LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATES

The Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019 includes: Front Row (l to r): Kyle Porter, Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Kristi Bosch, City of Waleska; April Weeks, Weeks Law, P.C.; Stephanie Villasenor, Cherokee Family Violence Center. Second Row (l to r): Demetria Lane, The Coca-Cola Company; Kryss Roch, Cherokee County Office of the Solicitor General; Tosha Ginn, North GA CPA Services; Janet Ponichtera, Family Life Publications; Katie Bishop, R & D Mechanical Services. Third Row (l to r): Eric Rein, Renasant Bank; Chris Sims, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Josh Neville, Airborne Canton; Brooke Ford, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services; Jenny Rose, Rose & Associates, P.C. Fourth Row (l to r): Dr. Jacob Sluder, Dentistry of Olde Towne; Brett Timmer, United Community Bank; Tina Farmer, Cherokee County School District; Zachanta Valoy, Kennesaw State University; Back Row (l to r): Jimmy Eley, City of Woodstock Fire Department; Jason Blakey, Credit Union of Georgia; Guillermo Sanabia, WellStar Health System; Bryon Reeves, City of Ball Ground; Brian Cain, The Oak House.

 

Leadership Cherokee, a program of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, graduated its 31st Anniversary Class during a September 20th ceremony. With the completion of this year’s class, the Alumni count now totals over 640 graduates.

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019 selected three of their peers to receive special annual recognitions. The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honorees were Jimmy Eley, City of Woodstock Fire Department, and Guillermo Sanabia, WellStar Health System. The Bob Frongillo “Magic Spark Plug” Award was presented to Jason Blakey with Credit Union of Georgia. Outgoing 2019 Leadership Cherokee Chair, Neil Blackman with Corblu Ecology Group was commended by Incoming Chair, Linda Lullie with Inspired 2 Design, for spearheading the Class of 2019.

The Leadership Cherokee program kicked-off with a Retreat where the group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles. Over the course of the nine-month period, Leadership Cherokee exposed the group of existing and emerging leaders to a broad range of sessions that focused on topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, arts, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services.

The nomination deadline for the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2020 is October 1st. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2020 contact the Chamber office at 770-345-0400 or visit the Chamber’s website, CherokeeChamber.com.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.

Linda Lullie (l), Inspired 2 Design, thanks Neil Blackman (r), Corblu Ecology Group and 2019 Chair of Leadership Cherokee, for his service to the Leadership Cherokee program.

 

Neil Blackman (l), Corblu Ecology Group and 2019 Chair of Leadership Cherokee, congratulates Jason Blakey (r) with Credit Union of Georgia on being named the recipient of the Bob Frongillo “Magic Spark Plug” Award.

 

Guillermo Sanabia, WellStar Health System; Neil Blackman, Corblu Ecology Group and 2019 Leadership Cherokee Chair; Cristal Stancil; and Jimmy Eley, City of Woodstock Fire Department. Both Sanabia and Eley received the Cristal Stancil Leadership Award due to their classmates selecting them as the group’s outstanding leaders.