Two Rome area residents have been named to the latest class of Leadership Georgia.
- Christopher B. Kerr, Director/Sales Agent at Hardy Realty and Development Co.
- Julie W. Lucas, Chief Advancement Officer, Darlington School
Darlington School also has posted an item on Lucas’ nomination and adds that Marie (Hodge) Gordon (Class of ’99, Leaderhip Darlington ’12), Alumni Council member and class agent, has been selected as well.
Lucas: “We attended the kickoff event last month and it was an amazing weekend on many levels. To be around such an amazing dynamic group of people who want the best for their own cities and the state of Georgia is quite energizing. I am very excited to have this opportunity and humbled by those who nominated me and supported my nomination. There is a strong contingency of Leadership Georgia alumni in Rome who have been very supportive and I’ve already met some of the greatest people from around the state.”
Hodge: “I was excited to join so many distinguished Darlington alumni in the ranks of the Leadership Georgia program, but my husband Michael (’99, LD ’16) and I are especially pleased that Julie and Sam Lucas (’97, LD ’13) are in this year’s class with us. After only one session, we see so many Darlington values shining through the program. It’s a great opportunity to continue to learn about all areas of our state and to continue developing the relationships, knowledge and skills that will help us make a difference in the communities that we love and do our best to serve.”
Leadership Georgia is a prestigious 48-year-old organization of community and state leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state.
Past participants include a number of influential state and national leaders ranging from former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn to former University of Georgia Football Coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley.
Sixty-three participants are selected each year from a pool of several hundred applicants. Class members visit five Georgia communities in a year-long exchange of ideas and experiences about important issues affecting the state.
The 2019 Class will be led by President Jennifer Evans. With a theme of “Georgia United,” the 2019 program will visit Brasstown Valley, Albany, Gainesville, Perry, and Washington, D.C.