Johns Creek Beautification Board Members

Board Members

​Lynn L. Pennington


Education has been the mainstay of Lynn’s career, with 40 plus years in the field. She’s held a number of professional positions including those with school districts and universities, and as an independent educational consultant. She recently retired as the executive director of the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE), a non-profit professional association she helped create in 2007. Lynn has also served as the president of the Newtown Park Community Foundation and the Centennial High School Foundation for the Fine Arts. She chaired the Parks and Recreation study group for the Committee for Johns Creek. Currently, she is a board member of the Cultural Arts Alliance at Johns Creek and is a member of the Johns Creek Historical Society.

Marilyn Davis

Treasurer and Daffodils4Hope Chair

Marilyn Davis has served Johns Creek Beautification on the Board as Treasurer since 2016, as a member of the Secret Garden Tour Committee since its inception in 2018, and founded the Daffodils4Hope program in 2018. Marilyn has lived in the Johns Creek/Alpharetta area since 1986 and has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions in the arts, education, and worship space in the local community. Driving fundraising and financial good health has been her main service focus in her not-for-profit tenure.
Marilyn brings over 35 years of financial experience to JCB. Marilyn is an owner of Davis & Langford CPA firm, is ex Big4 with KPMG, worked over a decade at Coca-Cola, including the Coca-Cola Foundation in Atlanta, served as acting controller for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City with over 2 billion in assets, and has held financial positions with businesses across the country. She holds CPA licenses in Georgia and Florida and an MBA and Bachelors degree in Accounting. Marilyn is a member of the Georgia and Florida Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In her personal life, Marilyn is a Georgia Master Gardener, mother of 5 children all of whom are Eagle and Gold Award Scout recipients, was an avid volunteer in Boy Scouts and was a Girl Scout leader for over 12 years. She continues as a choir member at JC Presbyterian since 1997 and sits on the Preschool Board there. Marilyn and her husband Cliff enjoyed opening their property as a recent Secret Gardens Tour stop and delight in teaching volunteers to plant tens of thousands of daffodils across our fair city.

Jennifer Schau


After working in both South Carolina and Georgia as a school psychologist for more than 28 years, Jennifer recently retired from Forsyth County Schools. Throughout her career she was trained in crisis response, child abuse prevention, and mediation. Jennifer’s career has been focused on child advocacy for the needs of students and parents, as well as providing professional learning for the schools and communities she served. In the past she has been the president and regional representative on the board of a non-profit educational organization. At the community level Jennifer has been a Girl Scout leader for a cadet troop.

Liliana Brenner


Liliana has served as a member of the Secret Garden Tour Committee since 2018. She has provided technical and creative support for Johns Creek Beautification’s website and online presence for several years. As an independent Web designer and IT Consultant, with a Bachelor’s degree in Science Technology, Liliana has been volunteering her time promoting Environmental Education in our community since her move here from Germany in 2005. She helped develop a hands-on, elementary school science program for the Teaching Museum North and served on the North Fulton Council PTA board as the VP of Environmental Education and as president of the organization.

Lynn Canty

Director and ArtSpot Chair

Lynn is the Director of Operations for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and serves as a class trustee for the University of Virginia. She is the former Executive Director of Leadership Johns Creek and served as co-chair of the Leadership Class that proposed the Public Art Master Plan for the City of Johns Creek. Lynn is a theatrical costume hobbyist and an honorary member of the International Thespian Society. As a community volunteer Lynn has served as the Cultural Arts Committee chair, Boy Scout leader, ALTA Vice President, Hands-On and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful Coordinator.

Julie Coco


Julie Coco currently serves New South Associates, Inc. as Associate Director of the History Department and Senior Historian. She manages large on-call contracts and history projects and is responsible for tracking history project schedules and performance. As a Senior Historian, Julie conducts archival and oral historical research and reporting, surveys, assessments of effects, and has developed historic preservation plans, management documents, exhibits, and public outreach materials. She has experience in ethnohistory, historic preservation planning, cultural anthropology, historic archaeology, Native American consultation, HABS/HAER documentation, museum exhibit design, public history/outreach, NEPA and Section 106 Compliance, National Register of Historic Places nominations and cemetery studies. For the past 16 years, she has lived in Johns Creek with her husband and their two sons and has been an active volunteer with their Cub Scout and Boy Scout units, River Trail’s band program, Northview’s Fine Arts Association and Wilson Creek’s Science Force Program.

Donna Heinzelmann


Donna has balanced her career in the dental field with her passion for gardening over her 32 years of residency in our area. She’s served on neighborhood committees and has joined state and national gardening organizations, including the American Orchid Society, the American Horticulture Society, the American Hydrangea Society and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Donna designed, planted and maintains her own beautiful garden, which was featured on the Secret Garden Tour in 2019 and 2021. Her garden will be showcased on the 2022 American Hydrangea Garden Tour. Recently, she added a greenhouse to her garden to grow orchids. Donna brings enthusiasm and knowledge to the JCB Board and wants to keep Johns Creek a beautiful place to live

Chad Smith


Chad, a Georgia native, has lived in the Newtown area for over 25 years and is a graduate of Georgia Tech. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and earned a Building Construction Management degree from the School of Architecture. Chad’s passion for architecture, art and history deepened through his Architectural History classes. To add to his knowledge and love for architectural history, Chad and his wife Stacy, spent two weeks in Europe where they toured every museum, piazza, and dome of every church they encountered in London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome. Chad has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1998 and has worked at UPS for 20 years. He is currently a leader in the Enterprise Project Management Office (ePMO) at UPS worldwide headquarters working on strategic projects and ensuring project investments are managed closely and deliver their return on investment. Chad has been the United Way coordinator for the ePMO team and is a member of the UPS Corporate Grant Committee. He has also been a Newtown Rec soccer and baseball coach and is a longstanding board member of the Chartwell HOA. Most recently he is a graduate of the Leadership Johns Creek 2020 class and is leading his team in the installation of an interactive art mural by Kelsey Montague at Newtown Park.

Chuck Wilkinson

Director Emeritus

Chuck has been a Johns Creek Beautification member since 2014. As part of JCB, he was a founding member of the Secret Gardens of Johns Creek tour serving on the Organizing Committee in 2018 and leading it in 2019 as president. Chuck is a Georgia Master Gardener and served as president of the Madison Park Property Owners’ Association from 2012 through early 2020. He was also an active member of the Berkeley Lake Conservancy (former Board Member and Past President) and Berkeley Walk HOA (former Board Member). Chuck has lived in the Atlanta metro area since 1994 including residing in or around the City of Johns Creek, GA since 2010. Professionally, he has spent his entire career in the technology and services industry with much of that leading teams that develop, implement and support enterprise business software.