she a beautiful soul and a tremendous inspiration. She is loved by sooooo many in her community, job, family, church, and a wonderful mother. Not many still will work this hard and this far along [in their pregnancy] because she is that dedicated and caring [to] put others before her all her life.Thank you for this opportunity for me to nominate such a wonderful Charge R Nurse.
  • Lori Waddell, nominated by BJ Waddell: Part of a High School Leadership team, she has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that the graduating seniors feel the love and appreciation from the school and community. She has built numerous plans and program options that have had to be cancelled, but always includes another option. Hours spent on email and social media interacting with students and families trying to help ease their confusion and disappointment. The abusive nature of some of the comments, emails, and phone calls often bring her to tears. She is going above and beyond to do whatever possible for these kids and families – she deserves recognition, not negativity. Please help me recognize her for the good she is trying to do in times that leave things out of our control.
  • Nilam Vaughan, nominated by Mitch Vaughan: My wife is an emergency room physician who has worked tirelessly between hospitals in SW Georgia (Albany and Cordele) and NE Georgia (Dahlonegha and Gainesville) during this time to care for the sickest during the pandemic. She has worked long hours and numerous shifts to ensure the safety of our citizens in COVID hot spots and in turn has had to be away from her three children and parents for long stretches of time. We’re lucky to have her.

 

Nominations

  • Alex Robles, nominated by Dorie Griggs: Alex is the EMS director for the Roswell Fire Department. Early this year he stayed on top of the COVID-19 situation, making sure we were equipped with PPE and other needed items. He works tirelessly to make sure the citizens of Roswell are cared for no matter the emergency.
  • Alex Todd, nominated by Rachel Todd: My husband works for Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. He has always gone above and beyond to help people in need, whether it be something small or something big. Despite all the negativity towards police officers this year, he has continued to treat everyone with respect and make sure that everyone is well taken care of. In the past 18 months he has lost his mother and grandfather, but we also celebrated the birth of our first child. I’ve seen him at his lowest and at his highest. One of our favorite past times together is going to watch a show, so I think it would really help to boost his morale.
  • Alison Wilhoit
    • Nominated by Jamie Katz: Alison is a nurse at Kennestone Hospital, an amazing mother of two boys, friend to many, and a very talented actress here in Atlanta. She goes above and beyond every day for her patients her friends and family and gives back to the arts in any way she can.
    • Nominated by Tommy Brannon: Alison is local performer in Atlanta but also a nurse at Kennestone Hospital. She works 13-hour night shifts, takes care of new mothers who have COVID and their babies. She volunteers to suit up in PPE and go in to help. She recently had to help her own sister. She also volunteers for cabarets to try and raise money for local theatres and to help her friends. She is getting ready to record for more cabarets to help the Atlanta Lyric Theatre raise money to survive this pandemic. In addition, she comes home from her nursing shift, and home schools her two boys (3 and 7). The three-year-old also has some special needs and she works with him. I truly do not know how she goes with no sleep and does all she accomplishes. She is a true hero to many people. She so deserves a night out especially with her love for musical theatre. Thank you for honoring our local heroes!
  • Amanda Cornelius, nominated by Joy Cowart: Amanda Cornelius is the Nurse Manager for Pearlman Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center. She works diligently to meet the needs of her oncology patients. When masks were needed at the cancer center, she networked with her church community to make sure that there were plenty of masks available for her patients. No matter what, she put them first, regardless of whether there was extra PPE for her. When some of her patients tested COVID positive, she prayed for them and celebrated their recovery. Whatever it takes to put her oncology patients first, she does it with a smile and heart full of love. That is why she is my STAR essential worker.
  • Amy Barnes, nominated by Sally Pullano: Amy is a frontline R.N. as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. She has been praised by doctors and nurses as well as her patients for the care she gives and her knowledge….common sense as well! She loves her job and they had their twins on her own unit!!
  • Andrew Benator, nominated by Edward Koffsky: Andrew gives 100% to any role he plays. He has tons of dramatic [and] comedic talent. I try to see him wherever he performs.
