William J. (Bill) Purdie III, Chairman
Bill and his wife, Ruby, have been residents of the North Fulton/Milton area since 1987. Now retired, his professional career included 25 years as a management consultant and 16 years as owner of a technology company in Milton. With an interest in the performing arts, Bill joined the Milton Literary Group at its inception and is a member of Atlanta’s Working Title Playwrights group. Bill is also author of a romantic jukebox musical comedy stage play (Ruby and the Bookmarks), which premiered in May, 2017 at the Canton (Georgia) Theatre.
As an active supporter of the performing arts in Roswell for 25 years and encouraged that Milton has initiated a cultural arts program, Bill is interested in bringing the performing arts to our city.
Megan Jamison, Vice-Chairman
After graduating from Auburn University, Megan immediately began serving as a high school biology teacher teaching art through science for Atlanta Public Schools. After several years of teaching, Megan created and opened Milton’s first working art studio, Just For Giggles, in downtown Crabapple in 2008. After the arrival of her third child in 2015, Megan sold Just For Giggles, where she had taught more than 2,000 painting classes to over 25,000 students.
Megan currently serves on the board of Milton’s local women’s charity, Children’s Charity, co-chairing both Denim and Diamonds and The Milton Showcase Home since 2016; and she has served as the Art Ed coordinator for Summit Hill Elementary School since 2017. Megan and her husband, Peyton, have three children and enjoy traveling in their spare time.
Barbara Peck, Secretary
Barbara and her husband moved to Milton in 1999 when the Fortune 500 Company they worked for in Upstate New York relocated its headquarters to Atlanta.
Volunteering and making a difference within the community in which she lives and works has always been a high priority for Barbara. While living in New York, she served as a volunteer with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and as a chair or co-chair for a number of school and business programs that incorporated art as a core focus. Currently, she is a member of Better Together, the Milton Literary Group, and a volunteer coordinator for the Adopt-A-Road Program and other major Milton events. Barbara also served on the Board of Directors for the currently inactive Milton Grows Green.
Barbara has been involved in the arts since childhood when her parents first introduced her to music and dance. In the ensuing years, she expanded her basic appreciation of the arts through global business travel that took her to five continents. Having always been interested in exploring and learning about new places and its people, she had the unique opportunity to learn traditional arts and crafts first hand from the natives, view major art and sculpture collections, and visit architectural landmarks.
Dr. Lauri Goodling
Lauri has lived in the Milton area since 2011. She is a mother of two children who attend school at Northwestern Middle and Milton High School. She is an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University, Perimeter College, where she teaches creative writing, composition, and literature classes. She also serves as Honors College Coordinator for the Alpharetta campus. Lauri holds two degrees in creative writing and serves as faculty adviser for the student literary magazine, Creative License, as well as faculty reader for the famed literary journal, The Chattahoochee Review.
She has a tremendous love for all mediums of art: visual, aural, performance, and yes, textual, and is eager to bring the multitude of unique talents together for the benefit of the Milton community.
Emily H. Griffith
Emily moved to the City of Milton in 2006. She served as a member of the Alpha Arts Guild, where she also served in the office of Secretary. She was the Official Artist for the University of GA mascot, Uga VII, VII and IX and has directed and performed in Orlando Theater.
Emily’s professional experience includes more than a decade of work in the entertainment industry in the cities of Orlando, Los Angeles, and Denver.
She has worked as a professional faux finisher and artist in the Atlanta area since 2006.
Emily would like to see an Art Center in the City of Milton or to identify partnerships with local art centers where art classes can be offered to Milton residents.
Bob has lived in the Milton area since 2006 and has been an active participant in the music and arts community. A former professional musician, Bob still performs with local artists when his schedule permits.
Bob owns and operates SoundLab Music Studios (www.soundlabatlanta.com). This 15,000 square foot music and arts facility serves the North Atlanta artist community by providing education, rehearsal, recording, video, talent management, and event services. SoundLab has been a filming location for multiple television shows and has provided music and arts consultation and event services for various North Atlanta municipalities.
Bob also possesses a strong background in business and real estate finance. He has over twenty years of senior executive experience with Fortune 500 financial companies. He currently provides business consulting and real estate sales and advisory services as Managing Partner of Insight Performance Partners (www.insightperformancepartners.com).
Kevin has always been drawn to the arts where he pushed his creativity in music, writing, and design. In the late 90s, he saw success when his boy band was signed to a major record label out of New York, releasing its first album on pop radio nationwide.
Kevin, wife Luz, and their children, Gavin, and Luna Swan, planted roots in Milton. He opened a digital design agency called Creative Swans. His wife Luz opened a local Milton business called Davao Hair Studio.
In 2013 Kevin sold his design agency and started an international clothing brand called SCARCI Italian wear, where he designs and manufactures luxury resort wear in Italy. He is still sharing his passion for music on stage at North Point Community Church as a volunteer worship leader for their youth ministry.