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All About Developmental Disabilities board adds Dr. Bernadette C. Marson

All About Developmental Disabilities board adds Dr. Bernadette C. Marson

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), Georgia’s preeminent provider of support services for families living with developmental disabilities, has added Dr. Bernadette C. Marson to its Board of Directors.

“We’re excited about the skills Dr. Marson bring to the table for AADD,” said All About Developmental Disabilities Board President Judith Stanley. “She brings experience, passion and the national perspective we need to support Georgians with developmental disabilities.”

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announced Melissa Perlman has been named as Social Worker for the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC). She will be responsible for the organization’s consultation and resource services, including linking families with the appropriate benefits, services, and funding sources.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.

DeKalb police chief honored

DeKalb police chief honored

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has been recognized for his many achievements over his three-decade law enforcement career.

Alexander was presented with a resolution by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police during its 2014 conference.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition from the Georgia Chiefs Association," Alexander said in a release. "It's always humbling to get recognized by your peers."

Alexander has served as DeKalb's police chief since April 2013 and is also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

AADD names Madeline Griffin Family Support Center Coordinator

AADD names Madeline Griffin Family Support Center Coordinator

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) today announced that Madeline Griffin has been named the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC) Coordinator. Griffin will be responsible for all of the organization’s community workshops, partnerships and programs.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions.  The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

DECATUR, Ga. -- Joyce Carol Oates has been named keynote speaker of the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Oates, 76, will kick off this year's festival on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. at Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. She is the author of more than 40 novels and will soon publish a new short story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories.

Oates has also received a number of awards, including two O. Henry Prizes, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Poets & Writers Distinguished Lifetime Award and, in 2010, the National Humanities Medal.

"There are few authors -- very, very few -- that rise to Joyce Carol Oates' level of accomplishment," Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang said in a release.

Garret Lazenby named principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

Garret Lazenby named principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

DECATUR, Ga. -- Garret Lazenby has been admitted as a shareholder and principal at Sterling Risk Advisors, an Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm. The announcement comes in recognition of his tremendous contributions since joining the firm in 2011.

Lazenby’s skills include a broad range of insurance solutions for professionals, general commercial business, community associations, and individuals. He helps lead the transportation, logistics, and supply chain practice for Sterling Risk Advisors.

His areas of expertise include:

● Trucking/Freight Forwarding/Customs Brokerage/NVOCC
● Warehousing and Logistics
● Freight Brokerage
● Supply Chain (Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers, and Retail)
● International Business
● Real Estate
● Construction
● Contract Negotiation

Search for WondLa author to speak in metro Atlanta

Search for WondLa author to speak in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- A popular author will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta this weekend.

Tony DiTerlizzi writes the Search for WondLa trilogy and recently published The Battle for WondLa, the final book in the series. The Battle for WondLa follows Eva Nine, who must go into hiding when peace between humans and aliens begins to crumble, and the evil Lorac plots against the captured city of Solas, Orbona.

DiTerlizzi will speak at the Edgewood Barnes & Noble (1217 Caroline Street) on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. He will also be at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur (133 East Court Square) on Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

One of DiTerlizzi's book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, was made into a 2008 movie starring Freddie Highmore and Mary-Louise Parker.

Learn more about Tony DiTerlizzi at diterlizzi.com.