Jeanette's passion for seniors began when she was 16 years old as a wait staff person in a local senior living facility. Fast forward 30+ years later when she found herself helping her parents navigate their decisions of moving into assisted living facilities. Spending many years and hundreds of meals sitting at the community tables with her parents and their resident friends, Jeannette noted the smiles and excitement she saw when they were treated with respect and dignity even when they were limited in their movement and activity.
Jeanette holds both her MBA and bachelor of arts degree in communication and organizational development from the University of Georgia. She has a successful career in sales and training and has received numerous awards for excellence.
In her "spare" time Jeanette became a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor and is the owner of CORE Strength.
Scott Ward recently retired from a retail business he owned for 27 years. During that time, he mentored five employees who went on to open their own successful businesses.
Scott’s love for theatre began in middle school and continued into high school where he acted and did stage production.
During college he had the opportunity to write, produce and be an on-air talent for National Public Radio and also did television production. After college, Scott worked in film production and then as writer/producer for radio/TV ad agencies in Atlanta and Milwaukee continuing his experience in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis working in casting and film post production.
A current member of Toastmasters, Scott won a number of contests in humorous, improv and evaluation events.
Scott served on the Board of the Chattahoochee Nature Center, is the President of his home owners association, served as Treasurer and International Director of Rotary Club, elected and served seven years on the National Franchise Advisory Council including President for the franchise I owned. Scott also served at the unit, district and council level for Boy Scouts of America.
Scott most recently worked with Atlanta Theatre-To-Go as a volunteer production assistant for Restless In Resthaven, coordinating and communicating with Alpharetta businesses to partner with ATTG and the City of Alpharetta to successfully promote their businesses and the event.
Scott lives with his beautiful bride, Carolyn, and has two adult children. He is once again pursuing his dream of acting and screenwriting in theatre and film in and around the Atlanta area.
Scott believes in the mission of ATTG and likes to make a difference in the organizations he serves.
Carrie Morrison was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia and is proud to live and work in the place that she still calls “Home”. Carrie’s career started with her teaching Special Education to students with both learning and behavioral needs. Her passion for teaching led her to be a liaison for the families of special needs students by teaching them new techniques in the home, mirroring the skills taught to them in the classroom. Her career path has led to her greatest passion, working with the senior population through home care and senior living. Currently, Carrie works in a senior community, educating families and their loved ones throughout the often-difficult journey of moving into Assisted Living. She has won Top Sales Director within her company and has been recognized by winning the “Rise-up” award multiple times.
Throughout my life, I have worked with seniors at both a personal and professional level. Growing up in the same home as my grandmother, only nurtured my desire to work in the senior industry. T
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Bishara graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. She is a former traffic reporter on WTMJ-4, Milwaukee's NBC affiliate, on-air personality for FOX Sports Wisconsin, and Lifestyle Expert for FOX 6 Studio A. Bishara was very active with Special Olympics, going "Over the Edge," and taking the "Ultimate Lambeau Leap" to help raise money for the organization. She was honored by the Mayor of Milwaukee with a Proclamation; proclaiming July 12th "Bishara Dorre Day" to recognize her many hours of community service. While serving her community, Bishara danced professionally for the Milwaukee Bucks as a NBA dancer for three years and was selected to dance at the 2011 NBA United Tour in Madrid, Spain. Continuing her love for sports, she also worked as an In-Game Host for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team. She self-published two books before graduating high school. The books include "A Pink Bag of Dreams," and "Family Connection Book Club." In 2014, Bishara represented Wisconsin at the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant, and advanced to the top 10! She is also a former Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2006, and Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2007.
Bishara has extensive agency experience as a Social Media Marketing professional at the award-winning global experiential agency, GMR Marketing, where she was nominated as one of the agency’s Emerging Stars. She is now a resident of Atlanta and has used her skills gained in conjunction with obtaining her Master’s of Business Administration from Concordia University to continue with GMR Marketing as one of their field recruiters in search for key players and social influencers throughout Atlanta to lead the launch of a new innovative product for one of their largest clients.
Mary Claire Klooster
Mary Claire Klooster grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major of Economics & Accounting and a minor in Computer Information Systems. She also earned a Varsity Letter in Track & Field.
