Melanie Hammet began serving her second term as Mayor of Pine Lake Georgia in January of 2020 and is the current president of the Dekalb Municipal Association. As a professional musician, Mayor Hammet’s biography is at least as eclectic as the songs she creates (listen to Little Bitty City © Melanie Hammet 2017). 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, Hammet’s rich personal history informs her leadership and her music.
Mayor Hammet has fostered innovative policy, programming, and leadership in Pine Lake and beyond. During her tenure as councilperson, Hammet worked to revamp local zoning to ensure greater protection for the natural and built environment of the city and served as the city’s liaison for the federally-funded reconstruction of the city-center lake.
In her first term as Mayor, Hammet founded the Municipal Arts Panel (MAP), and created the MAPMakers Grant, now in its fifth year. Hammet went on to establish the Stewards of Environmental Education and Design (SEED) panel as the eco-partner to MAP. These twin panels have fostered resources enabling the city to build toward a uniquely sustainable future, realizing Pine Lake as “Arts’ Natural Habitat.” Mayor Hammet has also partnered with local educators to found Kids and Tots Town Halls, a quarterly event for the children of Pine Lake. This programming inspires young residents to participate in their home city. The mayor is also currently working with the Pine Lake business district to innovate pro-business policies and support, including the recent relocation of City Hall to the business district.
As the Mayor of Dekalb’s smallest city, Mayor Hammet understands the strength of community identity and the resilience a shared vision of the future brings to a municipality. Georgia is a state where more than half of its municipalities have less than 2500 residents; our small cities are the home-places that help bring resilience to the doorstep of our neighbors.
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With 20 years of managing projects big and small in the fast-paced world of advertising, Brandy hopes to bring her experience to the city to get important work done. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia and the study abroad program at Oxford University. A native Georgia peach, Brandy has lived in Pine Lake since 2017 serving on the city sponsored boards of MAP and ROKS. Her passion is the well-being of all community members here in Pine Lake and beyond, including our animals and environment. When she is not on an adventure, you will find her reading, laughing and relaxing with her friends, ten-year-old son and husband/best friend or wrangling the neighborhood kids out of the trees for dinner time at her home in Pine Lake.
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Tracey moved to Pine Lake in 2016 from Ocean Springs, MS. She has served as PLAIN Vice President, a member of the Lakefest Committee and a member of the economic development workgroup, (ROKS). “I have watched the accomplishments of the city council over the past few years as a nature-based community that celebrates both nature and the arts. Running for City Council was the logical progression in my efforts to contribute to this amazing community. “
Currently Tracey is the Executive Director for ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council for
Higher Education). She has served military families at Keesler AFB and Gulfport CBC sites, and worked as a cartographer for the National Park Service. She earned a MS in Geography from University of Southern Mississippi and a BS in Geography and BA in Anthropology from UNCC.
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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 including Controller and Audit Manager for a Fortune 50 company and Financial Reporting Manager for a mid-size Software Company. During her first term in Council she drew from her financial and administrative experience to analyze the city's budget, create and study various annexation scenarios and to lead the committee that launched the new Website in early 2018.
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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. Read about Brandy in Atlanta Magazine, June 2021.
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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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