The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes leaders in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, capacity, generosity and service. Get the most out of your membership in the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber by joining a committee now. Meet and work with other chamber members to make a difference in our community and help Southwest Gwinnett County and your business grow. Tanya and her husband of 25 years, Buck, have one daughter who attends the University of Georgia in the pre-Veterinary program. Marian is also an active member of the Council for Quality Growth, promoting quality development throughout Atlanta. Don Allen has thirty five years’ experience as a professional engineer and business executive. After over 40 years in sales and marketing, Bill recently retired and turned his attention back to independent consulting projects and volunteer work. John is a long-time resident of the great state of Georgia and has been married for 18 years.
Prior to his financial planning career, John Colegrove was a music educator and professional musician. Kim grew up in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, graduating from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Steve Dorough has twenty-three years of professional fundraising experience for corporate driven non-profit organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Authorities and Downtown Revitalization Groups.
Steve attended school in Birmingham and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Public Speaking. Ranae Heaven has had her own accounting practice in the Norcross-Peachtree Corners area for 21 years, Heaven & Associates, PC. Ranae is originally from Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Yarden Hixson is the Campus Director of Brenau University’s North Atlanta Campus in Norcross. Dorothy Parker Jarrett is starting her fifth year as principal of Summerour Middle School located in Norcross. Charlie Riehm is a Norcross City Councilman, a former Board member of the Downtown Development Authority and a 16-year resident of Norcross, Georgia. Luke was born and raised in Peachtree Corners attending local public schools including Simpson Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle and graduating from Norcross High School. Mark’s twenty-year career with the YMCA began as the teen and camp assistant director at the Boise (Idaho) Family YMCA.
As Chief Operations Officer, Terry Tucker manages all operational aspects of the Georgia Center for Opportunity. Williams’ education career spans 54 years in public elementary and secondary education.
He previously served three congregations in North Carolina and has been at Christ the King in Peachtree Corners since 2011. In 1997, he graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, with a Masters of Divinity. During his career, he worked at Nextel, Sprint, Apple Computer, several entrepreneurial startups, and for 14 years was Vice President, Marketing and Sales at a design firm specializing in creating corporate identity, corporate communications and customer relationship strategies for a variety of Fortune 1000 companies.
He still enjoys playing the trombone and has performed with many ensembles over the years, notably the Manhattan Transfer, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, solo performances with the Notre Dame Concert Band, and other local concert bands, marching bands, and orchestras.

After working for several years in the office furniture industry, she created and ran an interior architecture business for 20+ years. Kim is also actively involved with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, focused on strategic planning, development and community relations. In addition to fundraising, Steve has extensive skills in Strategic Planning and Feasibility Analysis. Steve is involved with the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Economic Developers Association of Alabama and the Mississippi Economic Development Council.
She is on the board of the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership and Norcross Business Association and a member of the Peachtree Corners Business Association. She is an active member of the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club and currently serves on their Board of Directors. The veteran educator joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002 as a teacher at South Gwinnett High School after serving schools in DeKalb County and District 99 in Illinois.
Charlie has held senior management positions in engineering, marketing, and manufacturing operations and continues to be active as a professional day trader on a part-time basis. Charlie is currently active in forming the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and helping expand the arts in the Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners area. The Snider Team works with families to oversee every aspect of their finances from retirement planning, investing, and banking. He then went Midtown to Georgia Tech where he graduated with honors in three years and played football for Coaches Gailey and Johnson.
Army, Sheri has worked for award-winning international advertising agencies and publishing companies.
He graduated from Norcross High School and Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, so he considers Georgia home. He has previously served as a consultant at firms including Coopers-Lybrand (Now Price Waterhouse Coopers), Ernst & Young, and the international law firm of Troutman Sanders.
Williams is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a BBA with concentrations in marketing and accounting and an MBA in management and finance. Williams, only the second person to receive this award, was honored during a special recognition ceremony on February 4.
Having begun his tenure as an eighth grade teacher and later director of pupil personnel, he was named superintendent for Grant County and then Ft. He completed his Doctor of Ministry in Congregation Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Closing the business in 2001, she directed construction project management for Bank of America. Breakthrough Norcross!, a collaborative education initiative, is her newest impact project with the goal of improving the economic prosperity of the geography that feeds into the local high school. He began his career in Birmingham, Alabama, working for the Methodist Church and the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce before launching a commercial real estate business.
Steve is a member of the Simpsonwood United Methodist Church and active with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry.
She and her staff have worked with hundreds of business owners over the years doing tax planning, business consulting and accounting services. Yarden is also a part of other local community groups such as the Breakthrough Norcross Initiative and the Progressive Development Committee. She also served South Gwinnett High as an assistant principal (2004-2009) before being named principal of Summerour Middle in 2009.

Luke is a successful graduate of Merrill Lynch’s PMD program and serves as a mentor to others in the program.
Most recently, he was the Northeast District Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Louisville in Kentucky.
He and his wife, Kristen, have been married sixteen years and have a ten-year-old daughter, Andrea. After graduating from The University of Texas in Austin he joined a photographic equipment sales company and spent time in Chicago, Florida, and then settled in Norcross.
Active in the community, he has served on various Boards of Directors, most recently helping to raise funds to build the new UGA Redcoat Band practice complex. She moved from that role to direct a turn-around for a large warehousing and logistics business in the Norcross area. In 1989, Steve moved to Atlanta where he began his career in fundraising, working first as a Senior Vice President with National Community Development Services before establishing his own company, First Community Development.
A graduate of the school district’s 2007 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Mrs. Sheri has lived in 5 states and Germany before moving to Gwinnett County 21 years ago, where she now calls home. At the Northeast Family Y, Mark increased contributions to the annual campaign, focused on board development and recruitment, provided staff leadership and implemented community-based, purpose-driven programs. In addition to leadership, Brian enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, and a great cup of dark roast coffee. Over the last twenty years, First Community Development has become a leader in innovative fundraising for corporate driven non-profit organizations in nine southeastern states.
Parker Jarrett holds certification in Leadership and Supervision from the University of Georgia. A corner store in one Y offers fresh fruits, vegetables and grocery items to nearby, underserved residents.
Nancy and her family lived there for eight years and then decided to return to the sunny south. He also initiated a year-round swim team and a teen cross-country program that competes with area schools. His current or previous board appointments include the American Lung Association of Georgia, Georgia Goal, and The Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
Parker Jarrett was recently named 2012 National Counseling Advocate of the Year by the American School Counselors Association. He was also a long-term contract CFO and consultant working with start-up and turn-around entities in the software and quick service sectors. He is an active member of Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta where he has volunteered in their youth program.
His finance career started at Key Bank where he worked as an analyst, ultimately landing a position as an associate in Key Equity Capital, the bank’s leveraged buyout arm. Nancy’s team is one of top in the state and her passion is helping people solve real estate problems. When not with family and friends, Nancy can be found behind a good book or watching her Crimson Tide football games.

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