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Graduates / Alumni

Pam Williams
Appling Co. High School

Carrie  Vanderver
Heart of GA Altamaha RC

Kevin Peacock
Satilla REMC

Steve Meguiar
First United Methodist Church

Greg Hudgins
Georgia Power

Mallory Harvey
MH Farms

Brenda Harris
Temple of the Higher Calling

Danita Hayes
Southern Metal Works

Santina Fryer
Gents & Glam

Vicky Escalante
Johnson & Floyd Law Office

Samantha Craven
Community Bank of Georgia

Christy Brocato
Appling Healthcare System

Pari Barzegari
Appling Arts Council

Terrence Gibson
Plant Hatch

Angie Griffin
Appling Health Dept.

Danny Hyers
Edward Jones

Hunter Leggett
Woody Folsom

Jeffery Lewis
Trinity Lutheran Church

Neal Lovett
Vision Source

Denise McDowell
Tri County Chiropractic

Brantley Morris
Crop Production Service

Nicole Perkins
Self Employed

Dana Roberson
Renasant Bank

Bryan Shipes
C&L Gifts

Scottie Tanner
Sheriffs Office

Myrna Taylor
Appling County

Marsha Thomas
Clerk of Court

Sara Waters
Plant Hatch



2024 Leadership Curriculum

Understanding Leadership

Communicating Effectively

Generational & Cultural Competency

Making Group Decisions

Community Collaboration

Leading Change


Appling County's Leadership Program, Appling Leads

What is Leadership?

It is an age old question and is often hard to define. Is leadership being an elected official? a business owner? the president of a civic group? the decision-maker in a family? You guessed right! All of the above. Being a community leader is about knowing what is going on in your community and also being a part of the movement forward.

Great leaders operate at a high level of community awareness. They know what their community assets are, what challenges they face and are willing to be involved with solutions. Great leaders also have a set of skills, some that are learned over a long history of experience and some that are taught. That is where Appling Leads comes in. This leadership class provides community members an opportunity to be part of something greater than just themselves. They will learn the ins and outs of our community, see some of our great assets and discuss ways to overcome our challenges.

We are looking for YOU! Join the movement and apply for the only adult leadership class for Appling County. We are looking for people of all ages, ethnicities, educational backgrounds and experience to join together for the betterment of our community.

2017 class photo

Join the Movement.... Be a Leader

Appling Leads is a leadership-training program for business, civic and community leaders with the desire and potential to work together for a better Appling County and a more competitive Georgia. Its primary purpose is to identify, train, and inspire a network of emerging leaders, across all ages, races, business sectors and backgrounds. Through an engaging education process, this 9 month program will empower local citizens to get involved in the future of our community. You, as a business owner, are positioned perfectly to be a pivotal player in the development of leaders for the future.

Why we need leadership...


  • The business community relies on leadership.
  • Identify and equip the community with leaders for the future.
  • As a community grows, business grows.
  • Investing in employees will grow your business.
  • Engage and empower people to make a difference.
  • The future of Appling County depends on local leaders.

Have questions? Give us a call... 912-367-7731
We will talk you into it!

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