TPL-Georgia Director Will Speak at Community Heroes Luncheon, 3/24

ATLANTA 3/6/2009: Helen Tapp, Georgia Director of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), was chosen by Atlanta Woman as one of 16 new non-profit leaders to speak at a luncheon honoring the achievements of 20 Women of the Year/Fan Males at the Community Heroes Luncheon on March 24, 2009 at the Retreat of Dunwoody.

The luncheon will be an opportunity for the new female not-for-profit leaders in Atlanta to speak directly to the Atlanta community about the strides they are taking within their organizations, and to recognize individuals who are making a unique difference in the community arena.

Before joining TPL in October 2007, Tapp was a vice president and senior policy analyst at Jordan Jones & Goulding (an engineering, planning and management firm with offices throughout the Southeast). A land planner by training, Tapp served for more than 15 years as a director of two non-profit trade associations. Her appointment to state boards by two governors, and her work as vice-chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and as a board member of Friends for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, helped shape her interest in environmental and land conservation issues.

The other women leaders participating in panel discussions about the current issues facing their organizations are:

Vikki Morrow, Girls Inc.
Gina Simpson, Hands on Atlanta
Hosanna Johnson, Atlanta Education Fund
Barbara J. Mosacchio, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation
Donna Buchanan, United Way
Marilyn W. Midyette, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Lisa Borders, Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation
Shelia Ryan, March of Dimes
Leslie Anderson, Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter
Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, Project GRAD
Madelyn Adams, East Lake Foundation
Millie Irizarry, Latin American Association
Tisha R. Tallman, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Kathleen Kurre, Techbridge
Kim Anderson, Families First

Joining the newly named non-profit leaders will be 20 Women of the Year and Fan Male honorees. Each of these honorees was featured in a 2008 issue of Atlanta Woman magazine for their special contributions to the community. The 2008 Women of the Year and Fan Males are:

Nell Diallo, Medshare International
John Rice, GE Energy
Tasia Katsapodis, BB&T Corp.
Charles Huddleston, Arnall, Golden, Gregory
Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia
Frank Ski, V-103
Conchita Robinson, C. Robinson Associates, Inc.
Bob O’Leary, Cox Enterprises
Pam Joseph, U.S. Bancorp
Milton H. Jones, Bank of America
Dr. Tanja Popovich, CDC
Carlos Martinez, The Diesel Fighting Championships
Janice McKenzie-Crayton, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Frank Buonnette,
Marcia G. Taylor, Bennett International Group
Charles S. Mayfield III, Chappell, Mayfield and Associates
B.A. Albert, Grey AdvertisingKarl Steinichen
Dallas McCade, WKHX-FM Radio
Andruw Jones, Los Angeles Dodgers

Tickets to the Atlanta Woman Community Heroes Luncheon can be purchased online at or by calling Barbara Staradumsky at 678.569.0310.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this event:
GE Energy
Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen
Newell Rubbermaid
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

About Atlanta Woman
Atlanta Woman magazine offers Atlanta’s only magazine, Web site and events designed exclusively for professional and civic-minded women in all stages of their corporate or entrepreneurial careers. With an interactive Web site, 6 issues of the magazine and 17 signature events per year, Atlanta Woman provides resources designed to educate, shape, inform and showcase the best of women in Atlanta.

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land, a national, private, nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1972, protects land for people to enjoy as parks, greenways, community gardens, urban playgrounds, historic sites and wilderness areas. Across the nation, TPL has completed more than 3,500 projects in 46 states and saved more than 2.3 million acres of land. In Georgia alone, TPL has preserved more than 19,500 acres valued at over $200 million dollars, including 55 sites in the Chattahoochee River Corridor.