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Leadership institute class graduates

Special Photo The following are members of the GNLI's graduating class of 2013, from left to right, front row: Haley Morse, Sheryl Virella, Kay Sibetta, Alan Schneiberg, Maiko Natori, Milena Fuentes, Lisa Molly Williams Powell; top row, left to right: JeJuan Stewart, Tanja Lurry, Yolanda Watson-Spiva, LaiTonya Hawkins, Debony Maffett, Sr., Wendell Spiva, Victoria Huynh, Rene Lewis, Audra McDaniel, Shanwte-Amoure Simmons, Keith Taylor and Niecy Fraizer.

Special Photo The following are members of the GNLI's graduating class of 2013, from left to right, front row: Haley Morse, Sheryl Virella, Kay Sibetta, Alan Schneiberg, Maiko Natori, Milena Fuentes, Lisa Molly Williams Powell; top row, left to right: JeJuan Stewart, Tanja Lurry, Yolanda Watson-Spiva, LaiTonya Hawkins, Debony Maffett, Sr., Wendell Spiva, Victoria Huynh, Rene Lewis, Audra McDaniel, Shanwte-Amoure Simmons, Keith Taylor and Niecy Fraizer.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A program that trains and empowers local residents and community leaders to promote positive changes in their communities has graduated its 18th class.

The most recent group of graduates from the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute were honored March 23 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

Participants were engaged in eight months of community leadership development training while also taking part in several hands-on community improvement projects that supported seniors, education, safety, homelessness and food insecurities.

The program featured a luncheon sponsored by Bleu House Cafe and GA PCOM.

The keynote address was delivered by U.S, Rep. Rob Woodall, who serves the 7th District in Georgia, and Andy Copeland.

Graduates included the following:

Haley Morse, Sheryl Virella, Kay Sibetta, Alan Schneiberg, Maiko Natori, Milena Fuentes, Lisa Molly Williams Powell, JeJuan Stewart, Tanja Lurry, Yolanda Watson-Spiva, La'Tonya Hawkins, Debony Maffett Sr., Wendell Spiva, Victoria Huynh, Rene Lewis, Audra McDaniel, Shanwte-Amoure Simmons, Keith Taylor and Niecy Fraizer.