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May 5, 2023

lgs class xliiiLeadership Grand Strand (LGS) will hold a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2023, for its 43rd program class and bestow 32 Grand Strand residents with a coveted LGS diploma.   

Each graduate has completed a curriculum of broad-based leadership perspectives to familiarize them with the Grand Strand’s needs, opportunities and resources. The nine-month course began in August 2022 and explored topics such as regional history, tourism and economic development, education, law enforcement, human services, government and politics, and the arts.

In addition, each graduate completed 75 community project hours with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of the Grand Strand, Youth Projects, Downtown Redevelopment and The Ann DeBock Leadership Award Project.

The graduates of LGS Class 43 are: 

  • Karen Albert 
  • BJ Beaver 
  • Brandy Campbell 
  • Tiffany Crawford 
  • Kate Curran 
  • Ashley Dixon 
  • Brittany Donatelli-Parks 
  • Heather Downing 
  • Christopher Edwards 
  • Andrew Finch 
  • Jesse Glasgow 
  • Mabry Gray 
  • Kasey G. Herrington 
  • Tonie Holman 
  • Dr. Heather Hoppe 
  • Whitney Isley 
  • Preston Janco 
  • Holly Lusk 
  • Mitchell Martin 
  • Tocha Moore
  • Gina Nelson 
  • Jennifer Nicely 
  • Coy Norris Jr. 
  • Veronica Owens 
  • Noah Rohr 
  • Harrison Santangelo 
  • Elizabeth Schlueter 
  • Ryan Spagnolo 
  • Jessica Wnuk 
  • Melissa Wober 
  • David Yancey 
  • Kristy Yelle 

“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. 

Area residents interested in learning more about LGS can visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com. The deadline to submit an application to participate in the 44th LGS class is June 30, 2023.  

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About Leadership Grand Strand: 

The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand. For more information about the program, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com.

About Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau: 

Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community — serving Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Loris, Atlantic Beach, Carolina Forest, Conway, Aynor, Socastee, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded MBACC its five-star accreditation — one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its destination marketing arm Visit Myrtle Beach promote tourism through various partnerships and initiatives to advance the economic success of the Grand Strand. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com, MyrtleBeachAreaCVB.com and VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

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