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April 20, 2024

31 Local Professionals Graduate Leadership Grand Strand on May 3

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Leadership Grand Strand (LGS), a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, will hold a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2024, for its 44th program class. During the ceremony, 31 professionals from across the Grand Strand will be awarded the coveted LGS diploma after completing the nine-month program.

The curriculum provided each graduate with broad-based leadership perspectives and first-hand experiences aimed at familiarizing them with the Grand Strand’s resources and service opportunities. The program, which began in August 2023, covered a variety of topics, including professional development, regional history, tourism and economic development, education, law enforcement, human services, government and politics, and the arts.

Each graduate completed 75 community project hours, including specific hours dedicated to Habitat for Humanity of the Grand Strand, youth services, community enhancement and team projects recognizing local citizens for the Ann DeBock Leadership Award.

The graduates of LGS Class 44 are:

  • Cameron W. Armstrong, City of Myrtle Beach
  • Briana C. Brandon, Maynard Nexsen PC
  • Robert Branton, Santee Cooper
  • Dawn S. Bryant, Tidelands Health
  • Kenneth L Chapman, Jr., Myrtle Beach Fire Department
  • Chris R. Chockley, Bolton & Menk Inc.
  • Shaquasia P. Coleman, Juice Crush, LLC
  • Jacob J. Duesing, City of Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • David Ethridge, HTC
  • April Formo, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - The Sollecito Advantage Group
  • Christie Foxworth, Coastal Carolina National Bank
  • Dr. Casey Garavito, PAR Physical Therapy
  • Christopher M. Gentile, Prestwick Country Club
  • Emily B. Griffin, TD Bank
  • Michelle R. Griffin, Winslow Law Firm
  • Dr. Tiffany Hollis, Coastal Carolina University
  • John R. Howenstine, South Atlantic Bank
  • Kelly Hughes, McLeod Health
  • Sherry Katzenberger, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Shawn S. Kelley, Practical Solutions for Public Safety, Inc.
  • Samantha Norris, Loris Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Otto, Otto Realty LLC - RE/MAX Southern Shores
  • Eric R. Rivenbark, Coastal Carolina University
  • Kim Rodgers-Clora, Jacqueline Rodgers Foundation Inc.
  • Stephanie Sebring-Wilson, Ground Zero
  • Emily Smith, Insurance Resource Group LLC
  • Victoria Tobin, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association
  • Stephanie Warren, Grand Strand Miracle League
  • Marlane White, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jenny Williams, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
  • Karl A. Yachulke, Broadway at the Beach

“It’s a true honor to graduate this year’s class of Leadership Grand Strand as each participant excelled at the program and now possess enhanced skills to be more effective leaders in our community,” said LGS Executive Director Diana Greene.

Those interested in learning more about LGS can visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com. The deadline to submit an application to participate in the 45th LGS class is June 30, 2024.

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