  • Andrew Riley, nominated by Kristen Riley: Andrew Riley (Doghouse Atlanta) has worked tirelessly donating his time to live streaming unemployed local artists during the shutdown of local venues. Many of his productions have allowed donations directly to the performers. He has been interviewed in various media for his dedication to keeping the arts alive during the pandemic. Almost all of his work has been as a volunteer and any revenue has gone back to the support staff and artists. Google Andrew Riley and Doghouse Atlanta for heartfelt thank you comments given the past few months. He is truly a “behind the scenes” person trying to keep other businesses going. His love is for the Atlanta arts community and lives in midtown.
  • Angela Nothdurft, nominated by Linda Frank: Angela is a rock star every day. She gives 100% of herself always. She works full-time, is raising two amazing daughters, is a wife, community volunteer, and gives back. She is making that difference for her children…teaching this next generation what having a good heart and soul means.
  • Ansley Taylor, nominated by Mike Tasos: Ansley is always helping people, working tirelessly at Northside Hospital during the COVID crisis. Along with her shifts at the hospital, Ansley and her husband Dillon volunteered at a youth camp in Maryland. She is also a foster parent and has adopted a rescue dog.
  • Ansley Thompson, nominated by Rebecca Pogue: Ansley is a rockstar! Between serving as Director of Community Engagement at Emory Saint Joseph’s hospital, raising beautiful one-year-old twin girls, and supporting her husband’s graduate school studies, Ansley has navigated recent months with grace, flexibility, and patience. She’s a role model for her co-workers, her daughters, and myself!
  • Ashley Cason, nominated by Zack Old: Ashley is an assistant nurse manager (ANM) for the ER at University Hospital Summerville, and she leads our staff ridiculously well. Throughout this whole pandemic, she has been within arms reach to help out with any issue that may arise…including the GROWING number of COVID patients. And always does it with the best attitude EVER!
  • Barbara Vazquez, nominated by Megan Donnelly: Barbara is a founding partner of Vazquez & Servi, P.C. Barbara’s goal is to help people obtain legal immigrant status and keep families together. She assists the DACA community through consultations and free online podcast/watch parties that she set up during the COVID pandemic.
  • Becky Langenfeld, nominated by Ginger Ganas: If you search for “Becky Langenfeld God Gown” you will find an amazing story. During the early days of the pandemic, Becky led a group of mask volunteers to aid our local hospital, nursing homes and other establishments when there was a shortage of PPE. When tasked by the hospital for a specific type of gown for healthcare workers out of a round tablecloth, she didn’t know how to proceed. After much prayer, she woke up at 3:00 a.m. with the perfect vision to make the gown. Her commitment to her community has been amazing and I’m proud to nominate her. She is a true inspiration for how to pull a community together in a time of need.
  • Bianca Holman, nominated by Marta Ceron: Bianca is a nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton. She is leaving her baby a six-month-old girl to work at the hospital now, that is in full capacity. Bianca is a very dedicated nurse and loves what she does.
  • Brandi Kilgore, nominated by Tanya Caldwell: Brandi Kilgore is an amazing actor. In March her portrayal of Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner, produced by Lionheart Theatre Company, was cut short due to COVID-19. She has one of the most talented actresses I have had the pleasure to direct and act with and deserves this recognition.
  • Brandon Smith, nominated by Dana Smith: As a police officer for the city of Sandy Springs, my husband has worked countless hours, nights, weekends, overtime, and riot details since the pandemic started. In addition to his job as a police officer, he donated his bone marrow in April 2020 to an unknown 61 year-old male who was in dire need of a bone marrow transplant in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. My husband is not only a lifesaver but a true hero!
  • Breanna Lathrop, nominated by Antavious Baker: Breanna, a doctor at Good Sam Clinic, has put in countless hours counseling, volunteering, and attending to the various needs of this community. While raising three little ones, she publishes articles about health equity within the pandemic for the public as well as medical professionals.
  • Brenda Peck, nominated by Michelle Peck: My mom, Brenda, is a retired teacher and cancer survivor. She has been raising her grandchildren so their mom can work full-time. In August, Brenda will be homeschooling the children as opposed to doing online school. She will also raise her new grandchild, who will arrive in January.
  • Brittany Leazer, nominated by Grace Chapin: Despite all barriers, Brittany strives to create a safe space for kids and teens. She manages to allow students to experience and enjoy the wonders of theatre and be a constant light amidst the ever changing circumstances.
