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 – Denise Bringslid

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Denise has lived in Atlanta since 2007, when she moved to the city to attend Georgia Tech. While at Tech, she met her husband, Stephen – an Inman Park native. They have been in Grant Park since 2015, and absolutely love the neighborhood! Denise enjoys a short commute to Mary Lin Elementary School (Candler Park), where she is an Instructional Coach. Her career in education began with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta region in 2011. Denise & Stephen have one son, Gray (3) and are expecting their second in early March 2021. They enjoy playing board games (Settlers of Catan!), watching vintage Jeopardy on Netflix, and hanging with friends at Eventide.

Vice President – Meredith Bitter

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Meredith and her family – husband – Lucas, son – Elijah (4), and daughter – Gabrielle (2)) have lived in Ormewood Park for 3 years and absolutely love city living. Meredith is originally from Madison, WI and attended college in MN where she received her degree in elementary and secondary education with a major in Spanish. Before moving to the city from Marietta and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Meredith taught Spanish at Walton High School. She loves spending time exploring all the Atlanta parks and playgrounds with her littles, walking and biking the Beltline, and being a pianist and vocalist at her church.

Lindsey Cohen – Treasurer

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Lindsey is a Georgia native, growing up in Woodstock, about 35 miles north of Atlanta.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, specializing in partnership taxation.  Lindsey has undergraduate degrees in both Finance and Accounting, and a Masters in Taxation all from Georgia State University, where she met her husband Eli.  Lindsey and Eli have 2 daughters Layne (born in March 2018) and Remy (born in September 2020).  They enjoy spending time at the Grant Park Farmer’s Market, local parks, and the Zoo.

Kristen Daniels – Marketing Chair

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Kristen in an Atlanta native who has lived in Boulevard Heights for 11 years with her husband Brian and their 2 dogs. She attended Georgia State University where she received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Education. A teacher by trade, Kristen has taken the last 6 years to be at home with her two children, Henry and Katharina. She currently works part time from home as a behavioral therapist/life coach for young adults with special needs. You’ll find her exploring the neighborhood with her family, taking photographs, and enjoying local food and drink around town.

Aida Hinshaw – Playgroup Chair

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Aida Hinshaw was born and raised in Romania. When she was eight, her family immigrated to Georgia. She met her husband Kyle in 2009, and they were married a year later. They welcomed their first daughter Olive in December of 2014. Isla, their second daughter, was born July 2019. They currently live in Grant park with their dog (Shoe)and cats (Stanky and Harry). Both Aida and her husband work in the film industry. Aida enjoys hiking, traveling, and her Tuesday night craft night. She has recently picked up embroidering.

Melanie Calhoun – Community Outreach

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Melanie is originally from Pittsburgh, PA but fell in love with Atlanta after moving here for work back in 2007. Her stay ended after five years when her career moved her to Northern California. Melanie met her husband, Bryan, an Atlanta native, in Oakland where they started their family. Bryan and Melanie welcomed their son, Maxwell in 2016 and as the family expanded, they decided to return to Atlanta before the arrival of their daughter, Melia in 2018. Bryan’s deep roots in Grant Park make Maxwell and Melia the fourth generation of Calhouns to live in their house on Kendrick. Melanie has been active in the GPPN activities and previously served as the GPPN Vice President. She holds a BS of Business Administration and an MBA from Florida A&M University. She is currently working as a diversity and inclusion consultant and is a full time graduate student. She loves cooking with her kids and is a Pampered Chef Independent Advanced Director.

Colette Bernstein – At-Large Member

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Colette is an Atlanta native who moved to Grant Park 5 years ago with her husband, Daniel, and their spunky dog, Charley. They started in a bungalow on Orleans St and moved to Cherokee Place this past September. They have a rambunctious two year old son, Leo, who spends his days either kicking or throwing balls around or scootering/biking to the park. Colette works for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a nurse at Scottish Rite. Besides enjoying the park, beltline, markets, shops and restaurants around the neighborhood, Colette is especially grateful to live in Grant Park because of her close proximity to her sister in Ormewood Park. This is her first year on the board and she’s excited to be more involved and get to know more families in the neighborhood.

Lauren Rasmussen – At-Large Member

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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.

Monisa Chakraborty – At-Large Member

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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, 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. 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.