Patty Ponder is the president of Aroundabout Local Media (ALM). She has responsibility for the day-to-day operations, strategic planning, marketing and sales for ALM. Patty joined ALM after a 20-year career with AT&T, where she spent most of her time as a program manager in various AT&T companies on many different projects and had responsibility for customer service training for small business, mid-market and large business sales. Her experience includes participation in a five-year leadership program, and extensive sales and customer service training that gives Patty the qualifications to drive our company’s philosophy of focusing on the customer, and going above and beyond to satisfy our customer’s needs. Patty has lived in Towne Lake since 1991 with her husband Mark, and children Ansley and Daniel. She is engaged in the community as an active member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, a chair for a Downtown Woodstock committee and serves in her church. You will see her often in our community enjoying concerts, art festivals, dining in local restaurants and promoting our local businesses.
Executive Editor Candi Hannigan, a Cherokee County resident since 1987, has more than 30 years journalism experience as a page designer, copy editor and writer. After earning a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, she worked at the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent, and The Charlotte Observer before moving to Atlanta to join the Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff. Candi spent more than a dozen years as a freelance writer covering the community of faith for the AJC, and started a monthly publication called The Cherokee Vine before joining the Aroundabout Local Media staff in 2012. In addition to her professional background, Candi volunteers in many capacities which led to her co-founding Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee in 2006. She also serves on the board of Cherokee FOCUS. Candi and husband Glenn, a local United Methodist pastor, have three children.
Jackie Loudin is the managing editor for Aroundabout Local Media and joined the team in 2014. She holds a bachelor of science in communication with a focus on media studies from Kennesaw State University. Jackie and her husband Dave have called the Towne Lake community home since 1997. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law. Jackie also is a certified wedding coordinator and spends several weekends a year helping brides and grooms get down the aisle.
Art Director Michelle McCulloch has worked for Aroundabout Local Media since 2004. She has a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Michelle enjoys working with local business owners to create effective ads that will help them gain new customers. She is married and a mother of two sons and two adorable Dachshunds. She attends St. Michael the Archangel Church, enjoys working out at a local gym, and boating and camping at Lake Allatoona.
Page designer Laura Latchford grew up in Clements, Maryland and studied design at the College of Southern Maryland. She was a graphic designer for 11 years before joining the staff at Aroundabout Local Media. Laura lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband James and their three children Kira, Trey and Raelynn.
Katie Beall is the title editor of Around Acworth magazine. The Georgia native is a two-time graduate of Georgia College & State University with a bachelor’s in mass communication and a master’s in public administration. She’s worked in athletic media relations and corporate communications before joining ALM. In her spare time, she enjoys attending sporting events, reading and exploring the area. Katie and her husband David are also learning to enjoy the adventures of parenting their daughter Parker Grace.
Michelle Smith, marketing and advertising specialist, has been involved in publications and diverse support roles since 1991. Natives to Texas, Michelle, her husband Clint, and their three boys have been Georgia transplants since 2002. Her crowning achievement has been homeschooling their boys through graduation. They take joy in attending First Baptist Church of Woodstock. In her down time, Michelle enjoys hiking in the mountains, collecting and reading century-old books, and savoring these last moments with her boys at home.
Controller Denise Griffin has a background in public and private accounting that allows her to bring sound financial principles to our pricing structure to ensure our services are as affordable as possible while maintaining the financial integrity of our company. As a writer of continuing education exams and reviews for CPAs, she stays current on trends, standards and best practices. In her free time, Denise enjoys time spent with family and boating on Lake Allatoona, reading, and listening to country music.
Karen and Jon Flaig, owners of Aroundabout Local Media since 2009, have lived in Towne Lake for 20 years and raised their four sons – Chase, Kyle, Jonathan and Colby – here. Jon, a Florida native and University of Florida graduate, is a serial entrepreneur, currently operating in the print publishing, digital marketing and residential real estate development industries. Karen, born and raised in Cobb County, graduated from Jacksonville State University. She left the corporate world in 1999 to raise her boys and started Everyday Angels. She spends her time identifying community needs, volunteering, serving on the Cherokee FOCUS board, and watching her sons play ball. You will find them often at grocery stores, ball fields, church and school events.