Chamber Announces 2018 Leadership Jackson Class Participants

August 31, 2018

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Jackson Chamber is pleased to announce the nominees selected for its 2018 Leadership Jackson class. Leadership Jackson is a leadership development program for community members who demonstrate leadership potential. Sponsored by the Jackson Chamber, the program is an opportunity for local professionals to learn more about the community and the challenges it faces.

The class will participate in a full day information session in early September to get acquainted and find out more about what their Leadership Jackson experience will entail. Guiding the group will be Leadership Jackson 2018 Chair Pierre DuVentre, owner, D’Top Roofing and Repair; and the program’s Vice Chair Lauren Saliba, branch manager, Apria Healthcare. In two weeks, Leadership Jackson class members will go on a two-day opening retreat.

“Many people within our community and the Jackson Chamber have made sacrifices to get us to our exciting 40th class of Leadership Jackson,” says DuVentre. “It is a blessing and an honor to serve with Lauren as co-chair of this year‘s class. As we engage in skill-building exercises and get deeply exposed to our community; new perspectives will be formed, new ideas will be discussed, and leaders will emerge ready to serve and connect to assist in propelling Jackson forward. This year will be filled with many great expectations.”

Class members will meet weekly for sessions on various topics. A leadership skill-building component is incorporated into each session. Leaders in key areas, such as health care, criminal justice, economic development, quality of life, education and government will share an overview of the present state, challenges, and future vision. This information provides the class with a broad understanding of the inner workings of Jackson-Madison County and a big picture view. It also engages them in a self-analysis of where they can best make a positive impact by getting involved or by being a resource for their company or sphere of influence.

The 2018 Leadership Jackson class includes:

    Carl Alexander, Jackson Fire Department (County Commissioner)
    Jeffery Arview, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development
    Sabrina Blue, Helping Hands of Tennessee
    Melody Brown, Tennessee Quality Homecare
    Ben Colling, Benefits Direct
    Alli Damas, The STAR Center
    Jill Erling, Jackson Chamber
    Jen Free, Byrd & Byrd, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
    Jason Garrett, Union University
    Jeff Haynes, The Carlstar Group
    Fennix Johnson, Madison County Juvenile Court
    Austin Lewis, Freed-Hardeman University
    Blake Marlar, TLM Associates, Inc.
    Shelby Matthis, Community Activist
    Russ McKelvey, Mack Pest Control
    Mr. Freeman McKindra, Lane College
    Erin Mitchell, Leaders Credit Union
    Jennifer Morehead, Stanley Black & Decker
    Summer Nichols, Zebra Marketing
    Abby Norville, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC
    Summer Paris, Paris Creative Agency
    Aubrey Richardson, Jackson Police Department
    Jason Robertson, FirstBank
    Tara Skinner, Century 21 Action Realty
    Amy Smith, The Jackson Clinic, P.A.
    Becky Smith, BancorpSouth
    Pam Stanfield, University School of Jackson
    Julie Taylor, Spire Rehabilitation Hospital
    Jake Whitby, Durham Chiropractic
    Sheree Williams, Highland Place Bed and Breakfast
    Michelle Willis, Gerdau
    April Wilson, Loving Arms, LLC
    Lee Wilson, Jackson Escape Rooms

For more information on Leadership Jackson, visit it's website,