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Meet our Stars
I am dancing for Must Ministries because I truly believe in the goodness of people. Must Ministries' Mission states: "serving our neighbors in need... transforming lives and communities in response to Christ's call." In doing so, we are providing like services as businesses of the local community. I enjoy helping members and changing lives by using fitness as my instrument of service. When you're standing before the congregation and you take a moment to think about why you're speaking and where it's coming from... someone in the back always says... "let him use you!" What they mean by that is... don't think about it, give it to us from your heart, not your head. That's how I live my life and I believe that's what Must Ministries exemplifies. So I'm in.
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A proven leader, dedicated public servant, and accomplished professional public manager. Since becoming County Manager of Cherokee County in April 2001, Jerry has received recognition for leadership, transparency and ethics in government, and fiscal stewardship. As the County's Chief Executive Officer, Jerry is responsible for the leadership and management of an organization with over 1,500 employees and an annual budget of over $300 million.
Mr. Cooper brings over 30 years of invaluable public service experience to the post and continues to pursue a set of clearly defined priorities that reflect his philosophy of reducing the burden on taxpayers and shrinking the size of government while providing superior customer service. Prior to his service in local government, Jerry served his country in the United States Navy. From 1980 until 1983, Jerry was stationed on the USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN 635), North Atlantic Submarine Fleet, Holy Loch, Scotland.
Jerry, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, graduated from White Hall High School in 1979. He attended the University of Arkansas, receiving both a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences. Jerry is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University, the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI), the ARC Regional Leadership Institute (RLI), and has earned the recognition of "Credentialed Manager" by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Jerry is a member of many community organizations, including currently serving as Chairman of the Colonel Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Committee for Rotary District 6910, Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) Trustee, Reinhardt University President's Advisory Council, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Cherokee By Choice, Inc. Board of Directors, and the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.
He and his wife, Sherry, live in Cobb County and have been happily married for over 24 years.
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A native of the Midwest, Jen received her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University with an outside concentration in music. She then received her Masters's in Social Work from Florida State University. Her full-time role is Director of Community Relations at Piedmont Injury Law where she helps the firm spread its message through the community, helps deepen existing relationships and make new ones. She conceives, directs, and executes their plans for promoting and growing the firm by helping more people who have been seriously injured.
Jen is also on the East Cobb Business Association Board and the membership chair. as well as taking a leadership role in the communications committee. When she is not out and about, she is raising her 4 kids- Rita, Tyler, Ian, and Ben.
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Christina Herrera is the Director of Operations-Marketing-HR at Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique in Marietta where she is celebrating her 21ST Anniversary this July. She is proud to lead a business that was named 2020 Small Business of the Year by the Cobb Chamber, "Best of Cobb" in five categories by Cobb Life Magazine and TOP 10 Salons in all North America by L'Oréal Professional for four consecutive years. She also serves as the Vice Chairwoman for "Angels of Life" Hair & Fashion Show which benefits the Georgia Transplant Foundation, an event the salon and spa host annually. They have proudly raised over $620,313 in 10 years. She grew up traveling the world in a military family. She found herself in Cobb County when her father retired in 1998, she has now been a proud Georgian and Cobb County Resident for 23 years. She and her husband Jose are the proud parents of son Lucas (3) and fur baby Delphine (12). They love to explore the elements of their community by discovering new parks, hiking trails, recreational centers, and local businesses for them to enjoy as a family.
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I grew up in Woodstock, Georgia where you could find me running, hanging out with friends, or playing volleyball. I went on to play D1 Beach Volleyball for Georgia State (Go Panthers) and it was the most fun and transformative 4 years. I am currently an Executive Admin for TSA and feel so blessed to work for a company that cares about the community and its employees! I am innately competitive- but unfortunately was born with 2 left feet so thank goodness I can win the mirror ball without my dance skills. Nowadays my passions include hanging with friends and family, playing with my 2 goofy dogs, weightlifting, and coaching volleyball! I am excited to learn and grow from this experience, but more importantly, I am excited to have the opportunity to benefit MUST Ministries. I have a wonderful husband and family who support me through all my endeavors, and will no doubt be front row cheering me on…(and I am sure will cause some level of embarrassment as well).
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Carolyn Polakowski is a nonprofit and public relations executive with over 30 years of experience in leading corporate and nonprofit foundations, including the statewide Fragile Kids Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia's Caring Foundation. In 2015 she launched Cay Communications, LLC, a consulting group supporting nonprofits in all areas, from first establishing an organization to fundraising and grant writing, public and media relations, board development, public-private partnerships and more. She feels privileged to work with several of Cobb County's most vital charitable organizations, including Special Needs Cobb, Adult Disability Medical Healthcare, and Loving Arms Cancer Outreach. Carolyn is active in the community, currently serving on the boards of Camp Big Heart and Daniel's Fight, as President-Elect of the East Cobb Civitan Club and Public Relations Chair for the Circle for Children. She lives in Marietta with her husband Bill and together they are facing their first year with an empty nest—all four children are out of the house leaving just Roddy, a Border Collie Lab rescue dog mix that she is confident is the best dog in Georgia. When not advocating for her beloved charitable groups you can find her gardening, running, crafting or doting on her neighborhood's preschoolers, for whom she always keeps a stash of popsicles, sidewalk chalk and bubbles!
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As director over the areas of diversity and inclusion, learning and development, talent management and corporate social responsibility, Bridges is responsible for efforts to ensure that MarketSource is best positioned to leverage the diversity of its highly talented workforce and create extraordinary outcomes for its customers. His aim is for MarketSource is to give businesses the ability to connect with the end consumer easier and faster. By fostering a culture of inclusion and excellence that enhances both employee and customer experiences, MarketSource can achieve this for every customer, every time. Bridges brings over 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, talent strategy and recruiting, sales and business development, and a passion for driving positive change to enhance organizational culture.
Throughout his career, Bridges has gained invaluable experiences in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in business development, start-ups, entrepreneurship and social enterprise development. He served in a variety of leadership roles at Cox Automotive where he successfully built and expanded diversity-focused talent programs that spanned the U.S., as well as, launched a for-profit, diversity and inclusion initiative within CARE USA that focused on delivering inclusive solutions to domestic and global clients. It was through these life experiences where he developed a global perspective and keen ability to leverage a diverse network of people and expertise to solve real-world challenges.
Bridges is happily married to his life partner of over 20 years, Joyette, and they have two beautiful teenage daughters - Morgan and Reagan. They live in Acworth, GA and are active members of their church and community.
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