Leadership Gwinnett Announces Class of 2017 

Duluth, Georgia (June 14, 2016)  Forty leaders have committed to give their time, talent and offer their organization an even stronger opportunity to connect in the community, as they enroll in the rigor of Leadership Gwinnett’s signature program. This 32nd Class of 2017 will  be educated, equipped and engaged in the areas of:  Infrastructure, economics, education, health & human services, justice, and regional relations.

These 40 leaders have been selected because of their influence, commitment, and dedication in their field of expertise.  Executive Director of Leadership Gwinnett, Lisa Zaken shares, “selection of these top candidates requires balance of occupation, qualifications and a representation that reflects a cross section of the county.  Over the coming year, this diverse group will gain a true understanding of the people and issues shaping our community’s future – and more importantly, how they can impact those issues.”

Since 1985 Leadership Gwinnett has graduated 1038 alumni and their collaborative influence and networking continues to strengthen the core and infrastructure of Gwinnett County.  “Graduates can be found in every aspect of Gwinnett business, civic and cultural life.  They share their talents, passions and use their influence to contribute to our community and make it stronger and more effective,” shares Phil Hoskins, current General Chair of Leadership Gwinnett and Deputy County Administrator, Gwinnett County.

The 2017 Leadership Gwinnett program kicks off in August with an orientation, followed by two overnight retreats, seven learning days covering topics ranging from infrastructure to regional relations, monthly study groups, tours and hands-on experiences within the county.

Congratulations to this year’s class:

Jessica Andrews-Wilson, Executive Director, GUIDE, Inc.
Jeanne Aulbach, Lead Business Intelligence Developer, Acuity Brands Lighting & Councilmember, City of Peachtree Corners
Chris Berry, Area Operations Director, Kaiser Permanente
Ryan Bonilla, Business Development Manager, Rocket IT
Shannon Brabner, Director of Development, Hi-Hope Service Center
Alan Chapman, Director of Transportation, Gwinnett County
Anne Chen, Sales Manager, Explore Gwinnett
Berthine Crevecoeur West, CEO/Owner, The West Linguistic Training Group, LLC
Annie Davis, President, Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
George Dobbins, Distributed Generation Projects Supervisor, Georgia Power Company
Angela Duncan, Magistrate Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court
Kim Gallant, Magistrate Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court
Brandon Hembree, Partner, Massey, Watson & Hembree, LLC and Mayor ProTem, City of Sugar Hill
Jennifer Hendrickson, Director of Institutional Advancement, Gwinnett Technical College
Matthew Holtkamp, President, Holtkamp Heating & A/C Inc.
Indran Indrakrishnan, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Chris Jones, Deputy Director, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
Angilla Jones, Owner & Director, The Schoolhouse Preschool Academy
Terri Kolander, Owner/ Consultant, Kolander Consulting
Mike Lee, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, PCOM School of Pharmacy-Georgia Campus
Tom Lilly, Director of Academic Assessment, Associate Professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College
June Lynn, Owner/Attorney, Lynn Law Firm, LLC
Joelle Nazaire, Chief Assistant Solicitor-General, Gwinnett County Solicitor General’s Office

Michael Price, General Manager, Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation
Erik Provitt, Senior Fraud Investigator, SunTrust Bank
Kevin Queen, Campus Pastor, 12Stone Church
Chuck Ross, Attorney, Webb, Tanner, & Powell, P.C.
David Schaefer, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Latin American Association
Stephanie Sokenis, Director, Small Business Development, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Spence, President, AIH Americas
Paul Thibodeaux, Pastor, Snellville United Methodist Church
Robert Thomas, Associate, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.
Gordon Tomlinson, Owner/ Attorney, Tomlinson Law Office
Tom Trippany, Principal, Shiloh Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Louis Tseng, Network Engineering Manager, Georgia State University
Jorge Vallejo, Executive Director, FCA Soccer
Bernard Watson, Director Community Relations, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Michael Woodward, President, Woodward Property Group
Sue Wyatt, Director of Retail Banking, BrandBank
Bedri Yusuf, MD, Senior Vice President & Chief Physician Executive, Gwinnett Health System

Leadership Gwinnett, LLC is the home of two leadership programs. Leadership Gwinnett, a nine-month educational, networking and community development experience and Glance Gwinnett, a 2.5 day short program that gives a sneak peak of what the full program experience is all about. Both programs develop leaders that ultimately create a legacy of success by applying their talents to drive positive change for our community.  www.leadershipgwinnett.com