LEADERSHIP DEKALB ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2023 –Class members to learn about matters vital to DeKalb County and support local nonprofits

ATLANTA, August 10, 2022 – A diverse group of established and emerging leaders has been selected to participate in Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2023. The class members represent a variety of sectors including education, government, healthcare, legal, non-profit, public safety and private business. Since its founding in 1986, Leadership DeKalb convenes and connects leaders, informs them on matters vital to the County and enhances their leadership skills. This strengthened pipeline of talent, now numbering more than 1,000 community leaders, immerses in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, advancing the quality of life in DeKalb County and throughout the region.

Class members learn about history, diversity, government, justice, arts and culture, education, health and economic development in DeKalb County and the distinct issues facing leaders in these areas. They will have direct access to leaders throughout the County and the organization’s vast network of alumni. Class members will also assist DeKalb County nonprofits with projects relating to strategy development lending their professional skills to make a difference. Since the inception of this Community Service Project program in 2014, Leadership DeKalb has partnered with more than 55 nonprofit organizations providing thousands of volunteer hours.

“The Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming this amazing group to our organization,” said Marquetta J. Bryan, Leadership DeKalb Chairwoman. “The relationships created and the knowledge gained during the Leadership DeKalb Program will benefit our class members, their employers, DeKalb County and Metro Atlanta.”

The Class of 2023 includes:

  • Shawn Adams, Vice President of Student Affairs, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Sunny Anderson, Sr. Business Attraction Manager, Decide DeKalb
  • Charles Bailey, Judge, DeKalb County State Court
  • Terry Buttrill, Public Affairs Director, Georgia Transmission Corporation
  • Francoise Carroll, Interim Executive Director, International Community School
  • Ashley Coleman, Civic Engagement Manager, New American Pathways
  • Letitia Delan, Chief Assistant and Director of Professional Development, DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office
  • Nick Fernandez, Director of Government Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Heather M. Gaylord, Owner, Hey Heather Mae, LLC
  • H. Eric Hilton, Partner, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
  • Shannon Hodder, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office
  • Daniel Johnson, Manager, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Lauren Kiefer, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, DocAuto, Inc. and Executive Director, Peachtree Creek Greenway
  • Brian Lake, Attorney, Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC
  • Tania Lamothe, IT Security Manager, KPMG
  • Ryan Loke, Senior Vice President & Chief Health Policy Officer, Grady Health System
  • Emanuel McCown III, Commander, Internal Affairs Unit, DeKalb County Police Department
  • Jackie Moffo, Economic Development Manager, City of Tucker
  • Scott Myers, Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor General, DeKalb County Solicitor General’s Office
  • Sheena Parks, Chief Deputy Clerk, DeKalb County State Court
  • Garfield Peart, President, Syntony Design Collaborative, LLC
  • Tanika Perry – Vincent, Educational Technology Specialist & Spanish Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools
  • Earl Porter III, Associate Attorney, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Jacquelyn Reasor, Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services, Grady Health System
  • Angel Riley, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office
  • Miriam Smith, Director of Corporate Relations, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Connie D. Stevenson, Director of School Choice and Student Assignment, DeKalb County School District
  • Shelley Sweazey, Executive Director, Regional Strategy & Execution, Kaiser Permanente
  • Rondah Thomas, Area Manager, Georgia Power Company

About Leadership DeKalb Founded in 1986, Leadership DeKalb, an independent nonprofit organization, is a community leadership program that continues to build a network of leaders committed to addressing and resolving the issues that impact the quality of life in DeKalb County and the metro region. For more information, please visit www.leadershipdekalb.org.

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