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Georgia Leader Program

Background and History

Since 2015 the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) and the Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GCAL) have hosted Long Term Care (LTC) professionals in an annual Georgia Leader program.  In 2018, the 9 month program kicks off with a two day symposium “The Great Eight: The Future of Care” at the Fred A. Watson Education Center in Stockbridge, GA . Selected participants of the Georgia Leader program have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in representing the interests of LTC providers at the state level. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality, customer satisfaction, staff stability and leadership.

Program Goal

By participating in this program, members of each Georgia Leaders class will be better prepared to serve in vital roles within GHCA/GCAL and on behalf of the entire profession. By honing their knowledge and leadership skills, these Georgia leaders will help to advance quality and promote the profession’s mission of providing the highest quality, resident-centered care for frail, elderly, and disabled Georgians. All Georgia Leader participants will demonstrate this ability through the creation of their capstone leadership project, a brief presentation on a unique leadership concept at the GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention held in January each year. These capstone projects are recorded and made available to GHCA/GCAL members under the Workforce Tab of the GHCA/GCAL website to assist in the advancement of long term care leadership in Georgia.



In February each year, GHCA/GCAL members nominate individuals to participate in the program. These may be self-nominations. A candidate from each GHCA council region will be selected by the selection committee.

Expectations and Requirements

Those selected to participate in Georgia Leaders agree to:

  • Attend a two-day training session in at GHCA in Stockbridge in May, the GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention and the GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention.
  • In collaboration with your supervisor, complete personal and organizational strategic goals and plans.
  • Read four books over the course of the program.
  • Participate in the GHCA Committee and Board Day quarterly meetings.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls.
  • Write reflections on required assignments.
  • Create and Present the Leadership Capstone Project.

Leadership Capstone Presentations - Video

Program Graduates

Amy Ash
Michael Barry
Ken Burnett
Katie Carr
Patrelle Cross
Karen Andrews Daniel
Lisa Davies
Toni Davis
Miriam Deberry
Jeff Ginn
Anthony Grant
Amy Hardy
Brandi Harrison
Brian Hart
Amy Hudson
Hudie Langston
Jo Lucke
Michael Murphy
Antwanna Neal
Tracy Nelson
Eric Parker
Meredith Ransom
Cori Reese
Valeria Shuler
Kerry Smith*
Michele Todd
Angela Watkins
Andrea Watson
Keith Wilson*
Spencer Windham*
Joanne Wrenn           

*AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders