South GeorgiaLEADS is a leadership immersion for citizens throughout South Georgia designed to facilitate awareness of issues that are essential to the future success of the region by giving participants the necessary skills and training needed to effectively lead South Georgia in the 21st Century economy.

Guided by the belief that leadership is key to a region’s economic success, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia partnered in 2014 to create GeorgiaLEADS. South GeorgiaLEADS is the result of that partnership—and the collaborative efforts by economic development professionals across the  South Georgia region who understand the critical importance of investing in a new generation of leaders that can champion the region and its many assets; while working collectively towards creating effective solutions to address significant challenges related to workforce development, education, and economic growth throughout the region.

Our purpose is to create a more competitive South Georgia. We invite you to join us.

Leadership | 2022-2023

Barbara Grogan
Chairwoman, South GeorgiaLEADS

President, Moultrie-Colquitt Co. Development Authority

Board Member since 2014
Class of 2016-2017

southgeorgialeads@yahoo.com
(229) 921-1457

Barbara Grogan
Chairwoman, South GeorgiaLEADS

President, Moultrie-Colquitt Co. Development Authority

Board Member since 2014
Class of 2016-2017

southgeorgialeads@yahoo.com
(229) 921-1457

Whitney Brannen
Archway Professional,
UGA Archway Partnership

Board Member since 2021
Class of 2020-2021

Joe Brownlee
Region Director,
South Region – Valdosta,
Georgia Power Company

Board Member since 2022
Class of 2020-2021

Mary Beth Brownlee
County Consulting
Services Associate,
ACCG

Board Member since 2014

Jennifer Carter
Administrative Assistant,
Valdosta State University Center for South Georgia Regional Impact

Board Member since 2020

Rob Collins
CEO,
NEOS Technologies, Inc.

Board Member since 2021
Class of 2016-2017

Lisa Davis
President,
Lee County Chamber of Commerce

& Development Authority

Board Member since 2014
Class of 2016-2017

Jason Dunn
Executive Director,
Fitzgerald & Ben Hill
Development Authority

Board Member since 2016
Class of 2016-2017

Renata Elad
Dean,
Stafford School of Business,
ABAC

Board Member since 2022
Class of 2018-2019

Anna Ford
Director of Business Development,
Turning Point Care Center

Board Member since 2020
Class of 2018-2019

Amanda Glover
Director,
City of Bainbridge Downtown Development Authority

Board Member since 2022
Class of 2019-2020

Milton Hall Jr. (M. Jay)
Entrepreneur, MJH Properties and Investments LLC.,
City of Tifton Councilman,
Mims kids Inc.

Board Member since 2018
Class of 2019-2020

Eric Larson
Assistant Professor
of Rural Sociology,
ABAC

Board Member since 2022
Class of 2020-2021

Darrell Moore
Executive Director,
Valdosta State University Center for South Georgia Regional Impact

Board Member since 2014

Rachael Oliver
Region Manager,
Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Board Member since 2018
Class of 2017-2018

Michael Smith
Executive Director,
Greater Valdosta United Way

Board Member since 2021
Class of 2020-2021

Tom Sullivan
SVP of Operations,
Phoebe Putney Health Systems

Board Member since 2021
Class of 2020-2021

Sponsors | 2022-2023

Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority
Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Lee County Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Worth

Implementation Partners

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