Our Leadership and Advisory Committee

Mandisha Thomas, Chairwoman and Founder



Founder Golden Gate Health Care Resources, Inc. - Golden Gate Health Care resources, Inc. (GGHR) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to quality healthcare, quality housing and public health.  This symposium marks the organization’s launch of a new focus area, environmental issues in Georgia communities.  GGHR promotes high standards in the quality of the health profession and its members influence healthcare policies through collaborated work with Luke 17 & Associates, LLC. 

State Representative Debra Bazemore, Vice Chairwoman


Rep. Bazemore was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016 to serve the residents of District 63, including portions of Fulton, Fayette and Clayton counties. Rep. Bazemore is the Assistant Deputy Minority Whip and serves on the Intragovernmental Coordination, Natural Resources & Environment and State Planning & Community Affairs Committees. Rep. Bazemore has prioritized public safety to allow families to thrive, homeownership to rise and entrepreneurs to invest. She spends significant time engaging young people to become informed voters and citizens, and actively seeks millennials to serve as community leaders. Her focus on relationships is necessary given the diversity of issues and needs across her three-county district. Rep. Bazemore is also prioritizing cybersecurity following recent cyberattacks on her campaign website and the city of Atlanta.

Ty Mays Kelty - Public Relations Chair


Founder of Perfect Pitch Public Relations and the City of South Fulton Observer. She is a veteran media and marketing communications professional with over 15 years experience developing and implementing innovative strategies for companies in the U.S and internationally. She has been named one of the Top 50 social media influencers in the public relations industry on Twitter by Cision, and one of the Top 30 public relations professionals to follow by EReleases.com. Her clients have been featured by numerous major media outlets, including CNN, Good Morning America and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to The Observer, her byline has been featured locally in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Upscale and Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

Al Bartell, Environmental Consultant to the Chair


Consults on scopes of work that communicate, collect and circulate data to public policy stakeholders Impacts roundtable discussions, development sessions, summits and conferences on public policy issues. Mediates core values of neighborhood, community, faith and small business leaders in public policy strategies. Facilitates communication with agencies, businesses, organizations and corporations on public policy outcomes. Engages capacity-building strategies with urban, suburban and rural stakeholders on public policy advocacy. Empowers programs, projects, ministries, coalitions, initiatives and networks with public policy measures. Manages communication strategies with organizations and institutions on public policy management. It is in this context that Al Bartell is a Master Consultant of Public Policy Management in the 21st century.

Willie Miller, Farming Consultant to the Chair


Willie Miller is a 3rd generation green thumb, born and raised in the south. Dusting off his green thumb and perfecting his unique method of sustainable, naturally grown, heirloom growing, he moved from a rooftop urban farm, to a friend’s backyard, and now a 4+ acre micro-farm — with an abundance of space needed to grow locally-sourced, fresh food. As his territory increased, so did the demand for his ‘goodie bag’ of fresh harvest, along with canned and preserved vegetables and fruits.  

Located in South Fulton, GA minutes from downtown Atlanta, Miller City Farm is a 4+ acre micro-farm specializing in seasonal, heirloom, non-GMO, and organic produce.   

Michael Schaepe, Rural Landowner Chair


Mr. Schaepe is advocate for his community, putting fourth great efforts to conserve our ecosystem services which heavily depends on private land. Land management and conservation made by private landowners have significant effects on habitat and other ecosystem services. Mr Schaepe has lived in South Fulton County for over 20 years, he understands conservation of land which can be particularly challenging in a three fold atmosphere of suburban, urban and Rural. There are many  compression landscapes facing development weights. Mr. Schaepe has knowledge, and experience with various conservation and land management options. He has worked independently and with government  to explore opportunities that will benefit residents of the communities while working with landfield holders.