Leaders of Georgia gather to tour city
by Rachel Gray
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Leadership Georgia Class of 2013 gathers during the September visit to Dahlonega. This year’s LGA class will graduate from the program at the end of their Marietta visit.
<br>Photo courtesy of Leadership  Georgia Foundation
Leadership Georgia Class of 2013 gathers during the September visit to Dahlonega. This year’s LGA class will graduate from the program at the end of their Marietta visit.
Photo courtesy of Leadership Georgia Foundation
MARIETTA — For three days, more than 100 visitors will amble through the city streets, touring local businesses and government facilities to see firsthand what makes Marietta unique.

Leadership Georgia Foundation Inc. launched its statewide leadership program with backing from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1972.

Each year, 60 hand-selected leaders and their spouses are accepted into the LGA and five locations are selected to visit, including rural areas, big cities and suburban areas.

This year, the final stop for the 2013 class is Marietta, which is a thrill for program chairwoman and organizer Jennings Walsh of Marietta, who was part of the 2012 class.

The theme for the Marietta program is “Impact,” which Walsh said includes the city’s challenges, successes and unique assets.

“Our purpose is to show how the city of Marietta is making an impact on the state of Georgia and the community,” Walsh said.

The 2013 LGA class arrived late Thursday afternoon and will be in Marietta through Saturday, but the events attended by the group are private and closed to the media.

The LGA is funded by endowments, including large donations of $25,000 or more from individuals and corporations, which include giants such as AT&T, Bank of America, Coca-Cola Co. and Georgia Power Co.

On Thursday afternoon, the 2013 class was greeted by former Gov. Roy Barnes at his home off Whitlock Avenue, where Mayor Steve Tumlin, an LGA alum, addressed the group.

That evening, the 60 new members and their spouses gathered at the Mansour Center, on the corner of Roswell Street and Cobb Parkway, for a keynote address by LGA alum and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Today, the 2013 LGA class will tour Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant and WellStar Kennestone Hospital, before heading to the Cobb County Juvenile Court.

Judge Juanita Stedman will present information about a voluntarily residential treatment program she started in 2005 and graduates from the program will speak about their experiences.

The class will also be exposed to the art and culinary life of Marietta, with tours of Alton Brown’s Food Network Studio, the Marietta Museum of History and the new Marietta High School Performing Arts Center.

Leaders of Georgia Spiro Amburn (Woodstock)

Georgia House of Representatives

Laura Wahoske Benz (Sharpsburg)

The Law Office of William Thomas Craig & Associates

Charles Jones Bethel (Dalton)

J&J Industries, Inc.

James Beverly (Macon)

State of Georgia

James Edward Black (Albany)

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Melissa Carter Boatenreiter (Valdosta)

South Georgia Pecan Company

David Bottoms (Marietta)

The Bottoms Group

Charles Paschal Brooks Jr. (Blakely)

Brooks Dental Associates

LaKisha R Bryant (Albany)

United Way of Southwest GA

David Lawrence Castleberry (Thomaston)

Upson Regional Medical Center

Moanica M. Caston (Powder Springs)

Georgia Power

Christopher Cummiskey (Atlanta)

State of Georgia

Victoria S. Darrisaw (Albany)

Dougherty County

Brian Dill (Carrollton)

Carroll Tomorrow

Rachael Burton Dillon (Athens)

burton + BURTON

Pamela Alford Doig (LaGrange)

Troup County School System

Marcus Downs (Lawrenceville)

Medical Association of Georgia

William Hiller Dudley (Fortson)


Lynn Munari Durham (Marietta)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Christy Surrency Ellerbee (Monroe)

Stevens Group/Ellerbee Agency

Shannon Fortson (Elberton)

Pinnacle Bank

LaTasla LaWanna Gardner (Hephzibah)

Georgia Health Sciences University

Michael G. Geoffroy (Covington)

LaMalva, Geoffroy & Oeland PC

Robert Emory Gordon (Athens)

Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Valery Lang Hall (Cumming)

Forsyth County Schools

Marcia Faye Hampton (Dallas)

The City of Douglasville

Tyler Harper (Ocilla)


Jeffrey Morton Harvey (Louisville)

Law Office of Jeffrey Morton Harvey, LLC

John Lee Hemmer (Gainesville)

The Simpson Company

Richard Charles Henn, Jr (Atlanta)

Kilpatrick Townsend

Scott Clifford Hilton (Peachtree Corners)

Bank of America

Joseph Ierardi (Jesup)

Wayne Memorial Hospital

April M. Jackson (Atlanta)

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Robert Andra Jenkins (Sandersville)

M.C. Smith Funeral Home, Inc.

Keri Jones (Tifton)

Allen Pritchett & Bassett, LLP

Shawn Kachmar (Savannah)

Hunter Maclean

Stephen Lynn Kendrick Jr (Augusta)

Kendrick Paint and Body

Robert Shane Lazenby (Gainesville)

Forrester & Brim

Herman E. Lewis, Jr. (Midland)

PNC Bank, N.A.

Stephen Roudet Loftin (Marietta)

Cable Television Association of Georgia

Jeffrey Samuel Mandel (Savannah)

Savannah Surgical Oncology/SouthCoast

Medical Group

Joseph Leonard Markwalter, III (Dahlonega)

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce

Jerald Christian Mitchell (Savannah)

Savannah Economic Development Authority

Lynthia Ross Owens (Evans)

U.S. House of Representatives

Ranse Murphy Partin (Atlanta)

Conley Griggs Partin LLP

Michael Patrick (Atlanta)

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Tyrone Rachal (Atlanta)

Invest Atlanta

Lucas Eduardo Ramirez (Brunswick)

The Gathering Place

Sammy Rich (Rome)

City of Rome

Eugene Allen Richardson (Atlanta)

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

Frank Edward Seagraves (Musella)

Crawford County Schools

Amanda Dian Seals (Marietta)

Board of Regents of the University System of


Crystal Pendleton Shahid (Columbus)


Bobby Shirley (Kennesaw)

Distinctive Dentistry

Steven Snell (Metter)

Sea Island Bank

Crissy Masssingill Staley (Nashville)

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce

Edward McMillan Tate (Atlanta)

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson

Katerina Y Taylor (Atlanta)

Taylor Legacy Group Consulting

Angel Brown Touwsma (Atlanta)

Taste of Atlanta

Tyler Ashley Townsend (Columbus)

Townsend Wealth Management

Jessica Lanier Walden (Macon)

Independent Creative Agent

John Gray Walker (Perry)

Walker, Hulbert, Gray & Moore, LLP

Stephen Calvin Wray (Dublin)

Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority

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