City Council, District 1
John Paulson is a professional engineer who has lived in Sandy Springs for more than 20 years. The Chicago native earned his degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois. Paulson is a Vietnam veteran, and served as an infantryman.
Paulson has had an active career in the geosynthetics and geotextiles fields working for The Tensar Corp, Exxon, Nicolon among others before becoming a consultant and now a partner in Redi Engineering. He has been instrumental in supporting the City’s bid for incorporation on the Committee for Sandy Springs and has served as past president of the Northridge Community Association and served on the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners' Association.
John and his wife Mary have two children, Stephanie and Jeffrey.
City Council, District 2
Ms. Fries is a native of North Fulton County and has lived, worked and raised her family in Sandy Springs since 1977. She and her husband of 37 years, Dillon, own an appraisal firm. Dianne is also a Realtor with Dorsey-Alston Realtors.
In addition to her role as a council member, Ms. Fries serves as vice chair of the Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism Board. In 2009, Ms. Fries worked on efforts to move the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit from Decatur to Sandy Springs, and has been very involved in the fund raising efforts to maintain and keep the exhibit in Sandy Springs. She was presented with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust “Executive Directors Award” in 2010 for her efforts.
In 2006, Ms. Fries organize the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in Sandy Springs and continues to oversee the Celebration for the City. Ms. Fries was also an appointee to the National League of Cities Public Safety Committee.
In 2008, Ms. Fries founded, and continues to chair, the non-profit organization, Sandy Springs Challenge, Inc.. The organization supports sporting events in the City, raising funds in support of the Sandy Springs Police and Fire Departments and the Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund. The signature event, The Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge, celebrates its seventh year in May 2014. In 2012, Fries added the Taste of Sandy Springs as an event to run parallel the Cycling Challenge, bring food and high speed cycling into a full day of fun for Sandy Springs residents. In addition, Fries and her brother, Don, who is also a Sandy Springs resident, developed a metric century bike ride through the metro Atlanta area, which is enjoyed annually by biking enthusiasts.
Ms. Fries is the mother of two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, hiking and bicycling.
Email: Dianne Fries
City Council, District 3
Mr. Collins is an attorney and partner in the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP, a law firm with offices throughout the Southeast. He has practiced law since 1990, focusing on business litigation for the entirety of his career.
A Sandy Springs native, Mr. Collins graduated from Riverwood High School and went on to earn his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. He graduated from law school with honors and was selected for the Moot Court Team and Gridiron Society.
Mr. Collins was active in Sandy Springs' quest to become a city, serving as vice-chairman of the Committee for Sandy Springs from 2001 until the city's incorporation. He also served a three-year term on the board of Heritage Sandy Springs, provided legal counsel for the Sandy Springs Turtle community art project, and has been a little league baseball coach since 2003.
He lives in the Cameron Glen neighborhood with his wife, Gigi, and their four children, who all attend Sandy Springs schools.
City Council, District 4
Mr. Sterling was at the forefront of creating the City of Sandy Springs. He was one of the members of the Committee for Sandy Springs and served as co-chairman of the Sandy Springs Referendum Committee. Once the referendum to create the city passed, Mr. Sterling served as chairman of the Sandy Springs Fire/EMS Transition Task Force and as one of the five negotiators representing Sandy Springs in the transition with Fulton County, along with Mayor Eva Galambos.
Mr. Sterling served Sandy Springs as a stakeholder with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan efforts. He currently serves as vice chairman of the local charity organization, The Sandy Springs Challenge, which raises money for Sandy Springs through sporting events. He led efforts to bring Livestrong’s 24 Hours of Booty cycling event to Sandy Springs. The event raises money for cancer survivorship and the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Mr. Sterling owns a public relations and political consulting firm, SSH, Inc., here in Sandy Springs. He is now working on a new venture to launch a new beer label and brewery.
Tiberio “Tibby” DeJulio
City Council, District 5
Tibby DeJulio is the mayor pro tempore for the City of Sandy Springs since 2007. He is first vice president of a national investment firm. He is a Certified Financial Planner, civic volunteer and a Vietnam veteran. During his tour in Vietnam, DeJulio was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, including one for Valor and several other campaign medals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in finance from Stetson University.
DeJulio worked for 20 years to help create the City of Sandy Springs, having served as the vice chair for the Committee for Sandy Springs, president of Citizens for Sandy Springs, and as the Chair of the city's transition Financial Task Force. He has served as mayor pro tem since the incorporation of Sandy Springs. He is a long time member of the High Point Civic Association. He has one son, Chandler.
Karen Meinzen McEnerny
City Council, District 6
Ms. McEnerny is a retired asset manager for commercial real estate portfolios owned by institutional investors. She has devoted her time exclusively to her duties as a councilmember since Jan. 1, 2006. She was an active member of the Committee for Sandy Springs supporting the incorporation effort and served on the negotiating committee of the Governor's Commission on Sandy Springs as well as the Properties Task Force.
She is the current past president of the Cherokee Park Civic Association and past president of the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve. She served on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan review for Sandy Springs known as Focus Fulton 2025. She is an avid gardener, especially utilizing native plants original to Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Native Plant Society.
Ms. McEnerny has a master's degree in real estate and urban affairs from Georgia State University and a BA in history and political science from Southern Methodist University. She is married and has four stepchildren and a brother, sister in law and niece living in Sandy Springs. Her mother lives in Columbus, Ga., and her father is deceased.