Committees and chairs

The VHCA and the Virginia-Highland neighborhood thrives through community activism and awareness. We need and welcome your involvement in any of our committees. You can join through any of the emails listed below or by expressing an interest at any of our monthly meetings.

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Responsibilities: Review and approval of proposed annual budgets submitted by each Committee chair, together with any subsequent requests for funds or budget amendments that exceed $5,000.

Co-Chairs: Peggy Berg and Jack White (ex officio)

Committee Members: Lola Carlisle, Jess Windham


Communications – Community Website, Social Media and Emails

Responsibilities: Planning and oversight of all VHCA outreach and awareness building including regular email communication, direct mail and publication of hard copy newsletters as needed. Maintain the VHCA website and sub-sites with up to date information for various committees. Manage community outreach through social media channels, email and other digital methods.

Chair: John Becker

Committee Members: Lola Carlisle


Advertising Sales: John Becker (



Responsibilities: The pursuit of various activities which involve and promote the neighborhood and the Association and raise funds to be expended in furthering the Association’s Goals and Objectives.


Fundraising – Summerfest

Responsibilities: Organize and run the annual summer festival, the association’s single largest annual fundraiser. For more information on Summerfest, visit the Summerfest section of this web site.

Co-Chairs: John Becker, Paige Hewell

Committee Members: Lola Carlisle, Pamela Papner


Fundraising – Tour of Homes

Responsibilities: Organize and run the annual Tour of Homes, one of the association’s largest fundraisers. For more information on the Tour of Homes, click on the “Home Tour” button above.

Chair: Angelika Taylor

Committee Members: Kate Atwood, Bill Bell, Eleanor Barrineau, Sally Clark, Shannon Felsot, Gina Hecht, Diane Mooglian, Melinda Muffley, Kris Smith, Judith Stogner, Catherine Tabor, Sara Tomaka, Juliet White



Responsibilities: The development, enhancement and maintenance of the park land located within Virginia-Highland, in cooperation with and as a local complement to the City of Atlanta’s primary responsibility in this area. Assisting with the preparation of the annual Comprehensive Development Plan, taking responsibility for the portion of the Plan regarding Park Land Goals and Objectives.

Chair: David Brandenberger

Committee Members: John Becker, Lauren Fralick, Colleen Lysen, Jack White,



Responsibilities: Oversight  and review of all variance requests, special exception or re-zoning applications and land-use proposals. Review of impact to the neighborhood from the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

Committee Members (rotating chairs): David Brandenberger, Chip Bullock, Lola Carlisle, Karen Feigh, Jenifer Keenan, George Van Horne, Jack White, Jess Windham


Planning – Preservation & History

Responsibilities: Identify and educate the community on the historic features and defining qualities of Virginia-Highland.

Chair: Lola Carlisle

Committee Members: Karri Hobson-Pape, Judy Potter, Jack White, Jess Windham



Responsibilities: Promote and advocate for the safety of the residents of the Virginia-Highland.

Chair: Peggy Berg

Committee Members: Eleanor Barrineau, Brandon Patterson


Virginia-Highland Conservation League

Responsibilities: Virginia-Highland Conservation League (VHCL) is a registered 501c(3) non-profit corporation. VHCL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Virginia-Highland Civic Association, but it has a separate Board of Directors that operates the League and makes decisions about League activities. VHCL can accept tax-deductible donations.

VHCL is organized exclusively for the promotion and furtherance of the common good, general welfare and interests of the residents of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood and the broader Atlanta community. It maintains and provides recreation areas (like North Highland Park), improves recreation areas (like John Howell Park and other facilities in the neighborhood), works on conservation and water quality, and supports other initiatives in Virginia-Highland like the renovation of historic Fire Station #19.


Committee Members: Peggy Berg, Lola Carlisle, Catherine Lewis, Genny Ferrera, Pamela Papner, Judy Potter, Jack White, Lauren Wilkes-Fralick, Jess Windham