About Us

The Grant Park Parents Network (GPPN)’s mission is to to cultivate and foster relationships among families residing within Neighborhood Planning Unit W and adjacent neighborhoods. We sponsor events for children of all ages and offer opportunities for parents to become involved in the community through improving education, creating neighborhood resources, and partnering with other community organizations.The GPPN has a board of nine volunteers. We continually need volunteers to help on the planning and implementation committees. If you are interested in volunteering, please president@grantparkparents.org.

GPPN Board

President – Monisa Chakraborty

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Monisa, an Indiana native with pit stops in Arkansas, North Georgia, Texas (Go Rice Owls!), and Florida, has been in Atlanta since 2009. Originally here to obtain her Masters at Rollins School of Public Health (Emory), during this time she met her husband, an Atlanta native, Rusi Patel, and they have been here ever since. Starting in O4W, and then moving one step ahead of the Beltline into Glenwood Park in 2015, they welcomed their early pandemic son in 2020 (a Grasshopper). When not traveling in search of delicious food, they can be found walking around the neighborhood, picnicking at local parks, and cheering for Atlanta United.

Vice President – Colette Bernstein

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Colette is an Atlanta native who moved to Grant Park in 2016 with her husband, Daniel, and their spunky dog, Charley. They started in a bungalow on Orleans Street and moved to Cherokee Place in 2020. They have two boys: Leo who is a starfish and a new baby brother, Noah, who is a red panda. Colette is a nurse for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she works with school nurses throughout the state. Besides enjoying the park, Beltline, markets, shops and restaurants around the neighborhood, Colette is especially grateful to live in Grant Park because of the close proximity to her sister in Ormewood Park. This is her second year on the board and she’s excited to be more involved and get to know more families in the neighborhood.

Secretary – Paula Ewert

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Paula lives in Ormewood Park and has been a part of the Grant Park community for over 15 years. Daughter Camella (14) attends 8th grade at ANCS and son Kilian (3) attends Urban Explorers preschool.  Her family’s favorite local events are the Grant Park Farmers Market, Summer Shade Festival, Holiday Tour of Homes, and Music in the Meadow.  Paula’s degree in Interior Design from UGA has led her to a career in real estate with The Rob Smith Team.  She loves biking to local restaurants & breweries, attending the Ormewood Church, and working out with friends at Oxfit Grant Park

Treasurer – Carey Glasscock

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Carey is an Atlanta native who moved from Reynoldstown to Grant Park with her husband David in 2018. They welcomed their daughter, Finley, in June 2018 and their son, Wade in September 2020. This mother of two holds degrees in Communications and Psychology from Clemson University. Carey is a real estate agent with Compass. She enjoys traveling, interior design, antiquing, live music and trying new restaurants.

Marketing Chair – Meagan Howarth

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Meagan grew up in Atlanta and has owned a home with her husband, Luke, in Grant Park for nearly 10 years. They just moved across the park to Boulevard Heights with their two boys, Owen is 5 and Reece 2.5. She enjoys all that Grant Park and city life has to offer; walking to meet friends at the park, strolling around the zoo, and enjoying a great meal (and marg!) at one of our nearby restaurants. Meagan has taken the year off work during the pandemic to be a stay at home mom, but just recently made the jump into the real estate world assisting a team at Compass. She enjoys exploring new neighborhoods through festivals and house tours and can wait until they are back!

Playgroup Chair – Kristina Turner

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Kristina was born and raised in South Florida and moved from Miami to Boulevard Heights with her husband Kyle in late 2018. Their daughter Sylvia joined the family in April 2019. After brief stints as a vegan food truck owner and marketing strategist, Kristina started her crochet business Tiny Curl, where she designed crochet patterns for blogs, books, magazines, and yarn companies. Kristina has since put her crochet hooks down to be a stay-at-home mom to Sylvia. Kristina loves reading, learning tarot, trying new restaurants and breweries, and walking to awesome neighborhood spots like the zoo and The Beacon.

Community Outreach – Lauren Russell

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Lauren is a Georgia native, growing up in Historic Marietta, and earning her degree in architecture at Georgia Tech. She met her husband Matthew in her profession, and the two have since joined forces and started their own architecture firm, called Heyward Russell Studio. Their son Sawyer Oak was born last May. They are so excited to be new parents! Lauren has a twin sister, who you might run into, since she lives just outside Grant Park! Lauren enjoys traveling abroad, oil painting, scrapbooking, biking, and game nights. One of their goals this year is to take their little one camping!

Events Committee Coordinator – Lauren Rasmussen

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Lauren is an Atlanta native who moved to Grant Park in 2014 with her husband Chris. They welcomed daughter Nora in July 2018 and have two dogs Abbey and Aspen. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia. She and her husband have worked in real estate investment for eight years together. Lauren is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices specializing in Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. She and her family love walking to the Grant Park Farmer’s Market, meeting friends at the Ormond Grant Park playground or zoo, and exploring new local shops and restaurants.

Interested in joining us? We would love to have you volunteer! We are always in need of help planning and operating our events. Please email president@grantparkparents.org for more information