Cecilia Arango is Thomas & Hutton’s Marketing Manager handling company-wide marketing, public relations, and communications for its 13 offices in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. She also spearheads the firm’s internal hands-on community service program called T&H Helping Hands. Arango is currently the President-Elect for the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary and sits on various boards, including Savannah Sports Council and Savannah Repertory Theatre. Named a Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 and a New Guard in Savannah Magazine, Arango is an avid runner on a quest to run a marathon in each state and heads up a local running book club that was featured in Shape Magazine – Read, Run & Rant. In addition, she is a local actress/performer with the Bay Street Theatre and The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. Arango is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia and is currently in the 2020/2021 Leadership Georgia class.
Stephanie O. Burgess is the owner and managing attorney of the Burgess Law Group, LLC, which is located in historic downtown Savannah, GA. Her practice areas include criminal defense, DUI, juvenile delinquency, divorce, child support, child custody and some civil cases. While she primarily practices in Savannah and surrounding areas, she represents clients throughout Georgia
Hon. LeRoy Burke, III
Judge LeRoy Burke III has made a positive impact on the many lives of youth in the community, serving 27 years as a Chatham County juvenile court judge. Judge Burke began his career as a juvenile parole officer in Fulton County, later to be encouraged to become a lawyer for juveniles and soon after a recorder’s court judge. After 11 years, Burke made the move to juvenile court, spending 16 years of putting children on the right path. Judge Burke serves on the board of directors or Observance Day Association, Inc., and is involved with Council for Juvenile Court Judges, Chatham County Truancy Protocol Committee, Savannah Chapter NAACP, and more. When asked why Judge Burke is serving on the Park Place Board of Directors, he said “I want to see to it that young people in a displaced status have resources available.”
Hon. Benjamin Karpf
Ben Karpf is a Savannah native. He currently serves as a judge on the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia. Previously, he was in private practice as an attorney in Washington, DC and in Savannah. From 2013 to 2018, he served as a part-time judge on the Magistrate Court of Chatham County. After completing high school in Savannah, he continued his education in Washington, DC, receiving a B.A. in English from the George Washington University, and an M.A. degree and law degree (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Ben has served on numerous boards and civic organizations in Savannah, including the Creative Coast, the Savannah Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Education Alliance. Ben lives in Savannah with his wife Suzy and their two children, Sam and Charlie.
Dr. Ann Linton-Maynard
Dr. Ann Linton has been active in Dentistry for over thirty eight years. She started as a Dental Assistant and later worked as an Assistant Administrator for a large multi-chair practice.
Born in London, England Dr. Linton completed grade school and emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1974 to complete her education. After earning a B.S. degree from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY she attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School at the University of Maryland and graduated in 1986 with honors. Her achievements include recognition in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1985-86., Outstanding Young Women of America 1984, and placement on the Dean’s list.
Following dental school, she completed a 2 year hospital residency program at Harlem Hospital in affiliation with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Linton served as a teaching attendant at Harlem Hospital in New York City working with the hospital’s Dental residents. Following her work at Harlem Hospital she attended Long Island College in Brooklyn, NY and was awarded a Masters of Public Health degree.
Dr. Linton owned and operated a private practice in Brooklyn, NY for nine years before relocating to Savannah Ga. For the past nineteen years Dr. Linton has operated the private practice Abercorn Family Dentistry at the corner of Abercorn & Henry Streets in Savannah, Ga. She opened a second location Georgetown Family Dentistry in 2011.
Dr. Linton believes strongly in serving the community and has organized and participated in numerous health fairs to educate and promote proper dental hygiene especially to the youth and the elderly. In June of 2008 Dr. Linton accompanied by her children traveled to Ghana, Africa with the Goodness of Mercy Foundation to participate in a one week mission trip to deliver badly needed healthcare to residents of the impoverished area in Konongo village.
She has published booklets and articles on various current issues related to Dentistry including the diagnosis and treatment of halitosis (bad breath), issues surrounding the use of cosmetically applied gold caps by young adults and preventing the spread of infectious disease such as HIV via contamination in the Dental Office.
Dr. Linton believes in being a role model for young adults and children. She is a regular participant in career days of various community schools speaking on the many career opportunities in the field of Dentistry. Dr. Linton is a member of the Savannah area chapter of the Links incorporated and takes an active role in promoting the organization’s programs and activities with local schools and community groups. She is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, and is on the Alfred Ely Beach High School work-based learning advisory board. Dr. Linton is also a member of the Savannah Dental Society. Dr. Linton received the 2007 Spirit of Excellence Business of The Year award and is a 2009 inductee of the 100/Plus Black Women of Influence. She is a very compassionate, gentle person and is sensitive to the needs of the dental phobic patient. She believes in staying current with the advances in dental research to enable her to provide the latest and best possible high quality care to her patients.
Laura M. Moore currently serves as the Savannah Market City President for BankSouth. Laura assumed this position in 2015, when BankSouth reopened in Savannah. She has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining BankSouth, she worked in Savannah as a commercial lender for SunTrust Bank and Darby Bank. Before moving to Savannah, she lived in Atlanta and worked for SunTrust Bank in the Factoring Division as a business development officer in the New York City Territory. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in International Business. Laura is also a graduate of SunTrust Bank’s Management training program as well as Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. Laura enjoys being active in the community having served on various boards that include, Treasurer for Educate Chatham Foundation, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Savannah Early Childhood Foundation and Leadership Savannah. Currently, she is the Chairman of the World Trade Center Board. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and walking.
Hon. Tammy Stokes
Born and raised in Savannah, Judge Stokes is dedicated to working for her hometown. She has served as President of the Council of Municipal Court Judges, as well as on the Boards of United Way, Leadership Savannah, Goodness and Mercy Foundation, Chatham Savannah Citizens Advocacy, and the Armstrong Atlantic Foundation.
Judge Stokes attended University of Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. She has worked in many positions including Prosecutor and Trial Attorney for DeKalb County Juvenile Court, DeKalb Solicitors Office, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, and as a Litigator for State Farm Insurance Company. She then returned home to Savannah where she opened her own law practice.
The first African American woman judge in Chatham County, Judge Stokes has served on the Chatham County Recorder’s Court for the past fourteen years.
Judge Stokes is passionate about mentoring youth in the Savannah area. From attending career days, speaking at universities, to other formal and informal mentoring relationships, she has been an active member in serving the community throughout the years.