For Dan Jape, owner and operator of Reliable Heating & Air, life is always about helping others. Jape started Reliable Heating & Air in 1978 out of his basement and is now the nation’s top Trane dealer. He is involved in many philanthropic efforts that focus on helping children. He currently serves on the board of directors as president for Lanier Partners of North Georgia, which hosts the most successful annual Poker Run in America and Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD). Lanier Partners generously raises funds for Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. SOARD provides home makeovers for children with special needs. Jape also provides the labor and materials for SOARD’s home renovations. By giving children the opportunities they deserve, every child can be a success story. He enjoys family time in Woodstock with his wife Kim, his son Daniel Jape and his two granddaughters.
Jay Cranman is the President and CEO of Hands On Atlanta, a place where volunteers come to tackle the city’s most pressing needs. From cleaning parks and feeding the homeless, to tutoring students and adults, Hands On Atlanta volunteers are at work every day building a more vibrant city. Jay is no stranger to local service. An active member of the Atlanta community, Jay serves on several nonprofit boards including Leadership Buckhead and Jewish Kids Groups. Jay is also an Adjunct Professor and Nonprofit Fellow in Residence at Georgia Tech, where he teaches on the topics of social entrepreneurship and corporate sustainability. Jay lives in Brookhaven with his wife Brendalee, and his two children Noah (10) and Eli (6).
Deanna Anderson is a dedicated advocate for Atlanta’s women and children. She currently serves as President of the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA), leading the organization through its 100th year of service. JLA and its 3,500 members initiate transformational change in the issues that impact women and children including generational poverty, commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking and early childhood education. To jump-start its second century of service, JLA will be awarding $1M in grants to local nonprofits dedicated to building a better future for all Atlantans. In addition to her philanthropy work, Deanna is a small business owner, a devoted wife and mother of two. As the Managing Director of 705 Marketing, she leads client services and brand development for the award-winning agency.
Alisa Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. With its network of 700+ attorneys, GLA provides more than $2 million in pro bono legal services every year to Georgia artists and arts organizations. GLA’s Annual Gala will be held on December 8 at American Spirit Works. The event features silent auction of 125 works donated by Georgia’s best artists. The Annual Gala raises more than 50% of GLA’s annual budget. Alisa is the Executive Manager for the Legal Market at Network 1 Consulting in Sandy Springs. Network 1 has played a significant role in the Atlanta legal community for nearly two decades, providing law firms with outstanding technology service and support. Alisa was a professional singer and is well acquainted with the challenges artists face in protecting their creative works. She is thrilled to combine her passion for the Arts with her work with law firms. She and her husband Paul live in Sandy Springs