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Leadership program welcomes new class

The 2012-13 Leadership Gwinnett Class includes:

Mark Abrams, President, Aspen Information Systems

Brant Aden, CEO, Foresite Group, Inc.

Lisa Anders, Executive Director, Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau

Susan Bacon, President, Palmetto Grant Consulting

Aaron Bovos, CFO & Deputy County Administrator, Gwinnett County

Amy Bray, Member/Partner, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

Kellie Brownlow, Director, Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber

Sally Corbett, Executive Director, ArtWorks! Gwinnett

Jennifer Dunn, Teacher of the Year, Pharr Elementary/Gwinnett County Public Schools

Brian Edwards, Attorney/Partner, Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz & Wilson, LLP

Jennifer Fero, Assistant Principal, Grayson Technical/Gwinnett County Public Schools

Dan Foster, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Suwanee, & Enterprise Data Solutions Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Jorge Gomez, Executive Director of Administration & Policy, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Lynette Howard, District 2 Commissioner, Gwinnett County

Tim Hur, CEO, International Business Accelerator

Kimberly Hutcherson, MD, Director, Breast Imaging and Intervention, Gwinnett Breast Center-Lawrenceville, Gwinnett Medical Center

Nola Jackson, Partner, Cruser & Mitchell, LLP

Jay Kalke, Co-Founder/Vice President, Kaltech International

Kelly Kautz, Mayor, City of Snellville, Attorney/Owner, Law Office of Kelly D. Kautz, LLC

Ron Lee, Jr., Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Eddie Long, CPA/Owner, Napoli & Long, PC, CPA’s

Julianna McConnell, President/CEO, The Preston Group

Lee Merritt, Owner, Merritt Properties

Zach Mills, DVM, Owner, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital

Julie Potts, Chief Asst. Solicitor, Gwinnett County

Andrew Pourchier, Partner, Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan

Justin Price, Mortgage Loan Originator, Home Lending Source

Stacy Pruitt, General Manager, Dave & Buster’s

Bill Sloan, Sr. Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank NA

Jay Smith, Jr., MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, Gwinnett Emergency Specialists, PC

Alana Sulka, Director of Epidemiology & Community Health, Gwinnett County Board of Health

Pat Sweeney, PhD, Executive Director, Leadership Institute, Georgia Gwinnett College

Chip Sweney, Executive Leadership Team, Perimeter Church

Alisa Toney, Alumni Relations & Development Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nancy Trujillo, COO, Annandale at Suwanee, Inc.

Radha Vettraino, Vice President, Bank of America

David Welden, Executive VP of Administration, Gwinnett Technical College

Michelle West, Managing Attorney, M. West Legal, LLC

Nadine White, Chief of Staff, Cisco

Tyler White, Asst. VP, Commercial Relationship Manager, United Community Bank

DULUTH -- Next month, another class of emerging leaders will begin a journey taken by elite civic and business members.

The 28th class of Leadership Gwinnett kicks off in August, with a slate of people chosen from nearly 500 nominations.

"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," said Lisa Zaken, executive director of the program. "The caliber of these applicants makes selection more difficult. Since the class size is limited to 40, many excellent candidates are not chosen on their first nomination. For this reason, we strongly encourage candidates to apply again if not selected,"

The candidates, chosen for their accomplishments, community involvement, education and other factors, will take part in two overnight retreats and seven one-day symposia, learning about the community, infrastructure, economics, education, health and human services, justice and regional relationship. The program includes monthly study groups and other activities.

"Leadership Gwinnett has been a tremendous success for our county," Dan King, the chair of the nonprofit board said. "Since the program's inception in 1985, over 850 alumni have taken their places in our community as decision makers and role models. Leadership graduates can be found in every aspect of Gwinnett business, civic and cultural life."

For more information visit www.leadershipgwinnett.com.