OUR BOARD MEMBERS

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Marsha Spear, President

I thoroughly enjoy being involved in my community. I am on the board of Southern Magnolia Charities serving as president; I have been actively involved with the Milton Tour of Homes, serving as chairman for the 2017 tour; and have served on the board of the Friends of the Milton Library for the past four years.

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I am a financial advisor, CFP®, with Edward Jones, having opened my office in Crabapple in 1997. My team and I are dedicated to providing exemplary service and advice to help families in the community meet their financial goals.

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My husband, Kevin, and I are high school sweethearts. We are both involved in the Milton community, serving on various boards. We enjoy cycling, traveling, watching Steelers football and are proud “parents” of two Siberian huskies.

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Abbe Laboda, Vice President

Abbe Laboda knows the North Atlanta market and is especially plugged into the Milton and Alpharetta communities. Over the past 19 years, she has helped her husband develop their full-service, custom builder business, Capstone Building Group Inc., into a sought-after and trusted resource for fine homes. Well respected in the community, they successfully built two Roswell Womens’ Club Showcase Homes. Abbe’s extensive knowledge of the building and renovation process, proper land usage and preservation, and large contact base set her apart from other REALTORS®. She knows the business, the market and the community.

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With a passion for community, historic and land preservation, and responsible development, she co-founded Preserve Rural Milton, built a community network, the Milton Sweet Tea Society, which connects, develops and fosters local businesses, charities and relationships. Passionate about local history, she was appointed to two terms by the City of Milton to serve on the Milton Historic Preservation Commission and published articles on local history, families and land preservation. Abbe not only knows the North Atlanta community, but she has helped nourish it.

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Abbe’s enthusiasm, energy, drive and knowledge have proven to be contagious and made her successful at sales and client service, earning her several awards at previous corporations such as President’s Club Membership, Outstanding Achievement Award and Circle of Excellence, among others. Abbe’s focus is doing what is right by the client, to exceed expectations, and build relationships, earning referral-based connections. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Abbe looks forward to football season, and off season she practices her photography, hikes with her Sole Sisters Club, works on her local history project, follows the financial markets, volunteers in her community and relishes the time spent with her two girls and husband.

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Judy Burds, Treasurer

Judy Burds serves Southern Magnolia Charities as Treasurer, has been on the committee for the Tour of Homes since it’s inception in 2016, and this year will be leading the Home Selection for the committee. She worked at AT&T in Operations and Engineering, followed by international consulting and sales specializing in Sourcing, Purchasing and Accounts Payable.

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Judy also serves on the Board of Governors of White Columns Country Club, and as Vice President and Co-Treasurer of the Friends of the Milton Library.

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She has called Milton home for over 12 years. Golf and her human-affection-seeking rescue dog help keep her active.

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Donna Savas, Secretary

In addition to serving Secretary, Donna also chairs the Milton Tour of Homes committee, our primary fundraising event.  After presiding over and being actively involved in PTA leadership at the elementary, middle and high school levels for over 15 years, and sitting on multiple sports team related boards, Donna turned her volunteer focus toward other community involvement and, in addition to her work with Southern Magnolia Charities, she is currently is or has been involved with the following organizations:

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◆   Milton Tour of Homes - Chairperson 2018 and 2019, Committee Member in 2017 and 2016

◆  The Friends of the Milton Library - Board Member

◆   Milton First Responders Foundation - Volunteer

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In her spare time, she is the president/founder of Savas Digital Creations, a local graphics design company specializing in creating logos, websites, marketing material, print layout design, etc. 

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Donna and her ever supportive, loving husband, Ted, are the parents of two outstanding young adults, (Drew and Taylor) and love to cheer on the Green Bay Packers, from their residence in Alpharetta - or anywhere else for that matter!  GO PACK, GO!

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Gina Campbell

Gina Campbell is a top producing real estate agent with Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s in the North Fulton area, focusing primarily on residential resale. Additionally, Gina has 15 years’ experience in residential interior design.  Gina has an MBA in Marketing and Management and in her former corporate life worked for the American Red Cross in Human Tissue for Transplant in sales, marketing and operations management.  

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Gina has lived in the Alpharetta Milton area since 2011.  She has also lived in San Francisco & New Jersey where she served on various educational community boards. Gina has always been an active volunteer member of her community.  She currently volunteers as a real estate mentor, the Harrington Falls ARC Committee Chairperson, and volunteers for various projects at Northpoint Community Church and Habitat for Humanity.  Gina values the importance of giving back to the community that she lives in.  

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Gina is married to Mark and they have 3 boys – Chase (GCSU Freshman), Alex (Milton JR), and Mason (Fellowship Christian 7th grader).  They have two adopted shihtuzs (Milo and Chadwick) and an adopted cat (Phoebe). 

