Leadership Gwinnett Convenes Class of 2016

Duluth, Georgia (August 13, 2015) The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 officially convened for their first session on August 11 at The 1818 Club in Duluth. Forty leaders will spend the next nine months learning, connecting and preparing to take their place as community trustees.

Since 1985, Leadership Gwinnett has ensured that community leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well networked and passionate about the success of the county and region. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, all Leadership Gwinnett graduates are prepared to take their place as an effective community leader. The flagship program that kicked off this week includes two overnight retreats, seven learning days covering topics such as leadership in a world class community, infrastructure, economics, education, health & human services, justice and regional relations, as well as monthly study groups, exclusive tours and hands-on experiences.

“The class met each other for the first time this week and are fired up and ready to go,” said Executive Director Lisa Zaken. “I look forward to what this diverse group of leaders will mean for future Gwinnett success.”

The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 includes:

Marian Adeimy, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

Whit Alexander, Lose & Associates, Inc.

Mike Allee, Edward Jones

Taylor Anderson, Blue Landworks LLC

Butch Ayers, Gwinnett County Police Department

Kirsten Baker, Gwinnett County Public Schools – North Gwinnett High School

Monica Batiste, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Freddie Betanzos, Georgia Power Company

Brent Bohanan, Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Cathie Brazell, Gwinnett Medical Center

Jim Brooks, Evermore Community Improvement District

Tommy Carraway, Brand Bank

Trent Cloer, Moore Stephens Tiller, LLC

Radu Coliba, Lawrenceville First Baptist Church

Jennifer Cramer, Brand Mortgage

Fred Dawkins, Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq, P.C.

Bryan Ginn, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus

Theresa Hinds, Cisco Systems

Danny Jardine, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Scott Jarvis, Alston & Bird, LLP

Douglas Johnson, Georgia Gwinnett College

Rory Johnson, Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club

Charles Kim, Georgia Gwinnett Chiropractic Clinic

Donald Lee, Gwinnett County Government

Nancy McGill, Cartridge World Lawrenceville

Linnea Miller, Gwinnett Church and Suwanee City Councilmember

Kim Nelson, J.M. Tull – Gwinnett Family YMCA

Mark Reiswig, Gwinnett County Health Department

Kay Sibetta, Gwinnett County Government

Derek Singleton, View Point Health

Sharon Smith, Gwinnett County Public Schools – Brookwood Elementary School

Russell Smith, RTS Associates

Amanda Sutt, Rock Paper Scissors

Annie Valenty, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

DePriest Waddy, United Way of Greater Atlanta

Chandra Walker, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Jermaine Whirl, Gwinnett Technical College

Leticia Willis, Willis Mechanical, Inc.

Shevonn Willis, The Smith Willis Firm, Ltd.

Alex Wright, Central Garden & Pet and Peachtree Corners City Councilmember


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