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Alderman John BarzizzaJohn Barzizza - Alderman Position 1
John Barzizza was elected in 2014 and is serving his first four-year term as Alderman for Position 1 in Germantown. John has spent almost all of his life in Germantown having moved to the city just after birth. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and Regis University in Denver, Co. with a major in marketing.

John was active in the Memphis/Germantown communities coaching baseball and basketball for GYAA, serving as a board member of the CP Council of West Tennessee, board member and chairman two terms at Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) and chaired capital campaign for SRVS from 2008-2011. John has also served on the boards of Carnival Memphis, Christian Brothers High School, UNICO, AutoZone Liberty Bowl (President in 2000) and board member of various beverage industry related organizations in his 43 years in business until he sold and retired from his business in 2012.

Alderman Barzizza currently serves as liaison to the Design Review , Economic Development, Historic and Senior Citizens' Advisory Commissions.

Alderman Barzizza is married to Wanda Freeman and has four grown children, one foster child and three grandsons. John is a member of Church of the Holy Spirit where he served on their original capital campaign.

Email Alderman Barzizza at JBarzizza@Germantown-TN.gov


Alderman Mary Anne Gibson

Mary Anne Gibson - Alderman Position 2
Mary Anne Gibson was elected in 2014 and is serving her first four-year term as Alderman for Position 2 in Germantown. She is also serving as Vice Mayor for 2017. She is a member of Germantown United Methodist Church where she and her husband, Steve, were married 31 years ago. They have three grown children, Morgan Gibson Day, Marshall Gibson & Madison Gibson.

Mary Anne is a passionate advocate for public education where she served as the District 5 Board Commissioner on the Shelby County School Board during the pivotal transition period for Memphis City and Shelby County Schools students. Alderman Gibson served our community as the Vice Chairman for the Germantown Parks & Recreation Commission, Chairman of the Farm Park Advisory Group, second Vice President of Germantown United Methodist Women, member of the Germantown Arts Alliance and currently serves as a Board member for the Friends of the Bobby Lanier Farm Park and Leadership Germantown Executive Board.

Alderman Gibson currently serves as liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Library Board and Beautification, Education and Neighborhood Preservation Commissions. 

Mary Anne is an Affiliate Broker with GaNelle Roberts, Realtors and an active member of the Memphis Area, Tennessee & National Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Accredited Buyer’s Council and Multi Million Dollar Club. She has served as Disaster Relief Coordinator for Germantown United Methodist Church during the floods of 2010, Confirmation Coordinator, Youth Advisory Council member, Leadership Germantown graduate and is the 2000 recipient of the Jim Roberts Leadership Award.

Email Alderman Gibson at MGibson@Germantown-TN.gov.


Alderman Dean MasseyDean Massey - Alderman Position 3
Dean Massey was elected in 2016 and is serving Germantown in his first four-year term as Alderman, Position 3. Alderman Massey is a member of Kirby Woods Baptist Church where he and his wife were married. Alderman Massey and his wife have one son who was born in 2016.

Alderman Massey attended public schools and his mother was a public-school teacher for forty-two years which makes him a natural advocate for strong public schools in Germantown.  Dean is a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Today Dean and his wife own and operate Massey Insurance which provides insurance and risk management services to businesses throughout the Mid-South. Alderman Massey has never forgotten his roots in law enforcement and fidelity to the rule of law. 

Alderman Massey serves as liaison to the Public Safety Education Commission, Germantown Athletic Club Commission, Great Hall & Conference Center Advisory Commission and the Personnel Advisory Commission.  Massey is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Risk Insurance Management Society, and has designations as an Associate in Risk Management, Certified Gang Intelligence Officer, Certified Insurance Counselor, Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist, Professional Work Comp Advisor, Registered Professional Liability Underwriter, and RIMS Fellow.

Email Alderman Massey at DMassey@Germantown-TN.gov.


Forrest OwensForrest Owens - Alderman Position 4
Forrest Owens was elected in 2012 and is serving his second four-year term as Alderman in Position 4. He completed his term as Vice-Mayor in 2016. Forrest and his family moved to Germantown in 1973 and is a 1986 graduate of Germantown High School. Forrest went on to receive a bachelor of arts in English and a master’s in City/Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. 

Forrest worked for the City of Germantown for 10 years (1995-2005) in the Department of Economic and Community Development, including five years as the Planning Division Director. Forrest currently works as the senior Land Planner for ETI Corporation. He is a graduate of the 1999 class of Leadership Germantown and has been a member of the Leadership Germantown Alumni Association for 16 years. He served three years as President of the Forest Estates Homeowners’ Association and four years as a citizen volunteer on the Germantown Planning Commission.

Alderman Owens currently serves as liaison to the Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions. He is also co-chair to the Healthy Germantown Wellness Council, to promote health in our city based on Governor Bill Haslam's Healthier Tennessee initiative.  

Alderman Owens is married to Teresa and they have three daughters, Shelby, Gracey and Addison. He and his family are active members of Germantown Presbyterian Church.  Owens is an avid fitness enthusiast and has qualified for and completed the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon and Boston Marathon. 

Email Alderman Owens at FOwens@Germantown-TN.gov.


 

Ernest ChismRocky Janda - Alderman Position 5 
Rocky Janda was elected in 2012 and is serving his second term as Alderman for Position 5 and completed his duty as Vice Mayor in 2015. Born in Memphis, he is a graduate of Germantown High School and the University of Memphis. Alderman Janda is President of P.O.P. Solutions Group, LLC, a brand marketing company based in Germantown.

 

Alderman Janda serves as Alderman liaison to the Financial Advisory Commission, Environmental Commission and Retirement Plan Commission and is a member of the Audit Commission. Rocky is a graduate and board member of Leadership Germantown and former Vice President of Leadership Germantown Alumni Association. He is a past member and treasurer of the board of the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Rocky is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business and is part of the Memphis Area Action Council. 

Rocky and his wife Sally were high school sweethearts and have three children and five grandchildren all of whom live in Germantown. He and his family are members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where he is an active member of the men’s club.

Email Alderman Janda at RJanda@Germantown-TN.gov.