Kimberly Reese is the new OCCO President. She has been a proud resident of Oakland City since October 2015. She grew up in Southwest Atlanta, but left Atlanta to attend school and work. After spending nearly 10 years out-of-state, she jumped at the chance to take a job back in Atlanta. She searched long and hard for a home in a tight knit community like the one she grew up in, and almost immediately fell in love with Oakland City. She always admired the historic architecture of Oakland City and West End, but was also excited to hear about some of the positive changes coming like the Beltline. Before she had even purchased her home, neighbors introduced themselves and immediately embraced her, which made her decision a no-brainer. She loves being close to downtown and other up and coming neighborhoods. She is very excited to see what the future holds for Oakland City and the rest of the Westside.
Laura Glass Hess is the new OCCO Vice-President. Laura went to high school in south Fulton and graduated from UGA Law School. After eight years out of state, she moved back to Georgia in February 2016 and discovered Oakland City. Laura loves having friendly neighbors and a front porch, the space to garden, and being located close to the Beltline and MARTA. She works as an immigration and criminal defense attorney in Atlanta. Laura is excited about the potential of this city and this neighborhood.
Dana Hughes is the new OCCO Secretary. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Jackson State University and working in corporate America for a number of years, Dana decided to follow her calling to become a Birth & Postpartum Doula. She is also a certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for 14 years and moved to Oakland City with her partner Tamara last August. She is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves doing yoga, meditation and traveling. When she’s not circling the globe, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, granddaughter and friends.
Katavia Sloan is the new OCCO Parliamentarian. Originally from Florida she has been in Atlanta for 7 years. She and her husband are new homeowners in Oakland City. Katavia works in Training and Development and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. A passionate advocate for social justice issues she is excited about serving this community and being a part of its growth.