Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) recently graduated the 2008 class—its 21st —which was made up of 29 members from the corporate world, local government, non-profit organizations and community residents.

The nine-month program presents information on all aspects of the Sandy Springs community from local and state government to education to civic and cultural issues.

LSS alumni have been tapped to serve on many city of Sandy Springs and Fulton County task forces, advisory committees and policy making boards.

Each year the class completes service projects to benefit Sandy Springs. The LSS Class of 2008 projects include teaming up with the city of Sandy Springs to educate residents, schools and businesses in the city about the impact of storm water on the environment and engaging volunteers to place markers on the storm sewers in Sandy Springs neighborhoods.

Another project team is organizing a “shoebox” drive to collect toiletries to donate to local non-profits serving Sandy Springs including the Community Action Center and the Mary Hall Freedom House. The third project team will work with the Sandy Springs Fire Department to obtain CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Training) and help recruit other civilians to become trained, serving as neighborhood early responders in case of an emergency.

Leadership Sandy Springs Class of 2008:

Brian Backer, Consultant, CFI Group; Erik Bykat, Group VP and Commercial Lending Executive, Signature Bank; Ron Carpinella, Senior Vice President, Allconnect, Inc; Jon Coopman, President, Top Drawer Consulting; Justin S. Daniels, Attorney, Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.; Elizabeth Fisher, Reference Librarian, The Art Institute of Atlanta; Rick Foster, Project Manager, OPTECH, Monette L.L.C.;

Lucy Hall-Gainer, President and CEO, Mary Hall Freedom House; Dennis Ham, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Sandy Springs; Andrea Haney, Rental Coordinator, Heritage Sandy Springs; Mike Howard, Vice Principal, North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences; Ev Howe, Chair, ABLE and ESL program, St. Judes Catholic Church; Kym Hughes, Executive Director, Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism; Jori Kasher, State Farm Agent; Lindsay Kling, Communications Manager, Sandy Springs-Perimeter Chamber of Commerce;

Laura Kurlander, Attorney, Hartman, Simons, Spielman & Wood, LLC; Steve Levene, Publisher, Reporter Newspapers; Kevin Lubitz, Vice President and Branch Executive, Cornerstone Bank; Erin E. McHugh, Senior Financial Advisor, Business & Wealth Advisors, Inc.; Carol Moore, formerly Vice President and Managing Broker, Harry Norman Realtors; Tisa Moore, Communication Supervisor, City of Sandy Springs; Wendy Nensel, Tax Manager, D S Waters;

Mark Rosenthal, Manager, Recruitment & HR Administration, Northside Hospital; Carol Rubler, Financial Planner, Merrill Lynch and SS Rotary; Brian N. Smiley, Partner, Smiley, Bishop & Porter, LLC Law Firm; Eleanor Smith, Director of Outreach, The Wellness Community; Stephen Walker, President, S.R. Walker Designs; Larry Weiner, Director of Education, Temple Sinai; Denny Wigbels, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Wachovia Bank.