Team Three – Melanie and Michelle

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Melanie Kagan
Melanie Kagan is the Northwest Regional Director for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and has been with the organization for just over a year. Melanie has an extensive background in nonprofit management and development as well as prior experience with healthcare administration and contract management. She is a proud graduate of the University of New Mexico and is fairly new to the Atlanta area, having recently relocated with her family from Albuquerque, NM. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, iCouldBe mentoring and many other nonprofit organizations. She is the Social Chair for her HOA, which is fitting because she loves to throw parties. She's married to the love of her life, Maxwell Kagan and together the two have 5 kids. Between football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer and baseball they enjoy traveling and working out. Melanie danced as a kid but it's been a REALLY long time. . . . so be nice.


Michelle Tillis has Marietta in her heart: it is where she was born, where she raises her four children and where she works. Born at Kennestone Hospital, Michelle is a Marietta Blue Devil through and through and delights in the fact that she is raising her children in the community she loves and that they are now attending the same schools where her footsteps once tread. As a single mom of four children, Kathryn 14, Elizabeth 11, Emma Grace 9 and Reid 7 she stays on a busy schedule coordinating their various activities from soccer, dance, tennis and drama. Her children attend A.L. Burruss Elementary and
Marietta Middle School, where Michelle is actively involved in the PTA and volunteers her time for a variety of school activities and events.
Michelle is a proud graduate of Kennesaw State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and most recently her Masters in Business Administration. Michelle works for WellStar Health System as the Director of Inpatient Clinical Applications. WellStar is the largest health system in Georgia with over 20,000 team members throughout 11 hospitals and 255 medical office locations. WellStar is known for its innovative approach to delivering world class health care. She began her career at WellStar over 17 years ago as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Kennestone Hospital and has served in a variety of roles throughout her career. Michelle was honored to be a top 5 finalist for Working Mother of the Year for WellStar in 2017. For Michelle, working at WellStar is a way to make a difference in the community that has blessed her and her family over the years.
Michelle is also an alum of Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre and has been a proud GDC parent since her oldest daughter, Kathryn, started taking mommy and me class at the age of 2. Two of Michelle’s daughters, Emma Grace and Kathryn are GMDT company members as ATI and THI dancers. Michelle has been a dedicated volunteer over the years serving on a variety of committees for GMDT, most recently on the Fundraising Committee, where she helped to lead a very successful inaugural Raise the Barre Gala. Additionally, Michelle has enjoyed participating as a party parent in The Nutcracker and other parent roles in the Spring Shows for the past 6 years. Michelle is thrilled to return to the stage and participate as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars and raise money for a wonderful organization that is integral to developing the future leaders of our community and promoting fine arts in the heart of
Marietta.