Chamber’s 2021-2022 Excellence in Leadership class launches 10-month program
Excellence in Leadership, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce's flagship leader development program, kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 31, starting the 10-month class with a group of adult professionals coming from Morgan County businesses, industries, small businesses, healthcare providers, municipalities, school systems and non-profit organizations.
The program – previously known as Leadership Decatur – was designed to identify, educate, develop and network existing and emerging leaders with the goal of enhancing positive growth in the area business community. The classes meet once a month, with each day-long session focusing on single topics including healthcare, economic development, education, tourism, city and county government, state government, law enforcement, and social services. The class also includes a community service project, where members of the class select an area non-profit to support through fundraising and service. The program will wrap up with a graduation event in May 2022.
Chamber members nominate individuals from their own workforce to participate in the program. The presenting sponsor of Excellence is Nucor Steel Decatur.
The 2021-2022 class members, and their employers:
Jamna Abdalah-Tucker, iWebVisit.com, LLC
Doug Brazier, Calhoun Community College
Sage Copeland, Bunge North America
Kyle Demeester, City of Decatur
Don Dukemineer, Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Brian Ellis, Morgan County Schools
Taylor Fudge, Renasant Bank
Shawn Garth, MarMac Real Estate
Chase Grisham, MeritHouse Realty
Leslie Hembree, United Launch Alliance
Jimmy Hodges, Calhoun Community College
Brooke Hudson, Morgan County Schools
Philip Mann, Alabama Center for the Arts
Denice Marco, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Mathews, Bank Independent
Scott McDonald, Peoples Bank of Alabama
Mary McRee, Decatur City Schools Foundation
Mack Moncus, TTL, Inc.
Amy Owens, Clearview Cancer Institute
Victor Pacheco, Bunge North America
Kelly Pate, Greater Morgan County Builders Association
Kyle Pike, Contractor Service and Fabrication, Inc.
Brandy Quattlebaum, Morgan County Schools
Brooke Rawlins, United Way of Morgan County
Joseph Sandlin, United Launch Alliance
Sydney Segars, Providence Cabinetry & Design
Dane Shaw, City of Decatur
Griffen Steelman, Jackson Plumbing
Hannah Steigerwald, Toray Fluorofibers (America), Inc.
Steven Williams, Decatur Utilities
Sady Zayas-Visser, Zayas-Visser Agency, Inc.
Nearly 1,250 professionals have graduated from the Chamber’s adult leadership program since its establishment 33 years ago.