Avondale Estates DDA Board Members

Dave Deiters, Chair

Dave Deiters and his wife Susie have lived at 2 Clarendon Ave. for nearly 3 decades, where they raised and launched their two children, Maggy and David.

Dave was a management and business strategy consultant for 35 years.  He retired from global consultancy North Highland as president in 2015 and is now the Executive Director of the Jones MBA Career Center at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.  Here Dave has his dream job: helping Georgia Tech’s MBA graduates find THEIR dream jobs. Dave graduated from Georgia Tech, where he played on the golf team, and met his bride-to-be, Susie, an Agnes Scott College alumna.

Dave and Susie are longtime members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur, where Dave served on its Parish Council, Finance Committee, STM School PTO President, and co-chaired several capital campaigns.  Dave and Susie are members of the Avondale Community Club and the Swim & Tennis Club and feel grateful to live in such a wonderful city of neighbors.

Contact Dave at ddeitersdda@gmail.com

Allen Kim, Vice Chair

Allen owns and operates Edwin Jarvis, Avondale’s flagship co-working space and neighborhood concierge.

Allen spent over 10 years with FedEx in various leadership and management roles. During his FedEx tenure, he developed and implemented a number of standard operating procedures that reduced waste, improved quality control, and cut cycle time. Before leaving FedEx, he was responsible for retail operations in New York City, one of the largest territories in terms of budget, sales, personnel, and shipping volume. He is a Lean Six Sigma certified professional, digital print and shipping expert, and board game enthusiast.

Allen and his wife Juntira returned to Georgia in 2016 and now reside with their Siamese cat Belle Catte in the Avondale-Rockbridge area.

Contact Allen at akimdda@gmail.com

Matt Delicata

Matt has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience across investment, development, acquisition, disposition and asset management activities. Mat has completed over $1 billion of real estate transactions in his career.

Most recently, Matt spent 5 years at Carter and Associates, where he focused on sourcing new investment and development opportunities, as well as providing analytical and asset management support on over $750 million of large commercial office, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

Prior to joining Carter, Matt spent three years with Triangle Equities, a real estate development firm based in New York City. In this role, he focused on sourcing and underwriting prospective developments, as well as the project and asset management of assets already established within their portfolio.

He began his professional career as a restaurateur in Nashville, where he grew-up.

Matt earned a Master of Business Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.

He currently serves on the Downtown Development Authority of Avondale Estates, where he lives with his wife, Katrina, and two young sons, Julian and Elliot.

Contact Matt at mdelicatadda@gmail.com

Rachel Herzog

With a love for all things old and vintage, Rachel hunts thrift stores to find discarded cashmere and wool sweaters to create one-of-a-kind creations such as neck wraps, fingerless gloves and zippered pouches. She ran her company, Tickleworm for many years until she found Garage Door Studio where now she gets to use her left brain to manage all the finances while reveling in her love of DIY crafting and sewing.

Rachel has lived in Avondale Estates for 12 years. Her children, Will and Nora, attend The Museum School.

Contact Rachel at rherzogdda@gmail.com

Jennifer Joyner

Jennifer Joyner started five & two company in 2010 after searching for a perfect work/life balance for herself. After a 12 year career in retail account management, she tapped into the social media communication craze and began working with local businesses looking to grow their online presence. Through word of mouth, Jennifer expanded her business and now keeps busy promoting local and national brands.

Born and raised in New York, Jennifer has made Atlanta her home since 1993. Her husband, Mark, is the Principal at Druid Hills High School and her daughters Natalie and Kate are students at The Museum School, where she is an active volunteer.

Contact Jennifer at jjoynerdda@gmail.com

Lisa Shortell

Lisa is a native Oregonian who made her way to the east coast via college
(Swarthmore) and graduate school (Emory). She taught at the Paideia School and
Arbor Montessori School and, more recently, tutored children in various subjects
and test prep.

Lisa and her husband, Greg, have been active and involved members of the
community for nearly 30 years. Their two children, Paul and Molly, were born and
raised in Avondale. You may see Lisa walking, running, or biking through the
neighborhood or working in the garden of their home at 6 Clarendon Place.

Over the years, Lisa became interested in city government and development. She
participated in several city planning workshops and processes. In addition, she
and several other residents founded a citizen advocacy group, Second Century
Avondale, promoting a bike and pedestrian friendly downtown that reflects
Avondale’s character and identity. Lisa was elected to the Board of Mayor and
Commissioners in 2018 and serves as the BOMC liaison on the DDA.

Contact Lisa at lshortelldda@gmail.com

Stacia Familo-Hopek

Stacia Familo-Hopek, The Lost Druid’s CEO and owner, earned a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1999. She started her career providing human resources consulting to Fortune 100 and 500 organizations before moving into progressively more senior Organizational Development and Talent Management roles with UPS, NCR and First Data in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stacia has more than 20 years internal and external consulting experience and 15+ years management experience. She has expertise in hiring practices (e.g., identification of skills required for roles and assessment of skills to determine level of competence/job fit), development strategies (e.g., development and facilitation of training, succession planning, leadership skills development, etc.) and project management/execution.

After working within large corporations for more than two decades Stacia is now focused on building her own business in the Rail Arts District in Avondale Estates, Georgia. Stacia has worked with city and county government offices, general contractors, architects and engineers over the course of 18 months to build The Lost Druid from the ground-up. Using what she’s learned about human resources practices, people management and operations she plans to grow The Lost Druid into a successful neighborhood craft microbrewery and tap room. 

She is excited and proud to join Avondate Estates’ Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to help execute the DDAs mission and grow a vibrant downtown area for the city.

Contact Lisa at sfamilohopekdda@gmail.com