Bios for Board Nominees

Garden Hills Pool & Park Association (GHPPA) Board of Director Elections are open from Sunday, August 25th to Sunday, September 8th at 2pm. Each GHPPA Member may cast one ballot upon which they can vote for up to 14 different nominees for the Board of Directors. Ballots are available at the check-in desk at the Garden Hills Pool House during regular operating hours.


The 14 nominees with the most votes are elected to the Board of Directors. Officers are appointed from the elected Board members and must have served on the Board for at least one year prior to becoming an officer.


Each nominee for the Board of Directors was asked to provide a biography not exceeding 100 words describing their qualifications to participate on the GHPPA Board of Directors. The following is the information that was provided:

Jack Alexander   Jack and his family have been members of the pool since 1989, and his 4 children, Sandy, Tom, Nick and Grace were all involved with managing the pool for many years. Since 1999, he has served on the pool board in several capacities, including President, 4 years as Treasurer, a term as Vice President and 8 years as coordinator of the Adult Swim team. Jack and his wife, Deirdra, thoroughly enjoy the pool and competing with the GHP Adult Team. Jack is currently a Sales and Marketing Manager with Mighty Distributing Systems.   2018-19 Board Member, President
Tami Jordan Brook   Tami Brook has lived in Garden Hills since the spring of 2003. She has been a member of the pool since 2004. She is a French teacher at The Westminster Schools. Also, she is a longstanding member of the Garden Hills Garden Club and is a past president and a past chairwoman of the Ice Cream Social. Tami is currently serving on the Communications Committee and chairing the Social Committee of the Garden Hills Pool & Park Association Board. She has been creating the Splash newsletters for the past few years.   2018-19 Board Member, Vice President
Jeff Clark   Jeff Clark has lived in Garden Hills since the fall of 2008. He has three children, ages 17, 15 & 12 all of whom attend Atlanta International School. His oldest daughter is a Lifeguard and Jeff was the lead on the construction of the new pool house. He is COO at brrrº, a fabric technology startup. Jeff is a past President & Treasurer of the Garden Hills Pool & Park Association. He also serves on the boards of the Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation and Garden Hills Civic Association.   2018-19 Board Member
Matt Dowhy   Matt Dowhy moved to Atlanta from Cincinnati OH in 2006 and is a Director of Customer Operations at The Coca-Cola Company.  Matt, his wife Bree and their 2 daughters reside in Memorial Park and have been members of the Garden Hills Pool since 2013.  Matt swam competitively throughout his elementary and high school career and most recently as a member of Garden Hills Adult Swim Team.    
Tom Hawker   Tom grew up in Charleston, West Virginia where he was active in summer and year-round swim programs. At Wake Forest University, he enjoyed intramural sports, including water polo and, during the summer, he served as an assistant swim coach for a local pool back in Charleston. Tom and his wife Reagan have lived in Loring Heights since 1999 and have been members of Garden Hills Pool for several years. Their son Christian, now 8, is a member of the Garden Hills swim team, and Tom swims for the adult team. Tom has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta for the past 20 years.   2018-19 Board Member
Kelley Jensen   Retired from Coca-Cola.  20+ years Human Resources experience, including employee relations, organizational effectiveness, large-scale project management and analytics.  Along with my husband, David, I have been a member of the Garden Hills Adult swim team for 6 seasons and a Garden Hills resident for 10 years.  Current volunteer experience includes Atlanta Track Club administration and CVI (Center for Visually Impaired) where I serve as an interview coach for clients.  Previous volunteering includes YMCA (swim buddy), Buckhead Christian Ministry and Cristo Rey High School.  Eager to contribute to the ongoing success of the Garden Hills community and pool.  Particular interests include helping to update pool processes (e.g. employee/lifeguard training, pool operating manual & maintenance schedule).    
Dave Kirshtein   Dave and his family Kim, Erin, and Eli moved into the neighborhood in 1985. In addition to being active with the Cool Sharks in their early years, Dave has a strong history with GHPPA, having done long stints as both President and Treasurer of the organization. He was heavily involved in major pool projects like the expansion of the pool’s deep end and was instrumental in rebuilding the Recreation Center after it burned down in 1999. Dave has earned his CPA and MBA in finance, managed forensic auditing operations for an international insurance group, and now heads Kirshtein Analytics, LLC.   2018-19 Board Member
