Gwinnett Chamber announces 25th leadership class

DULUTH - On Monday, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced its 25th class of the Leadership Gwinnett program, which will begin in August.

Alumni of the Leadership Gwinnett experience selected a group of 36 individuals from a list of nearly 800 nominations to take part in the program. The participants were chosen based on a variety of criteria including work experience, accomplishments, community involvement and education.

"Choosing the class requires balancing the occupations, qualifications and commitment of the candidates to ensure a representation that reflects a cross section of the county," Gail Macrenaris, director of leadership and education of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, said. "The caliber of these applicants makes selection more difficult. Since the class size is limited to 36, many excellent candidates are not chosen on their first nomination."

The nine-month program is comprised of two overnight retreats and seven one-day forums covering world-class community, infrastructure, economics, education, health and human services, justice and regional relations. It also includes monthly study groups and other activities.

"Leadership Gwinnett has been a tremendous success for our county," said Jim Maran, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. "Since the program's inception in 1985, almost 800 alumni have taken their places in our community as decision makers and role models."

SideBar: 2009-10 Leadership Gwinnett Class

· Marty Allen, city manager, city of Suwanee

· Patricia Baker, director, Gwinnett County Health and Human Services

· James Barber, corporate communication team leader, Georgia Power Company

· Marshall Barton, senior counsel, Merial Ltd.

· Mark Bell, COO/CIO, Brand Properties LLC

· Melissa Bennett, chief nursing officer, Emory Eastside Medical Center

· Chris Braun, vice president, KeyWorth Bank

· Keisha Cameron, owner, Noremac LLC/Zion Technologies

· Jason Chandler, president, Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation

· Mary Elizabeth Davis, director of science, K-12, Gwinnett County Public Schools

· Brad Day, executive vice president/COO, Quantum National Bank

· Vince DeSilva, vice president-membership, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

· Kelly Faber, associate, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker LLP

· Diego Gastaldi, GM, Telco Home Networks, Cisco Systems Inc.

· Nina Gilbert, founder, Ivy Preparatory Academy

· Joe Hicks, commercial and industrial marketing representative, Jackson EMC

· Craig Hudson, senior director-Customer Services, Merial Ltd.

· Bob Jackson, principal, Meadowcreek High School

· Michelle Long, director public relations, Gwinnett County Public Library

· Nicole Love, associate director, Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services

· Eugene Luciani, attorney at law, Andersen, Tate & Carr, PC

· John Matelski, CIO/director of IT Services, Gwinnett County Government

· Jeff Mathews, principal, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

· John McHenry, program director, Gwinnett Village CID

· Len Moser, vice president national sports, Barton Malow Company

· Heena Motti, vice president, One West Bank

· Russell Nash, assistant vice president, Georgian Bank

· Jennifer Pinson-Harvey, owner, Jennifer C. Pinson-Harvey, PC

· Tom Savage, assistant chief, Gwinnett County Police Department

· Derek Schwerzler, director of FOD Services, Stephen Gould Corporation

· Jose Serrano, senior mortgage banker, Brand Mortgage Group LLC

· Sonal Soni, director of operations, Cardiovascular Group, PC

· Gene Taylor, principal, Lilburn Middle School

· Bret Thrasher, attorney, Equity Member, Thompson, O'Brien, Kemp & Nasuti, PC

· Glen Wilkins, Public Policy and Community Relations, Wal-Mart

· Toby Wyman, assistant general manager, Gwinnett Braves Baseball Club