Vice Chairperson Born and raised in Atlanta, Van earned his BA in Finance from Georgia Southern University and was a top manager for two Fortune 500 retailers. Married in 1997, Van has been the father of one boy since 2006. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Van has performed comprehensive planning for individuals, families and small businesses. He is one of the three original founding members of Chamblee’s Chamber of Commerce and holds the position of the Chamber’s Chairman and President. Van was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority in March 2013 and is in his second year as the Chairperson. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary With long term experience as a non-profit Administrator and Executive, Ronni is a perfect fit for the Chamblee Downtown Development Authority. After 16 years with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, she founded and led the Atlanta Downtown Partnership for 13 years, working with the City, CAP, and the business community to create a more vibrant Downtown. Ronni later worked with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University as Development Director, and with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office as Director of Community Programs. She is currently working with Consignment Furniture Depot in sales and research. Ronni is also active in a number of organizations including Kiwanis International, Leadership Atlanta and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Frenchrl@comcast.net
Treasurer Paige Perkins has concentrated on community development for 20 years in metro Atlanta. As the first community development director for the City of Chamblee, she completed the Atlanta Regional Commission’s first Livable Center Initiative (LCI) Grant and wrote the award-winning MidCity performance-based zoning classification. In the private sector she has focused on innovative and customer-based property management of both horizontal and vertical communities. For a decade she managed a private TPC/PGA golf course community in metro Atlanta with more than 5000 residents. She currently manages a thirty-story highrise in Buckhead. By working in such varied communities she has amassed a background in development from the conceptual to the certificate of occupancy.
Paige specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to put the square peg in the round hole and translates “municipal code” for those businesses who don’t speak the language of government. She is currently working with hospitality and urban manufacturing interests in Birmingham, Atlanta and Chattanooga who want to pioneer in forgotten areas of each city. Paige believes this same type of transformational development is crucial to Chamblee’s future.
With a Master’s Degree in Education, Paige has found that the skillset needed to manage a freshman English class is often the same when working with elected officials and developers. email@example.com
John was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So it was a tough decision to become an architect over a steel worker, until John saw “All the Right Moves” in 1983. He attended Kent State University in Ohio majoring in architecture. After graduation work took him to Louisville, Kentucky where he learned about horse racing and what a mint julep was; then over to Charlotte, North Carolina for a brief stint; and then on to Georgia. His move to Atlanta in 1999, offered him a truly unique opportunity to deepen his respect for native Americans while working on cultural centers and casinos for many great tribes across the country. It also greatly increased his enthusiasm for interior architecture and design in general. When he is not busy designing, or working on the future of downtown development for Chamblee, you can find him on the lake, riding behind a Nautique (side stance of course), and enjoying the company of his beautiful family and friends. His experience and knowledge make him a great asset to the CDDA.
John is an AIA, LEED AP Registered Architect in Georgia and is NCARB Certified.
Leslie was first elected to the Chamblee City Council in 2007 and was elected again in 2011. Since taking office she has been devoted to becoming a knowledgeable and well-learned public servant and has attended over 180 hours of credit in state and local government policy and practices seminars sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association and conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
In addition to fulfilling her duties as an elected official Leslie is proud to serve as a Chamblee Downtown Development Authority board member and was instrumental in its founding. She is an active member in the Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association and is a Neighborhood Watch block captain.
Leslie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a military family and spent the first eight years of her life on several different bases in the US and abroad until the family was finally transferred to North Carolina where she grew up, attending St. Mary’s School, Goldsboro High School, and East Carolina University.
Leslie and her husband Jim have been residents of Huntley Hills in Chamblee since 1996. She received her associate’s degree in environmental horticulture from North Metro Tech in 1999. Upon graduating, she formed her present company, Dragonfly Landscapes & Gardens, a residential landscape design/build firm.
Brian Ray is a resident of Huntley Hills, serves on the board of the Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association, and is a member of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce. He is married with two small children. He was born in Texas, grew up in Arkansas, and lived in Montana, Virginia, and Oregon before moving to Georgia in 2006.
Brian is a landscape architect and planner with over fifteen years of experience including land development, site design, planting design, and military base planning. He holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.
Brian is passionate about community design issues and the importance of designing places for people. He believes that the city is on the cusp of significant changes, challenges, and opportunities with new developments in and near the downtown area. He strives to make the DDA area a great place to live, work, and play. He was appointed to the CDDA board in 2015
Executive Director Adam comes to the CDDA with a wealth of experience as the former Business Development Director for the City of McDonough and the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Griffin.
Causey, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University, also serves as the CDDA’s liaison to the City of Chamblee and as Director of the Main Street Program. firstname.lastname@example.org