Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Leadership Cobb

The Program

Leading by example allows Leadership Cobb participants to directly impact the Cobb community. Forty-five diverse and qualified individuals are selected annually to participate in this leadership development program. Leadership Cobb enhances personal and professional growth while participants gain awareness of current issues, community resources and the social, political and economic needs of the community.

The Learning Experience

Leadership Cobb develops leadership skills and knowledge through its programs and retreats. Participants are introduced to a variety of viewpoints that illustrate the array of economic, political, educational and social factors at work in Cobb County. Sessions combine lectures and dialogue among speakers as well as audience interaction with leaders in all facets of the community.

Please note that the Leadership Cobb program year requires a significant dedication of time and energy. Click here to see a list of program dates and times. To learn more about Leadership Cobb, click here.


2017-2018 Presenting Sponsor:

Topics covered include:

Armed Forces Mentoring
Arts & Recreation Politics
Economic Development Public Safety
Education Regionalism
Health Social Services
Leadership Training

For more information about Leadership Cobb, please contact Michele Bickerstaff at 770-859-2345 or

2016-2017 Presenting Sponsor:

2016-2017 Class Members

Mark Abrams
Smith & Howard

Phil Barber
Geo-Hydro Engineers, Inc.

Amanda Blanton
Cobb Chamber

Jennifer Boykin
Real Tour LLC

LaSandra Boykin
Delta Air Lines

Chris Brown
Sullivan and Schlieman Wealth

Rich Cerretti
JE Dunn Construction Company

Kyethea Clark
Cumberland Community Improvement

Cassi Costoulas
Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Andrew Cox
WellStar Health System

Bob Downs
Pope High School

Anna Emerson
The School Box

Adam Fraley
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Sharon Getties Johnson
Kaiser Permanente

Lorieal Green
Keller Williams Cityside

Allison Gruehn
Marietta City Schools Board of Education

Nataly Hart
Cobb EMC

Jaime Hockin
Georgia Power Company

Joyette Holmes
Cobb County Magistrate Court

Brian Johnson
Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Ken Johnson
East-West Psychotherapy

Lawson Kirkland
ServisFirst Bank

Jim Lawrence
Wells Fargo

Jason Lewis
Brasfield & Gorrie

Robert Lewis
HNTB Corporation

Doug Lundy
Resurgens Orthopaedics

Brian Marcos
Smyrna Fire Department

Shari Martin
Cobb Community Foundation

Betsy Mathews
YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Cassie Mazloom
Cobb Emergency Management Agency

Heath Milligan
Macallan Real Estate

Anthony Mullins
Futren Corporation

Shayne O'Reilly
Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP

Michael Owens
Ernst & Young

Casey Patrick
Patrick Financial Group

Sabrina Pemberton-Piper
Cobb County Water System

Christine Reliford
US Marine Corps

Felicia Reynders
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Carmen Rodriguez
Gas South

Adam Rozen
Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP

Ingrid Sampson
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Theresa Schiefer
Cobb County District Attorney's Office

Erin Sheehan
Atlanta Braves

Stephanie Steele
Huff, Woods & Steele

Brooke Stewart
Superior Court of Cobb County

Eddie Wade
Croy Engineering

Amy Weber
Taylor English Duma LLP

Tonya Webster

Chris Welchel
Marietta Wrecker Service

Meghan Wylie
DeNyse Co


“I remember when we started; someone told me that this would be a life changing experience. I remember thinking to myself, “this person must not have lived a very full  life if the Leadership Cobb program had changed their life”.

I can’t speak for my entire class, but this program has been a life changing experience for me. I’ve taken the lessons from this program and have started incorporating them into my business and my personal life. I am more involved now with my community than I have ever been, and I know that this will never change. I’ve learned the meaning of REAL “servant leadership”. Giving back, getting involved, and how just one person can make such a powerful impact in a community. Ron Clark, Juanita Stedman and so many others along the way have provided REAL life examples of this to me. I would NEVER have gained this experience in such a short amount of time if it hadn’t been for Leadership Cobb.” – Shane Garrison, Puckett EMS