August 20, 2015 — Gwinnett Daily Post

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Leadership Gwinnett kicks off Class of 2016 By Danielle Ryan


DULUTH — The Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 recently convened for its first session at The 1818 Club. Forty community leaders will take part in the class, which prepares them to take their place as community trustees through education and networking. Since 1985, Leadership Gwinnett has worked to ensure that community leaders are knowledgeable about local issues and sufficiently networked to promote success in the county. Prepared with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, Leadership Gwinnett graduates can step up to take their places as effective community leaders. The flagship program that kicked off last week of training includes two overnight retreats and seven learning days covering a topics such as leadership in a world class community, infrastructure, economics, education, health and human services, and jus-

• Cathie Brazell, Gwinnett Medical Center • Jim Brooks, Evermore Community Improvement District • Tommy Carraway, Brand Bank • Trent Cloer, Moore Stephens Tiller LLC • Radu Coliba, Lawrenceville First Baptist Church • Jennifer Cramer, Brand Mortgage • Fred Dawkins, Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq, P.C. • Bryan Ginn, PhilaThe 2016 class of Leadership Gwinnett poses for a photo before beginning the 9-month delphia College of Osteoeducational, networking and community development program. (Special Photo) pathic Medicine — Georgia tice and regional relations. representatives from the Associates Inc. Campus The program also Gwinnett County Police De• Mike Allee, Edward • Theresa Hinds, Cisco includes monthly study partment, Gwinnett County Jones Systems groups, exclusive tours and Public Schools, Georgia • Taylor Anderson, Blue • Danny Jardine, Gwinnett hands-on experiences for Power, several churches and Landworks LLC County Public Schools participants. health organizations and lo• Butch Ayers, Gwinnett • Scott Jarvis, Alston & “The class met each other cal businesses. County Police Department Bird LLP for the first time this week The program lasts for nine • Kirsten Baker, Gwinnett • Douglas Johnson, Georand are fired up and ready to months and ensures that County Public Schools — gia Gwinnett College go,” said Lisa Zaken, execu- these Gwinnett leaders have North Gwinnett High School • Rory Johnson, Lawtive director for Leadership the skills necessary to take • Monica Batiste, Gwinrenceville Boys and Girls Gwinnett. “I look forward their talents to the next level. nett County Public Schools Club to what this diverse group of The Leadership Gwinnett • Freddie Betanzos, Geor• Charles Kim, Georgia leaders will mean for future Class of 2016 includes: gia Power Company Gwinnett Chiropractic Clinic Gwinnett success.” • Marian Adeimy, Ander• Brent Bohanan, Gwin• Donald Lee, Gwinnett The Leadership Gwinsen, Tate & Carr, P.C. nett County Habitat for County Government nett Class of 2016 includes • Whit Alexander, Lose & Humanity Inc. • Nancy McGill, Cartridge

World Lawrenceville • Linnea Miller, Gwinnett Church and Suwanee City Councilmember • Kim Nelson, J.M. Tull — Gwinnett Family YMCA • Mark Reiswig, Gwinnett County Health Department • Kay Sibetta, Gwinnett County Government • Derek Singleton, View Point Health • Sharon Smith, Gwinnett County Public Schools — Brookwood Elementary School • Russell Smith, RTS Associates • Amanda Sutt, Rock Paper Scissors • Annie Valenty, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta • DePriest Waddy, United Way of Greater Atlanta • Chandra Walker, Gwinnett County Public Schools • Jermaine Whirl, Gwinnett Technical College • Leticia Willis, Willis Mechanical Inc. • Shevonn Willis, The Smith Willis Firm Ltd. • Alex Wright, Central Garden & Pet and Peachtree Corners City Councilmember

Gwinnett Tech student wins national design competition By Keith Farner

feelings of peacefulness in a customer’s experience.” As a part of the contest, stuA Gwinnett Technical dent designers College student was recently had to include awarded $2,500 prize for her at least three entry in a nationwide contest Sherwin-Wilfor Sherwin-Williams. liams colors. Dale Carithers, a Dacula Carithers went resident, was the winner in with colors the commercial division of related to the the Sherwin-Williams Student natural eleDale Carithers Design Challenge and will be ments of earth, featured alongside her work of wind and fire. a beachside resort in an upcom- The colors are complemented ing edition of STIR Magazine. with details of fireplaces and “Tranquility is the concept large windows, and furniture for the beachside resort, featur- that uses the same color paling a very smooth neutral color ette. Carithers also chose the palette,” she said in a press colors of her design to enhance release. “The purpose of the the emotions and experiences soft colors is to enhance the of potential customers to her

beach resort. Her goal, she said, is always to create a beautiful space for people to enjoy. Carithers is expected to graduate next year, but has her own design firm and is working with her first client. Additionally, she is a designer relations contractor for AmericasMart during the markets. “Being in this school and in this program has open several doors for me already,” Carithers said. “Gwinnett Tech has given me a solid foundation of knowledge as well as a deeper understanding, passion and love for interior design. Now I can walk through those doors with confidence, prepared and excited about what’s on the other side.”



Dale Carithers, a Dacula resident, was the winner in the commercial division of the SherwinWilliams Student Design Challenge and will be featured alongside her work of a beach side resort in an upcoming edition of STIR Magazine. (Special Photo)



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