The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 officially convened for their first session on Aug. 11 at The 1818 Club in Duluth. Forty leaders will spend the next nine months learning, connecting and preparing to take their place as community trustees.
Since 1985, Leadership Gwinnett has worked to ensure community leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well networked and passionate about the success of the county and region. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, all Leadership Gwinnett graduates are prepared to take their place as effective community leaders. The flagship program kicked off this week includes two overnight retreats, seven learning days covering topics such as leadership in the community, infrastructure, economics, education, health & human services, justice and regional relations, as well as monthly study groups, exclusive tours and hands-on experiences.
"The class met each other for the first time this week and are fired up and ready to go," said Executive Director Lisa Zaken. "I look forward to what this diverse group of leaders will mean for future Gwinnett success."
The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 includes:
Marian Adeimy, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.
Whit Alexander, Lose & Associates, Inc.
Mike Allee, Edward Jones
Taylor Anderson, Blue Landworks LLC
Butch Ayers, Gwinnett County Police Department
Kirsten Baker, Gwinnett County Public Schools - North Gwinnett High School
Monica Batiste, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Freddie Betanzos, Georgia Power Company
Brent Bohanan, Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Cathie Brazell, Gwinnett Medical Center
Jim Brooks, Evermore Community Improvement District
Tommy Carraway, Brand Bank
Trent Cloer, Moore Stephens Tiller, LLC
Radu Coliba, Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
Jennifer Cramer, Brand Mortgage
Fred Dawkins, Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq, P.C.
Bryan Ginn, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
Theresa Hinds, Cisco Systems
Danny Jardine, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Scott Jarvis, Alston & Bird, LLP
Douglas Johnson, Georgia Gwinnett College
Rory Johnson, Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club
Charles Kim, Georgia Gwinnett Chiropractic Clinic
Donald Lee, Gwinnett County Government
Nancy McGill, Cartridge World Lawrenceville
Linnea Miller, Gwinnett Church and Suwanee City Councilmember
Kim Nelson, J.M. Tull - Gwinnett Family YMCA
Mark Reiswig, Gwinnett County Health Department
Kay Sibetta, Gwinnett County Government
Derek Singleton, View Point Health
Sharon Smith, Gwinnett County Public Schools - Brookwood Elementary School
Russell Smith, RTS Associates
Amanda Sutt, Rock Paper Scissors
Annie Valenty, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
DePriest Waddy, United Way of Greater Atlanta
Chandra Walker, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jermaine Whirl, Gwinnett Technical College
Leticia Willis, Willis Mechanical, Inc.
Shevonn Willis, The Smith Willis Firm, Ltd.
Alex Wright, Central Garden & Pet and Peachtree Corners City Councilmember
Leadership Gwinnett, LLC is the home of two leadership programs: Leadership Gwinnett, a nine-month educational, networking and community development experience and Glance Gwinnett, a 2.5 day short program that gives a sneak peak of what the full program experience is all about. Both programs develop leaders who apply their talents to drive positive change in the community.
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