Leadership Cherokee

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Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019

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

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

As strong leadership is a prime ingredient in the continuing development of any community, the Chamber’s Leadership Cherokee program educates existing and emerging leaders. If Cherokee County is to achieve its potential, people must be aware of the social, economic, educational and governmental needs of the community.  Participants profit from getting to know each other and from the formal and informal exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge from the overall program on many subjects, thus preparing them for a more active leadership role in the community.

Over the nine-month long program, Leadership Cherokee participants are required to attend an orientation, a retreat, eight class sessions and a graduation ceremony.  Commitment to 100% attendance is required of each participant. Concluding its 30th year, Leadership Cherokee boasts 600 Alumni.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Leadership Cherokee desires to select a diversified group in terms of race, sex, and occupation. Individuals represent areas such as business, social services, government, cultural, and educational organizations. Class members must live and/or work in Cherokee County as of the time they submit their application.

HOW IS ONE ACCEPTED INTO LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

An individual may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a firm, an organization, or individual. Following the nomination period, August 1 – October 1, nominees will be asked to complete a detailed application to be submitted to the Chamber office by a specified date. Based upon the number of applications received, the Chamber will determine the number of candidates who will receive an interview. Interviews will be conducted by a panel of Chamber volunteers and Leadership Cherokee Alumni who will select the incoming class.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PARTICIPANTS?

Over the nine-month long program, Leadership Cherokee participants are required to attend an orientation, a retreat, eight class sessions and Graduation. Commitment to 100% attendance is required of each participant.

WHAT IS THE COST OF LEADERSHIP CHEROKEE?

Tuition for each participant is $750 for Chamber members or $950 for non-Chamber members. Participants are responsible for paying his/her own tuition or making arrangements for payment by his/her employer and/or a sponsoring organization. The fee will be due the first week in January and covers meals, lodging, honorariums for speakers, a graduation event, and miscellaneous administrative costs.

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