Lisa Anders, Explore Gwinnett


Lisa oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of Explore Gwinnett, (formerly the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau), Gwinnett’s official tourism marketing organization.  Lisa has been Executive Director since 2012, and has been with EG since 1996, serving as the Deputy Director and the Director of Marketing and Communications. Lisa serves or has served on the boards of the statewide Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Aurora Theatre, Destination Management International, the Gwinnett Tech Hospitality Advisory Committee and ArtWorks! Gwinnett. She is a Certified Destination Management Executive and a graduate of the 2012-2013 class of Leadership Gwinnett. Lisa lives in Marietta, GA with her husband Jim, son Ben and step-daughter Isabella. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, with a BA in Political Science and Communications.

Denise Brinson, City of Suwanee


Denise Brinson has spent the last 13+ years working with the City of Suwanee and currently serves as the Economic & Community Development Director. Denise directs all economic development efforts for the City including downtown and I-85 corridor efforts and oversees all promotional, public art, event and public relations efforts for the City.  In addition, Denise is past-chair of the Georgia Downtown Association, the North Gwinnett Schools Foundation, and the Leadership Gwinnett Alumni Committee.  Denise has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Florida. Prior economic development activities include several years as an economic development specialist for Florida Power Corporation. In addition, Denise designed and wrote a community-based strategic planning program that she marketed and implemented in 10 Florida communities, including a regional effort for an eight-county area in North Florida. Although Denise’s activities with the City of Suwanee are very important, her first priority is her family.

Bob Carter, Carter Creative Services

Jennifer Fero, assistant principal at Peachtree Ridge High School

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Jennifer is an Assistant Principal at Peachtree Ridge High School. In addition to supporting students and teachers, her responsibilities include the Technical Education department, Advisement program and graduation rate. She is also a member of the KCPC/Karis church board, and serves on the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Citizen’s Advisory Board. Her seventeen years in education include teaching in Korea, Ghana and Spanish immersions in Mexico and Costa Rica. A graduate of the Harvard Principal Center, Gwinnett County Public Schools Quality Plus Leader Academy and Leadership Gwinnett; Jennifer’s love of learning and excellence is contagious.

Jennifer is currently a doctoral student with Georgia State University. She holds an Ed.S from Mercer University, a M.S. from Portland State University, and a B.A. in secondary education from Western Oregon University. A transplant from Oregon, Jennifer has been part of the Gwinnett community since 2008. When her head is not in a book, she can be found running one of Georgia’s beautiful trails or trying not to get run over on her new road bike.

Karen Fine Saltiel, Primerica


As Executive Vice President of Administrative Services, Karen works closely with all areas of the Company supporting the business in various administrative functions.  This includes complete Human Resource support.  She also has responsibility for Community Relations and the Primerica Foundation.  Additionally, Karen oversees the Company’s Niche Marketing initiatives. Karen has more than thirty years experience in the Human Resources discipline.  She received her BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a JD from New York Law School, with a concentration in employment law. She is a member of the NY State Bar. Karen began her career at the Wall Street brokerage firm of Shearson/American Express and became responsible for all of the Company’s employment-related legal matters.

Andrea Hagood, Gwinnett Co. Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Nancy Harris, City of Duluth

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Nancy Harris is a retired teacher and principal of Gwinnett County Public Schools and life-long Duluth resident. Nancy has witnessed much growth and change in Duluth, thus, making it a personal commitment to serve her hometown. It is her goal as Mayor to work closely with citizens and the City administrative staff to ensure quality growth in Duluth. Mayor Harris wears many hats in her efforts to bring quality growth to Duluth with her involvement with the Duluth Fine Arts League, Rainbow Village, Duluth Civitan, Duluth Historical Society, Duluth Fall Festival Committee, Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival, President of Gwinnett Municipal Association, Georgia Municipal Association – Community Involvement Committee, Metro Atlanta Mayor’s Association, Duluth Merchant’s Association, Artworks! Gwinnett – Board of Doers and several other community and professional groups. Mayor Harris has a BS in early childhood education and a Master of Education Educational Supervision, both degrees from the University of Georgia, and also a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Georgia State University.

Phil Hoskins, Gwinnett County Planning & Development


Since 1996, Phil Hoskins has served as Director of Community Services for Gwinnett County. His responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the following divisions: Parks and Recreation Operations, Parks and Recreation Project Administration, Health and Human Services, Cooperative Extension Service, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, and Voter Registration and Elections. In addition, he serves as the County’s liaison with various other community service organizations.


Donna Joe, Gwinnett County Planning & Development

Dan King, King & Spalding (ret.)


Dan King has been a partner in King & Spalding’s Atlanta and NY offices, and served as the leader of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Dan practiced law for 30 years with significant litigation and trial experience in a wide range of commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration matters, before retiring at the end of 2010. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College. Dan actively supports a number of community organizations, including the United Way, Leadership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Public Schools, and service on the board of Goodwill Industries, ArtWorks! Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Tech College Foundation, and the GCPS Foundation. Dan and his family have lived in Gwinnett County since moving to Georgia in 1985.

Clayborn Knight, Nesbit Elementary School

Caryn McGarity, The McGarity Group


Caryn McGarity and her trial lawyer husband Mike McGarity run The McGarity Group Law Firm in Gwinnett County. It is a boutique law firm specializing in the practice areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, business and civil litigation to name a few.  She also is the Executive Director for Barefoot in the Park, Inc., a fine arts festival founded in 2004 and held each May. This action packed weekend event is full of entertainment, arts education, food, wine tasting and one-of-a-kind artwork from artists from all over the Southeast. Money raised by this non-profit organization go into an Arts Education Sc holarship Fund. They have granted over $43,000 into non-profit arts organizations as scholarships for students and adults who want to further their arts education. Caryn also was instrumental in starting ArtWorks! Gwinnett back in 2007.  She is Co-Chair and is excited about the organization’s continued growth and successes.  Caryn holds numerous other board positions including: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, Gwinnett Public Library Foundation Committee, and Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority. She serves as President of the Women’s Club in her community.

Teresa Osborn, Hudgens Center for the Arts


Teresa Osborn has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years.  She began her professional life as a sales and marketing executive in the for-profit sector and made a career change into the nonprofit sector after an epiphany following a job interview when she realized she wanted to “do good” for a living. She worked for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, been a consultant and, since 2001, she has been involved with the Hudgens Center for the Arts:  as a volunteer, Arts League President, board member, consultant, Interim Executive Director and Executive Director. Teresa moved to Atlanta as a child and has seen Atlanta and Gwinnett County change tremendously. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a double major in English and Political Science and then studied political science in graduate school at Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Jim (who is the City Manager of Dacula) are both committed to service and have lived in Gwinnett County for over 25 years.

Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre


In 1999, Anthony was named Producing Artistic Director and established Aurora Theatre, Inc. as a non-profit organization. Under his leadership, the theatre grew from 120 season subscribers to the 3500 subscribers Aurora Theatre currently boasts. His success led to an ABBY Award nomination in 2002 for Arts Professional of the Year. Mr. Rodriguez’s greatest accomplishment to date was his successful negotiation to relocate Aurora Theatre to downtown Lawrenceville Georgia where it serves as the cornerstone for their revitalization. This nearly $7.5 million complex houses 2 theatres, rehearsal space and offices and opened in the spring of 2007.  Aurora’s accomplishments include: Learning Library an educational theatre program, Aurora Academy and Conservatory where students learn about theatre from working professionals, Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight an annual outdoor summer concert, Cabaret Series musical evenings between main stage events, and Teatro del Sol, a professional Spanish-language theatre company that was created to preserve Hispanic cultural heritage through the presentation of Latin plays and musicals. Mr. Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Duluth Rotary Club, and the Atlanta Coalition for Performing Arts. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Marist High School and the University of Georgia with a BFA in theatre. Mr. Rodriguez is a Cancer Survivor and has been cancer free for 22 years.

Wade Walthall, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

David Welden, Gwinnett Tech


David H. Welden currently serves as the Executive Vice-President of Administration for Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA, where he oversees the operational areas of the College: Accounting & Budget, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, and the College’s Hudgen’s Early Education Center. Mr. Welden has been a senior administrator at the College since 2005. He joined the College in 2000 as a faculty member.

Prior to joining the College, Mr. Welden worked in public accounting as a certified public accountant for fourteen years. He earned a BBA and MBA in accounting from Georgia State University.

Mr. Welden currently serves on the board of the Aurora Theater, Inc and the finance committee of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. He has served as president and vice-president of the Technical College System of Georgia’s Vice-Presidents of Administrative Services Council and was a member of the System’s 2008 Executive Leadership Academy. He also served on the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation. In 2011, Mr. Welden was appointed to Governor Deal’s Higher Education Funding Study Commission. He is a graduate of the 2012-2013 Leadership Gwinnett Program.

He is an Atlanta native and lives with his wife Janie in the Grayson area.

Debi West, North Gwinnett High School


Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT has been teaching art in Gwinnett County since 1993.  She teaches students via the visual arts at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA where she is the department chair of the visual arts and the fine arts co-chair, and she is the owner of the Crystal Collage Children’s Art Studio in Suwanee, GA. She has given over 80 motivational and educational speeches, locally, regionally, and nationally.  A few of her teaching awards include: 2005 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year, 2006 GA Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2009 Georgia Art Educator of the Year and 2005 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Debi earned her BA from the University of South Carolina in 1989 with a concentration in studio art.  She earned her teaching certificate from the Moore College of Art and Design in 1991, her MAEd in 1999 from the University of Georgia and her Ed.S from UGA as well.  She is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Georgia and plans on completing her dissertation in the spring of 2014.

Latabia Woodward, Gwinnett Co. Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority