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

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 Stacia at sfamilohopekdda@gmail.com

Leigh Lynch

Leigh Lynch is owner of  Origins Homegrown Team Real Estate, located in downtown Avondale Estates. “I love being able to work out of an office in the town I live.” She has enjoyed success at Origins Real Estate achieving the pinnacle award for sales volume five years in a row.

Leigh has been a part of the Avondale community for more than 14 years. She has enjoyed coaching basketball at The Museum School and wouldn’t miss participating in the annual Fourth of July parade.

Contact Leigh at llynchdda@gmail.com

Tom Trocheck

Tom Trocheck and his wife Kathy moved to their first home on Kensington Road in Avondale Estates in 1983, and after a brief hiatus in Raleigh, moved back to Avondale, first to Berkeley Road and for the past five years, Dartmouth Avenue. The Trochecks raised their children Katie and Andy in Avondale and now Katie and her husband Mark Abel are raising a third generation of Avondale kids, Molly and Griffin, on Majestic Circle.

After receiving a B.A. in Government from Florida State University, Tom received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (inactive). 

Tom has over four decades of experience in design, construction, development and acquisitions of real estate projects. This includes single and multi-family residential, retail, office, mixed use, commercial and industrial projects. He currently maintains, on a part time basis, a real estate consulting practice, Berkeley Real Estate Advisors. 

The Trochecks are members of the Avondale Swim and Tennis Club, where Tom is a fixture on the tennis courts, and the Avondale Community Club, where Tom is a past president of the board of directors. He is a past chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission. In addition to tennis, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing and quail hunting. If he’s not on the tennis courts or fishing, you can find him gardening or tackling his never-ending list of home improvement projects in Avondale and Tybee Island.

Contact Tom at ttrocheckdda@gmail.com