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Leadership Savannah Announces 2015-2016 Class

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By: Taylor Castillejo

August 27, 2015 SAVANNAH, GA. -- The following people have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Leadership Savannah program:
Cecilia Arango, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
Bill Astary, Georgia Tech Professional Education
Brannon Bowman, 165th Airlift Wing - Georgia Air National Guard
Jeff Brady, Rountree and Brady Isurance Agency
Lisa Clark, United Way of the Coastal Empire
Adam Cohen, Tenon Consulting
Phil Cole, Savannah State University
Karen Cooper, Smile Designs By Dr. Karen Cooper
Stephanie Dammen-Morrell, Hussey Gay Bell
Brooke Denhard, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Luke Dorman, DPR Hardin Construction Company
Kara Ford, Abshire Public Relations
Stuart Fox, JCB, Inc.
Allan Galis, Hunter Maclean
Marianne Ganem Poppell, Johnnie Ganem wine & package shop
Bill Haws, Georgia Power Company
Jen Herman, City of Savannah
Kurt Hetager, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
TJ Hollis, Lee, Black & Hollis, PC
Kimberly Holmes, Savannah State University
J. D. Hunt, Holland, Henry & Bromley, LLP
Arnold Jackson, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Lorna Jackson, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care
Laura Johnson, Savannah Economic Development Authority
Chris Lane, Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP
Sara Lane, Visit Tybee
Jack Lumpkin, Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
George Major Jr., Oliver Maner LLP
Megan Manly, Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP
Harris Martin, Bouhan Falligant LLP
Tony Martin, Martin Financial Group
Veleeta McDonald, City of Savannah Mobility and Parking Services
Joshua McKenzie, St Joseph's/Candler Health System
Padgett Mixon, Sea Island Bank
Dawn Morgan, Collins Construction Serv Inc
Kelin Murphy, Oliver Maner LLP
Dawn Odom, St. Vincent's Academy
Mary Crane Orne, Gas South, LLC
Keith Parker, BB&T
Ryan Price, Rives E. Worrell Company, a JE Dunn Construction Co.
Brian Sapp, Tharpe Engineering Group
Heather Seibert, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Jen Singeisen, Junior Achievement of Georgia - Southern District
David Spisso, Georgia Air National Guard
Mark Thompson, Choate Construction Company
Ashley Tillman, USI Insurance Services
Nashia Whittenburg, Armstrong State University

These leaders and potential leaders are chosen because they are active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations and ethnic and minority groups, which reflects the diversity of the community. The program is a one-year commitment, which focuses on developing the leadership skills of the group to improve the community.

By the end of the year, the participants should have:
- A better understanding of themselves and their individual leadership styles;
- Improved leaderships skills;
- A deeper knowledge of the Savannah community and how it fits in the regional, state, national and global economy;
- Identified the major challenges facing Savannah;
- Built relationships with other class members and existing community leaders;
- Used their leadership skills to provide service to Step Up, Savannah's Anti-poverty Initiative (www.stepupsavannah.org) or another community challenge;
- Developed a deep commitment to making the Savannah community a better place to live and work.

The programs consist of monthly interactive sessions led by top community experts within their fields. For the 2015-2016 Leadership Savannah class, sessions begin in September 2015 and conclude in June 2016 with graduation. In 2015, Leadership Savannah graduated 48 people at a ceremony held in June for the 2014-2015 class.

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