The Leadership Cherokee Class of 2021 included: Front Row (l to r): Rachel Geoghagan, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital; Holli White, Northside Hospital Cherokee; Mariela Perez, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services. Second Row (l to r): Sherry Lowe-Cooke, COACHNWORKS, LLC; Lindsay Bowley, Cherokee County School District; Paige Reid, Limitless Disability Services; Angie King, Killian Automotive; Lisa Grisham, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Alexandra Keene, Cherokee County Clerk of Courts; Frankie Sanders, Cherokee Recreation & Parks. Third Row (l to r): Jodi Drinkard, WLJA – 101.1 FM/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine; Stacy Sabaka, Goshen Homes; Michael Cicero, Taylor English Duma LLP; Courtney Putnam, Center for Relational Care; Amanda Rostin, Lead Edge Design Group, Inc.; Rosemary Mburu, Elavon. Back Row (l to r): Bobby DeCoux, Wellstar Health System; Dean Floyd, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Alexander Bryant; Thomas Pinyan, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Walter Jones, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Jay Hutchins, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Leadership Cherokee, a program of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, graduated its 32nd Anniversary Class during an October 15th ceremony.  With the completion of this year’s class, the Alumni count now totals over 660 graduates.

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2021 selected two of their peers to receive special annual recognitions.  The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honoree, Thomas Pinyan with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, was selected by his classmates as the group’s outstanding leader.  The Bob Frongillo “Magic Spark Plug” Award was presented to Frankie Sanders with Cherokee Recreation & Parks based upon her classmates finding her to be the group’s best all-round member and having a high-spirited attitude.  Outgoing 2021 Leadership Cherokee Chair, Linda Lullie with Inspired 2 Design, LLC was commended by Incoming Chair, Rob Logan with City of Holly Springs, for her dedication to the Chamber’s sought-after leadership program.

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

The nomination period for the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2022 has closed.  For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2023 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.


Thomas Pinyan (l), Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, is congratulated by Linda Lullie (r), Inspired 2 Design, LLC, on being named the recipient of the Cristal Stancil Leadership Award.


Frankie Sanders (l), Cherokee Recreation & Parks, is congratulated by Linda Lullie (r), Inspired 2 Design, LLC, on being named the recipient of the Bob Frongillo “Magic Spark Plug” Award.


Rob Logan (l), City of Holly Springs and 2022 Chair of Leadership Cherokee, thanks Linda Lullie (r), Inspired 2 Design, LLC, for her service as Chair of the 2021 Leadership Cherokee program.