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Leadership Atlanta launches Class of 2019 training program

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

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