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Photos by Ray Sepesy

Faces introduces you to people who make Ballantyne lively and interesting. In this edition, meet Stamie Despo, Greg Jachym and Koh Herlong.

Stamie Despo

Hometown: I’m an Army brat and a Jersey Shore girl.

Job: Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Charlotte

Typical day

I start with a morning swim to clear my head, followed by a protein shake and a podcast or a call with my sister on the way to the office. From there, it’s any mix of donor and sponsor meetings, check-ins with my team or strategy sessions. Evenings are filled with girlfriend time, Netflix and good food with my husband of 31 years, Aris.

Ballantyne resident?

We downsized in south Charlotte two years ago.

Best-kept secret in Ballantyne

Vegan chia pudding at Sunflour Baking Company.

Koh Herlong

Hometown: Born in the Poconos, raised in Northern Virginia

Job: Corporate trainer and group fitness instructor

Typical day

Develop e-learning training materials by day; teach Zumba, kickboxing, pilates, barre or strength classes at the YMCA at night. Go home to a wonderful husband of 26 years (George) and a loving dog named “7.”

Ballantyne resident?

Yes, for a total of about 15 years. (I had a four-year stay in Florida in the middle.)

Favorite places in Ballantyne

My newest is Zinicola in Ballantyne Village. For newcomers, I’d say go discover the greenway path.

Greg Jachym

Hometown: Grew up in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, graduated from Weddington High

Job: Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach, Ardrey Kell High

Typical day

Begin workout at 5 a.m. in the AK weight room, followed by school traffic duty, teaching four classes, prepping for football practice, coaching practice, then heading home by 6:30 p.m. for family time.

Who greets you when you get home each day?

My two sons, Jacoby and Casey, and my beautiful wife, Becky.

Best-kept secret in Ballantyne

Tony’s Pizza for a solid cheesesteak or a big slice of pizza.