Thanks for Giving 1

Every opportunity we get, we pause to thank people in our community who make giving a priority. And during this month of Thanksgiving, we put our hands together and thank these Lifestyle Publications Givers. 


 Kristin Chapman

A former coach at Woodward Academy North, she currently serving on the Girls on the Run of Atlanta Board of Directors. She works at The Riverbend Group in Buckhead and lives in Johns Creek.

Frank Bealer 

He serves with a non-profit called Orange who has a program called For Our Neighbors (based out of Cumming, GA) that creates resources and experiences for families in underserved communities.  ” We’ve discovered it takes something different to change the tide in a rural community than it does in those of the suburban and urban neighborhoods next door.” Frank is the CEO, Phase Family Center in Alpharetta.


Parisa Valentina 

She founded  two businesses in the last ten years:  Eat This! Productions and Parisa Valentina Projects   for a number of other non-profit initiatives to create jobs for local talent. A med student, she has always focused volunteer efforts toward finding cures for cancer and cystic fibrosis. She was raised in Alpharetta and stays in Buckhead when filming here. 

 Dr. Sandra Vargas

Together We Smile is a 501c3 non-profit organization, established by Dr. Sandra Vargas and her husband John Jennings, whose mission is to provide help for those struggling for basic life needs in impoverished communities in Colombia and other areas of South America. Dr. Vargas is a parter at North Atlanta Family Dentistry.

Ebony Williams

Ebony works with girls who participate Girls on the Run’s Heart & Sole after school, setting boundaries, building character and helping them loving themselves. The program promotes healthy habits and exercise focusing on the “whole” child. They work on these skills for 12 weeks, each semester and participate in a 5k at the end of the season. During the holidays, she and her kids work with their church cooking meals for families in need. She is a special education reading teacher in the eighth grade at Hopewell Middle School and lives in Milton. 


Many thanks to Act3 Productions for hosting our photoshoot. This month, catch BABY on stage. Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? “Baby,” the musical from the acclaimed duo, Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.