Mary Sommers and her husband John bought their home in Stone Mountain in 1991. She learned to love the village as she grew up in the area and attended church in Stone Mountain beginning in 1967. She became a home-based, small business owner in 2005 developing a business as a graphic designer and print production specialist after spending 25 years as a typesetter and production artist. She is committed to the goal of opening a community market in downtown Stone Mountain as she feels passionately about doing what she can to make access to fresh, affordable food in the area something everyone can achieve.
Shawn Hildebrand currently serves as a partner with Bizprofitpro LLC, a business management consulting firm specializing in the acquisition and sales of small businesses. Ms. Hildebrand is an Accredited Business Intermediary and a member of the American Business Brokers Association. Shawn also holds a real estate license with the state of Georgia. She has lived in Stone Mountain for over 15 years and is passionate about bringing economic development and wellness back to the community. Shawn firmly believes the SMV Market is an effective way to give back to the community that she loves and provide healthy food choices and employment opportunities.
Yolande Wooten has spent the last 15 years in the field of Research Analysis and Data Management with various employers in the Atlanta Metro area. A graduate of Florida A&M University, holding a Masters in Business Administration, she became an avid supporter of food co-ops while enjoying her transition to a vegetarian-based diet. Believing that communities should have healthy food resources for their families, she is privileged to serve on the board and contribute to the vitality of the SMV Market. Mrs. Wooten is the co-author of “Just As Special,” a children's book highlighting the amazing adults in the lives of children from single-parent homes. She also spends time participating in school reading events and tutoring programs.
Brigette Killion Treasurer
Brigette Killion graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Finance concentration. She has worked in accounting and finance for various employers for the last 25 years. Within that timeframe she worked as the Director of Finance for a non-profit trade association for almost four years. While in that position she coordinated the audit of the non-profit with an external CPA and assisted with the preparation of the 990 annual tax return. In 2018 Ms. Killion became a small business owner opening Base Kamp Gym in the Stone Mountain area. She believes strongly in community and food security, and is an active participant working as part of the team bringing the SMV Market to Stone Mountain.
Candace Walker Parliamentarian
Candace Walker holds a B.S. in Biology, minoring in Forensic Chemistry, and an M.S in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University New Orleans. She has worked for various government entities in the field of forensic science for 12 years. As a Stone Mountain High School graduate, and having lived in and owned a home in Stone Mountain for 10 years, she is invested in the community and would like to see it flourish as it did in years past. Ms. Walker is also the founder of the Ann Key Memorial Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide financial support and resources to two deserving Stone Mountain High School students that demonstrate academic excellence and good character in need of funding for post-secondary education.
Montra Bernier Member-At-Large
Montra Bernier has lived in Stone Mountain for 14 years. She has an associate degree in Business Administration and is the owner of her own business. Montra has been the president of her daughter’s PTA for over three years now. While being the president, she has increased her school’s PTA membership by at least 50%. She is currently serving as a financial board member of a local start-up charter school.
Member-At-Large Shante Lewis brings to this role an expansive knowledge base in real estate and small business operation, along with a keen passion for the purposeful growth and development of Stone Mountain Village. Having lived in the greater Stone Mountain area since 1996 (until she moved to Atlanta to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Georgia State University), she’s garnered an intimate understanding of the unique needs of the community. After college, she followed her family’s footprints by embarking on a rewarding real estate career, and ultimately returned to the village to purchase a home of her own. She believes she was led back here to help establish a viable mechanism for healthful food security in her hometown and is committed to applying her skills and expertise to lasting solutions.