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Community members graduate from county leadership program
The Leadership Jackson program recently had its graduation ceremony for 19 community and professional leaders. The graduation ceremony included dinner, testimonials from alumni, the presentation of certificates and the class project. The 2014 class created and implemented a fundraiser called Tug of Love, a tug of war competition in which proceeds benefited Wellspring Camp. The camp is for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs.

Nineteen community and professional leaders graduated the Leadership Jackson program recently.

The Leadership Jackson Class of 2014 graduates were: David Boring of Woodtec Millwork Inc.; Paul Brown of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity; Leigh Carroll of Jackson County Chamber of Commerce; Maura Cobb of Northridge Medical Center; Michael Faulkner of Legacy Landscape Management; Wayne Garrison of South State Bank; Jim Hix of Jackson County Board of Commissioners; Ross Kesterson of Restore Pros; Chris Lane of Southern Power Company; Janis Mangum of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; Flint McCullough of Georgia Power; Terri Parker of Gwinnett Technical College; Amie Pirkle of City of Jefferson; Logan Propes of Jackson County; Nancy Rhodes of Adornare Salon; Sarina Roth of Never the Rock Photography; Judy Smith of Jackson County Water and Sewage Authority; Russell Stafford of Southeast Toyota Distributors; and James Wascher of City of Commerce.

Each year a new class kicks off its year in July with the retreat. The program includes the retreat and nine monthly sessions covering topics such as economic development, education, family and health & human services, government, growth, public safety, tourism and the new addition of agriculture.

The Leadership Jackson Class of 2015 participants are:

Andre Aguilar, co-owner/Partner of A & S Septic and Backhoe Services, LLC; Elizabeth Evans, assistant manager of Tanger Outlet Center; Kevin Keller, planning and development director for Braselton; Jacqueline Lister, a wealth advisory associate with Morgan Stanley; Jennifer Nicholson, the practice administrator at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group; Carmen Poblet, owner of Art Design Promotions; Ralph Richardson, a member of Jackson County Board of Commissioners; Kelley N. Smith, an account executive with Spherion Staffing Services; Tom Strong, manager of Jackson County Airport; Lisa Whitmire, director of Office Services Jefferson at Jackson EMC; David Zellner, zoning administrator for Commerce.

Leadership Jackson has graduated almost 300 leaders throughout the years as the program continues to thrive and educate more participants each year.

The purpose of Leadership Jackson County is to build a network of community leaders who can enhance their problem-solving skills and leadership abilities through shared perspectives and working together. Leadership Jackson includes an intense program dealing with several topics related to change in the country. Topics are economic development, education, government, tourism, growth, agriculture, public safety, family and health and human services.

For more information, call Melissa Britt, director of membership at the Jackson County area Chamber of Commerce, at 706-387-0300.


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