2001 Hometown Heroes

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 Hometown Heroes Announced for 2001
2001 Hometown Heroes
Decatur presented its 6th annual Hometown Hero awards in December at the DBA Holiday Party. The 14 Hometown Heroes are profiled here in the words of the folks who nominated them.

With the presentation of the 2001 awards, Decatur now has a total of 97 Hometown Heroes.

Allison Adams
Nominated by Sally Wylde
Allison is one of the founders of Livable DeKalb and has worked to increase small bus service to Emory University from Decatur. She is always upbeat and filled with good advice about providing a positive example.

Jerry Burns
Nominated by Cheryl Burnette
Jerry is a professional photographer and has been sharing his talents with the local schools for 10 years. Some of his projects include conducting an after-school photography class with the children; organizing an art exhibit with student photography; and helping children create personal quilts with their photos.

Robert L. Brown
Nominated by Judy Turner
Robert is a respected architect and his firm has been a part of the Decatur community since 1984. He contributes to such events as the Concerts on the Square and the Beach Party, the DeKalb Historical Society, Decatur's Black History Month celebration and much more.

Fred Cavalli
Nominated by Mai and Angelina Cavalli
Fred is an attorney in Decatur and is active in the Decatur Business Association. He has served as co-chair of the Concerts on the Square Committee, co-chair of the Beach Party, and is the incoming president elect. He is active at Decatur First Baptist Church where he has taught Sunday school for close to 20 years. He has served on the Road Race Committee and as a deacon.

Charles Cope
Nominated by Diann Baker
A life-long resident of the City of Decatur and a true citizen volunteer. He was instrumental in forming the Decatur Greens and is dedicated to tree and greenspace preservation. He recently opened a running shoe store in Oakhurst called One Step at a Time.

Rick Epting
Nominated by Genevieve Edwards
For the past 10 years Rick has been a volunteer teacher of Georgia history to successive 4th grade classes at Clairemont Elementary. He gives weekly talks that culminate in an annual field trip to Savannah where he serves as a tour guide, making history come alive in a special way year after year.

Joanne Hauserman
Nominated by Martha Clinkscales
Joanne is the director of the Decatur First United Methodist Church Kindergarten and Preschool Program. She is a member of the church and an active leader in Sunday School Class and an active parent in her children's schools: Westchester Elementary, Renfroe, and Decatur High. Joanne has educated, nurtured and guided several generations of Decatur's preschool children. She is a lifelong resident of Decatur.

Greg Levine
Nominated by Sally Wylde
As a resident of Oakhurst, Greg has spearheaded numerous environmental projects that have benefited the entire community. He planted a large space behind Oakhurst Presbyterian Church with native trees and shrubs. Through his work with Trees Atlanta he has planted numerous trees in Decatur. He chairs the Decatur Greenspace Task Force.

Kathy Masters and Stacie Monroe
Nominated by Julia Levy
For their achievement in saving and relocating the historic Frasier building. Kathy and Stacie shepherded this project forward from the beginning, working with the developer to save the building and have it moved, arranging the move, preparing the architectural documents, finding a home for the building at the Decatur Cemetery, arranging ownership transfer and preparing a restoration plan. Their tenacity and commitment resulted in a very successful combination of public and private effort to save this historic structure.

Neil Norton
Nominated by Mary Leslie and Betsy Tanner
Neil organized Neighborwoods -- a program to plant trees in Glenwood Estates neighborhood front yards. He organized a Glen Creek clean up and a neighborhood softball team. Neil also maintains the neighborhood association web page. He has served on the Glenwood Estates Neighborhood Association board for many years and is the incoming co-president.

Louis Pichulik
Nominated by John Randall
Louis is a commercial property owner in the City of Decatur and was willing to invest in the community long before it was the thriving success it is today. Louis owns a number of previously run-down buildings -- each of which are now attractive and successful restaurants and retail shops. He came along when our city needed someone who was a visionary and courageous enough to risk his wealth by investing in our community. He constantly encourages his tenants and truly cares about them and our city.

Ken Rosskopf
Nominated by Allison Adams
Ken has been the guiding spirit and driving force behind the Decatur Yellow Bikes program. He has marshaled a team of enthusiastic volunteers, solicited and received donated bicycles and supplies for the program, and garnered metro-Atlanta-wide support for his efforts. He has made alternative transportation fun.

Mary Whitehead
Nominated by Judy Turner
Mary has lived on Second Avenue for more than 30 years. She has worked with many civic organizations and served on various church committees. One of her most notable achievements was helping establish the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and serving on its board for many years. She worked to get a Christmas tree planted in what is now called Harmony Park, located at the intersection of East Lake and Oakview. Through her vision and efforts, the City planted a tree that is used year after year. She organized the decorations and program, stood at the base of the tree and led carols and prayers from the time the tree was waist high until this past year when it had grown to a "real tree." The event is now an annual success.