GIVERS 8

Michele Lee Stumpe

Buckhaven

Attorney, Partner at Taylor English Duma

Where she gives:  Children of Conservation, The Giving Kitchen, Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance, Camp Twin Lakes

One thing to make the world a better place: If we collectively each focused on changing at least one person’s world, we’d make a pretty big impact. 

Michele is definitely a woman who not only gives of her time and energy, but also of her heart.  As a co-founder and board member to almost all the charities listed above, she strives to make a difference in metro-Atlanta with ripples out into the world. Camp Twin Lakes is a camping facility designed for children with special needs. Children of Conservation is an Atlanta based non-profit that provides educational scholarships to children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa along in hopes of protecting African wildlife by empowering local African communities. She also works with PASA, who provides educational programs, workshops and resources for wildlife sanctuaries throughout Africa. “My family and I love engaging with the kids at our schools and projects in Africa. I enjoy cooking and gardening but I’m at my happiest surrounded by gorillas or chimpanzees,” she says. 

Katie McGuirk

Buckhead

Realtor – Harry Norman Buckhead

Where she gives:  Special Olympics of Georgia, Serenity Steps, Skyland Trails Benefit for Laughter, Compassion International

One thing to make the world a better place: Kindness – remember that when you share your light with someone, they then have a little more light to share in-turn with others.

Spend a minute or more with this incredibly warm new mom, and Katie’s genuine personality and kindness makes the rest of the world seem insignificant.  When asked how she fits it all in – a wife married less than 2 years, new mom to an almost one year old, Senior Marketing Consultant Luxury Home Realtor at Harry Norman, volunteer and board member at several charities – she humbly says with a huge smile “I have no idea, I just keep moving!”  When Katie married Terry McGuirk Jr., she commissioned the women who benefit from one of her favorite charities she volunteers at Serenity Steps to hand make journals for all of her wedding guests. “Most people who benefit from the charities I volunteer for need more than just the obvious financial help, they need people to show them that there is something more out there… hope, and people that are willing to lend a hand to get them to where they want to be.”

Krysta M. Cannon

Buckhead

Senior Enforcement Accountant at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Where she gives: CFO / Treasurer (Volunteer) Angels Among Us Pet Rescue 

Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Foundation, The Atlanta Mission, My Sister’s House, Fulton County Animal Control

One thing I would do to make the world a better place:  Keep searching until you find your passion and your purpose for helping others, whether it is animals, humans, the environment, whatever – the returns are tenfold what you put in when you give freely and with love.

Krysta is a bubbly and extremely funny mom to two foster dogs, works full-time and puts in countless hours with Angels Among Us as the CFO.  You can find her every week visiting local animal shelters, advocating for animals in need, fundraising, fostering, and educating the public about the plight of animals. “It’s something that I am extremely excited to have the honor to do. I love working with people to find the perfect pet to complete their family,” she says. She also gives her time to The Stef Sisters, a charity near and dear to her heart.  With the unexpected passing of their friend Stefanie Ballard, a wife and mother who made it her life’s mission to give, Krysta and friends carry on her legacy and do good things to honor her for her two young daughters to witness and remember their mother’s love and dedication. 

Cromwell Baun

City of Residence: Atlanta – Virginia Highlands

Financial Advisor; First Vice President Wealth Management, UBS

Where he gives:  The Ron Clark Academy, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Man & Woman of the Year, The University of Tennessee – Knoxville Alumni Association Atlanta Chapter, 

One thing I would do to make the world a better place:   I would make sure that everyone each day, put a little joy in their life and the lives of those who merit it.

Meeting Cromwell, it is easy to see he is an engaged, likeable and very passionate individual.  When he talks about The Ron Clark Academy his eyes light up. “It’s more than a school, it is setting these kids up for an extraordinary life,” he says. Cromwell seems to dive head first into whatever he does, with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and with many professional associations. Being single, Cromwell also enjoys Atlanta Braves baseball, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia, and traveling anywhere that requires a passport.

Zeena Lattouf

Atlanta

Associate Director Isdell Center for Global Leadership Pace Academy, Director and Founder at The Hope Education Project

Where she gives:  Peoplestown Neighborhood, Hope Education Project, Covenant House Georgia, The Buddy Program

One thing I would do to make the world a better place:  I aim to connect young people from vastly different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, with the hopes that they learn to love those that are both similar and dissimilar from themselves. 

Pace Academy gained a treasure when the Emory grad accepted a position with their Center for Global Leadership. Zeena founded the Hope Education Project, which is an organization that helps connect Syrian refugee families with a buddy for supplemental English education while integrating them within the American culture.  Traveling to Zaatari, volunteering under the auspices of the Syrian American Medical Society, she interviewed mothers, children and UN officials regarding the refugee camp’s education system. When not making the world a better place, Zeena enjoys visiting her older siblings or spending time outside doing activities like kickboxing, yoga, and playing tennis. “I enjoy any experience that leads to learning something new,” she says.