Category: Go Girl

Go Girl – Tara Najim

By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring   TARA NAJIM, 32, is an Arabic tutor, writer and gardener. She and her husband, Amjad, an anesthesia resident at Augusta University Health, have two children, Laith, 3 and Maitham, 1 as well as a six pound Papillon named Neva. Tara loves gardening and used to think she had a black thumb until she discovered that she could compost her family’s food scraps and put them in the soil. Now her plants are happy and thriving. Tara set a goal this year (as a family of four) to only produce four kitchen...

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Go Girl – Karen L Gordon

By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring   Karen Gordon, 47 is married to retired Army Officer Clarence Thomas and has four children, Ryanne, 26, Christopher, 26, Malcom, 25 and Daniel (Scooter), 8. Gordon is a professional musician and a member of Leadership Augusta (class of 2015 ambassador), Jessye Norman School of Arts, Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Downtown Advisory Panel. Gordon founded Garden City Jazz Series in 2003 and under her leadership, the program has launced several new projects, including art exhibits, print division, jazz camp and a community festival. One word you would use to describe...

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Go Girl – Marisel Kleppen

By Renee Williams   Marisel Kleppen, 40, is a mom and an ESOL teacher. Marisel and her husband Jay have three children, Jake, 6, Justin, 4 and Mia 7 months. Kleppen has been a teacher for 15 years but if she ever chose another career then she would love to work in the fitness industry.  One word you would use to describe yourself: Motivated. Hobbies? Working out. After two back-to-back pregnancies, I gained a lot of weight and was able to lose 114 pounds with mindful eating and exercising. I’m on my second weight loss journey now after being put on bed...

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Aimee Serafin

By Renee Williams   Aimee Serafin, 47 is a transitional project manager but is taking a sabbatical since moving to Augusta. She and her husband Scott Thorp, Chair of Art Department at Augusta University have two children, Anslie, 11 and Hyatt, 14. Serafin loves her rescue cat, Cuddles and Australian Shepherd, Cocoa. Serafin enjoys poetry, song writing, yoga, running, reading and thinking. Serafin encourages others to believe in themselves and says the best thing about being a mom is leaning how strong she is. Serafin’s greatest hope is that her children will find their purpose in life and dive...

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Sohailla Digsby, RDN, LD

By Karin Calloway   Sohailla Digsby, 40, is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness pro, national speaker and author of Countdown to Your Best Body Success Journal and Best Body Cookbook & Menu Plan (with Kim Beavers of Eating Well With Kim). She and her husband, Tom, staff sergeant of the Coumbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investivation Division, live in Appling with their three children and three adopted kittens. Find information about her program at As a health and fitness expert, do you have any tips for setting yourself up for success achieving your health and fitness goals? Yes! First,...

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