Inaugural Miller Leadership Academy Class Announced


Atlanta, GA – Miller Institute Foundation CEO Bryan Miller announced today the inaugural Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018. The Academy is based on a leadership class taught by former Governor Zell Miller.

“We set out to find the best and brightest young professionals in Georgia. I’m proud to say we succeeded,” said Miller. “The Miller Institute is honored to have 40 members of the Class of 2018 take part in the Miller Leadership Academy.”

The Miller Leadership Academy prepares young professionals for successful careers in public service. The Academy consists of five weekend summits across Georgia designed to help participants become effective leaders and decision makers.

The Miller Institute is proud to partner with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia to provide the curriculum for the Miller Leadership Academy.

The first summit will take place on January 26-28 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens. The four remaining summits for 2018 will be held in Macon, Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah.

The following are members of the Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018:

Jennifer Abrams
Development Assistant
Georgia Tech Athletics
Atlanta, GA

Casey Aultman
State Government Relations Manager
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA

Annalee Ashley
State and Federal Government Affairs Officer
Georgia Southern University
Atlanta, GA

Clint Bearden
Superior Court Judge
Northeastern Judicial Circuit
Dawsonville, GA

Kathleen Bennett
Development Director
Coastal Georgia Historical Society
St. Simons Island, GA

Kristin Bernhard
Deputy Commissioner for System Reform
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Atlanta, GA

Greg Boike
Director of Public Administration
Middle Georgia Regional Commission
Macon, GA

Alex Bradford
State Affairs Coordinator
Georgia Farm Bureau
Macon, GA

Anne Brody
Policy Analyst
The Council of State Governments
Atlanta, GA

Heather Chambers
Owner and Director
Dahlonega Country Day Academy
Dawsonville, GA

Wes Chambers
Chambers Family Enterprises
Dawsonville, GA

Stacey Chavis
Public Policy Consultant
Campaigns Academy
Atlanta, GA

Nathan Dilday
Assistant Vice President
Mountain Valley Community Bank
Cornelia, GA

Donavan Eason
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Atlanta, GA

Houston Gaines
Lighthouse Counsel
Athens, GA

Chris Green
Associate Vice President, External Relations
Georgia Student Finance Commission
Atlanta, GA

Scott Grubman
Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever LLP
Brookhaven, GA

Eric Harrison
Political Director
Marsy’s Law for Georgia
Stone Mountain, GA

Lora Hawk
Scarlet Hawk Consulting
Stone Mountain, GA

Tricia Hise
Hotard and Hise, LLC
Cornelia, GA

Dominique Holloman
Chief of Staff
State Rep. William Boddie
Atlanta, GA

Jamie Jordan
HDCI Program Manager
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Atlanta, GA

Andrew Laarhoven
Chief Financial Officer
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Decatur, GA

Kristin Laarhoven
WIOA and Workforce Services Director
Georgia Department of Labor
Decatur, GA

Tyler Mashburn
Legislative Liaison
Judicial Council of Georgia / Administrative Office of the Courts
Atlanta, GA

Anna Wrigley Miller
Planning, Research, Evaluation, and Communications Director
Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
Smyrna, GA

Elizabeth McLean
City Manager
City of McRae-Helena
McRae Helena, GA

Brad Mock
Manager of Political Affairs
Georgia Association of Realtors
Atlanta, GA

Michael Nix
Executive Director, 9-1-1 Authority
Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Newnan, GA

Kyle Owenby
Bushway & Waystack, LLC
Macon, GA

Jenna Saxon
Government Relations Representative
Georgia EMC
Atlanta, GA

Jessica Sills
Jasper County High School
Macon, GA

Taylor Sills
Director of Public Affairs
Georgia Cotton Commission
Macon, GA

Nick Smith
Director of Policy and External Affairs
Office of the Attorney General
Newnan, GA

Reid Smith
Community Affairs Coordinator
Georgians for Lawsuit Reform
Atlanta, GA

Zack Tumlin
The Law Office of Zack Tumlin
Dawsonville, GA

Lauren Tumlin
Tumlin Properties and Holdings
Dawsonville, GA

Taylor Walden
Legal and Public Safety Specialist
Office of the Governor
Atlanta, GA

LeAnn Waldroup
Director of Communications and Marketing
Young Harris College
Young Harris, GA

Ashley Williams
Communications Director
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Atlanta, GA

About Zell Miller

On January 14, 1991, Zell Miller took the oath of office as Georgia’s 79th Governor. The central purpose of his administration would be to prepare Georgia for the 21st century. Miller served as Lt. Governor of Georgia from 1975-1991, Governor of Georgia from 1991-1999 and U.S. Senator from 2000-2005. He is the only keynote speaker to address both major political parties at their conventions, Democrats in 1992 and Republicans in 2004.

While a candidate for Governor in 1990, Miller had an idea to create a statewide lottery exclusively for the purpose of funding education initiatives in Georgia. Today, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has transferred more than $18.1 billion to the students of Georgia. Over the past 25 years, this money has allowed more than 1.8 million students to go to college in Georgia on HOPE Scholarships, and more than 1.4 million four-year old children to begin their education early in Georgia’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. These programs represent the signature achievements of Governor Miller’s forty-five year career in public service.