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

Gwen Link – Secretary

secretary@grantparkparents.org

Gwen has been in Atlanta for over 10 years, 5 of those in Grant Park with her husband, Stefan. Together they have 2 kids, Alexandra (3) and Maxwell (6 weeks), a dog, Roxy, and cat named Waffles. Gwen was born in India and grew up there and in SC when her family moved to the US. She moved to GA to pursue her Masters degree at UGA. Gwen and her family love the Grant Park neighborhood and take advantage of walking around the park and going to the zoo as much as possible.

Lindsey Cohen – Treasurer

treasurer@grantparkparents.org

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.  Other than spending 2 years in Washington, DC, Lindsey and Eli have lived in East Atlanta since getting married in 2012.  In 2018 their daughter Layne was born, and a year later they moved to the Grant Park neighborhood.  They enjoy spending time at the Grant Park Farmer’s Market, local parks, and the Zoo.

Community Outreach Chair – Denise Bringslid

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Denise was born and raised in Warner Robins, GA. She relocated to Atlanta in 2007 to attend Georgia Tech, and has been loving the city life ever since. While at Tech, she met her husband, Stephen – an Inman Park native. They have been in Grant Park since 2015. Denise enjoys a short commute to Mary Lin Elementary School, where she is an Instructional Coach. Her career in education began with Teach for America in 2011, after she earned her B.S. in History, Technology, and Society from GA Tech (yes, that exists!). She also holds an M.Ed. in Urban Teacher Leadership from GA State University. Denise & Stephen have one son, Gray Andersen Crouse (born March 2018), and two fur babies – Ollie (pup) and Wilson (kitty). In their (rare) free time, they enjoy playing board games (mostly Settlers of Catan), watching vintage Jeopardy on Netflix, and having some beers on the porch with friends.

Meredith Bitter – Marketing Chair

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Meredith and her family (husband – Lucas, son – Elijah (3), and daughter – Gabrielle (18 mo)) have lived in Ormewood Park for 2 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 high school Spanish in East Cobb. She now spends her time exploring the city on a daily basis with her two littles, teaching ESL part-time online, and filling a number of roles at her church (Intown Lutheran) as the worship coordinator, pianist, and head of social media and marketing.

Christina Patrick – Playgroup Chair

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Christina grew up in Madison, AL and has lived in Atlanta for 14 years, 6 of those years being in Grant Park where she resides with her husband, John (JP), her sweet daughter, Lilyana (2), and their 2 crazy yorkies, Bubba and Koby. Christina attended the University of South Carolina for undergraduate and graduate school and holds an B.A. in Psychology and a M.A./Ed.S in Counseling. She is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Luxury Collection focusing on Intown Atlanta.  In her spare time, she’s a practicing yogi, foodie and wine lover and loves exploring Atlanta’s many neighborhoods and enjoying the experiences and culture our city has to offer.

Aida Hinshaw – Music in the Meadow Chair

mitm@grantparkparents.org

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.

Andrea Jayaraman – At-Large Member

ajayaraman@grantparkparents.org

Andrea and her husband, Siva, moved to Grant Park in 2014. Since then her family has grown to include Aadi (2), Layla (6 months) and dog, Etta. She first became involved with GPPN through the Llama playgroup and is now supporting GPPN as an At-Large Member. Andrea attended Georgia State University and Georgia Southern and holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Instructional Technology. Taking time at home to raise her two kids, you’ll often see her taking advantage of Atlanta’s attractions like Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Andrea enjoys planning family trips, fishing with her dad, and a great bottle of wine with friends.

Lauren Rasmussen – At-Large Member

lrasmussen@grantparkparents.org

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.