November 18-26, 2023 • Atlanta, GA

MEET OUR TEAM

Executive Team

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Angie Ulibarri

Executive Director

Angie Ulibarri is known for her incredible ability to bring wild ideas to life! She is the vibrant force running the Georgia Festival of Trees, a role she cherishes for the countless wonderful people she has encountered on her journey. A family woman at heart, she is a proud mother of three children, and a doting grandmother to two grandchildren…and when she can find the time, she enjoys quilting and reading.

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Sarah Bell

Senior Director

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Sarah Morrill

Senior Director

Festival Directors

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Shanae Brown

Guest Services Director

A passionate traveler, dedicated church volunteer and loving grandmother, Shanae enjoys the exhilarating thrill of a motorcycle ride. Her career included roles such as a program manager, HR data analyst, and computer programmer/web developer - accumulating a wealth of knowledge and expertise prior to her retirement. She's an avid bowler and also possesses a penchant for shopping, volunteering and a particular liking for Munch Moose Popcorn.

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Jackie Cobb

Development Director

With an impressive 35 years at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Jackie has a wealth of experience designing projects to support patients and their families as they navigate their cancer journeys. A native Spanish speaker, Jackie is driven with strong organizational skills and a creative mindset…and she loves adventuring to coastal destinations with her husband. Jackie's dedication and commitment makes her a perfect fit for the Georgia Festival of Trees leadership team.

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Meredith Davidenko

Auction Director: Pre-Festival

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Rodney Daniel

Entertainment Director

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Holly Foy

Auction Director: On-Site

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Robin Free

Auction Director: Pre-Festival

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Fred Freeney

North Pole Express Director

A seasoned avionics mechanic with a passion for construction, Fred has years of service for Delta Air Lines under his belt. Having honed his technical abilities, Fred is proficient in electrical work and tool usage. With a heart as big as his skillset, he often volunteers in his local community and is a dedicated father of three. A Florida lover and an avid hiker, he has rarely seen a trail he didn't want to explore.

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Gina Howren

Children's Activities Director

Meet Gina Howren, a resourceful and creative spirit, whose craftiness shines through everything she does. A Charleston, SC native, Gina is now a proud UGA fan and harbors a special affection for daisies. In her free time, Gina expresses her creativity through crafting and immerses herself in books, further fueling her imaginative spirit. A dedicated wife and proud mother, Gina also devotes her time to volunteering, reflecting her selfless nature.

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Sarah Mauldin

Volunteer Director

A two-day Jeopardy! champion, Sarah's intellect is as impressive as her love for Dairy Queen's S'mores Blizzard. In her professional life, she serves as a law librarian at the DeKalb County Law Library. A passionate volunteer, she spends her free time with activities like knitting, crocheting, sewing, and hiking. Whether she's answering questions during a quiz bowl competition or in the library, Sarah always enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

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Angie Patterson

Development Director

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Kathy Petterle

Venue Director

With over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing, and printing, Kathy now applies her exceptional leadership skills to volunteering - having volunteered for the Detroit Grand Prix, Habitat for Humanity, her parish Food Pantry, and even directed a float for the 2000 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her adventures have spanned the globe from the Caribbean to the Arctic Circle. A resident of Roswell, Georgia, she cherishes the proximity of her family and dreams of her next trip to Italy.

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Jocelyn Smith

Volunteer Director (on-site)

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Laura Ward

Auction Director: Pre-Festival

Festival Chairs

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Coman Allgood

Surprise & Delights

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Kathie Allgood Pike

Surprise & Delights

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Cara Bowen

Decorating

The ultimate Christmas enthusiast with a heart for service, Cara adorns her home with 19 Christmas trees every holiday season. Not only is she a mother to 5 and grandmother to 2, but a dedicated social worker by profession. From thrifting to decorating, she thrives on transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Always organized, Cara channels her passion for art and decor into every aspect of her life, making the world around her a little bit brighter.

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Kim Cooper

Elf Emporium

A seasoned professional with a ten-year tenure in owning a successful sales franchise, Kim now brings her expertise to a CPA firm. Kim has visited Disney World over a hundred times, making her a tried-and-true Disney enthusiast. She is a baseball aficionado, a Christmas enthusiast, and a lover of arts and crafts. When she's not exploring Disney's magical kingdoms or crunching numbers, you can find her enjoying chocolate cake paired perfectly with chocolate chip ice cream.

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Martha Hardy

Photos with Santa

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Brian Jones

Check-In Supervisor

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Deb Landress

Santa's Workshop

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Mark Maher

Set-up/Tear Down

Meet Mark Maher, a man with a green thumb, a devoted father to two daughters, and disc golf enthusiast. Having gained considerable experience as a Home Depot Nursery Account Manager, he's as comfortable discussing poinsettias as he is handling power tools. A go-to handyman, Mark's a jack of all trades in the truest sense. His knack for pulling things together and affable character make him an integral part of the Georgia Festival of Trees.

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Kathleen McDaniel

Gingerbread

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Lori McMahan

Truck Acquisition

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Jean Redding

First Night Gala

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Renee Rollins

Mrs. Claus' Kitchen

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Frank Ulibarri

Warehouse

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Jeff Ulibarri

IT Support

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Steven Ulibarri

IT Support