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Peachtree Battle Alliance


PBA Kevin Johnson

Thanks for a great turnout at the PBA Annual Meeting!
There was a great turnout Tuesday night at the Peachtree Alliance Annual Meeting of Members held at E. Rivers Gymnasium. If you were not there, you missed hearing some interesting and timely information about matters affecting our neighborhood and the city from Councilperson Yolanda Adrean, Atlanta Police Officer and head of the Alliance Private Security Patrol Lt. Jeff Baxter, Catherine Spillman of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and from the chairpersons of the Alliance board committees.
Some highlights included an in-depth description of the deployment of security cameras throughout Atlanta and specifically Buckhead. Councilmember Adrean explained that after an extensive study of crime in Buckhead, security camera and license tag readers around the perimeter of Zone 8 are being installed to deter crime and showed maps of where cameras are currently deployed.
Lt. Baxter reported on the patrol and what sorts of crime they are typically seeing in our neighborhood and others. He also described how critical it is for each neighbor to call 911 whenever they see suspicious activity. Not only does this help prevent crime, the number of 911 calls made from an area affect how many police officers APD assign to the area….in other words if we never call 911, APD thinks the area doesn’t need much police protection. Lt Baxter mentioned special ways people can protect their homes and cars from crime that was very informative and enlightening (some of those tips are also included in the Directory PBA will deliver the members soon).
The Executive Director of AMPC gave an interesting update on many subjects but focus most of her comments on environmental improvements that are being made including moving the playground in Memorial Park to a safer location.
There were updates given on zoning matters including the redevelopment of a large parcel of property adjacent to our neighborhood and traffic matters including the impact of changes on Northside Drive and Peachtree Road that are underway or planned for the future.
It is not possible in this article to cover all of the important information attendees received from all of the speakers including updates from the Alliance on finances, traffic and transportation, zoning and parks. However, Alliance information will be updated on the website later in May.


PBA Officer
PBA Board Actions
The membership voted on two important matters: approving an amendment to the By-Laws and electing new board members.
The new board members are Steven Alexander, Norman DuPre, Cameron Glass, Elizabeth Hale, Anna Mayeske, Susan McGonigle, Mark Rusche, Brian Smith, Laura Spearman, Scott Ward, Linda Wilson.  Following are their bios along with those of current board members Mary Calhoun, Bill Dunn, Louise Geddes, Kevin Johnson, Marsh King,  Jim Parker, Sadler Poe, Leah Wilkerson, and James Worrell.


Steven Alexander and his wife Marti live at 2605 Woodward Way with their two children.  Steven is Director of Mortgage for the Atlanta region at Atlantic Capital Bancshares.  He is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2010 and is also active in the Buckhead Rotary, the Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Museum and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.


Mary Calhoun is up for election to her second term as a Director. She is currently chairperson of the Parks Committee.  Mary, husband John and their two children live at 532 Peachtree Battle Avenue.  Mary is active in many civic organizations.


Bill Dunn has lived with his wife, Nan Albertson, at 130 Peachtree Battle Ave since moving to Atlanta in 1996. Nan is a professional artist. Bill is actively working at being retired after a career in banking and lastly as a non-profit CFO including as Treasurer of the Alliance. Bill has served on a number of non-profit boards and currently in addition to the Alliance, he is on the board of Road Scholar (, a provider of educational travel programs in the U.S. and abroad to seniors and their families.


Norman has lived in the neighborhood at 2341 Dellwood Drive since 1987.   Norman and his wife, Ann, have four grown children – Sarah, Norman, Haley, and Ann.   He is a group director in finance with Coca-Cola and currently works on the McDonald’s account team.   His volunteer experience includes President of the Georgia Cooperative Services for the Blind and formerly serving on the board of the Peachtree Battle Alliance.   He enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing golf.


Louise Geddes and her husband Jim have lived in the neighborhood since 1991. They have three children — Charlie, Giles and Lucia — and are just entering the empty-nest phase. Louise has taught school (high school math and high school economics), been a substitute teacher, and done some after-hours tutoring for the past 12 years. Prior to teaching, she volunteered a lot of time at Atlanta International School and before that at E Rivers. She served on the PBA Board 15 years ago and again is enjoying being involved with the neighborhood. She is involved with the Sweet Briar Atlanta Alumnae Club’s “Living Room Learning” lecture series and she enjoys playing tennis and bridge.


Cameron, who lives at 406 Whitmore Drive, has lived in the neighborhood since 2012. Cameron and her husband, Robert, have three children – Meriwether 5, Robert 2 and Ann Davis 8m. She is a consultant with North Highland and specializes in retail strategy. She is a member of the Haynes Manor Garden Club and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and running.


Elizabeth and husband Sheffield live at 303 Peachtree Battle Avenue and have three grown sons.  During the 80s, she worked at SunTrust and RJR Nabisco.  Since that time she has served numerous nonprofits and currently serves on the boards of the Student Aid Foundation and New American Pathways and is a member of the Forward Arts Foundation
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Kevin and his wife Margaret reside at 172 Peachtree Battle Avenue. Kevin is currently President of the Alliance and the Zoning Committee chairperson.


Marsh and his wife Mary Gossett have enjoyed raising their family in the neighborhood the past 30 years.  Their son Blake and his wife Annie have two children and live close by.  Marsh has developed various real estate projects in and around Atlanta. He has served on the board of Skyland Trail and has supported many charitable causes and schools.  He enjoys gardening, bee keeping, raising chickens and making pottery.


Anna has lived in the neighborhood since March of 2014.  Anna and her husband Jon have two children.  Amelia (6) is attending E. Rivers and Johnny (2) is at Northside Methodist Preschool.  Since moving from New York City in 2014, Anna has focused on raising her children, volunteering time at E. Rivers and looks forward to devoting time to the Peachtree Battle Alliance.  Anna is an active gardener and a member of The Haynes Manor Garden Club.  She is passionate about tennis and loves spending time on the courts at The Carl Sanders YMCA.  Anna is a member of The Flower Guild at Northside United Methodist Church and is starting to volunteer with the homeless through The Covenant House.


Yancey and her husband John live at 456 Peachtree Battle Avenue. She is up for her second term and is currently Security Committee chairperson.


Susan and her husband Kevin have lived at 362 Manor Ridge Drive since 1997.  They have three children.  She graduated from Westminster and Williams College.  She is an active tennis player.  Susan is a member of the Haynes Manor Garden Club and serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the ARCS Foundation, an educational foundation that provides scholarships to American students in the sciences.


Jim is up for election to his second term as a Director. Jim resides at 2600 Dellwood Drive.


Sadler and his wife Teed have lived at 501 Manor Ridge Drive since they were married 16 years ago.  In 2007 Sadler retired from Alston & Bird where he practiced transactional law for 36 years.  After retiring he taught constitutional law in the adult education programs at Emory and Mercer and in the undergraduate program at Georgia Tech.  Currently, he is the president of Park Pride, a nonprofit that advocates for and supports parks and green space in Atlanta, DeKalb County and the region.


Since 2011 Mark has lived in the neighborhood at 2404 Dellwood Drive.  Mark has 2 daughters from a previous marriage and his wife, Shelby, has two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage.  The kids are all between the ages of 24 and 29. Mark is a partner in the real estate group at Alston & Bird.  Mark’s civic involvement includes a 10-year stint on the Board of the Piedmont Park Conservancy (including 2 years as Chair), a current seat on the Board of Central Atlanta Progress, an active role with the 691 Society (raises funds for the East Lake Foundation) and volunteer work with Drew Charter School.  He also served as the Chancellor (church lawyer) at All Saints Episcopal Church for a number of years.  Mark is a longtime member of East Lake Golf Club, a very avid golfer and is a big supporter of, and member of the Advisory Board, for the Bobby Jones Golf Course renovation project.


