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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

Brent Adams ‘17

Market President


John Bayalis ‘17

Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs


Sonja Brown ‘15

Director, Community Affairs, Deputy Chief District Attorney, Crime Strategies & Community Partnerships Unit


Marquetta Bryan ’16 (Executive Committee, At-Large)

Of Counsel


Tarsha Calloway ‘18

Vice-President of Advancement


Chris Chavez ’13 (Executive Committee, Past-Chair)

President


Tremese Davis ‘15

Director, Supplier Diversity


LaTisha Dear Jackson ‘06

Superior Court Judge


Allyson Gevertz ‘07

District 4 Board Member


Marshall Guest ’15 (Executive Committee, At-Large)

Vice-President of Business Climate


Toni Hannah ‘15

Area Manager


Matt Hicks ‘02

Vice-President of Governmental Relations


Mike Jacobs ‘16

Judge


Paul Jacxsens ’12 (Program Chair)

Director of Specialty Care Operations & Strategy


Mitchell King ’14 (Board Chair)

Retired


Anne Lerner ’14 (Executive Committee, At-Large)

Vice-President, Jackson Spalding


Munir Meghjani ’19, ELD ‘18

Commercial & Investment Real Estate Advisor


Martha Pacini ‘15

Marketing & Communications Consultant


David Payne ’09 (Secretary)

Associate Vice-President, Planning and Engagement


Corregio Peagler ’98 (Treasurer)

Vice-President


Mindy Pillow ‘11

Attorney


Monica Richardson ‘17

Senior Managing Editor


Mary Welsh ‘99

Brand Marketing


Joshua Williams ‘15

Deputy Chief Operating Officer


Sandy Zayac ‘15

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