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Georgia Leader Program

The Georgia Leader Certificate Program aims to develop skills, knowledge, and understanding within participants that will allow them to lead responsibly and productively as they face the quality, legislative, regulatory, reimbursement, public relations, human, technological and environmental challenges within long term and post-acute care.

Being a GHCA Georgia leader means recognizing and fostering in others the unique and differing skills required to deliver quality long term and post- acute care. As leaders with these skills, our members impact the profession at all levels, the community, state and nationally in a myriad of positive ways. Graduates of the GHCA Leader Certificate Program serve on the GHCA Board, GHCA committees, participate in the AHCA/NCAL Future Leader program, and receive honors and recognition for their centers in Georgia and on the national level.

2023 GHCA Georgia Leader Application. 

Background and History

Since 2015 the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) has hosted Long Term Care (LTC) professionals in an annual Georgia Leader program. 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 Winter Convention held in January each year. These capstone projects are recorded and made available to GHCA members under the Workforce Tab of the GHCA website to assist in the advancement of long term care leadership in Georgia.



Each year, GHCA 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 the first welcome education session virtually or in person at GHCA in Stockbridge, another designated program TBD and the GHCA 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
Jon Black
Ken Burnett
Katie Carr
Karen Andrews Daniel
Lisa Davies
Toni Davis
Miriam Deberry
Jeff Ginn
Anthony Grant
Beverly Hamilton
Amy Hardy
Brandi Harrison
Brian Hart
Amy Hudson
Hudie Langston
Chris Loga
Jo Lucke
Patrelle Major*
Michael Murphy
Nancy Musah
Antwanna Neal
Tracy Nelson
Eric Parker
Kaelyn Meade Parker
Meredith Ransom
Cori Reese
Valeria Shuler
Kerry Smith*
Michele Todd
Jazmine Valle
Calvin Walker
Angela Watkins
Andrea Watson
Keith Wilson*
Spencer Windham*
Joanne Wrenn   

*AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders