The Vinings Exploratory Committee

Who We Are

We are a group of neighbors who seek to protect the small-town feel of Vinings and its unique history and heritage.

We think that our community should determine its own future.

We would like more green space to enjoy and no more high-density unchecked development.

We want improved property values.

We believe in a community led by our neighbors.

Members of the Vinings Exploratory Committee

All the members of the Vinings Exploratory Committee (VEC) are Vinings neighborhood homeowners with long-standing local involvement.

Doug Alexander

A 2-time city-wide elected member of the Atlanta City Council, serving and chairing the city Zoning Committee. Also focused on transportation policies, and served on National League of Cities’ Transportation Steering Committee. Chaired the Clean Cities/Legislative Initiatives Committee.

Taryn Chilivis Bowman

A Lovett and SMU graduate, former President of the Mt. Paran Northside Civic Association, Member of Board of Trustees of Vinings Village Homeowners’ Association, small business owner, former President and current board member of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and CEO of the VEC.

Jimmy Eastham

A native of Marietta, President of the Highgrove HOA, Board of Directors member of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and active in various civic campaigns, including those of his late father who served as Councilman and Mayor of Marietta for twenty years. 

Tom Ham

A graduate of Tulane and Tulane Business School (MBA).  40 year technology veteran. Co-founder and owner of a digital marketing company and a software company. President of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and CFO of the VEC.

Cullen Hammond

A graduate of Emory and Emory Law School, an attorney and mediator, Member of Board of Trustees of Vinings Village Homeowners’ Association, President of the Chapel Hill at Vinings HOA, former Director at the Rhodes Hall, Georgia Trust property, and Corporate Secretary of the VEC. 

Jim Harper

Lifetime resident of Vinings and 32-year resident of Orchard Knob. Graduated from Argyle Elementary, Nash Middle, Campbell High, and Vanderbilt. A retired Marine Corps colonel and a lawyer. Bible teacher and pastors the Church at the Clearing.

Patti Peach

Past Marketing Director for the Southern Political Reporter, Vice President of the Essex House HOA, and a business owner whose company engages in professional fund raising. 

Alana Shepherd

Co-Founder and current Board of Directors Chair of the Shepherd Center, named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the most influential people in Atlanta, the first woman elected to be a member of the Buckhead Coalition and the first woman elected as chairman of the Coalition, and also the first woman elected to Board of Directors of Genuine Parts and the Board of Directors of Wachovia Bank of Georgia.

Frank D. Strickland, Sr.

Georgia State Univ. MBA, partner at Signature FD, a financial services company; Board of Directors, Georgia State Athletic Association, former Chairman, the Metro Atlanta Crime Commission. 

Trevor and Jane Woodhams

Trevor Woodhams, MD is an ophthalmic surgeon and founder of the Woodhams Eye Clinic. His wife Jane, the former Jane Niles, is an Atlanta native. They have two grown children, and have lived in Vinings for over 35 years. 

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  • Get a “Vinings Yes!” yard sign
  • Become a Vinings Ambassador for your neighborhood
  • Donate to the Campaign
Get Involved! Become a Cityhood Advocate

The VEC is an advocacy group. Our goal is to educate Vinings residents on the benefits of cityhood and encourage people to vote “YES” on May 24, 2022. All funds raised will be used to support this effort.

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