As newly-elected Mayor of Pine Lake, Melanie Hammet offers a biography at least as eclectic as the music she creates. From working on a shrimp boat in the Gulf to sharing the stage with many southern musical luminaries, from providing grief counseling support for schools, teachers, and youth to serving on the city government in Pine Lake, GA, Hammet’s rich personal history informs her leadership and her music.
Melanie’s years as elected official in her home city have created many opportunities for artistic growth and civic leadership. Hammet was the 2011 president of the Dekalb Municipal Association, a 9-city collective of Dekalb’s cities (Pine Lake being the smallest). Melanie also worked for three years with a team of residents to revamp local zoning to ensure greater protection the natural and built environment of the city. Hammet also served as Pine Lake’s liaison for the federally-funded reconstruction of the city-center lake, creating a blog and a series of interactive signage in the city’s urban wetlands.
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With 20 years of managing projects big and small in the fast-paced world of advertising, Brandy hopes to bring her experience to the city to get important work done. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia and the study abroad program at Oxford University. A native Georgia peach, Brandy has lived in Pine Lake since 2017 serving on the city sponsored boards of MAP and ROKS. Her passion is the well-being of all community members here in Pine Lake and beyond, including our animals and environment. When she is not on an adventure, you will find her reading, laughing and relaxing with her friends, ten-year-old son and husband/best friend or wrangling the neighborhood kids out of the trees for dinner time at her home in Pine Lake.
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Tracey moved to Pine Lake in 2016 from Ocean Springs, MS. She has served as PLAIN Vice President, a member of the Lakefest Committee and a member of the economic development workgroup, (ROKS). “I have watched the accomplishments of the city council over the past few years as a nature-based community that celebrates both nature and the arts. Running for City Council was the logical progression in my efforts to contribute to this amazing community. “
Currently Tracey is the Executive Director for ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council for
Higher Education). She has served military families at Keesler AFB and Gulfport CBC sites, and worked as a cartographer for the National Park Service. She earned a MS in Geography from University of Southern Mississippi and a BS in Geography and BA in Anthropology from UNCC.
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Jean Bordeaux moved to Pine Lake from Decatur in 2010 with her partner, Gayle. Both had recently retired and were looking for a friendly community where they could enjoy all that “free time”. Having become familiar with the Architectural Review Board while doing a renovation on their house, Jean became a member of the Board in early 2011 and served as Chair from late 2012 until the end of 2014 at which time the ARB was disbanded. Prior to retirement, Jean worked over thirty years in various financial positions in the private sector including Controller and Audit Manager for a Fortune 50 company and Financial Reporting Manager for a mid-size Software Company.
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Brandy has owned and operated an ecological land-planning firm, Shades of Green Permaculture, since 2004, specializing in edible landscaping, rainwater harvesting, farm design and community planning. She is committed to building health from the ground up. In her "spare" time, she serves on the Dogwood Alliance Board of Directors. She lives in Pine Lake with her husband, Aaron, their daughter, Zepyhr, and their rambunctious pup, Peanut Butter.
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Augusta Woods moved from Michigan to Georgia more than 20 years ago and has lived in Pine Lake for 5 years with her husband Dwight. She has two children a son and a daughter (and son in law) and two step daughters. She has served on the Pine Lake Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and attends Pine Lake Baptist Church. Over the years, she has had a number of jobs from working at a non-profit as Coordinator of Harvest Home, a transitional home for single mothers to Retail Manager and Co-Owner of New Life Wardrobe Services, an image consulting company teaching people the art of putting on a professional image. Augusta served on the Saginaw City Planning commission in Michigan. She is currently semi-retired and working part time as an independent contractor for Glacier’s Industrial Supplies Company.
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