Special Guests 2018 

Mistress of Ceremonies

Nova Pearson Kopp


Director of Training | AT&T University for AT&T Business Solutions S ales, Credit and Collections, Global Customer Service, Mobility Business Customer Service 
Nova Kopp brings more than 17 years in the telecommunications and technology industries. As a Director of Training, she is currently responsible for training on indirect and direct sales for AT&T. Well-versed on the public side of the industry through her sales and marketing experience, Nova's depth and breadth of knowledge on technological applications is equally impressive.

In 2015, Nova was crowned Mrs. Georgia United States.  In 2016,  She was crowned Ms. Georgia and won Ms. International 2016/ 2017.
Nova is a life coach  and works with people to share her message that is never too late to become the person of their dreams. Nova believes in always delivering your best self and is passionate about helping people improve their personal situation. Whether it it be career, relationships, health, financal or spirtual growth. 
Nova has conducted formal presentations on personal branding and transformation to various AT&T sales teams, the Human Resources (HR) organization, and to non-profit agencies in the Atlanta area.
Nova is passionate about community involvement and helping others in need. She has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including:
⦁ HillSide, Inc., an organization that provides cutting edge behavioral treatment and education to children and their families.  
⦁ CCYA Inc., an organization that provides a home and support programs for youth who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned by their caregivers. Its programs serve multiple counties throughout Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. 
⦁ Independence High School in Alpharetta, Georgia, which allows students to complete their education in a flexible course environment to accommodate their work schedules, parenting responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. 
⦁ Community Service Center of Central Florida, a non-profit Heart of Florida United Way Agency that has served the less fortunate for more than 35 years. 
⦁ Devereux, a non-profit organization that has provided nationwide assistance for persons with emotional, developmental, and educational disabilities since 1912.
Nova holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Masters Degree in Business Management at Kennesaw College. She was selected by the MBA faculty for the University’s highest award, “Class Scholar.” She now coaches MBA students. Nova’s certifications include Six Sigma Green Belt and Managerial Coaching. 
The proud mother of two children, Lauren and Christopher. She is a  grandmother of Ava and Isabella, Nova lives in Roswell, Georgia with her husband, Mark.


Survivor Honoree
Beth Kendrick


My name is Beth Kendrick, and I am a 50 year old single mom with a career in marketing.  My cancer journey started in the spring of 2017. While I was waiting at my doctor’s office I had no idea that my life was about to change forever.  A change that would affect me physically, emotionally, and financially and would challenge my faith.
I was diagnosed with Stage 1C ovarian cancer on June 8, 2017.  The complex ovarian cyst was cancerous – high grade serous carcinoma.  
I began 18 weeks of Taxol/Carbo weekly chemotherapy treatments in late July 2017. I grew stronger and wiser and made wonderful friends who were also going through ovarian cancer.  I was touched by the love and support from friends and organizations like the Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support.  The gift card I received from them helped me make it through a month with groceries and gas for my car.  The scarves, cozy socks and blankets I received from other support groups were greatly appreciated, but the financial support I received from the Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support made a difference in my life at a time when I really needed help.
I have been cancer-free for 15 months, and my prognosis is very good.  I am very blessed that my cancer was caught early and know that is not usually the case with ovarian cancer. I am sharing my story to raise awareness for ovarian cancer and show how much I grew during my time of hardship.  I encourage others who may be in need, to not feel embarrassed or guilty, but to reach out for help.

 Memorial Honoree
Debbie Bowman

She was married for 7 years and had a child who died shortly after birth.
Deb got her degree in Mathematics from Kennesaw University, cum laude. She worked a variety of positions during her adult life, including: 
- as a salesperson, selling the news for the now defunct news organization UPI - United Press International (she became their 2nd highest salesperson nation-wide after 8 months of employment) 
- as a valuation analyst in the insurance industry with Canada Life 
- as a tax examiner with the IRS  
- as a substitute teacher in the public schools (by all accounts and feedback, she was an excellent teacher and tutor) 
Most of her adult life, however, was spent working in the accounting/bookkeeping field, and she completed her active working years as an accounting associate in the Business Office at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA.
Deb and her partner Pat met 1989 and lived in Norcross for 11 years. In 1999, they started building a home in the northeast Georgia mountains, and moved up there in 2000, where they lived together until Deb passed in August of 2017.
Deb was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage 3C ovarian cancer in August of 2016 after what was to be corrective surgery for diverticulitis. Anyone who knew Deb knew that she was a tough fighter - and she bravely fought the disease for a year, but in the end the cancer won, and it finally took her down on August 24, 2017.
Deb deeply and powerfully touched many, many lives in her sweet journey on this earthly plane.  She has left us, but she will never be forgotten by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.