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Krista Summerour Ganley
Owner and Director of Special Events


Krista has been a professional in the hospitality industry since 1995. She considers it a true blessing to bring her years of wedding and event planning experience to her home town and the historic Payne-Corley House, a beloved landmark in the community. Krista spent nearly eight years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and advanced into senior wedding planning and corporate catering roles with at their properties in Atlanta (Downtown) and Buckhead.  She was also a part of the opening team for The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.  After being transferred to Michigan with her hushand, she served as the Director of Catering for an exclusive club in Birmingham Michigan.  Krista holds a degree in Food Service Management from Berry College.  Krista currently serves on the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Duluth and is a member of the Gwinnett Medical Center Women’s Advisory Council.  She and her husband Michael are active members of Perimeter Church and  raise their three sons in their own nearby historic Duluth home.


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Michael Ganley
 Owner and Executive Chef


A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Michael is a classically trained chef and has been working in the luxury hospitality and restaurant industry since 1994. An award-winning chef, he is widely known for creating inspired menus that inject a variety of culinary influences into traditional Southern dishes. Upon graduation from Toronto’s elite George Brown Culinary School, Michael undertook a rigorous, European-style apprenticeship with Canada’s four-star Delta Hotels and the landmark Westin Harbour Castle property. After joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s culinary staff, Michael steadily advanced and was selected as Executive Sous Chef for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans in 2000 and as Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn in 2003. He and his wife, Krista, have been involved with the Payne-Corley House and the Park Café since 2004 and Michael now serves as Executive Chef over both properties.  Michael regularly contributes his culinary talents to many neighborhood and non-profit organizations.  Michael and Krista make their home in historic downtown Duluth where they raise their three sons.


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Hope Follmer
 Director of Sales


Hope has been the Director of Sales at the Payne-Corley House since 2010, makes every guest who steps into the home feel like one of the family! Coming to us from the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta (Downtown), Hope honed her talent for warm Southern hospitality at this venerable hotel where she served as Director of PR following several years as Conference Services Manager. She launched her hospitality career in catering and conference services with the Hyatt Regency in historic Savannah, Georgia. Today, Hope maintains a passion for community service built in her early career as Director of Marketing & PR for a non-profit residential drug treatment center for children. She is also the dedicated mother to three children.


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George Zachas
General Manager, The Cottage on Main


Joining the Payne Corley House & The Cottage on Main in 2013, George brings with him a rich background in food, travel and entertainment. George began his career as a young man in his family’s hotel trade. Responsibilities ranging from taking reservations to managing nightclubs led him to a five year role owning and operating a successful coffee establishment in Durban, South Africa. Future opportunity would take George to Greece where he would spend thirteen years as a top rated Tour Director for SIVA travel. Traveling the whole of the Mediterranean and assisting thousands of travelers has led to his passion for creating a unique and magical experience for those around him. His recent marriage and new family has brought him to Georgia where he looks forward to learning more about the the Duluth community and its rich history.


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Lori-Ann Walker
Event Specialist


The Payne-Corley House has benefitted from Lori-Ann’s natural talents for planning and organization since 2007. She has a particular gift for transforming her clients’ visions into event reality! Her planning experience spans social event management for Cascades Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and coordination and management of Web-based events for TÜV SÜD America as well as private planning for numerous regional and local events in South Florida. Today, in addition to handling special events for the Payne-Corley House and being a new mom, Lori-Ann and owns and operates a private event management consultancy serving the Atlanta area. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University in Boston.


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Jennifer Fulford
Event Specialist


A former special education teacher, Jennifer discovered her passion and talent for event planning while planning her own wedding and hasn’t looked back! She loves being involved in creating special moments for her wedding clients. For more than 10 years she has variously served as a Wedding Coordinator for Athens-based Consultants Unlimited and Event Coordinator for the Fabulous Fox Theater, giving her an extensive record of orchestrating some of the South’s grandest weddings, charitable functions, corporate meetings, and special occasion parties. Jennifer received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is mother to three children. She has been a part of the Payne-Corley House family since 2005.


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Stephanie Griffin
Event Specialist


Stephanie graduated from Cornell University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program and worked in the hotel industry for many years as a Catering Manager for The Breaker’s in Florida and as a National Sales Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Atlanta.  Stephanie transitioned into the Pharmaceutical industry where she was a leader with Merck & Company for 8 years as a Senior Sales Representative.  After trading in her professional hat to be a Domestic Engineer for two young boys, Stephanie has decided to get back into the Hospitality Industry as an Event Specialist with the Payne-Corley House. Stephanie has a natural affinity for helping others and recently was the Chairperson for Tri-Delta’s Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Care Affair, a fundraiser to support CURE Childhood Cancer.


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Dana Bellevue
Event Specialist


Dana has been a part of the Payne-Corley House event team since 2009 and has and in 2012 transitioned from an Event Supervisors to an Event Specialists.   She has worked in the hospitality industry for 14 years with local companies such as Proof of the Pudding as an Event Captain and Kurt’s Restaurant as a Catering Assistant.  She also volunteers with Victory World Church on the Special Events team helping with large to small functions.  Dana works full time as an Office Manager and is the mother to a beautiful young daughter.


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