Published on: Sep. 17, 2015
Leadership Savannah Presents Class of 2015-2016

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                                HunterMaclean

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 Deparatment

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 ( 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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