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It's All About the People

We love East Cobb, and so do they!

Madison N. Murphy

North American Properties – Avenue East Cobb

Our goal is to leave a lasting impression on guests and ensure everyone feels like family from the time they arrive on property until the time they leave. As Marketing Manager at AEC, my job (and main passion) is to create memorable experiences that inspire connection. We’ve got a ton of fun planned over the next several months, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to guide this very special community through North American Properties’ (NAP) redevelopment efforts.

Sally Macaulay

Executive Director

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art

The numerous exciting events and wonderful restaurants make Marietta a fabulous place to live and work. The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art offers a wide array of exhibitions, adult and youth classes, camps, and events such as Chalktoberfest and Art of the Cocktail. I have worked at this position for 14 years.  People in Marietta/Cobb are some of the nicest people in the world. Everyone helps everyone else and inclusion is paramount. The art community here is stellar which is so important to economic development.  This fall we have a group exhibition on Surrealism. Additionally, we will be showcasing our permanent collection in the upstairs galleries. Chalktoberfest is our premier event in Marietta October 8-9. We have artists traveling from as far as Europe and Mexico and all across the United States to share their talent with our community.

Bill Johnson

Fire Chief for Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services

Cobb County is my home. I have been with Cobb County Fire since March, 1994. I have never lived or worked outside of Cobb County.  I grew up going to Cobb County public schools and I am a proud graduate of McEachern High School.  As a lifelong resident of Cobb, I cannot express the gratitude I have to serve as the Fire Chief in the community where I grew up. I live in west Cobb with my wife Kristi, and our kids, Emme and Tate.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and attempting to play golf.

Diana Toma

Artist, resident

I moved to East Cobb with my two daughters right before the pandemic hit. I wanted to find a place with a space for an art studio that is also in a good school district. I was thrilled to find a house in the Pope High School district. It's a lovely contemporary quirky structure built in the '70s surrounded by a wooded area with plenty of room to plant a Plein-air garden - which I have been hard at work with since we moved in - and a large space with tall ceilings and plenty of natural light to use as an art studio. And the icing on top is the Cobb county facility for the arts: The Art Place, where I can teach and create more community around art and meet my neighbors. Check them out at I recently finished a commissioned 20-foot mural between the Spruill Center for the Arts and the Dunwoody Library entrance, and I am now preparing to paint the largest mural I have ever taken on - a floral composition on a 58' long wall in a shopping center in Roswell.

Rosaline and Maggie Bunn

Authors, residents

Rosalind Bunn is the author of nine children’s picture books for ages three to eight. She has co-authored “Once Upon A…Zoo” and “Beau’s Bayou Treasure” with her daughter, Maggie Bunn.  They are now the proud authors of a new series published by Pelican Publishing, an imprint of Arcadia.  Making its debut in Fall 2021 was “All Aboard, Georgia”.  Next up is “All Aboard, Louisiana” releasing Fall 2022.  And…next up is “All Aboard, Tennessee”, scheduled to release Fall 2023. Maggie and Rosalind both live in East Cobb.  They love walking along the Chattahoochee River and bouncing ideas off of each other. Visiting bookstores and sharing stories with you is one of their favorite things to do. Excitement is building for the series debut that will take place at Bookmiser in East Cobb on October 8 at 11:00 a.m.