Dozens of up and coming leaders have officially completed the prestigious Leadership Cherokee program.
The program, run by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated its 25th anniversary class. With that class now complete, the program's alumni count now stands at 515.
Members of the class 2013 chose two of their peers to also receive special recognitions. The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honoree was Heath Tippens, project manager with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. The Bob Frongillo Magic Spark Plug Award was presented to Carolyn Hall of Scentsy/Wickfree Candles.
This year's graduates include: Sharon Shelton, Primrose School at Harmony on the Lakes; Susan Kite, Hamilton State Bank; Kelly Berryhill, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce; Erin Honea, Reinhardt University; Carolyn Hall, Scentsy/Wickfree Candles; Stacy Fields, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch; Lori Baker, Next Step Ministries; Jennifer Stanley, city of Holly Springs; Christy Black, Cherokee County; Courtney Bradley, Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Katie Wise, LGE Community Credit Union; Lisa Morton, Keller Williams Realty; Barry Satterfield, Cobb EMC; Tom Pelletier, Cherokee Fire; John Vasicak, Cherokee Rhythm & Smooth; Will Goodwin, Oak Leaf Church Canton; Bryan Reynolds, Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency; Trent Samples, Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineers; Trey Olson, Cherokee County School District; Jay Worley, Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency; Chuck Flagg, Cruise Holidays; Heath Tippens, Cherokee Office of Economic Development; and Karen Mathews, WellStar Health System.
Leadership Cherokee starts with a retreat where the class participates in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that teach them not only about each other, but themselves through personality types and communication techniques.
During the nine month period, the program exposed the group to various sessions that focus on subjects such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services.The nomination deadline for the Leadership Cherokee's class of 2014 is Oct. 1st.
For information on the program, contact the Chamber office at (770) 345-0400 or visit the Chamber’s website at www.CherokeeChamber.com.