Lynn L. Pennington – President 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 serves as President of Davis & Langford PC. She brings over 20 years of tax, accounting and auditing experience to the firm. She started her career as an auditor with the State of Florida auditing the Governor’s Office and Florida State University. She has also worked at KPMG and Coca Cola Company. Marilyn holds a CPA license in Georgia and Florida. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a perfect 4.0 from Georgia State University. Her undergraduate degree in Accounting is from Florida State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and an FSU Cheerleader – Go Noles! Marilyn is a member of the Florida Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Jennifer Schau – Secretary 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.
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 – Director 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.
Daniel Eginton – Director Daniel is the founder and principal of Daniel Eginton Landscape Architects, Inc. He graduated from the University of Georgia’s Environmental Design School in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. While attending Georgia, in 1992, Daniel interned with Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando Florida. There he helped design, install and maintain some of the world’s most well respected public park gardens. He worked for Environmental Design Group out of college under the direction of Landscape Architect, William Waddell. In 1996, Daniel began his entrepreneurial career in the design /build arena where he won countless awards through MALTA and the Southeastern Horticulture Society’s Annual Southeastern Flower Show. Over the years, he has been a guest speaker for AIA (American Institute of Architects) “Good Landscape Design Practices,” and the Southeastern Flower Show and Home and Garden Shows in Atlanta.
Chad Smith – Director 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 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.