Leadership Cobb Announces 2025 Class

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, July 8th, 2024

 Leadership Cobb, the Cobb Chamber’s premier leadership development program, has selected 60 new participants for the 2024-2025 class. Founded in 1983, Leadership Cobb brings together diverse business and community leaders for a 10-month journey focused on personal and professional growth. The program accomplishes this through leadership training, teambuilding, and educational experiences highlighting our community’s greatest success stories and most significant ongoing challenges.

Congratulations to the members of the 2025 Class:

Benjamin Andrews

Advanced Technology Development Center

Eliese Bernard
Wellstar Health System

Melanie Brueggemann
Croy Engineering

Toby Carmichael
City of Acworth

Colt Chambers
The Alley Stage

Ollie Clemons, Jr
City of Austell

Elizabeth Colletti
Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Carl Crumbley
Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services

Denise Czarnik
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation

Sean Ditzel
Abernathy Ditzel Hendrick, LLC

Mariel Ellis
Gas South

Owen Farist
Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC

Sean Ferrell
LGE Community Credit Union

Kellie Fletcher
BDR Partners

Rachel Franklin
Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Kim Franz
Cobb Travel & Tourism

Molly Gillis
Gillis Law Firm, LLC

Christopher Gulledge
Cobb County Government

BJ Haisten
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Brad Humphrey
HNTB Corporation

Evan Ingram
Goshen Valley

Anthony Iorillo
CROFT & Associates, INC

Rich Jakob
Atlanta United FC

Earnest Johnson
Georgia Power Company

Chyeena Kellogg
Cultured Ag Inc.

Brittany Lambert
Walton Communities, LLC

Adebola Lamikanra
Genuine Parts Company

AikWah Leow
Cobb County District Attorney’s Office

Alyssa Liguori
Northside Hospital

J.D. Lorens
Cobb County Department of Transportation

BJ Martin
W&A Engineering

Jesus Martinez

Peach Tree Commercial Capital, LLC


Jenn McNeely
Delta Air Lines

Lisa Mello
LiveSafe Resources

Stephanie Meyer
Chattahoochee Technical College

Cheryl Morgan
Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Stacey Nicely
Atlanta Braves

Angela Orange
Marietta City Schools

Nehemiah Pace
Atlanta Falcons Football Club

Ashley Palmer
Cobb County State Court

Kirstin Popper

Kevin Pounds
MUST Ministries

Troy Refuge
Refuge Law, PLLC | DTSpade Specialized Real Estate

Keisha Register
City of Marietta

Nick Rider
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Rico Short
Apex Endodontics P.C

Rick Shumpert
Kennesaw Police Department

Douglas Simmons
Cox Communications

Kelli Spearman
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

Alina Stevens
All-Pro Pest Services, Inc

Casey Tanner
Kennesaw State University

Eric Trehern
The Home Depot

Joy Ugi
American Council of Engineering Companies Georgia

Naporsha Valentine
Allstate – Law Office of Marcus A. Blackwell

Danny Vander Maten

Gretchen Walton
Cobb County School District

Chris Wasserman
Wasserman Talent Solutions

Chad Williams
GB’s Lake & Stable

Jen Willis
Summit Heating and Air

Nick Winbush
T. Dallas Smith & Company, LLC

Jennifer New, Mount Paran Christian School, and Greg Mize, The Atlanta Braves, will be Co-Chairs for the 2024-2025 program year. Joyette Holmes, Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, and Eddie Wade, Croy Engineering, will be the Vice Co-Chairs for the 2024-2025 program year. The 2024-2025 class theme is “Bring It Home.”

The Leadership Cobb class of 2025’s Yearlong Presenting Sponsor is Kennesaw State University Executive MBA & MBA Programs; and Legacy Sponsors are Genuine Parts Company, Croy Engineering, Mauldin & Jenkins, Accounting Consultants of Cobb, and Johnson & Alday, LLC. For more information about Leadership Cobb, contact Kai Lawrence at 770-859-2346 or [email protected].