Leadership North Fulton 


The Program
Leadership North Fulton (LNF), has been the region’s signature leadership development program for more than 30 years. Each year, graduating participants join the ranks of more than 500 LNF alumni and continue to invest in our communities through their time and talent.

The Purpose
Pillars of the program include promoting community awareness, instilling civic responsibility, and building relationships. Participants engage civic leaders through program class days, and many alumni have gone on to serve on community non-profit boards or as elected officials. The relationships that are forged through participation and investment in LNF by business and nonprofit partners continue to affirm the program’s foundational role in community leadership development.

The Project
LNF service projects continue to impact the region in a lasting way. Notable examples include the founding of The Drake House in 2004 and the Emerging Leaders Youth Program in 2009, as well as the establishment of The Drake House Young Professionals Advisory Council in 2017 and the creation of the North Metro Miracle League (NMML) golf tournament started in 2005 and continuing today..

Recognizing Your Strengths
North Fulton Demographics
Valuing Community Diversity
Arts, Tourism & Recreation
Government & Policy
Economic Development, Technology & Innovation
Social Services & Board Training
Education & Talent Development
Health & Wellness
Public Safety & Justice
Leadership Training

2023 - 2024 Class Co-Chairs:

Mary Beth Byerly, University of North Georgia
Ben Huard, GO Agency

2023-2024 Class Members:
Shayaa Baksh, Atlanta Gas Light
Harry Bentley III, City of Alpharetta
Mike Breit, Edward Jones
Katie Bowling, LGE Community Credit Union
Sean Byers, ATLAS
Claire Cates, North Fulton Community Charities
Grayson Clark, Parrish Construction Group
Michelle Coleman, Crabapple LandscapExperts
Stephen Davis, Atlanta Apartment Association
Audrey Degen, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Carolynn DeSandre, University of North Georgia
Clint Elliott, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Mary Fazio, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Kimberly Foodman, Financial Consultants Group
Cari Fundora, Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant
Lauren Garren, W&A Engineering
Rebecca Hampson, Children's Development Academy
Molly Holway, Three Sisters Catering, LLC
Tasha Johnson-Parker, The Cottage School
Andy Kalajian, Fort Leadership and Sales Consulting, LLC
Jami Lakshminarayanan , Wellstar North Fulton Hospital
Andrew Long, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
Shawn McCabe, iThink Financial
Lauren Middlebrooks, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC
Alexis Mitchell, Frazier and Deeter, LLC
Kaylee Murtagh, Kimley-Horn & Associates
Linda Olejniczak, Blazej & Associates, LLC
Sergio Pacheco, Nothing Bundt Cakes Alpharetta & Sandy Springs
David Pascarella, ServisFirst Bank
Tukker Penrod, Saprea
Danielle Purdie, Visit Roswell
Michael Stainback, Brasfield & Gorrie
Maria Walden Sullivan, Community Foundation for NE Georgia
Brit Young, Bridgeford, LLC

2023-2024 Program Schedule

Orientation: August 29, 2023 (3-4:30pm)
Kick-off Retreat: September 21 - 22, 2023
(9am Thu -5pm Fri)

Class Dates (8am-5pm)
October 19, 2023
November 16, 2023
December 14, 2023
January 18, 2024
February 15, 2024
March 21, 2024
April 18, 2024
May 16, 2024

Graduation Luncheon: June 26, 2024 (11:30am-1pm)
*Dates subject to change
* Class Day typically runs from 8am to 5pm, with a few exceptions.

Apply now for the 2024-2025 Leadership North Fulton Program

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