DULUTH, GA – Forty community leaders graduated from the prestigious Leadership Gwinnett program in May. This group not only completed the nine-month program requirement, they also coordinated a campaign to donate nearly $10,000 to the Leadership Gwinnett Scholarship Fund.
This fund is critical to creating more balanced classes inclusive of race, gender, profession, organization type and diversity of thought. Tuition puts it out of reach for many talented individuals, scholarships draw those in for diversification of class composition and position Leadership Gwinnett for an even greater community impact.
"Leadership Gwinnett aims to be transformative. It certainly has changed me. Even more than the exposure to and the understanding of the many issues affecting Gwinnett County, I found so valuable the connectedness it built between me and a community of dynamic, giving, ambitious leaders." Tom Lilly, Director of Academic Assessment, Assoc. Professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College.
Leadership Gwinnett produces a powerhouse of impactful community leaders and a thriving volunteer population that is more likely to serve on boards, volunteer, and give back to our community.
The Class of 2017:
Jessica Andrews-Wilson, Executive Director, GUIDE, Inc.
Jeanne Aulbach, Lead Business Intelligence Developer, Acuity Brands Lighting, Peachtree Corners City Councilmember
Christopher A. Berry, Area Operations Director, Kaiser Permanente
Ryan Bonilla, Business Development Manager, Rocket IT
Shannon Brabner, Senior Account Executive, RecruIT, LLC
Alan Chapman, Director of Transportation, Gwinnett County
Anne Chen, Sales Manager, Explore Gwinnett
Berthine Crevecoeur West, CEO/Owner, The West Linguistic Training Group, LLC
Annie Davis, President, Gwinnett Co. Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
George Dobbins, Distributed Generation Projects Supervisor, Georgia Power
Angela D. Duncan, Attorney/Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court
Kim Gallant, Attorney/Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court
Brandon Hembree, Partner, Massey, Watson & Hembree, LLC, Mayor ProTem, City of Sugar Hill
Jennifer Hendrickson, Director, Institutional Advancement, Gwinnett Technical College
Matthew Holtkamp, President, Holtkamp Heating & A/C, Inc.
Indran Indrakrishnan, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Chris Jones, Deputy Director, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority Angilla Jones, Owner & Director, The Schoolhouse Preschool Academy
Terri Kolander, Owner/Consultant, Kolander Consulting
Michael Lee, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, PCOM School of Pharmacy
Tom Lilly, Director of Academic Assessment, Assoc. Professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College
June Lynn, Owner/Attorney, Lynn Law Firm LLC
Joelle Nazaire, Chief Assistant Solicitor-General, Gwinnett County Solicitor General's Office
Michael Price, General Manager, Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation
Erik Provitt, Senior Fraud Investigator, SunTrust Bank
Kevin Queen, Campus Pastor, 12 Stone Church
Chuck Ross, Attorney, Webb, Tanner & Powell, P.C.
David Schaefer, Director Policy and Advocacy, Latin American Association
Stephanie Sokenis, Director, Small Business Development, Gwinnett Chamber
Jeff Spence, President, AIH Americas
Paul A. Thibodeaux, Pastor, Snellville United Methodist Church
Robert Thomas, Associate, Anderson, Tate & Carr, P.C.
Gordon Tomlinson, Owner/Attorney, Tomlinson Law Office
Tom Trippany, Principal, Shiloh Elementary (GCPS)
Louis Tseng, Network Engineering Manager, Georgia State University
Jorge Vallejo, Executive Director, FCA Soccer
Bernard Watson, Director, Community Relations, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Michael Woodward, President, Woodward Property Group
Sue Wyatt, Director of Retail Banking, BrandBank
Bedri Yusuf, MD, Senior Vice President & Chief Physician Executive, Gwinnett Medical Group
Participants greatly understand civic and social issues, how to leverage their connections for Gwinnett's greater good, how to increase their circle of influence, how to engage in community service opportunities, and how to develop a deep connection to the community. From its founding in 1985, over 1,100 individuals have graduated from Leadership Gwinnett.
About Leadership Gwinnett
Leadership Gwinnett's vision is to build and sustain a community of effective leaders that will address current and future challenges and opportunities. Their mission is to educate, equip and engage existing and emerging leaders through a diversity of people, thoughts and experiences that lead Gwinnett to a better future. For more information and complete program details, please visit www.leadershipgwinnett.com.