Leadership Atlanta has announced the participants for its Class of 2019 Program.
“We are thrilled to welcome the largest class ever,” said Pat Upshaw-Monteith, president and CEO of the group. “We are proud to continue Leadership Atlanta’s tradition of bringing together the region’s most influential, engaged, and creative leaders dedicated to working together for the greater good.”
During the nine-month program, participants will learn more about the region through retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours, and other activities.
Those selected represent diverse industries - education, law, corporate, religious, nonprofit, technology, media, healthcare, and politics and government.
Leadership Atlanta’s mission is to build a better community “through education about the key issues facing the region and inspiring members and others to take on and exercise real leadership committed to serving the common good.”
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Founded in the early 1970s, Leadership Atlanta is the oldest continuously running training program of its type in the country.
Leadership Atlanta Class of 2019
Emily Acker, president and chief executive officer, Hillside, Inc.
Latanza Adjei, sales & marketing vice president, Georgia Power
Chris Appleton, executive director, WonderRoot
Marva Bailer, global director leadership and executive engagement, Splunk
Deisha Barnett, senior vice president, brand communications, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Amy Baxter, founder and chief executive officer, MMJ Labs
Susan Bell, Americas power & utilities sector leader, EY
Shirley Borghi, executive director, Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, (HHCGA)
Frank Brown, chief executive officer, Communities In Schools of Atlanta
Christopher Burke, director of community relations, Georgia Institute of Technology
LaKeitha Carlos, chief of staff to chief executive officer, DeKalb County Government
Meria Carstarphen, superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
Deke Cateau, chief executive officer, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
Christopher Chan, partner / Intellectual Property Group, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Andrew Chang, executive director, marketing and physician outreach, Piedmont Healthcare
Edwin Chang, executive director, redefinED atlanta
Robiaun Charles, vice president for college advancement, Agnes Scott College
David Cole, managing director and senior state executive, IBM
Donna Coleman-Stribling, solicitor-general, DeKalb County
Carol Collard, president & chief executive officer. CaringWorks
Victoria Collier, owner & chief executive officer, The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L Collier PC
Ted Cummings, president/chief executive officer, Onyx MS Group
Chad Cunningham, consumer banking region executive, Bank of America
Tye Darland, senior vice president/general counsel, Georgia-Pacific LLC
Alma Davis, founder/chief executive officer, Alma G. Davis Foundation
Diana Davis, vice president, capacity and chief financial officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Narinder Dhaliwal, vice president of distribution operations, Drive DeVilbiss Health Care
Catherine Downey, chief executive officer, CATMEDIA, Inc.
Eric Dunaway, judge, Superior Court of Fulton County
Michael Eriksen, dean and regents’ professor, Georgia State University
Adina Erwin, chief operating officer, Fox Theatre, Inc.
Edward Eschleman, chief financial officer, Southern Ground Family, Inc.
Jimmy Etheredge, southeast region - senior managing director, Accenture
Paul Fancher, partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Sandra Elizabeth Ford, district health director/chief executive officer, DeKalb County Board of Health
Jeff Glazier, Field Operations division deputy chief, City of Atlanta Police Department
Kevin Gooch, partner – Finance. DLA Piper LLP (US)
Jamie Graham, partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
Ryan Grant, vice president & managing director, Parker Executive Search
Chad Gregory, region bank president, Wells Fargo Bank
Joseph Handy, president & chief operating officer, Georgia Aquarium
Adam Harrell, founder, Nebo
Will Herman, partner-in-charge - Audit Practice, Deloitte
Keisha Hines, director of technology, 3Ci
Josh Hirsh, senior managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Elizabeth Holmes, senior vice president - IT Strategy & Global Business Services, Elavon
Jeff Hullinger, weeknight news co-anchor, Tegna/WXIA TV/11Alive/NBC
John Hutchins, partner, BakerHostetler
Lolita Jackson, director, Government Affairs, Comcast
Sharla Jackson, domestic violence and sexual assault resource prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia
Colin Kelly, partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Jenna Kelly, Georgia division president & chief executive officer, SunTrust Bank
Carol Kissal, chief financial officer - vice president Finance, Emory University
Elisa Kodish, partner, Nelson Mullins
Debra Lam, managing director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rebekah LeMon, executive pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Pascal Lewis, senior vice president, Delta Global Services (DGS)
Michael Lipton, senior vice president, Colliers International
Juanika Mainor Harper,deputy chief/captain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
/United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Rohit Malhotra, executive director, Center for Civic Innovation
Marcus Margerum, vice president of Government & Community Affairs, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Harold Martin, chief executive officer, Taco Mac
Celena Matlock, executive director, Financial Compliance, Time Warner, Inc.
Willie Mayberry, senior vice president, head of Business Banking, PNC Bank
Gerald McDowell, executive director, Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs
Addison Meriwether, executive director, Cushman & Wakefield
Josh Moffitt, founder/chief executive officer/president, Silverton Mortgage Specialists, Inc.
John Morrow, chief of staff & vice president of Business Operations, Software Solutions, NCR Corporation, Inc.
Kevin Murriel, senior pastor, Cascade United Methodist Church
Janine Musholt, senior vice president, Advancement & External Affairs, Woodruff Arts Center
Jessica Nunan, executive director, Caminar Latino
Brigitte Peck, principal and founding partner, Capstone Advancement Partners
Juliette Pryor, senior vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Mitchell Reiner, partner, chief operating officer, senior investment advisor, Capital Investment Advisors
Jerome Roberts, vice president of Marketing, UPS
Antonio Robinson, vice president & associate general counsel, Carter’s, Inc.
Heather Rocker, business development executive, SEI-Atlanta, LLC
Wanda Rodwell, director, Community Partnerships, Global Community Affairs/ The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company
Hedy Rubinger, partner and chair, Healthcare Practice Group, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Molly Salatich, senior vice president, Acquisitions, North American Properties
Alexander Scollon, managing director, The Actor’s Express
Nzinga Shaw, senior vice president, Community and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena
Meredith Sidewater,senior vice president and general counsel, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc.
Chris Sizemore,chief executive officer, Creative Mischief
April Speed, owner/chief executive officer, Just Breast, LLC
Christina Szczepanski, managing director, Southeast, Reinvestment Fund
Vasanne Tinsley, deputy superintendent, DeKalb County School District
Paula Tkac, senior vice president and associate director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Paul Zurawski, senior vice president, external affairs, Equifax