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 contact the president at email@example.com.
Kristen Silton – President
Kristen is originally from Nashville, TN and has lived in Ormewood Park for five years along with her husband, Jordan, kids, Benji (4), Evie Ruth (2) and Baby #3 (due in March), and dog, Lola. Kristen attended Emory University and holds degrees in Theater Studies and Mathematics. She is the Development Director at Actor’s Express. When not working or child-wrangling, Kristen enjoys exploring the neighborhood, trying new restaurants, and taking advantage of Atlanta’s vibrant arts and culture scene.
Darcy Millard – Vice President
Darcy and her husband, Daniel, moved to the Grant Park area (Boulevard Heights) in 2013 and hope to never leave the neighborhood! They welcomed their first son, Theo, on Valentine’s Day 2014 and then their identical twin boys, Ben and Charlie, in June 2015. Darcy has worked at the American Cancer Society for the past eight years and currently manages the tumor tissue repository for their epidemiology research program. In her free time, what little is left after chasing her boys through the city on one of their weekend adventures, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and naps.
Kristi Malloy – Secretary
Kristi and her husband, Jason, moved to Grant Park in 2012 after falling madly in love with the neighborhood when looking to buy a home. Kristi first discovered the Parents Network by joining the Naked Mole Rats playgroup following the birth of her son (Ethan, age 1) and is thrilled to further her involvement with GPPN and the community by joining the Board. When not toddler-wrangling or working at SunTrust, Kristi enjoys being active, exploring Atlanta, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Alyssa Hallick – Treasurer
Alyssa has lived in Grant Park since marrying her husband Stephen in 2013. Their daughter, Mila, was born in 2015 and the whole family quickly got involved with the Naked Mole Rats playgroup and other GPPN activities and Alyssa was on the GPPN Events Committee during 2017. She holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee and is a CPA. After working in public accounting for 12 years, she now works part time for Elekta, Inc. as their tax leader. In her rare free time, Alyssa enjoys travel, photography, and reading.
Amy Klenc – Community Outreach Chair
Amy is excited about her new role as Community Outreach Chair after joining the GPPN board as an At-Large member in 2016. She and her husband Jeff moved to Ormewood Park in 2012. Then in November 2013 they welcomed their first son, Henry, into the family and have been active members of the playgroup Budgies ever since. Amy had their second son, Walter, in November 2015 and is enjoying being a family of four. Amy holds a degree with emphasis in Math Education and minors in Child and Family Development and Business from Georgia Southern University. Since the boys have joined her family she has enjoyed staying at home and becoming more involved in the community.
Meredith Bier – Marketing Chair
Meredith and her husband, Brandon moved into an Ormewood Park fixer upper in 2008. They spent the next seven years DIY their home and starting a family. They now have two children, Liam and Avery (ages 4 and 9 months). Meredith discovered the Parents Network after joining the Budgies playgroup and later became a member of the Events Committee. Meredith graduated from Georgia College where she played soccer and obtained a degree in Mass Communications. She loves trying new restaurants in the neighborhood, running, and spending as much time as possible at the lake during the summer.
Katie Kurumada – Playgroup Chair
Katie and her husband, Matt, have lived in the Grant Park area for over 10 years. They welcomed their daughter, Josephine, in August of 2012 and their son, Louis (a Naked Mole Rat), in August of 2015. Katie credits activities with the Naked Mole Rats Playgroup as an invaluable support system for their family. She works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University, where she teaches courses in language and literacy development and supervises preservice teachers in local schools. In her free time, she enjoys live music, spending time with friends, exercising, and naps. She is excited to join the 2018 GPPN Board as Playgroup Chair.
Erin Drakeford – At-Large Member
Erin and her husband Jason moved back to Grant Park in 2014 with their first daughter Penny after a 5 year stay in NYC. They very happily found the Budgies Playgroup and so many amazing changes to the neighborhood! They added another girl Margot to the family in 2016. Erin graduated from UGA with a Painting+Drawing degree and currently works as a hairstylist in Grant Park. When not chasing babies and getting neighbors styled up, she enjoys crafting, sewing, painting, yoga and watching dark comedies. She is excited to get more involved with the community on the 2018 GPPN board as an at-large member.
Chaice Garner – At-Large Member
Chaice is thrilled to join the GPPN board after living in Grant Park for the last 9 years. Growing up in Atlanta and as a Georgia Tech graduate, the Grant Park neighborhood has always been a special place to her, and she’s excited to continue to make it a special place for others. Chaice and husband, Tom, have a son West (4), twin daughters Albie and Rennie (1), and dog Frankie (who doubles as a nanny and twin toy). Chaice feels pretty lucky to get to take the kids to the zoo and park and loves walking to Six Feet Under for the occasional date night. Chaice enjoys sports, creating art in all forms, cooking, reading and a great glass of wine.