ATLANTA, GA – March 13, 2018: Atlanta magazine is pleased to announce the following 2018 Women Making A Mark honorees. A beautiful champagne reception and networking session will take place in the Gardens at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta and follow with an awards luncheon on Friday, June 8, 2018. A special commemorative section, with profiles of each honoree, can be found in the June issue of Atlanta magazine.


“We are fortunate and extremely excited by this year’s group of honorees. Not only are these women leading some of Atlanta’s finest corporations, they serve as role models and mentors to all of us that strive to give back, contribute to others, and do work tirelessly for causes they are passionate about,” says Sean McGinnis, President and Publisher of Atlanta magazine.


2018 honorees are:


Wende Ballew

Reforming Arts

Founder and Executive Director


Robin Christian

Barack and Michelle Obama Academy



Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

American Cancer Society

Managing Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity


Brigadier General Diana Holland

US Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division



Cara E. Yar Khan

Humanitarian and Disability Advocate


Debra King

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

Owner and Founder


Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA

Shepherd Center

President and CEO


Adria Perez

Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Co-founder of Georgia Latino Law Foundation


Alicia Philipp

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta



Melissa Proctor

Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena

Chief Marketing Officer


Teya Ryan

Georgia Public Broadcasting

President and CEO

Deborah VanTrece

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours and The Catering Company by VanTrece

Executive Chef and Owner


Michelle Wells, MS, DABR

Piedmont Cancer

Lead Physicist



About Women Making A Mark

In its ninth year, Atlanta magazine’s Women Making A Mark program strives to recognize women in Atlanta who are doing extraordinary work in our community.  Women Making A Mark honorees represent a diverse group of women from corporate, legal, medical, educational, and nonprofit sectors across our city. Nominations are accepted via and through a network of past honorees. An awards luncheon takes place each June and the honorees are profiled in the June issue of Atlanta magazine. Networking, panel discussions, and a mentoring program are additional components to the Women Making A Mark program.


About Atlanta magazine
First published in 1961 as the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce magazine, Atlanta magazine marks its 57th year in 2018 as the city of Atlanta’s most prestigious publication—having been recognized with hundreds of awards for excellence in journalism and design, including The National Magazine Award, the industry’s highest honor. Through the years the magazine has expanded its portfolio to include Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, Southbound,, and thriving events and custom media divisions. Atlanta magazine is part of Hour Media Group.


About Hour Media

Hour Media is a Michigan-based multi-media company which publishes and produces 132 magazines and custom titles, 37 consumer websites, and 65 shows and events throughout the United States. The company is recognized as an influential publisher of city, regional and custom publications, including the marquee titles, Hour Detroit, Minnesota Monthly, Sacramento Magazine, Orange Coast, Los Angeles Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, and Naples Illustrated. The company has offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio, with over 300 employees across the country.






ATLANTA, GA – August 1, 2020: Reforming Arts is thrilled to announce a $18,000 grant award to support our The Reentry Project programs through the Virtual Arts Initiative of Fulton County Arts and Culture. This award will support our virtual reentry meetings and a future performance of selections from our devised piece "Utopia" at a later date. We thank the Fulton County Commissioners for their continued support of Reforming Arts.


Funding for Reforming Arts Reentry Project Programming is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

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DATE:   February 7, 2018


Reforming Arts to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


Atlanta, GA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Reforming Arts to support our theater-infused higher education program for incarcerated individuals in Georgia. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Reforming Arts, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

We are so grateful to the NEA for their generous support and look forward to a robust partnership with this organization.


The mission of Reforming Arts is to offer a liberal arts higher education to people incarcerated in women’s prisons in Georgia to serve as a foundation for building purposeful, meaningful lives.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

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