Leadership Gwinnett welcomed its 34th class of graduates this month, adding 39 new men and women to the 1,158 alumni that make up the 35-year-old civic engagement organization.
This year’s class raised $10,000 for the Leadership Gwinnett Scholarship Fund, which organizers said is “critical” to create more balanced classes inclusive of race, gender, profession, organization type and diversity of thought.
The graduates will “continue to build networks, work collaboratively, address challenges and develop new and viable solutions for community issues,” a news release said.
Leadership Gwinnett produces community leaders who are more likely to serve on boards, volunteer and give back to the community, the organization said.
All alumni are more knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing Gwinnett County and are “100% more connected to Gwinnett’s decision makers and leaders,” a 2018 Deloitte alumni impact survey found.
“I entered into the Leadership Gwinnett program already in a leadership position and feeling like I was doing the most I could. My growth felt capped,” said 2019 Leadership Gwinnett member Phil Sadd, a Peachtree Corners city council member. “Leadership Gwinnett was the key to unlocking my growth. Because of the connections I’ve made and things I’ve learned, my potential has been expanded.”
This year’s graduates are:
♦ Courtney Spicer Adkins, Attorney, Courtney Adkins Law, P.C.;
♦ Audrey Arona, MD, Medical Director, GNR Public Health Department;
♦ Mary Beth Bender, Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works, Utilities & Parks, City of Norcross;
♦ Gray Brantley, Attorney, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.;
♦ Gene Byce, Jr., President, Jireh Supplies Inc.;
♦ Andrew Carnes, Senior Director of Economic Development, Partnership Gwinnett;
♦ Fred Cephas, Assistant Chief, Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services;
♦ David Clark, Owner, Clark Brothers Realty & Representative, Georgia House District 98;
♦ Meagan Cook, Key Account Manager, Scholastic Images/Balfour;
♦ Lisa D’Addieco, Director of Housing, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine — GA Campus;
♦ Shon Davis, Principal, Alford Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools;
♦ Cherish De la Cruz, Founding Partner, Cherish De la Cruz Law, LLC;
♦ Doug Doblar, Teacher of the Year, R.D. Head Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools;
♦ Jose Doyague, Senior Account Executive, Red Hat Inc.;
♦ Kara Dutton, Principal, Jackson Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools;
♦ Erica Gwyn, President and CEO, The Nonprofit Guru LLC;
♦ Victoria Hawkins, Marketing & Communications Director, Explore Gwinnett;
♦ Jim Hollandsworth, Executive Director, Path Project;
♦ Sloan Jones, Associate Vice President of Communications, Georgia Gwinnett College;
♦ Renee Liverpool, Learning & Development Specialist, Georgia United Credit Union;
♦ Galen Martin, Vice President, Technology & Operations, Gwinnett Technical College;
♦ John Moss, President, Interactive Business Technologies;
♦ Curtis Northrup, City Councilman, Post 4, City of Sugar Hill;
♦ Dana Pagan, Attorney, The Law Office of Dana Pagan, P.C.;
♦ Nish Patel, VP and Administrator, Gwinnett Medical Center — Duluth;
♦ Tyler Phillips, Senior Vice President, Quantum National Bank;
♦ Debra Potter, Director of Community Outreach, Perimeter Church;
♦ Bob Rodgers, CEO, Street Grace;
♦ Phil Sadd, Senior Account Executive, Finastra, Peachtree Corners City Council;
♦ Heather Sawyer, Deputy Communications Director, Gwinnett County Government;
♦ Jeff Smith, Police Captain, City of Lawrenceville;
♦ Shawn Still, President and CEO, Olympic Pool Plastering & Shotcrete;
♦ Linda Stratton, Mortgage Broker, Brand Mortgage;
♦ Nathan Umberg, AVP Commercial Relationship Manager, United Community Bank;
♦ Belinda Walker, Property and Casualty Underwriter, State Farm Insurance Company;
♦ Wanda Weegar, Vice President/Branch Manager, Renasant Bank;
♦ Amy Wheeler, Chief Financial Officer, Eastside Medical Center;
♦ Garrett Wiley, Commercial & Industrial Marketing Representative, Jackson EMC; and
♦ Karen Winger, Transit Division Director, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation.