Augusta Metro Chamber Announces Leadership Augusta Class of 2022

Posted By: Kathryn Freemon News Releases,

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Leadership Augusta Class of 2022.  The goal of Leadership Augusta, a ten-month training program affiliated with the Augusta Metro Chamber, is to identify and educate current and potential community leaders in the CSRA.  The Leadership Augusta selection committee is proud to present the following individuals, representing a wide variety of businesses and industries within the Greater Augusta region, as members of the Leadership Augusta Class of 2022:


Sam Adams, Fulcher Hagler LLP

Taylor Barbato, WJBF News Channel 6

Opal Blanding, Blanding & Blanding Transportation

Phillip Bowman, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Amber Brantley, Solicitor General's Office

Lucy Brantley, OBGYN Partners of Augusta

Kate Channell, Hull College of Business, Augusta University

Lance Cheely, Cranston Engineering Group

Adam Cobb, New South Construction

Collette D'Antignac, Security Federal Bank

Becky Dearden, SME CPAs

Whitney Dixon, Richmond County School System

Abigail Drescher, Augusta University

John Eckley, Meybohm Commercial Properties

Shawn Edwards, Augusta Georgia Land Bank Authority

Libby Fennell, Community Foundation for the CSRA

Kathryn Freemon, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Hardy, Augusta University

Brian Hartley, Cadence Bank

Gia Hunter, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Kayla Kincaid, Modern Business Workplace Solutions

Nathan Krupa, Golden Harvest Food Bank

Patrice Lomax, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Stacie McBride, Cyber Fusion Innovation Center

Drew Robinson, Goodwill of Middle Georgia/Helms College

Dalton Self, Jani-King of Augusta

Chashawna Wesby, Richmond County School System

Adam Willis, F&W Transportation, Inc.

Gary Woodhurst, TaxSlayer

Nesia Wright, Georgia Soul Women's Basketball Organization

The Leadership Augusta Class of 2022 will bring together 30 people from business, education, the arts, law, nonprofit, medicine, construction, and city government.  This decades old program will help them learn, listen, engage in tough conversations, and cultivate curiosity in an authentic way to address challenges and opportunities in our community through service projects.  “We will continue our vigilance around the safety and wellness of participants and volunteers, while providing the elite experience that Leadership Augusta members have come to know,” said 2022 Class Chair Kim Evans, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta.  Class Co-Chair Chris Bird, GM of the Augusta Entertainment Complex, and Kim are anticipating “many innovative ideas from the Class of 2022.  We can’t wait to see them activate those ideas throughout our community!”


Leadership Augusta was established in 1980, as an affiliate of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, to enhance the civic participation of emerging leaders within the region. For more information about the Leadership Augusta program, visit or




Media Contacts:

Sue Parr, President/CEO

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce


Kathryn Freemon, Communications Coordinator

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce