Leadership Gadsden Graduates First Class
The first class of Leadership Gadsden Academy graduated last Friday night. Max Martinez was the sponsor of the first class and spoke about the purpose of the academy was to create new leaders. Martinez challenged the graduating class to “go out and help make other leaders.”
“I want to thank all of you for stepping up and being the first class of Leadership Gadsden,” said class president James Maloy.
Guest speaker Dr. Monica Hayes told the class that the community needed good leaders and encouraged the class members to “keep learning.” She said leaders make their voices heard, and they vote. Leaders are educated, listen and are humble and yet quick to learn, she added. As members of the first class, Dr. Hayes said, “You are more important now than ever.” She closed by saying that she expected great things from this class.
Martinez added his appreciation for the instructors and those who supported the program including Dr. Monica Hayes, Assistant Director, Office of Minority Health, Florida Department of Health; Former State Rep. Curtis Richardson; Gadsden County BOCC Attorney Mike Glazer; Leon County Health Department Communications Officer Page Jolly; Howard McKinnon, Havana Town Manager; Byron Spires, Havana Herald; Marlon Hunter, Gadsden County Health Department Administrator; and Barbara Boone, Executive Director, Leadership Tallahassee.
A much-deserved thank you went to State Representative Alan Williams for his encouragement and support of Leadership Gadsden.
A new class is planned to start in September and that starting date will be announced soon.