  • Bryan Vega, nominated by Nallely Beltran: He was deployed to COVID relief and cleaned out multiple nursing homes.
  • Casey Rolling, nominated by Latrelle Rolling: My wife Casey is a star because she’s there for those at work when no one else is. She is a care giver who sits with the elderly at an assisted senior living facility. The clients love her. As long as God is willing. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for them. There was one night a client fell after she got home. Without hesitation she immediately went back just make sure she was ok. Now Casey drives from Acworth, GA to Rome, GA each day she works.
  • Cassandra Strickland, nominated by Lizzette Jones: Cassandra, now retired, ALWAYS volunteered. During COVID, many of her regular [volunteer] services ceased … but her drive to give back, did not cease. She joined new volunteer groups … keeping her going five days a week. At 70 years old, she gives untiringly.
  • Connie Letson, nominated by Erika S. Wimberly: She was my son’s teacher during this pandemic and she was so amazing!!!
  • Dara Vidito, nominated by Tiffany Solomon: Dara is a full-time youth leader and mom. Her life is about serving others. Even with her husband currently battling the COVID-19 virus, she is purposing not to neglect caring for her youth group virtually. She lives the golden rule. Dara is a star for sure!
  • David Barnes, nominated by Kati Swalwell: This is my uncle. He is an ICU Nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton who has been caring for COVID-19 patients despite his own pre-existing medical condition that put[s] him at high risk.
  • Denise Yussuff, nominated by Maria Manahan: Denise is a nursing assistant. She’s vulnerable for contracting COVID-19 due to chronic health conditions, yet she cares for disabled patients, double shifts, 7 days [a week]. Others quit due to fear of COVID or because they can earn more drawing unemployment. Denise also cares lovingly for her son, without family.
  • Dr. Josh Levenson, nominated by Gene Witkin: Dr. Levenson worked every day through the shut down treating dental emergencies of all types. He was very busy since most dentists were shut down.
  • Ellen Johnston, nominated by Elizabeth Scott: Ellen is a paramedic with Grady. She has been on the front lines of the COVID crisis. She is not able to spend time with her family during this time and she lives alone. Her time off is spent studying to become a nurse so that she can help her community even more.
  • Ellyce Con, nominated by Erin Hogan: In these crazy times, teachers have been applauded for their efforts to keep education happening. But behind the teachers are a team of administrators making hard decisions, supporting the teachers, making plans to feed out-of-schools students, and so much more. Mrs. Cone is the principal at the school where I am a teacher. She has made the difficult task of successfully virtually educating students from a Title 1 school much more manageable with her leadership. She is a star.
  • Elyse Lanahan, nominated by Vicki Benjamin: I would like to nominate my daughter, Elyse, who works as an ER nurse at Grady hospital. She has already had and recovered from COVID-19 contacted state work. Went back as soon as she could because she loves her job so much!
  • Gabriel Uribe, nominated by Maria Cortes: This young mans performance in The Hunch Back of Notre Dame at Greater Atlanta Christian School in March of 2020 was moving. His voice was beautiful and this young mans performance was beyond his years. He is a talent in the making and has great potential for musical theater.
  • George McKeehan, nominated by Isabella McKennhan: George is a dad of four kids (19,13, 3, and 2) and still manages to save countless lives every third day as a Captain at the Marietta Fire Department! He does it all with a smile on his face and an unending devotion to his children and wife!
  • Houston Johnson, nominated by Virginia Johnson: Houston is a counselor at Skyland Trail mental health facility. She works with psychotic patients. Some [professionals] are doing their counseling virtually but she continues to meet her patients in-person. The isolation of the pandemic has been so difficult for mental health patients and the counselors who serve them.
  • Jabari Layne, nominated by Woyquitta Thompson: He’s a God-fearing man whom take pride in taking care of his beautiful wife and kids.
  • Jade Lambert-Smith, nominated by Lynn Perreault: A theater educator at Tri-Cities high school. She is a 150% person in everything she does. She is intense in the best way, inspiring, generous, intentional, wise and so current with the needs of today’s students. She brings out their very best and deserves to be honored.
