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. Fifty 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.


2018-2019 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 Ashley Ward at 770-859-2346 or

2017-2018 Class Members

Wendy Alpine
Alpine Communications, Inc.

Elaine Armster
Linkscape360 LLC

Lisa Ashby
SunTrust Bank

Neera Bahl
One Path Legal

Dale Bercher
Bercher Homes, LLC

Alyssa Blanchard
O'Dell & O'Neal, P.C.

Obie Brannon

Littie Brown
SpeedPro Imaging Marietta

Jarrette Burckhalter
K-9 Coach, LLC

Amy Carrier
WellStar Health System

Karen Cates
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Cedric Clark
Southeastern Engineering Inc.

Christi Cronin
Marietta Fire Department

Lisa Cupid
Cobb County Government

Frank Durrance
City of Smyrna Police Department

Jesse Evans
Cobb County District Attorney's Office

Britt Fleck
Georgia Power

Jason Gaines
Cobb County Government

Derek Goshay
EIS, INC. a Genuine Parts Company

Tyler Gwynn
Cobb County School District

Bonnie Harris
Georgia Institute of Technology

Stacy Haubenschild
Henssler Financial

Bob Heuel
Mauldin & Jenkins

David Hoeller

Erick Hofstetter
Marietta City Schools

Peter Hortman
Pond & Co.

Schuyler Hoynes
Cobb County Probate Court

David Jones
Duff & Phelps

Derek Krebs
Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP

Kelly Luscre
Cobb County School District

Tim Matthews
Georgia Department of Transportation

Anthony Mullins
Futren Corporation

Nicole Nurse
Croy Engineering

Jonathan Page
InPrime Legal

Amber Patterson
Cobb County Juvenile Court

Serena Ploessl

Ron Price
Chattahoocheee Techncial College

Esther Prieto
Cobb EMC

Valerie Prince
Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Matt Reid
Winter Construction

Christina Saliba
Judicial Alternatives of Georgia

Jessi Samford
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

Kelvin Scott
Atlanta Braves

Amanda Seals

Jason Shepherd
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc.

Thomas Sherrer, Jr.
Poole's Pharmacy

Angie Smith
Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC

Trey Spivey
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.

Meaghan Timko
Prime Behavior Analysts

Erin Zwigart
Georgia Crafted


“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