Mary Claire has recently earned her certification as a Strengths Strategy Coach (Clifton StrengthsFinder). which feeds her passion to empower people to reach their full potential in life.
Early in her career she worked as a Systems Analyst before moving to Atlanta with her husband. In Atlanta Mary Claire continued working as a Systems Analyst for an engineering firm until shortly after her boys were born when she realized teaching was calling. Mary Claire has taught pre-school, middle school technology and drama and continues to teach after school drama in a few schools in Cumming. When her children were young Mary Claire began to explore acting, beginning in community theater and in 2002 signed with Houghton Talent to pursue film/television/commercial and industrial gigs.
All these years later, Mary Claire’s passion for acting, (and her husband) haven’t faded. Thirty years married and semi-retired from teaching, Mary Claire enjoys the opportunity to act with Atlanta Theatre-To-Go and bring great joy to seniors. Inspired by her mother’s great joy and love for singing, and constant “high hopes”, Mary Claire is thrilled to be a part of the board and share in the privilege of enriching the lives of seniors.
With over 20 years’ experience in the senior living industry, Jenny has channeled her passion for the industry through leadership of teams in her communities that take ownership for delivery of an exceptional quality of life for residents, endearing relationships with families, and highly energized and enlightened staff.
While Jenny has spent many years in Georgia, she has also served as an operations leader in senior living communities in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Jenny was certified as an Assisted Living Manager in the State of Maryland in 2010 and completed dementia care training through the Copper Ridge Institute, an affiliate of John Hopkins University.
In addition to her management experience in the senior living industry, Jenny has served on civic and cultural boards in the planning and executing of major fund-raising events and facilitation of strategic alliances within the business community. Jenny strongly feels that senior living communities need to perpetuate these alliances to provide more opportunities in which residents can engage. As a Board Member for ATTG, Jenny reaches out to decision makers in senior living companies to introduce ATTG to senior management and encourages their participation in ATTG’s programs and workshops because the arts have a direct impact on the quality of life of senior participants.
Jenny has a husband of 48 years and I has two married children, one family in Atlanta and one in Baltimore. She is a proud grandmother of four, and enjoys the times she can make meaningful memories with each of them.
Sandy Cooper serves as Chief Operating Officer for Principal Senior Living Group. She is responsible for day to day leadership and all aspects of operations.
Starting her career in senior housing as an Executive Director, she has over 27 years serving seniors and their families. She has helped to open over 50 senior housing communities in her career. Sandy joined Principal Senior Living Group in 2008 as a Regional Director of Operations and then assumed the Chief Operating Officer position in 2014.
She received a Bachelor’ Degree in Social Work and Gerontology from Weber State University and a Masters of Public Health; Health Planning and Administration from the University of Tennessee.
My only child is in California attending Vet school. My fiancé and I love the theatre and are friends of the Fox. I have seen how much joy Atlanta Theatre to Go brings to our residents. I am thrilled to help ATTG bring more joy to others.
Jeffrey Van Detta Legal Advisor
Attorney Jeffrey Van Detta is the John E. Ryan professor of international business and workplace law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, as well as serving as the school’s associate dean. In recognition of his distinguished service to the law school, his excellence as a teacher, and the breadth and depth of his scholarship, the board of directors conferred upon him the named Chair in Law.
Jeff entered the legal field after numerous academic achievements and honors, which included election to Phi Beta Kappa at Union College of Union University. He was selected as Editor-In-Chief of the Albany Law Review at Albany Law School of Union University and was elected to the Justinian Academic Honor Society at law school.
After law school, Jeff first served as law clerk to Judge Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before entering private practice. He practiced for 12 years at the international law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP in Atlanta where he was elected to the partnership and concentrated his practice in the areas of domestic and trans-national employment discrimination law, domestic and European labor law, and international business issues, representing major international corporations.
His wide experience includes serving on the faculty of numerous legal institutes in New York, Washington, D.C., and Montreal. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia.
For recreation, Jeff is an avid birder and the owner of the Wild Bird Unlimited shop on Cobb Parkway in Vinings.