  • James Curtis, nominated by Kathie Neyman: James shines as a volunteer and advocate extraordinaire! You will most likely find him at Shepherd Center, volunteering 1600 hours annually, helping patients and staff. By working with Atlanta officials, advocating for much needed sidewalk and crosswalk maintenance, he has helped ensure the safety of those using wheelchairs and scooters.
  • Jarvis Adams, nominated by Jacqueline Giddens: He is a dedicated middle school principal that’s been diligently working to set up his school for opening this fall while stressing how to make it as safe as humanly possible during this time of COVID-19. His students have always come first!
  • Jerry Sims, nominated by Anna Roesinger: Despite having a condition which places her at high risk, despite working as a medical professional in a prison population, and despite two exposures to COVID 19 causing her to guarantee waiting rest results…. This fireball keeps on going and keeps risking her health for others.
  • Jill Hollsworth, nominated by Beth Boyett: Jill is an Infection Prevention Specialist and has been on the front line of COVID-19 since the beginning. She has worked tirelessly to keep others safe during these uncertain times.
  • Karen Dominy, nominated by Andrew Alsdorf: Karen works as a job coach for disabled individuals. She goes above and beyond for all of her clients.
  • Kate Eubanks, nominated by Sheri Eubanks: She works at a FedEx warehouse, very essential and completely unrecognized. Despite very little access to water to wash their hands, no extra pay for their exposure (FedEx was late on that bandwagon and first off), and having to pay for their own masks and gloves until May. She worked overtime to compensate for those calling out, and had to work extra hard to make up for the lack of employees showing up to work at the warehouse. And in her spare time, since she was already having to expose herself through work, she would search for hard to find items such as Lysol wipes and drop them off on the balcony of her mother and sister. And while abiding to social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing she went to Six Flags, stopping in Atlanta and Kennesaw on her way home to drop off masks she bought at Six Flags for her high-risk family members. I understand some make big gestures for the community at large, but during this time, she worked until her body was exhausted, while maintaining safety to the best of her ability. She is an essential worker that went above and beyond at work and at home. We need more people like her.
  • Kathie Fazekas, nominated by Allison Byrd: Kathie is my neighbor and friend who works for the CDC and has travelled the globe, putting her own health at risk, to train medical personnel to treat patients with Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. She is a tireless advocate for science education and public health and safety measures, and has been a HERO during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Katie Kalajian, nominated by Danielle Woodring: Katie is a first grade teacher at a Fulton County Public School, and the chair for her grade. When schools switched to virtual, she did a fantastic job leading her team, and guiding her young students (and their parents!) through the transition. Katie works so hard for our community!
  • Kayla Journet, nominated by Samantha Galliano: You are a wonderful teacher.
  • Kendra Ledlow, nominated by Andrew Cartier: As manager of Good Mews, Kendra got all the feline residents to foster care in less than a week when the shelter was forced to close due to the virus and made sure the cats were well taken care of remotely! Those who work with and for animals are often overlooked.
  • Kim Cook, nominated by Joseph Cook: My wife and mother of two young girls is a registered nurse showing amazing perseverance by continuing to serve others well, working her way through graduate school every night, and has not stopped being present at home as well. I do not know how she does it, but I hope she realizes the true strength within her during and after this season passes.
  • Dr. Laura Cooley, nominated by Anne Kelley: Dr. Laura Cooley works for the CDC in Atlanta and over these past 6 months, has worked 12-16 hour days, 6 or 7 days a week. Laura attended medical school at the University of Tennessee and after finishing residency decided her place was working for the CDC in infectious disease. Over the years she has been sent to various outbreaks both nationally and internationally and was recently deployed to Washington DC to assist with COVID protocol. She truly gives so much of herself and helping others is her passion. This past year she made it her New Years resolution to get out more and see some live performances. She had tickets to Hamilton at the Fox Theater but of course it was cancelled. I would love to see her efforts rewarded!
  • Lauren Wix, nominated by Linda Collins: Lauren is my granddaughter. She graduated nursing school in March as a RN, and hit in the middle of this virus. She is doing great and is a awesome nurse.
