Leadership Gwinnett proudly announces the 39th Leadership Gwinnett Class, the latest cohort in its prestigious program designed to develop and empower community leaders. For nearly four decades, Leadership Gwinnett has been at the forefront of cultivating influential and dedicated leaders equipped to drive positive change in Gwinnett County and beyond.

The Class of 2025, comprised of an exceptional group of individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, will embark on a transformative nine-month journey beginning in August 2024. Throughout this period, participants will immerse themselves in a dynamic curriculum focused on understanding the community’s history, identifying key assets and challenges, and building a robust network of peers and mentors. Upon graduation in May 2025, these leaders will be well-prepared to make a significant impact in their communities, armed with enhanced knowledge, meaningful connections, and a fresh perspective on civic engagement.

The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2025 includes:

Amanda Abbott, Founder / CEO, At the Helm Consulting

Dr. Clifton Alexander, Cluster Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Amy Allen, Attorney, Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC

Dr. Shamarlas Allens, Principal, Pharr Elementary School, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Senator Tonya Anderson, District 43, Georgia State Senate

Edgardo Aponte, Assistant Director for Department of Transportation, Gwinnett County Government

Helen Balch, Deputy Director of Planning and Development, City of Lawrenceville

Nicole Barnes, Deputy Commissioner, City of Atlanta

Jennifer Bridwell, Gwinnett Market President, Georgia Banking Company

Amy Busby, CEO & Co-Founder, Eat Catering Concepts

Dr. Grelauris Calcaño, Director of Leadership Development, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Jennifer Christian, Quality Assurance Project Manager, McKesson

Jeff Clayton, P.E., Business Team Leader, Garver

Amy Denslinger, System Director Clinical Nutrition, Northside Hospital

Erica Dove, State Court Judge, Gwinnett County

Lanier Flanders, Senior Associate Attorney, Andersen, Tate, & Carr P.C.

Angela Gary, NGMC Braselton Nursing Facility Lead; Executive Director, Trauma/Emergency/Observation/EMS Services, Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Manfred Graeder, Senior Program Manager Computer Development, Fujitsu North America, Inc. & Duluth City Councilmember

Chris Hardin, Economic Development Manager, City of Suwanee

Andrew Hickey, Director, Economic Development, Partnership Gwinnett

Lee Huffman, Fractional CEO & Master Leadership Coach, Professional Development USA, LLC

Kathryn Jones, Director, Membership & Marketing, Council for Quality Growth

Nathaly Loaiza, Director of Operations, CAL Industries Heat and Air

Fitumai Madrid, District Staff Training and Development Coordinator, GNR Public Health

Dr. Brian Mann, Chief of Simulation Operations, Associate Professor of Surgery, PCOM

Nabeel Memon, CEO / Developer, Nabeel Group of Companies, Inc.

Daisy Mills, Project Manager, Sugarloaf Community Improvement District

Joy Monroe, Founder / CEO, Single Parent Alliance & Resource Center

Rozeena Noorani, Senior Consultant – Physician Outreach, Piedmont Eastside Hospital

Brandon Odum, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banker, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Soul Ongoiba, CEO & Founder, The Quantum Do High Performance Coaching

Jason Palmgren, Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor, Bank of America, Private Bank

Tinisha Parker, Executive Director of Student Services, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Kayce Pearce, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Annandale Village

Rip Pruitt, Realtor, Century 21 / Humble Green Investments

Matt Retter, Owner, Billingsley Retter & Associates, Inc.

Mark Ross, Agency Director, Right At Home

Ted Sadowski, Corporal, Public Information Officer & Community Outreach, City of Duluth Police Department

Aura-Leigh Sanders, Executive Director, Northeast Georgia History Center

Joe Sawyer, Owner, Alpha and Omega Carpet Cleaning & Peachtree Corners City Councilmember

Courtney Spencer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Gas South

Theo Stone, Director of Development, Dunphy Development

Juan Terrazas, Partner Engagement Specialist, Path United

China Thomas, Director of Capital Transit & Planning Program, Gwinnett County

Josiah Vega, Community Engagement & Outreach Specialist, Impact46

Ken Wilcox, Senior Adobe Commerce/ Magento Developer, EBSCO Industries

Tami Wilder, CEO, Positive Impact International

Dr. Darin Wilson, Vice President for Campus and External Engagement, Georgia Gwinnett College

Do you know someone who would make an excellent candidate for Leadership Gwinnett? Nominate them today. Applications for the Class of 2026 open in January 2025. Interested in getting involved sooner? Register for our immersive two-and-a-half-day program, Glance Gwinnett, September 25-27, 2024.

About Leadership Gwinnett

Leadership Gwinnett envisions a thriving community sustained by an inclusive network of empowered leaders. Our mission is to educate, equip, and engage diverse leaders to inspire civic involvement. Leadership Gwinnett is the Gwinnett Glue™ that holds our community together, fostering collaboration, unity, and shared purpose among its members. Since its inception, over 1,300 individuals have graduated from the flagship program, and over 1,000 from the short program, Glance Gwinnett. Our alumni continue their leadership journey through ongoing enrichment programs. Leadership Gwinnett is honored to have received the IMPACT Regional Business Award, Nonprofit Sector, and the Outstanding Organization Moxie Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce