CANTON, GA (Jan. 31, 2024) – The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has selected the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2024. This 35th Anniversary Class was chosen following participation in a nomination, application, and interview process.

The 23 class members recently traveled to Brasstown Valley Resort for their Retreat. “The group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles”, said Jeffrey Pourchier, Reinhardt University Athletic Director, who is serving as the 2024 Chair of Leadership Cherokee.

Over the next nine months, the Leadership Cherokee Class will participate in a broad range of sessions that will focus on a variety of topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare, and social/human services. The program will culminate with a graduation ceremony in September. “The knowledge gained from the programs offered through Leadership Cherokee will prepare the class members for a more active role in the community”, shared Eric Rein, Senior VP & Commercial Relationship Officer, Renasant Bank, and 2024 Chamber Board Chair.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber, is to promote business to expand the economy and enrich the community. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2025, visit the Chamber’s website,, or contact the Chamber office at 770-345-0400.

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2024

Leadership Cherokee 2024/Photo Courtesy of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Photo Courtesy of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Front Row (L-R):

Amber de Marché, Credit Union of Georgia; Penny Dempsey, Cherokee County School District; Denise Mastroserio, Cherokee County Tax Commissioner; Cindy Thomas, It’s Me Time Spa; Delane Castleberry, Rick Bailey & Company; Jennifer Mehdikarimi, Cherokee Veterans Treatment Court; Irene Ruiz Campbell, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

Second Row (L-R):

Adam Fussell, Cherokee Recreation & Parks; Bethany Watson, City of Canton; Hannah Garrison, Cherokee Office of Economic Development; Kaleigh Liscio, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Lindsey Shrout, Northside Hospital Cherokee; Dana Cox, The Mill on Etowah; Marianne Butterworth Curtis, Cherokee County Office of the Solicitor-General; Laura Rollins Derrick, Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C.; Rommel RitaRita, G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA

Back Row (L-R):

Christine Beam, Wellstar Cherokee Health Park; Mike Hales, City of Holly Springs; Michael Sims, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Joshua Cole, Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America; Tori Ridley, Express Employment Professionals; Dominique Louis, Cherokee Angel Senior Care; Luke Williams, Professional Benefits Consultants




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