  • Leigh McCook, nominated by Les Ramirez: Leigh McCook has dedicated her professional life to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs, focusing on communities of need and underserved communities. Her work has led to opening opportunities for many deserving students across Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
  • Leighanne Carter, nominated by Wendy Moseley: Leighanne worked the COVID floor at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, caring for the patients and at many times losing a patient – and that took a toll on her. She’s a mother to two children and during this time her husband lost his job in IT at the same hospital. She worked many long shifts and extra shifts to care for the very sick. She would isolate herself from her family for their safety. She’s absolutely deserving of a special night at the Fox Theater, especially since her husband has not been able to secure a new job.
  • Lenise Moodie, nominated by Ziggy Moodie: My rockstar wife finished her masters degree while teaching her students online unexpectedly and chasing our toddler, all while I was deployed, all during a pandemic.
  • Lisa Engberg, nominated by Cheryl McBroom: She has kept children involved in church activities and is getting preschool ready to go following GA/Gwinnett guidelines. Her goal is to keep children involved with church.
  • Lisa Shroeder, nominated by Jodi Fleishman: Mrs. Schroeder is my middle schooler’s guidance counselor. Last school year, my daughter had a rough school year and was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Nevertheless, my daughter was depressed and had a hard time in school. She under went a spinal fusion and her counselor was with her every step of they way. We had conferences and my daughter would go speak with her when she was feeling down. Mrs. Schroeder always had her door open, and was willing and able to listen to my daughter’s fears of her upcoming surgery, so I nominate Mrs. Schroeder.
  • Marcie Donaldson, nominated by Brandi Donaldson: May seem cliche, but I’m nominating my mom. Not only is she a teacher that’s going above and beyond to ensure her students have a great year virtually, but she’s been sewing masks for others for free in hopes they use them to stay safe especially if schools go back in person. She has made well over 100 even staying up into the late hours to make sure people get them ASAP. Every time she makes masks for a family, she makes an extra as a pay it forward for them.
  • Marissa Platner, nominated by Amanda Platner: My sister Marissa, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and her husband Eliot, an ER physician, have been working throughout the pandemic. Marissa takes care of high-risk pregnant women, many of whom have tested positive for COVID-19. They put themselves in challenging situations daily and they do it all while raising their own young children.
  • Marquita Miller, nominated by Treshenna Miller: My sister should be nominated because she is a monitor tech at Piedmont Atlanta. She monitors patients’ hearts in the monitor tech area, as well as up on the floors. She has also monitored COVID-19 patients. She works 12-hour shifts and she loves the theater!
  • Mary McCurdy, nominated by Virginia McCurdy: Mary is a wonderful teacher and coach who goes above and beyond everyday. She is a leader and an inspiration to all those around her.
  • Maryellen Bishop, nominated by Diane Duvall: Maryellen is a Physicians Assistant in Atlanta. She left her husband and two young children for a month to go to New York City and work at Bellevue Hospital when they were in serious need of medical personnel. What an amazing woman!!!
  • Matthew Brown, nominated by Joel Emerson: Matthew picked up a second job (already works at Children’s) as a PRN at Shepherd Center because he wanted to do all he could to help the community during COVID.
  • Meagan Thompson, nominated by Natasha Ryles: She has worked daily through pandemic to ensure mental health services are available to children and adults. She puts those in need first and moves mountains to get them connected to services. While many were being furloughed, she picked up their duties and continued to provide the support to our local community.
  • Megan Harding, nominated by Dave Harding: Megan is a fantastic teacher, and would go to the ends of the earth for her students.
  • Melissa Hannah, nominated by Katherine Smith: She is an AEMT that works 24/36 hour shifts daily, then comes home and shops for her mother her, aunt, and uncle.
  • Nicole Johnson, nominated by Joshua Waters: My wife Nicole has been on the front lines against COVID as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner in the pulmonary ICU. She is a singer at church as well.
  • Paige Main, nominated by Kelly Busbee: My sister Paige is an essential worker and works for FedEx. She has been with the company for 30 years. She is a single mom and works very hard. She fills in the gaps all over her distribution plant, wherever she is needed. She always does what is best for the company even if it means staying to help after she is off the clock. I nominate her because she is a very dedicated hard worker.
