Duluth, Georgia (August 6, 2021) Leadership Gwinnett is proud to announce the selection of the 36th annual class, the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2022. Forty-two applicants were chosen through a competitive application process to represent Gwinnett’s public, private, non-profit, business, health, education, legal, and government entities.

The nine-month Leadership Gwinnett program provides a forum for candid discussions, a safe environment for differing perspectives, and the opportunity to explore complex issues and solutions. Beginning with orientation in August, these individuals will dive deep into the many facets of Gwinnett County, increase their circle of influence, build powerful relationships with leaders who are active connectors in Gwinnett, and ultimately drive civic engagement for the betterment of Gwinnett County.

“I am super excited about welcoming this new class! Year after year, we strive to ensure each new cohort is knowledgeable about community issues, well networked and passionate about the success our region,” said Lisa Zaken, the Executive Director of Leadership Gwinnett.

The Class of 2022:

Buffy Alexzulian
Director of Financial Services, Gwinnett County Government

Katie Armstrong
Judge, Recorders Court, Gwinnett County Government

Margie Asef
Director of Community Relations, Greater Atlanta Christian School

Phil Bonelli
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Regions Bank

Brandon Branham
Assistant City Manager, City of Peachtree Corners

Lisamarie Bristol
Senior Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office

Buzz Brockway
Vice President for Public Policy, Georgia Center for Opportunity

Markell Bryant
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Aysha Cooper
Business Owner, McKinley Alliance Group, LLC

Dr. Crystal Cooper
Principal, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Sycamore Elementary School

Allona Lane Cross
Executive Director, The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity - Office of the Governor

Dr. Mike Daniels
Executive Pastor, Cross Pointe Church

Dr. Michael Davis
Associate Executive Director, GUIDE, Inc.

Dr. Robert Downs
Superintendent of Schools, Buford City Schools

Leigh Gant
Business Development Officer, Georgia United Credit Union

Tiana Garner
Clerk of Superior Court, Gwinnett County Government

Dr. Margie Gill
Executive Director, Tabitha's House, Inc.

Ken Halley
Managing Director, True North Holdings

Brandon Hartley
Director - External Affairs, AT&T

Frank Hartley
Partner, Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira P.C.

Bruce Johnson
Director of Sales, Explore Gwinnett

Dr. Rodriguez Johnson
Principal, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts

Lindsey Jorstad
Deputy Department Director, Community Services, Gwinnett County

Jill Kersh
Certified Professional Life Coach & Career Coach, Thrive Unlimited, LLC

John Khan
Facilities Director, PCOM Georgia

Christa Kirk
Owner/Attorney, The Kirk Law Firm, P.C.

Holly Lisle
Director of Alumni Engagement, Georgia Gwinnett College

Ryan McShane
AVP, Commercial Banking Group, Renasant Bank

Melissa Miller
Human Resources Business Partner, Heraeus

Dr. J.W. Mozley
Principal, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Coleman Middle School

Farooq Mughal
Managing Partner, MS Global Partners, LLC - Government Affairs

Matt Myers
City Council Member, City of Norcross

Sarah Park
Community Engagement Coordinator, Gwinnett County Government (Community Outreach Department)

Anna Pearce
Judge, Gwinnett Magistrate Court

Larry Pettiford
President, 1st Sight, Inc. (Councilmember, City of Suwanee)

Cole Porter
Vice President, Porter Steel, Inc.

AnneMarie Scully
Partner, Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan

Jaletta Long Smith
Associate, Andersen, Tate & Carr

Trent Spake
Risk Advisor/Insurance Counselor, Chastain & Associates Insurance Agency

Brandon Thomas
Vice President, Customer Experience, Russell Landscape Group

Tawny Waltz
Manager of Operations & Emergency Management, Northside Hospital Gwinnett

Lindsay Woon Ferreira
Managing Director, Mosaic Georgia

If you know someone who would be a perfect fit for Leadership Gwinnett, nominate them or yourself for the class of 2023. Applications open in January 2022. Ready to get involved now? Register for our two-and-a-half-day program, Glance Gwinnett, offered November 3-5, 2021.

About Leadership Gwinnett
Leadership Gwinnett’s vision is a thriving community sustained by an inclusive network of empowered leaders. Our mission is to educate, equip, and engage diverse leaders and inspire civic involvement. Over 1,200 have graduated from the flagship program, over 700 have graduated from the snapshot program, Glance Gwinnett, and hundreds continue their leadership enrichment every year through our alumni programming. Leadership Gwinnett is a proud recipient of the 2018 IMPACT Regional Business Award, Nonprofit Sector, by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.