Brian Smith and his wife Leah reside at 309 Peachtree Battle Avenue.  Brian is a Partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP whose practice focuses on commercial real estate.   A native Atlantan, Brian graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1999 and then attended The University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate work, and Mercer University for law school.  He is actively involved as a member of the Board of Directors of The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and had previously been involved in the volunteer leadership of Camp Twin Lakes.  In his free time, Brian enjoys cooking, Atlanta’s vibrant restaurant scene, music, tennis and keeping his lawn as green as possible.  He and Leah are expecting their first child in July, 2016.


Laura moved to 2616 Dellwood Drive on the Fourth of July weekend of 1989.  She is a native of Atlanta, having grown up on Woodhaven Road and graduated from The Westminster Schools. She has two grown children—daughter Laura Watt, who lives in New Canaan, CT, with her family and son Edward who lives on Manor Ridge with his family. Laura is an active member of her church, Christ Church Atlanta, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Forward Arts Foundation, and AG Rhodes Health and Rehab. She is a member of Peachtree Garden Club and enjoys gardening, travel and playing bridge.


Scott is a native Atlantan and has lived in the neighborhood since 1995.  Scott and his wife, Lisa, have four children.  He is a principal at the Architectural firm, Warner Summers, where he has been employed for 35 years and is licensed in 15 states.  He and his family attend Christ the King Cathedral, where he serves in the usher ministry.  He currently serves in the Flannery O’Conner Andalusia Board (Milledgeville, Georgia), Historic Rural Churches of Georgia Board, Friends of the Church of the Purification (Sharon, Georgia), Dewees Island Architectural Resource Board (Past chair) and ex‐officio on the Dewees Island Property Owner Board (South Carolina).


Leah lives on Manor Ridge and is completing her second term later this year as membership chair and interim communications chair She and her husband, Bob, moved to Haynes Manor in 2000, and have three children – Mallory, Sally, and Andrew. She has spent most of her life in Atlanta volunteering with schools, St. Philip’s Cathedral, Haynes Manor Garden Club and Peachtree Battle Alliance.  Leah recently launched a new career in as an artist. She is currently showing her works at Peachtree Battle Antiques, as well as various artist markets in Atlanta.


Linda and her husband Berke moved to the neighborhood in 2014.  They reside at 2526 Dellwood Drive.  They have four grown children and one granddaughter.  Linda is a real estate consultant with her own firm Key Advisors, Inc. and specializes in hotel and resortdevelopment.  She sits on the board of Hotel Equities, a hotel management company headquartered in Atlanta.  Her volunteer experience includes founding Hospitality Industry Ministries, a 501(c)(3), and serving in a variety of capacities at Buckhead Church. She is passionate about people, dogs, and anything outdoors.


Since 1992, James and his wife Lu have lived and raised their family at 556 Peachtree Battle Avenue. James is up for his second term as an Alliance Director and is currently Traffic Committee chairperson. He is Chairman of the Board of SBEN, a board member of the Atlanta Memorial Parks Conservancy and a former President of the Peachtree Battle Alliance.




  1. In this Issue: Halloween on Havenridge to Benefit Children’s Healthcare of AtlantaDate: Saturday, October 31stTime: 5:00pm7:00pmLocation: Havenridge (between Whitmore Drive and Woodward Way)This year’s party will feature the Sweet Auburn BBQ Food Truck. No reservations required! A portion of proceeds will be donated to CHOA, so please come in your best Halloween costumes and visit with your neighbors. If you don’t plan to eat, donations to CHOA are welcome.

    A sampling of menu items: BBQ tacos, BBQ sandwiches, BBQ plates and sides! (Chicken and Pork BBQ available)

    Following a successful Halloween last year, the PBA has again decided to hire additional police officers for our neighborhood on Halloween evening. Note that Dellwood from Peachtree Battle to Woodward Way will be closed to traffic to protect our trick-or-treaters.

