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Leadership DeKalb | Learn. Connect. Advance.

About Leadership DeKalb

A respected leadership development program in DeKalb County, Leadership DeKalb was founded in 1986 by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce to educate community leaders and to address issues facing the growing population. In 1994, Leadership DeKalb became an independent nonprofit organization. Since then, more than 1,000 community leaders have completed the program. Graduates of the program include CEO’s of top public and private companies, as well as a large number of DeKalb’s elected officials, educators, judges, entrepreneurs, volunteers and nonprofit leaders.

Leadership DeKalb convenes and connects leaders, informs them on matters vital to the county and enhances their leadership skills. This strengthened pipeline of talent immerses in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, thereby advancing quality of life in DeKalb.

With focus on the entire county, we position current and emerging leaders – reflecting the area’s rich diversity – to unite, commit and act to make DeKalb a premier place to live, work and enjoy life.

Class members learn about history, diversity, government, justice, arts and culture, education, health and economic development in the county. Classmates and alumni gain access to other leaders in all of these sectors. With over 1,000 alumni, we facilitate long-term leadership sustainability.

Leadership DeKalb Team

Leadership DeKalb is coordinated by a staff that is committed to bringing a positive impact to the community.

As a volunteer-driven and membership-oriented organization, members have the opportunity to shape Leadership DeKalb by participating as a member of the Board of Directors, who oversee the organization, or as a committee member, who assist in the planning of various programs.

Maria Balais

Leadership Team
Executive Director

Maria Balais

Maria Balais

Executive Director

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Board Of Directors

Sherry Boston

District Attorney


Tracy Brown

Deputy Managing Editor


Marquetta Bryan

Of Counsel


Chris Chavez

President


Jeff Dingle

Southeast Regional Sales Manager


Allyson Gevertz'


Marshall Guest

Vice President of Business Climate


Vaughn Irons

Chief Executive Officer


Cheryl Iverson

Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Corporate Health


Paul Jacxsens

Large Line of Business Director


Mitchell King

Region Manager


Anne Lerner

Communications Specialist


Munir Meghjani

Commercial & Investment Real Estate Advisor


Martha Pacini

Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations


David Payne

Senior Director of Operations


Correggio L. Peagler Sr.

Vice President


Mindy Pillow

Attorney


JaKathryn Ross

Vice President Community Affairs


Mary Welsh

Brand Marketing


Joshua Williams

Chief Operating Officer, Division of Operations


Sandy Zayac

Partner