Published on: Sep. 6, 2018
Chamber Announces Selectees for 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class

The Savannah Area Chamber Leadership Savannah selections committee has chosen 41 current and potential leaders in the community to make up its 2018-2019 class. These professionals are active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations. Leadership Savannah strives to select candidates who reflect the diversity of Savannah’s economy.

The 2018-2019 class is:

  • Laura Ballock – Barge Design Solutions, Inc.
  • Arthur Best – Economic Opportunity Authority Savannah-Chatham
  • Christopher Boyer – Georgia Power Company
  • Kendra Boyle – EmployAbility
  • Melissa Brophy – The Greenery, Inc.
  • Candace Carpenter – Savannah Airport Commission
  • Katherine Chancy – Development Associates, Inc. / DAI Commercial Realty
  • Kenneth Clark – Housing Authority of Savannah
  • Jesse Dillon – Savannah Economic Development Authority
  • Samuel Evans – Hancock Askew & Co. LLP
  • Michelle Gavin – City of Savannah
  • Jeffrey Gazaway – J. E. Dunn Construction Company
  • Caroline Gordon-Jelks – Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Michael Groover – Groover Family Dentistry
  • Matthew Hallett – Hallett & Company
  • Trevor Hess – Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire and Low Country
  • Cary Hill – City of Savannah
  • Ed Hissam – Choate Construction
  • Elizabeth Howells – Georgia Southern University
  • Tiffany Hughes – The Pinyan Company
  • Ryan Jacobsma – Stryker
  • Conrad Kearns – Chatham Emergency Services
  • Patrick McCarthy – Sterling Seacrest Partners
  • Linsey McDougal – Remax Savannah
  • Tim Moody – Georgia Southern University
  • Steven Morgan – The Landings Club
  • David Mullens – Oliver Maner LLP
  • John Northup – Bouhan Falligant LLP
  • Thomas Pace – Thomas & Hutton Engineering
  • Brooke Phillips – Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jamie Richman – Savannah Jewish Federation
  • Chelsea Sawyer – Chatham Emergency Management Agency
  • Cheryl Smith – Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • Sarah Smith – WTOC
  • Angel Sorochak – Lutheran Services of Georgia
  • Zachary Thomas – Bergen & Bergen, P.C.
  • Michele Thompson – Spectrum Printing and Marketing, Inc.
  • Matthew Toler – McManamy Jackson, P.C.
  • Courtney Valentine – Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • Anne Weisel – Saint Andrew’s School
  • Rachel Young Fields – Hunter Maclean


The Leadership Savannah program is a one-year commitment designed to enrich the leadership skills of its class. By the end of the course, graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of the Savannah of the present and future. Class members will attend monthly interactive sessions lead by top community experts in their field beginning in September and concluding in June 2019 with a graduation ceremony.

By the conclusion of the program, participants will have a better understanding of their individual leadership styles, and a deeper knowledge of the community and how it fits into the regional, state, national and global economy. They will also have identified major challenges facing the Savannah area, build relationships with other class members and community leaders, and developed a deep commitment to making the community a better place to live and work.

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