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August 16, 2023

Leadership Grand Strand (LGS) is pleased to announce it has accepted 33 business and community members from Horry and Georgetown Counties to participate in its 44th class.

LGS is a 10-month program sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce that provides a broad curriculum designed to enhance participant’s leadership skills and professional development as well as provide networking opportunities and access to resources throughout the Grand Strand.

In addition, each member is required to partake in 75 hours of community service, which is divided between Habitat for Humanity, the Ann DeBock Leadership Award nomination project, youth-oriented projects, community development or revitalization projects, and personal hours.

“Leadership Grand Strand is honored to welcome this new class of stellar participants. Through educational classes, community service projects and helping others, class members fine-tune their talents in key areas such as teambuilding, listening, problem solving, positivity and empathy. These skill sets are paramount to developing stronger leaders and therefore, stronger communities," said LGS Executive Director Diana Greene.

This year’s LGS program will kick off on Aug. 17 with an orientation and conclude next May with a graduation ceremony.

Leadership Grand Strand Class 44 members are as follows:

  • Cameron Armstrong, City of Myrtle Beach
  • Briana Brandon, Maynard Nexsen PC
  • Robert Branton, Santee Cooper
  • Dawn Bryant, Tidelands Health
  • Kenneth Chapman, Myrtle Beach Fire Department
  • Chris Chockley, Bolton & Menk Inc.
  • Shaquasia Coleman, Juice Crush, LLC
  • Ragan Lynn Dennis, RE/MAX Executive Myrtle Beach
  • Jacob 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
  • Casey Garavito, PAR Physical Therapy
  • Christopher Gentile, Prestwick Country Club
  • Emily Griffin, TD Bank
  • Michelle Griffin, Winslow Law Firm
  • Tiffany Hollis, Coastal Carolina University
  • John Howenstine, South Atlantic Bank
  • Kelly Hughes, McLeod Health
  • Sherry Katzenberger, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Shawn Kelley, Practical Solutions for Public Safety, Inc.
  • Angela Mangiapane, The United Way of Horry County
  • Samantha Norris, Loris Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Otto, Otto Realty LLC - RE/MAX Southern Shores
  • Eric Rivenbark, Coastal Carolina University
  • Kim Rodgers-Clora, Jacqueline Rodgers Foundation Inc.
  • Stephanie Sebring, 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 Yachulke, Allied Universal

Each year, LGS awards qualifying participants with two financial scholarships. This year’s Bennie J. Swans Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipient is Shaquasia Coleman.

In addition, three class members earned the William F. Pritchard Scholarship: Angela Mangiapane, Kim Rodgers-Clora, and Stephanie Sebring.

For more information on LGS, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com.

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