Board of Directors

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Lisa Barber – Co-Founder, Board Chair and Secretary

Lisa has nearly 25 years experience helping non-profits and small businesses to organize, grow, and expand through her business consulting firm Barber Business Solutions, LLC. Successful grant writing and program administration led to a career in education teaching special education to middle and high school students. She left teaching in 2009 to open a business consulting firm and pursue real estate investing. As a former educator, she has the passion to create a safe, healthy, and stimulating learning environment for our children, the leaders of tomorrow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Kennesaw State University (KSU), Executive Master of Business Administration from Coles College of Business at KSU, and is a certified paralegal. She is the mother of four sons, and grandmother to three grandsons. She lives in Scottdale, Georgia.

 
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Dana Shaffner – Co-Founder and Treasurer

Dana Shaffner, is the principal of Shaffner Law Office, P.C. where she focuses on small businesses and tax legal issues, including personal income, corporate income and estate and gift taxation. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dana attended Oglethorpe University earning a degree in accounting in 1979. Dana began her working life in the audit department of Coopers & Lybrand, the predecessor of Price Waterhouse Coopers. She spent the next ten years in public accounting eventually specializing in income tax planning, research and compliance. In 1987, Dana graduated from the College of Law at Georgia State University and was admitted to the Georgia bar. In 1989 Dana answered the call to self- employment and opened her office in Dunwoody where she has been located ever since.

Dana has worked with a diverse client base with a diverse range of legal issues, including business formation, succession planning, income tax planning and representation before both the audit and collection divisions of the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue. In addition to conventional business legal and tax issues, Dana has exceptional experience in the formation of tax exempt and charitable organizations and obtaining recognition under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). As a result of her expertise, Dana has consulted with a wide variety of charitable and tax exempt organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Initiative and is a former board member of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Dana is also the proud parent of two young men now serving in the U.S. Army. When she is not working, Dana loves the outdoors, has an obsessive love of history, Irish music and enjoys cooking and the arts.

 
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Christian Zsilavetz – Co-Founder and Member at Large

Christian Zsilavetz, the Cofounder and Director of Community Outreach of Pride School Atlanta, has a B.A. in Mathematics from Douglass College/Rutgers University and a M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. He is a formerly heterosexual cisgender woman who is now a queer-identified transman (male pronouns, FTM) with a wife and 2 wee ones. A GLSEN-Certified Education Trainer, he has been providing cultural competency and personal growth workshops and panels for/by/with educators, corporations, community organizations, youth and families since he came out as queer in 1998. He is passionate about creating spaces where everyone is welcome, everyone can work, and everyone can learn, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or affectional preference.