    Peachtree Battle Alliance

    October 15, 2015



    Portion of Northside Drive Closed This Weekend for Sewer Repair

    What:              Sewer line repair resulting in temporary road closure
    Where:            Northside Drive NW between I-75 and Collier Road
    When:             Saturday, October 17, 7 a.m. to Sunday, October 18, 11 p.m.
    Comments:    Emergency repairs to a broken sewer line at this location will necessitate the temporary closure of Northside Drive between I-75 and Collier Road NW to through traffic. All vehicles attempting to access Northside Drive northbound at I-75 will be rerouted to Howell Mill Road. Drivers are advised to use caution and follow traffic control measures in the area.

    Peachtree Battle Alliance

    October 13, 2014

    PBA Website/Directory Login

    Many of you have received an e-mail giving you your username/password to the PBA Website and AtoZ Directories.  (I am on “S”, so look for your in the next couple of days if you haven’t received it!)  In an effort of simplifying communicaton between the PBA and one another, go to the PBA website ( for everything – neighborhood news, facts AND directory.  I have given your online directory username/password if you have trouble accessing from PBA Website, but clicking “Member Directory” on home page should allow you to access the directory. 

    To summarize:

    1) go to

    2) login using PBA website username/password

    3) click “Member Directory” under “Welcome, Member!” (right side of page)

    4) click “AtoZ Directory” (left side of page)

    5) Voila … you should be in.   E-mail me if you are having trouble – [email protected]

    Leah Wilkerson, PBA Membership Chair

    Mayor Kasim Reed to Host Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

Posted Date:10/9/2015 11:00 AM
Mayor Kasim Reed press release header

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
[email protected]
Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


Media Advisory

Mayor Kasim Reed to Host Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

WHO: Mayor Kasim Reed
Council Member Kwanza Hall, District 2
Council Member Alex Wan, District 6
Council Member Mary Norwood, Post 2 At-Large
Atlanta Police Department
WHAT: Mayor Kasim Reed, along with members of the Atlanta City Council and the Atlanta Police Department, will host a town hall meeting to discuss public safety and the City’s support for neighborhood-based crime awareness initiatives.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grace United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed



Peachtree Battle Alliance

September 23, 2015
Dear PBA Member,
Thank you for another successful Alliance Fall Party last Sunday.  We hope you, your kids and friends had a great time.
If you were there, we hope you picked up a newletter explaining some of the great things happening within PBA. One is the new Block Captain Program headed by Forrest Caton, a neighbor on Montview.  Each section of our great neighborhood will have a Block Captain.  In the coming days look for an e-blast with your Block Captain assignment.  It will also soon be posted on the website.  We are thrilled that we have had more than 50 neighbors volunteer to be Block Captains, which not only makes it manageable, but personal.  These volunteers will help the Alliance learn of new neighbors and any concerns that may develop in those areas.  Plus, they will keep you informed when needed on a local level where email or other methods may not be effective.
It’s hard to believe but school has been in session at E. Rivers for six weeks! The traffic improvement plans made cooperatively by the school, the City and the Alliance have made such a positive difference for all with improved safety and better traffic flow. We continue to work with the City and school to keep making improvements.
On the other end of the neighborhood, the Northside Drive DOT/water infrastructure project continues to make progress. While this has been tough to deal with at times from a traffic standpoint, the overall disruption has been tolerable. Plus, the end is near! In meetings the Alliance had with DOT on Thursday, they report that completion is expected in approximately six months.
In January, you can expect to see announcements about public outreach meetings about the work needed to be done on the Northside Drive/Sagamore Drive Bridge. The bridge has to be replaced because its structure is degrading. In our meetings with DOT this week, we discussed the need to get more information out to the neighborhood and to begin planning for the obvious traffic disruption that will occur while the project is underway. We are working with DOT to ensure you stay informed and that all efforts are made to make the project a successful one. At the end of the project, we will all have a bridge that will be safe for decades to come and the Alliance’s plan to improve the intersection area will be implemented making the Woodward Way/Sagamore/Northside intersection much more effective .
The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy newsletter is out. One event of note for the AMPC is its collaboration with Trees Atlanta to view some “champion trees in the park. On September 26, Eli Dickerson, Fernbank Ecologist and manager of Atlanta’s Champion Tree Program (a program of Trees Atlanta), will lead a 2 hour tour of the largest trees in the green spaces along Peachtree Creek. You can access the entire newsletter at
Kevin Johnson


