LAWRENCEVILLE -- A group of 42 local leaders will soon begin a nine-month course to further build their skills and the community.
The people -- school principals, businessmen and women, and civic and government officials -- were chosen from nearly 350 nominations to take part in the 29th class of Leadership Gwinnett.
The program, which has produced many of the county's most praised leaders, includes two overnight retreats, seven learning days covering leadership in a world-class community, infrastructure, economics, education, health and human services, justice and regional relations, as well as monthly study groups and other activities.
"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, the executive director of the program. "The caliber of these applicants makes selection more difficult. Since the class size is limited to 42, many excellent candidates are not chosen on their first nomination. For this reason, we strongly encourage candidates to apply again if not selected."
If all members of the class graduate next year, the alumni for the organization will total 1,000 since its inception in 1985.
"Leadership Gwinnett has been a tremendous success for our county," said Bernard Ethridge, General Chair, Leadership Gwinnett and financial advisor with Edward Jones. "Leadership graduates can be found in every aspect of Gwinnett business, civic and cultural life."
Leadership Gwinnett, The Leadership Gwinnett Foundation and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce work cooperatively each year to develop a group of leaders that ultimately create a legacy of success by applying their talents to drive positive change for the community. Visit www.leadershipgwinnett.com for more information.
The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2014 includes:
Thomas Barton, Partner, Coles Barton LLP
Fredric Bold Jr., Lawyer, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP
Suzy Evans, Business Development Manager, Alpharesults
Kathryn Fletcher, Quality Control Manager, Draffin & Tucker LLP
Melody Glouton, Attorney & Partner, Webb, Tanner Powell, Mertz & Wilson LLP
Lisa Graddy, Account Director, NCM Media Networks
Jeff Hall, Principal, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Maxwell High School of Technology
Doug Ireland, Suwanee City Councilman and President and CEO Freeland Painting & Construction
Connie Jackson, Program Manager, Community Relations, Cisco Systems Inc.
Srinivas Jalla, Regional Technology Leader, CH2M Hill
Joanne Jones, Administrative Director of Medical Education & Executive Director, PCOM MEDNet, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nedra Joyner, Physician, Ear, Nose and Throat Institute
Jay Kalke, Entrepreneur, Kaltech International
Aaron Kappler, Attorney, Thompson, O'Brien, Kemp & Nasuti, P.C.
Zahra Karinshak, Partner & Litigator, Krevolin & Horst LLC
Clayborn Knight, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Principal, Nesbit Elementary School
Katherine Kyle, Executive Director of Human Resources, Georgia Gwinnett College
Rachel Little, Senior Paralegal, Merial Limited
Pierluigi Mancini, CEO, CEPTA Inc.
Mike Mason, Mayor, City of Peachtree Corners and CFO, Amerifleet Transportation Inc.
Dan Mayfield, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Gwinnett District Attorney's Office
Tom Morris, Regional Market Manager, HCA Physician Services, Eastside Medical Center
Jay Nebel, Gwinnett County Public Schools, 2013 Teacher of the Year, Norcross High SchoolTeresa Osborn, Executive Director, Hudgens Center for the Arts
Michael Park, Principal, IBI Consulting
Daniel Perry, Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A
Kim Phillips, Executive Director, Gwinnett Children's Shelter Inc.
Julie Post, Vice President of Student Affairs, Gwinnett Technical College
Diana Potts, Chief Nursing Officer, Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth
Michele Rall, Senior Associate, Heery International Inc.
Matt Reeves, Attorney & Partner, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.
Shenila Rodriguez, Director, Fiserv
Lejla Slowinski, Executive Director, Lawrenceville Housing Authority
Casey Snyder, Fire Chief, Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Ebony Starks, Director of Programs and Resource Development, Gwinnett Village Community Alliance
Jeb Stewart, Manager, Xana Management LLC
Michael Stewart, Vice President/Principal Banking Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Rick Strawn, President and CEO, Paradigm Security Services Inc.
Alicia Wehner, Vice President-Business Banking, BrandBank
Chris White, Director HR/Operations Manager, Home South Communities
Kerensa Wing, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Principal, Lanier High School
Angie Wright, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Principal, Craig Elementary School