Kirsten Neufeld   Kirsten and her husband Bob moved to Garden Hills in 2001. They both compete with the Garden Hills Adult Team, reliving their youth and continuing with the sport that brought them together in the first place, almost 20 years ago! Their daughters are 13 and 11, and have been on the Cool Sharks Swim Team since they were each 5 years old. Kirsten is the current Volunteer Coordinator for the team. The pool is her “happy place,” and she counts down the days until the pool opens each summer! Kirsten is active in the Garden Hills Garden Club, serving as Ice Cream Social Chair with Donna Fialkowski for several years, and is now working in collaboration with the Civic Association delivering New Neighbor Welcome Bags to newcomers in our neighborhood. She also teaches afterschool art at Garden Hills Elementary with the ArtsCool program.   2018-19 Board Member
Dan Moriarty   Dan Moriarty moved to Atlanta from the Washington DC area in 1990 and moved to Garden Hills in November 2003. His wife Heidi and three boys have been members of Garden Hills Pool since 2004. In his late teens and early 20s, he managed a neighborhood pool in McLean, VA, the Hamlet Swim Club, overseeing staffing, swim lessons, and pool maintenance. His boys Jack, Kevin and Will are members of the GHP swim team, and Dan competes with the GHP masters team. He holds a BA and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Virginia. His professional background is in marketing and sales with the Walt Disney Company, Turner Broadcasting, and Comcast.   2018-19 Board Member
Sarah Seidentopf   Sarah joined a swim team at age 7 and never looked back. She has spent many years with chlorine in her hair and looks forward to many more. She and her husband, Walt, are enthusiastic members of the GHP Adult Swim Team. Sarah owns a boutique law firm that focuses on estate planning and probate. She is an active member of the Atlanta Bar Association and is chair of the Elder Law Section and a board member of the Women in the Profession Section. She also volunteers by taking cases through the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.   2018-19 Board Member
Aimee Smith   Aimee Murdock Smith is a long time city of Atlanta resident who is actively involved in the Garden Hills Pool and has served on the Board since 2011. She has over 20 years of Marketing and Human Resource experience. Aimee has served on the boards of FIRST robotics, Relay for Life and volunteered with over 30 organizations. Aimee is a graduate of the University of Georgia and works in Human Resources for Wesley Woods Senior Living. Aimee is married to an HR consultant and her daughters attend Atlanta Public Schools.   2018-19 Board Member
Margaret Stewart   Originally a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Margaret has lived in Garden Hills since 2006. She and her husband, Ian, have been members of the pool now for 7 years. They, along with their two boys, spend large portions of their summers swimming and diving at the Garden Hills pool. Margaret is the Cool Sharks Dive Team Mom. Margaret is President of the Garden Hills Garden Club. Margaret has worked primarily in the professional services industry working at both Sapient and Price Waterhouse Coopers.   2018-19 Board Member
James Tomko   I have lived in Garden Hills across from the pool for 15 years! My family has enjoyed a membership every year since.  I have been on the GHPPA Pool Board for the last 4 years. In addition,  I served two years on the GHCA.  I spent every summer from age 13 to 21 as a lifeguard at pools and beaches. In addition, I swam competitively during the same period. My kids have enjoyed participating in the GHPPA swim team.   2018-19 Board Member
Megan Zurn   Megan Zurn is a lawyer working for an insurance company in Buckhead and moved to Garden Hills in 2013.  Megan swam year-round from elementary school through high school, and spent her high school summers coaching her neighborhood swim team and lifeguarding at nearby pools.  In college, Megan participated in the Cornell women’s water polo intercollegiate club team, and this past summer was her first season participating in the Adult Swim Team.  Megan and her husband, Lawton, have two young children who attend schools in the neighborhood, and you can find them most summer evenings with their extended family at the GHP.  Megan has completed non-profit board member training programs led by the University of Georgia as well as the Atlanta Women’s Foundation through its Women on Board initiative.    

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