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Board of directors

Freda Kalina - bkg Atlanta Brokerage | President 

I have been a realtor for over 30 years and currently live on Lake Lanier which I absolutely love. I also love helping buyers and sellers with their dream homes!  I specialize in first time buyers, move up buyers, sellers, homes that didn’t sell, instant offers , luxury homes and short sales!  I can have you 5 offers within 48 hours   Lets Connect! 

homesnap.com/freda-kalina    Instagram: @fredakalinarealestate  www.linkined.com/in/fredakalina

770-596-8178 - FredaKalina.bkgatl.com 

Anita Deraney - Arbor Terrace Hamilton Mill Senior Living | Secretary

I have been in the senior industry for 15 years and never looked back.  As an Army Brat, I grew up all over the place, ultimately we called Gainesville, GA our home.  After graduation, I joined the Army and was in Germany and Kansas during my time.  I worked as a Legal Specialists.  Then I came back to Gainesville and finished my degree at North Georgia University and then onto Troy University for my M. Ed.   My next venture was teaching at Lanier Tech for 10 years and then I moved to the high schools for 3 years.  My true passion is working with families and Seniors and finding the right place for them.  

678-524-6390 - AT.Hamiltonmill.com

Rick Sutter - The Agents Marketing Group | Treasurer

Rick has over 30 years as an insurance professional covering the southeast and the eastern US as a broker and as an officer for a major life insurance company.  Today, he advises small closely held businesses and serves as an insurance marketing and strategy partner to independent life and health insurance agents throughout the south.

678-634-2800 - amgida.com

Heather Pace - Hometown Hope | Advisory Board 

I was born and raised in Georgia. After spending many of my adult years living in various areas of the country I now call Buford my home. I spent 15 years working for corporate coffee houses and finally made the leap of faith and opened up my own coffee house 3 years ago. Most recently I have decided to follow my true calling and have founded a local non-profit Hometown Hope. As President and CEO I hope to serve the community by helping struggling families in need.


Lori Waters - Ciana Synergy | Advisory Board:

Lori is a 5th generation native of the Buford/Sugar Hill area in Georgia, Brenau University Alumni and a certified American Lighting Association Lighting Specialist. Lori is the president and owner of Ciana Synergy LC Lighting Design and Supply.  She specializes in lighting layout, selection, and design services.  Lori comes from a long line of those in the building industry dating back to the late 1800's in downtown Buford. She has been in and around the jobsite her entire life, as well as the lighting industry since 1995.  She has worked in the lighting industry for over fifteen years and now is president and owner of her own lighting and design company.  Lori is the daughter of Steve and Catherine Waters, retired former owners of W&W Contractors Buford and mother of Adam 18, Conner 16 and Gavin 10. Lori is a visionary, she has a creative sense of design and a mastery of negotiation and business strategy.  These along with her work ethic, networking acumen, and compassionate heart have made Lori a community front runner, a progressive business woman and entrepreneur. Lori is also the Co-Founder and CFO of a local non-profit, Hometown Hope.


Sammy Baker, Contractors Best Pest Control | Advisory Board Member

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