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Leadership Atlanta selects 84 people as part of its 2013 class

By Maria Saporta

For more than 40 years, Leadership Atlanta has been nurturing leaders through a year-long training program that educates, inspires and connects with other community leaders.

On Monday, Leadership Atlanta announced its Class of 2013 — 84 established leaders who “share a common desire to move Atlanta forward by delving deeply into the city’s issues,” according to the release announcing the new class.

These 84 leaders will participate in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours; and the members will explore critical regional issues while examining their roles as leaders.

Through the year-long program, they will build relationships of trust and mutual understanding, the release stated.

Leadership Atlanta was formed in the early 1970s, and since then it has trained thousands of leaders to help create a more unified metro Atlanta and promote a shared prosperity. Leadership Atlanta is the oldest continuously running training program of its type in the country.

For more information on Leadership Atlanta and its programs, please visit the organization’s website: www.leadershipatlanta.org.

Here is a list of the members in the Leadership Atlanta 2013 Class:

Phillip Baldwin
President and Chief Executive Officer

Susannah Balish
Cox Communications

Donna Bergeson
Alston + Bird

Andy Bodea
Officer, Global Operations
Equifax, Inc.

John Brewer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Vantage Capital Group

Karen Brewer-Edwards
Regional General Manager
Wal-Mart, Inc.

Althea Broughton
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Ed Buckley
Buckley & Klein LLP

David Burge
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Jada Bussey-Jones
Emory University

Jason Byars
Director, Business Development
Veolia Energy NA

Constance Callahan
Vice President
SunTrust Bank

Steve Church
Senior Director, Public Affairs

Bert Clark
Principal and Owner
Estate Strategies Group, LLC

Kelvin Cochran
Fire Chief
City of Atlanta

LeighAnn Costley

Andy Crowe
Chief Executive Officer

Tony Dozier
President and Chief Executive Officer
TDC Systems Intergration, Inc.

Larry Drake
Chief Executive Officer
Hope 360 Inc.

Jim Durrett
Executive Director
Buckhead Community Improvement District

Susan Edlein
Judge, State Court
Fulton County State Court

Glianny Fagundo
Elarbee Thompson Sapp and Wilson LLP

Amir Farokhi
Executive Director
Georgia Forward, Inc.

Marion Fedrick
Assistant Commissioner, Total Rewards
Human Resources, State of Georgia

Dwight Ferrell
Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer

Matt Gove
Chief Marketing Officer
Piedmont Healthcare

Kevin Grimes
Chief Executive Officer
CFO Leasing, Inc.

Stacy Grooms
IBM Corporation

Aubrey Harrell

David Hartnett
Vice President, Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Mona-Lee Harty
President and Chief Executive Officer
PSR Associates, Inc.

Sarah Hawk
Ogletree Deakins

Jeff Hilimire
President and Chief Digital Officer

Deb Houry
Associate Professor
Emory University

Jon Howell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Health Care Association

Brett Jacobsen
Head of School
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School

David Jernigan
Executive Director
KIPP Metro Atlanta

Martina Jimenez
Financial Advisor
Eagles Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of New York Life

Peggy Johnson
Peggy Still School of Music

Joann Jones
Office Managing Partner
McKenna Long & Aldridge

Patrick Jones
Associate Partner

Steve Kennedy
Managing Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Lauren Kiefer
Chief Operating Officer
DocAuto, Inc.

Parisa Khosravi
Senior Vice President, CNN Worldwide
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Darnita Killian
Vice President, Student Affairs
Spelman College

Late Lawson-Lartego
Direcotor, Economic Development Unit

Cheryl Lomax
Senior Vice President, Georgia Market Manager
Bank of America

Trey Loughran
President, Equifax Personal Information Solutions
Equifax, Inc.

Francisco Luciano
General Sales Manager
Cox Media Group

Tony Luigs
Vice President, Finance
The Home Depot, Inc.

Todd Markle
Superior Court Judge
Fulton County State Court

Santiago Marquez
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Brandon Marzo
Partner and Practice Group Leader
Troutman Sanders LLP

Kirk McGhee
Vice President and Counsel
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc.

Jessica McKinney
Director, Contracts
GE Energy

Glenda McMillan
Regional Director
Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services

Helen McSwain
Program Director
ATKINS North America, Inc.

Roddie Melvin
Managing Director
FedEx Express Corporation

Siva Mohan
Partner and Cardiologist
Southern Heart Specialists

Valerie Montgomery Rice
Dean and Executive Vice President
Morehouse School of Medicine

Donald Mueller
Executive Director, Marcus Autism Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Elena Parent
State Representative, House District 81
Georgia General Assembly

Bharath Parthasarathy
Associate Legal Advisor
Georgia State University

Eric Phillips
Vice President
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Eric Pinckney
Vice President
The Integral Group LLC

Michael Pitcher
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lease Plan

Diane Prucino
Managing Partner
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Roy Rangel
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Marci Reed
Executive Director
American Institute of Architects, Georgia Assoc

Tim Robinson
Vice President, Human Resources

Julie Seitz
Director, Workplace of the Future
The Coca-Cola Company

Judith Service Montier
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta

Dan Sherman
Greenberg Traurig

Sarah Kathryn Smith
President and Founder
Eight at Eight Dinner Club

Carolyn Stefanco
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Agnes Scott College

Joe Surber
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
AGL Resources

Caroline Tanner
Holland & Knight LLP

Marc Taylor
Founding Partner
Taylor English

Jennifer Van Buskirk
Senior Vice President, Consumer Strategy

Armand A. Vari, Jr.
Jacoby Development, Inc

Moira Vetter
Chief Executive Officer
Modo Modo Agency

Raphael Warnock
Senior Pastor
Ebenezer Baptist Church

Warren Williams
Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Yvonne Yancy
Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
City of Atlanta

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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