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.

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!

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!

Playgroup Chair – Daphne Lin

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Daphne has lived in Atlanta for 5 years but got her start with the city when she attended Emory University for undergrad. She enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the surrounding areas outside the city and hanging out with her husband and toddler Rocco in her neighborhood of Summerhill/Grant Park.

Member at Large – 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.

Grant Park Farmers Market Chair – Allie Whipple

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Allie is an “Army Brat” who moved to Atlanta after graduating from the University of Florida in 2012.  She and Atlanta native husband, Ed have lived in Grant Park with their Golden Retriever, Layla since 2017 & recently welcomed their son, Carter in 2021.  Allie works as a Nurse Practitioner for Kaiser Cardiology & loves cycling, a glass of wine at book club, and spending time with her family.  They can be found walking the beltline to local restaurants, kicking the soccer ball in the park and cheering on Atlanta sports.

Technology Chair – Tasmin Fanning

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Tasmin moved to Atlanta from Virginia in 2009, and has called it home ever since. She met her husband, Josh, here, and in May of 2021, they welcomed their son, Ronin. They live in Summerhill, and share their home with two very opinionated cats. She attended Virginia Tech for undergrad where she earned All-American honors in track. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic and has a small tech consulting business.  Tasmin and her family can often be found around our beautiful neighborhood walking, eating, and enjoying all that it has to offer. 

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