Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2023 include:  Front Row (l to r): Delease Chester, Canton Tire & Wheel; Sheila Keeffe, His Hands Church; Barbara Corey, Wellstar; Kristin Norton Green, City of Canton; Jenna Geary, MUST Ministries; Anna Teal, Teal Marketing, LLC; Rebekah Gibson, Soil Erosion and Education, LLC.  Second Row (l to r): Jenn Goddard, RE/MAX Town & Country; Katy Leggett, City of Woodstock; Laura Gentilello, Woodstock West by Walton; Heddy Proctor, Next Step Ministries, Inc.; Mark Smith, Cherokee County School District; Chyretta Fullmore, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services; Courtney Argo, Goshen Valley Foundation.  Back Row (l to r): Chad Davis, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Kayla Cleveland, Cherokee County Office of the Solicitor-General; Casey Barton, City of Holly Springs; Lynne Saunders, Encompass Ministries; Michelle Meek, The Children’s Haven, Inc.; Marc Liscio, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.


The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has selected the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2023. This 34th Anniversary Class was chosen following participation in a nomination, application, and interview process.

The 20 class members recently traveled to Brasstown Valley Resort for their Retreat. “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”, said Dana Callan with Synovus, the 2023 Chair of Leadership Cherokee.

Over the next nine months, the Leadership Cherokee Class will participate in a broad range of sessions that will focus on a variety of topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare, and social/human services. “The knowledge gained from the programs offered through Leadership Cherokee will prepare the class members for a more active role in the community”, shared 2023 Chamber Chairman Trey Ragsdale, External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente.

Following the nine-month program, the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2023 will graduate during a ceremony in September. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2024, contact the Chamber office at 770-345-0400 or visit the Chamber’s website