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Lara Dolan

Lara Dolan is a full-time real estate agent focussed on residential sales in Milton, Alpharetta, and surrounding communities. Together with her business partner Tracey Craft they are The Craft Dolan Team at Village Realty and specialize in Luxury Residential, Investment and Commercial transactions, consistently achieving "Circle of Excellence" and "Top Team" designations.

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Lara is active in the community, and in addition to Southern Magnolia Charities, she currently serves on the boards of the Alpharetta Business Association, the Milton Business Alliance, and is a founding member of landmark fundraising events including ShamRockin’ for a Cure and the Milton Tour of Homes. In 2017 Lara was named one of 10 “Good Neighbors” by National Realtor Magazine selected from thousands of entries across the country, and was a 2014 Points North “Savvy Successful” woman of the year from Points North Magazine. She is New Homes Specialist and a graduate of 2015 Leadership North Fulton. 

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Lara and her husband Brian live in the Crabapple area of Milton with their 2 daughters, Olivia and Carly.

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Peyton Jamison

Peyton Jamison, a lifelong North Fulton resident, has been actively involved in community and citizen-related activities in the City for many years.

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He currently serves on the Milton City Council and has served as chairman of the Milton Planning Commission, chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee as well as president of the Crabapple Community Association, a community group made up of residents, businesses and area schools dedicated to improving, protecting and enhancing the overall quality of life in the Crabapple District.

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Jamison owns a wealth management business in Milton. Jamison and his wife, Megan, live on Birmingham Hwy. with their three children.  He and his family are members of Birmingham United Methodist Church. He is active in youth sports with his children and has served as coach for numerous teams.

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Jamison holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from Auburn University.

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Cynthia Knutson

Cynthia Knutson, a Milton resident since 1994, is President/CEO of Data Tech Computer Services, Inc.  After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Engineering she worked in San Francisco for 10 years and eventually headed back East to be closer to family and landed in Milton, Georgia.  From day one she has been involved in various community and school related volunteer positions.  She served as Milton High School PTSA Co-President and held other various PTSA VP and committee chair positions throughout the years.  Her community involvement includes being elected to the MHS Governance Council as parent elect and volunteering with the Alpharetta Ambush soccer team, Alpharetta Cheer Squad, and Girl Scout leader.   

Currently, Cynthia sits as the Fund-raising Chair for the Milton Tour of Homes and is delighted to be elected to the board of The Southern Magnolia Charities.  “I am proud to call Milton home and to volunteer to help strengthen our community while supporting our strong social structure.”

Cynthia enjoys traveling, sailing, scuba, skiing, cooking and working in her garden.

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Sally Rich-Kolb

Sally Rich-Kolb was born and raised in Atlanta and now lives with her husband, Tom, in Berkeley Lake.  After years of teaching in Forsyth and several other educational opportunities in Gwinnett, Sally opened an antique shop in the then, "Antique Capital of the South", little ol' Crabapple.  Raising two children sleeping under tables for sale, Sally, along with her tenants in the Crabapple House, started the festival "Old Times in Crabapple" and started it back up as "Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival" when the new City of Milton came knocking on her door.  Still having some energy left, she started up “Carving in Crabapple”, as well as several other events through the Crabapple Community Association, which she presided over for years.  Since then, she owns/manages more commercial and residential properties in Crabapple and enjoys traveling and her home in the mountains.  

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Betsy Lowery

After multiple relocations over the past 30 years due to her husband’s military and corporate careers it has become apparent to Betsy that the more quickly she gets involved in a new community the more it feels like home.  And what better way to make Milton home than to participate in the Southern Magnolia Charities? Betsy is excited to be part of SMC and its support of local charities.

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Born and raised in upstate New York, Betsy graduated from the University of Vermont with a Business/Finance Degree.  Her professional career includes over 14 years of experience in the financial industry across the country, including establishing a successful a start-up business in Honolulu and managing a medical consulting firm in Boston.

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Betsy, Chris, their three teenagers, and black lab have lived in Milton since 2014.   She currently serves on the Board of Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) and previously on the Milton Tour of Homes Committee.  When she is not volunteering, attending soccer games and horseback riding competitions, or traveling, Betsy can be found spending time with family and friends.

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Kevin W. Spear

Kevin is retired after a career as a sales and client relations executive for several firms including PNC Bank, United Parcel Service, and PSCU Financial Services.  He has been and continues to be actively involved in civil and charitable organizations including and serves on the following boards:

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◆   The Friends of the Milton Library (President)

◆   The Milton Historical Society

◆   Board of Trustees for West Virginia Wesleyan College (Vice President and Finance Chair)

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Kevin and his wife, Marsha, have resided in Milton, GA since 1996.  Go Steelers!

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