Their gift is giving.
Doug Barron is not your typical ovarian cancer awareness advocate. His mother-in-law lost her battle with the disease in 2007 and he decided he had to do something to honor and remember her. In 2008, along with his wife, Heidi, he joined the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) and in 2009 became Board Vice President. His commitment to ovarian cancer awareness led him to becoming Executive Director in January 2010. His business experience, relationship development, and passion has grown GOCA to be recognized as one of the premier ovarian cancer education and awareness organizations in the country. He is dedicated to the founding members’ mission of increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women of all ages and their families, as well as the healthcare community, about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Doug lives in Roswell with his wife Heidi and their children Chase and Brooke.
Cheryl Yagoda is an Atlanta native and graduate of Syracuse University. Upon graduating from Syracuse, Cheryl moved to New York to work for Bear Stearns Company before meeting her husband, Phil Yagoda. Today, the Yagodas have three children, 16-year-old twins Arly and Sophie and Ian, their 12-year-old son who was diagnosed with an inoperable lesion on his brainstem nearly ten years ago. Desperate to find a cure for Ian and shocked by the lack of research in the field of pediatric brain tumors, Cheryl and Phil co-founded the nonprofit, Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF). Every day, nine children are diagnosed with a brain tumor. The mission of IFF is to support initiatives at leading research institutions that focus on developing new treatments for pediatric brain tumors. Today, IFF works with ten leading research facilities including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center among others on projects designed to one day find a cure. Their 9th annual Evening of Inspiration lit up the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead last month.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is very proud to acknowledge Amy Rubin’s long-term commitment to the agency. She and her husband, Philip, founded the Harvey Rubin Scholarship Award in 2002 in memory of Philip’s father. This merit-based scholarship award recognizes the outstanding leadership of a high school senior in the Atlanta Jewish community. The scholarship award helps a Jewish teen further his/her education, and provides a philanthropic opportunity to give back, through a monetary donation to a program at the MJCCA. In addition to serving as a board member, Amy is currently Chair, MJCCA Program Council, which develops and oversees unique and exciting programming for camps, teens, sports and fitness. Amy previously served as Co-Chair of MJCCA’s Strategic Plan; Member of the Camp Barney Medintz Committee, and Chair of the agency’s Camp Committee. The MJCCA is proud to recognize Amy’s leadership, commitment, impact, and achievement, and sincerely appreciates her dedication of time and talent.
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.