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City Officials


Melanie Hammet

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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Council Members

Jean Bordeaux

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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Kris Casariego

Kris Casariego has lived, worked and played in Pine Lake since 2004, and shared it with her favorite people - her kids - since 2006. In 2007 she led the effort to bring a new playground to the park that brought more than 200 residents and friends together for a 2-day community build with a national non-profit organization. After that she served a term as Secretary for Pine Lake's Downtown Development Authority and was Communications Co-chair on the Board of Directors for the nearby International Community School for two years.

Kris is a well-rounded and versatile B2B marketing leader, with more than 15 years’ experience leading teams to surpass goals and fostering collaboration across organizations in both the training & software industries.

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Brandy Hall

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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Megan Pulsts

Megan Pulsts received her bachelors degree in anthropology and political science from Georgia State University, and is a 2009 graduate of Emory Law School. Megan worked at the Federal Defender, Atlanta Legal Aid, and the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic while in law school. She was a leader in EPIC, LAWS, and the American Constitution Society. She won election to the Pine Lake City Council in 2011, and is currently a member of the City Council of the smallest city in Dekalb County. Megan was the sole juvenile defender for Walton County for three years, and reported the most juvenile court trials of any public defender in the state of Georgia (38) for the year ending June 30 2013. She moved to Superior Court in early 2013, and was also the defense counsel to the county mental health court, an alternative sentencing court for defendants with persistent chronic mental illness. Megan has been an instructor for the Georgia Public Defender Council, training new public defenders statewide. In 2016, she reduced her commute by 20 miles when she transitioned to civil practice. Megan now advocates for indigent domestic violence survivors with Georgia Legal Services Program.

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Augusta Woods

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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