Forty-seven established and emerging leaders have been selected to participate in Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2022. The class members represent a variety of sectors including education, government, healthcare, legal, media, non-profit, public safety and private business.

“The Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors is extremely excited about the diversity and professional experience the Class of 2022 will bring to the organization,” said Marquetta J. Bryan, Leadership DeKalb chair-elect, who will officially become chair at the first meeting of the new class. “We are certain the relationships created, and knowledge gained while going through the Leadership DeKalb Program will further prepare the Class of 2022 for leadership in DeKalb County and regionally, as well.”

Throughout the program year, members of the class view DeKalb County from many angles, learning about the issues facing the region and discovering the impact they can have as well-informed leaders. Class members will also assist DeKalb County nonprofit organizations with projects relating to strategy development lending their professional skills for growth and development. Since the inception of this Community Service Project program in 2014, Leadership DeKalb has partnered with more than 50 nonprofit organizations providing thousands of volunteer hours.

Members of the Class of 2022 includes:

  • Mirna Andrews, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Sexual Exploitation & Crimes Against Children Unit, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office
  • Gerald Baldwin, Executive Director - Syndicated Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Phoenicia Battle, Assistant Dir. Of Communications & Operations for Career Development, Agnes Scott College
  • Cathy Blakeney, HR Manager, The Home Depot
  • Felita Bunn, Marketing Director, Columbia Engineering and Services, Inc.
  • Kelly Cato, District 6 Coordinator, DeKalb County Board of Commission - District 6
  • Teresa de Castro, Assistant City Manager, City of Decatur
  • Paul Donsky, Senior Manager - Communications & Marketing, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Taira Duncan, Deputy Chief - Population Health Workforce Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Anson Evans, Chief Deputy of Administration, DeKalb County Sheriff Office
  • James Farmer, Project Manager, Georgia Transmission Corp
  • Sabine Grant, Realtor, Keller Williams First Atlanta
  • Tami Hanlin, City Manager, City of Tucker
  • LeNora Hawkins Ponzo, District Court Administrator - Trial Court Administrator, DeKalb County Superior Court
  • Tavarez Holston, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Mohemmadali Jamal, CEO, Stablegold Hospitality
  • Latasha James, Regional Operations Manager, Atlanta Gas Light
  • William Kemp, Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor-General Special Victims Unit & Appeals, Office of the Solicitor-General - DeKalb County
  • Lorry Lewis, VP of Operations, Emory Healthcare
  • Tremayne McMurray, Battalion Chief, DeKalb County Fire Recue
  • Amy Morelli, Assistant Regional Counsel, Social Security Administration
  • Edgar Neely, Associate Attorney, Hall Booth Smith, PC
  • ValaRae Partee, Senior Staff Environmental Engineer - Co-Lead for Community of Color, Brown and Caldwell
  • Maricela Perdomo, Code Enforcement Manager, City of Tucker
  • Amisha Popatiya, Shareholder & VP of Marketing, Tin Drum Asian Kitchen
  • Shawanna Qawiy, Director Planning - Economic Development, City of Clarkston
  • Richard Randolph, Chief Investigator, Office of the Solicitor-General - DeKalb County
  • Kevin Riley, Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Chasity Rogers, Director of Victim Services, Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney
  • DaMon Ross Sr., CEO, Cyber Defense International, LLC
  • Vanessa Roussell, Director of Corporate Relations, United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Ellen Schwartz, Self-employed - Volunteer
  • Laticia Sharp, Owner/Principal, Sharp Management Group, LLC
  • Juanita Sheppard, Vice President - Foundation Relations, United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Shaniqua Singleton-Mukherjee, Attorney at Law, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Jennifer Smith, Partner, Atkins David, LLC
  • Aundre Stanton, Member Care and Service Experience Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
  • Jerri Sumlin, Director of Project Development, Ruby-Collins Inc.
  • Chonicles Swift, Watch Commander, DeKalb County E/911 Communication
  • Bernard Tarplin Jr., Lieutenant, City of Decatur Fire Rescue
  • William Taylor, Chief Marshal, DeKalb County Marshal's Office
  • Sonia Thompson, Area Planner, Georgia Power Company
  • Ariel Toledo, Captain, DeKalb County Police Department
  • Terra Washington, Director, Marketing and Communications, Decide DeKalb Development Authority
  • Cheryl Watson-Harris, Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
  • Joy Webb, Founder, The Circle of Joy
  • William Woodruff, Police Captain, City of Decatur Police Department

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