  • Pat Beckett, nominated by Debra Stansell: She is a retired nurse frim Scottish Rite for over 30 years. Her daughter is a nurse in labor/delivery in Atlanta. She made 150 masks for her daughters co workers free of charge and also made masks for all her friends to stay safe. She continues to sew masks for her community.
  • Patricia Lett, nominated by Grady Lett: She’s a nurse working with the most vulnerable in a convalescence hospital! Even though she knows the risk, she continues to show up for work and do her job to the fullest! She loves her patients and she is well-liked among her patients and the staff! My wife doesn’t complain because she knows everyone is depending on her!
  • Quana Cassady, nominated by Sunni Cassady: Quana has been battling cancer and doing treatments during this and not been able to see family in the hospital. Strongest/brightest star I know!
  • Regina Choates, nominated by Floyd Crawford: My nominee is a local star. She is a dedicated paramedic that helps everyone she can. She stops and gives out masks to try to keep everyone safe. Also she fixes food for the homeless and tells them their life will get better in time. She also helps the elderly with buying personal things from the store. Lastly she tries to go back and check on her patient’s when they are brought to the ER.
  • Robert Harris, nominated by Sherry Jernigan: He is an EMT that had a COVID scare while working. His wife is a 911 operator and just gave birth to their first child.
  • Roger Harrison, nominated by Clint Bell: Roger decided to make the arts a necessity during the Covid crisis. He created at virtual art camp program that was used nationwide by children. This will be followed by a virtual broadway camp starting next week. The Arts may be the only thing that keep some people going during this time. The arts are more than vital!
  • Ruth Adams, nominated by Christie Peters: Ruth Adams is a phenomenal woman. She is one of our local elementary school teachers who goes above and beyond every single time for her students. I have watched her campaign to get students who don’t have school supplies, to stay late to accommodate parents and works tirelessly on top of all of that in our community for social justice. She is the type of person I think about when someone says they are a public servant.
  • Ryan Patrick, nominated by Tracy Taylor: My brother is autistic and a bagger at the local and only grocery store in town. He has not missed one day of work throughout the whole pandemic. Even with the fear of being infected, which we all share, but for him is magnified because of his mental disability. He is a true hero every day, but even more so during these uncertain times.
  • Scot Reiher, nominated by Tiffany Reiher: He does fire, mold, and water restoration. He hasn’t stopped working to help people get their homes back together after a huge loss. He has been doing hazmat work to keep people safe from COVID. He is our hero.
  • Sharon Woodall, nominated by Barry Woodall: I would like to nominate my wife. She is a special education teacher and I watched her do all she could to make sure her students knew they were missed. She taught them through Zoom and also read them bedtime stories. She sent them cards, letters, and treats. She even went by their home so they could at least see her face. I cannot day enough about her. I know I’m biased but I think she is the best.
  • Sharona Sandberg, nominated by Maggy Hoskins: Sharona organized a community food drive in March as a result of shelter in place. She continues to pick up donations from several different grocers each week, collects from the community, and organizes for weekly distributions. She and her volunteers serve 100-150 cars each week (700-800 individuals). Sharona has worked tirelessly the entire summer for those in need.
  • Shelb Hill, nominated by Randi Hill: This girl rocks! Her goal is to become a high theater teacher and is taking all the right steps to get there! She has convinced all of her friends to become the biggest Hamilton fans and loves all plays and musicals. She is her happiest when being on stage or watching others be on stage! Thanks for this possible opportunity.
  • Skyler Holobach, nominated by Reid Workman: Skyler saw a need for PPE in our local medical community. Seeking to fill the gap, she sought the best way she could help by learning to cast the pieces necessary to manufacture over 4,000 face shields for medical personnel and frontline workers.
  • Stacy Tapp, nominated by Chris Rayburn: Stacey started Ivey’s canned food drive nine years ago for her daughter and has collected money and canned goods for her birthday. This year they raised over 10,000 dollars and tons of Can Food for our local Greer Community Ministries Meals on Wheels! Nine years of birthday givings! Ivey’s Annual Canned Food Drive on Facebook! They both are rockstars!
  • Stephanie Newby, nominated by Cathy Kott: Always in good spirits doing above and beyond.