Peachtree Battle Alliance


September 1, 2015

If you are a subscribing PBA member and are witnessing a crime or suspicious activity, CALL 911 FIRST and then call the security patrol number at 404-242-3321.  If a patrol officer is in our neighborhood or a nearby neighborhood, he will answer the call.  If there is no answer, it means there is not a patrol officer on duty.  DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THIS NUMBER.  The patrol officers have no ability to retrieve messages from this number.

When you call the security number and an officer responds, please be calm when providing detail on how to find your address.


An additional sevice of the PBA Security Patrol is to provide daily checks of your home when you are out of town.  To let the patrol know that you are going to be out of town, call 404-352-8497 and leave the requested information for the patrol (you will be promted to give your name, address, dates away, contact number where you can be reached, whether anyone will be staying in your home, specific location where the officer can deposit your mail/newspapers.)  When you leave this information, the patrol will check your property by foot and remove any flyers from your door or mailbox, pull your trash/recycling bins behind your house, and collect your mail if you leave a deposit box behind your house that is easy to locate.  You may also leave information on this number about non-emergency security matters (i.e. “saw a suspicious person this morning walking down Peachtree Battle.”)

If you have any questions or concernts about the patrol or neighborhood security issues, please email the PBA Security Committee at [email protected]

Peachtree Battle Alliance

Get involved in PBA!

August 23, 2015 

The PBA Board is looking for neighbors interested in the serving on the PBA Membership Committee.  There are 9 jobs available – PBA Membership Chair and committee members – so see (below) where you can contribute your talents!  Please respond to this e-blast with your interest, questions, and suggestions, or call Leah Wilkerson at 404-273-5625. 

Position:  Membership Chair

(1)    Direct the Membership Campaign for 2016.

·         Job 1 (September):  Develop membership packet.

·         Job 2 (September):  Draft letters to 2015 members of PBA, as well as non-members and distribute through e-blast.

·         Job 3 (September/October):  Assemble and distribute membership packet – list of volunteers who helped in the past is available.

(2)    Oversee production of 2016 PBA Directory.

·         Job 4 (September to December):  Verify members listing in 2015 directory – ongoing throughout membership campaign

·         Job 5 (October to December):  Solicit advertising for directory.  Collect camera-ready PDF and payments.

·         Job 6 (January):  Layout directory.  Work with printer on production.

·         Job 7 (January/February):  Disribute directory – list of volunteers who volunteered in the past is available.

(3) Welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood.

·         Job 8 (Ongoing):  Welcome new neighbors with welcome basket from Lucy’s Market.  

Peachtree Battle Alliance

July 22, 2015
Please be aware of the placement of your trash cans on trash day.   The mailmen are having a tough time delivering mail at their normal speed because so many people put their garbage and recycling bins so close to their mailbox.  It is taking twice as long to deliver mail these days because they have to get out of their truck so many times.  I am aware that the garbage collector may not put them back where they found them, but we can give it a try!

Peachtree Battle Alliance







Meeting Agenda 

Presentation by the City of Atlanta Parks & Recreation

Findings of the April 27th Community Engagement Meeting

Presentation of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy Proposal

Presentation of the 18 Hole Golf Course Proposal

Questions & Answer Session for Both Presentations

For more information about updates from the Conservance, go to:

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