Jennifer Guynn

last updated 6/4/2018

Jennifer McGowan Guynn

Co-Founder and Executive Director at Pebble Tossers Inc

Location:
1155 mt. vernon hwy ne Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
HQ Phone:
(770) 648-2921

General Information

Affiliations

Advisory Board Member - GivingPoint

Board Member - Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

Real Estate Broker - McGowan Properties

Board Member - Junior League of Atlanta Inc

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Pebble Tossers - Mount Vernon LookUp

Says Pebble Tossers Executive Director Jen Guynn, "It is a pleasure to work with students who have a foundation for innovative thinking and with an administration that goes out of its way to support students.

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Jen Guynn - PebbleTossers

Jen Guynn is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pebble Tossers, a youth development nonprofit headquartered at Roam.
To learn more, visit her website. Or connect with Jen on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. This question was the initial inspiration behind the non-profit Pebble Tossers, Inc., a youth and family volunteering organization co-founded by Atlanta moms Jen Guynn and Jeni Stephens. These volunteers are "ready, willing, and able," as Jen describes them, and pebbletossers.com provides the infrastructure to channel their altruistic energy by matching them with appropriate projects. Pebble Tossers members have earned a reputation among Atlanta non-profits as diligent workers. Jen recalls a particular project where one of the volunteer groups left early, whereas her Pebble Tossers crew stayed into the evening. "I guess the other group looked at their watches and thought, 'Oh, it's time to go. See ya!'" The project manager was pleasantly surprised by the Pebble Tossers' work ethic, but Jen says, "Of course we stayed. Jen has successfully instilled this mentality in her kids. Four years ago one of Jen's daughters, twelve years old at the time, was asked by an adult if she and her family were involved in much community service. She at first answered no, which took her mother by surprise. "I nudged her and said, 'Honey, remember when we did this project, or when we helped out that organization, or went on that trip' and so on. Jen's daughter responded, "I don't think of that as 'community service.' That's just what we do. Understandably, Jen is proud of her daughter's outlook. "She really gets it. I didn't even have to explain it to her. For the Guynn girls, service is not merely an extracurricular activity like the volleyball they play after school. For them, improving the lives of those in need is a natural reflex, on a par with breathing and sleeping in its necessity. Through her company Jen supports a variety of causes, and I can't help but wonder if there is a particular cause that is near and dear to her heart, one that she wakes up thinking about and that drove her to start an organization like Pebble Tossers. "Because of Pebble Tossers I've been exposed to organizations who are addressing problems I wasn't aware of," Jen begins to explain, "but as soon as they explain what they do I think, Wow! Jen wants to help the youth of Atlanta toss their first few pebbles. Hopefully they will be drawn in by the rippling motion, enchanted by the ever expanding effects of their own initiative so that they can't help but return again and again to the water's edge. Perhaps they will learn to skip stones, making waves at three or four points with a single throw. Perhaps they will heave huge boulders into the pond. It's hard to say exactly what it will look like if the youth of today develop life-long habits of service, but it's bound to be good. Jen is setting up this future. Jen loves the Roam environment. Several years ago she was working exclusively from home, but in order to be more productive, she needed to be able to "go to the office. Roam was the solution: a professional workspace away from home, but homey nonetheless. Jen remembers bringing her kids to visit. "They saw why I like it right away. My son called it the Anthropologie of workplaces. She adds that this is a bit of a strange observation for a middle school boy to make, but she feels it's an accurate one. When Jen first became a member, she would check her mailbox every time she arrived, only to be disappointed by its cold emptiness.

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Board Members | Pebble Tossers

Jennifer McGowan Guynn, Founder & Executive Director
Jen is Co-Founder and Executive Director for Pebble Tossers, Inc. Jen's background includes organizational and marketing experiences, having worked with the Council for Quality Growth and then managing many facets of the family real estate business, McGowan Properties, Inc. She was appointed by Governor Deal to serve on the Commission for Service and Volunteerism for the State of Georgia in 2016. In 2014 she was voted a top 10 finalist for the Over 40 and Fabulous by Best Self Magazine. A past board member of the Junior League of Atlanta, The Impact! Group, the American Cancer Society, and Furman University Young Alumni Council, Jen continues to lead by example in her community. She graduated in the class of 1995/96 from Leadership Gwinnett, the class of 2012 Catholic Charities Leadership Class and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors at the Dunwoody Nature Center and on many committees at her church and children's schools. An Atlanta native, Jen attended St. Pius X High School, graduated from Furman University, and resides in Dunwoody with her husband, Mike, their three children and two rescue dogs.

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