  • Stephen Atchison, nominated by Patrick Atchison: Mr. A is an Assistant Principal in Cobb County that has kept his students and faculty engaged, safe, and, most importantly, happy throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. He created Facebook Live videos where people could watch him create comedic, baking mishaps. He continues to keep his faculty’s safety in mind with guidance on their return to work strategies.
  • Steve Von Krosigk, nominated by Misty Von Krosigk: My husband works for the AJC as a Delivery manager. He is also a juvenile diabetic so a high risk for COVID. He has continued to work seven days a week through this and every day for 25 years to make sure the papers get where they need to go. He is the picture of hard work and our hero.
  • Sue Peterson, nominated by William Watring: One of greatest human beings that have met in my 56 years. Responsible, loving, great mother, she loves plays and deserves a gift. Thanks.
  • Suzanne Stroup, nominated by Bernice Cohen: Suzanne is an incredibly talented local actor. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she was forced to stop all her live performances and auditions. We were so lucky that she is continuing to give our kids their weekly voice lessons safely via Facetime, which gives them some structure during this unprecedented summer of cancellations. She also orchestrated a week of theater camp via Zoom, which just wrapped with an incredible performance by all the campers live for family and friends around the country. We are so grateful that Suzanne is keeping theater alive in our world at at time when we don’t know when getting back on stage is realistic. She is talented, inspirational, kind, professional and hopeful! We love Ms. Suzanne and know she deserves “local star”.
  • Tani Fuller, nominated by Frank Taylor: Tami is a Troop Leader for Girl Scouts of Atlanta. Troop 2029 donated over 1,000 cookies to Grady Hospy workers and Atknata Community Food Bank. That’s for the sweet treats during the pandemic.
  • Tanya Brott, nominated by Tamie Ridley: Tanya has gone above and beyond to help her high school students continue to learn and thrive during this time. All the while taking care of her two high school kids and 3-year-old toddler. She truly loves all of her students.
  • Therese Emling, nominated by Erica Emling: Therese worked through the entire pandemic with a smile on her face. She worked 8+ hours at Costco wearing her mask and explaining to people why that had to wear theirs. She then went home and worker as a realtor. She found programs for people to buy houses even when their money was tight and their credit [was] bad. She works harder than anyone I know and never had a bad attitude. She is dedicated to both of her jobs and amazes me every day.
  • Tom King, nominated by Barbara Howell: This man has always perseveres. Goes to work everyday. Doesn’t shirk his duty. Comes home and to make sure wife who has had cancer never gets sick does all of chores outside home. With never a complaint.
  • Tony Hodge, nominated by Kathy Durden: I would like to nominate Tony Hodge, a Community Support Worker, for CarePartners of Georgia, a small behavioral health company that provides community-based and school-based behavioral health services in rural Georgia (Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch Counties). Tony has been with CarePartners for over 14 years. He has been one of the staff that has continues to provide face to face community services with individuals with a serious and persistent mental health or serious emotional disturbance diagnosis during COVID-19. He also has responded to crisis calls, delivered food, provided support and been a quiet giant in our community. He has assisted families with grief as they have lost family members to COVID-19. He was recognized in the local paper (Statesboro Herald) as a Hometown Hero but I and his teammates at CarePartners would love for him and his family to attend this great event. He as many of our community deserves a fun night out for his own mental health care. His wife is also a part time employee as an RN with our company and a full time RN at our local hospital. His daughter is an amazing tennis player and this would be a wonderful experience for a wonderful family of heroes. Please consider Tony and his family as one of the five that you honor as one of your Local Stars!
  • Travis Pinson, nominated by Shannon Pinson: My husband is a a fire captain on the front line every day. He is also a paramedic at Grady where he continues to help those in need. He is twice likely to encounter COVID, and does it with a positive attitude. He is out family HERO, and we love him unconditionally.
  • Valarie McKenzie, nominated by Marwan McKenzie: My wife is a RN by trade, mother and a true nuturer. She have been out of work since March since she works with special needs students in the school system. She shares responsibility in taking care of her 87 year-old mom with dementia. She is always seeking volunteer opportunities. She is my hero!!
  • Whitney Wright, nominated by Michelle Wright: Michelle works at a local restaurant chain, Monday-Saturday open until whenever doing her part to feed the citizens of Hiram when many other restaurants are closed.