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SMITHFIELD, NORTH CAROLINA, January 15, 2022— A fully engaged Leadership Johnston
program returns to Johnston County this year! The eleven-month program is designed for those
who want to learn more about the county while developing and refining leadership skills.
Through a variety of personal growth opportunities, individuals will gain a more in-depth
understanding of the many facets of Johnston County, build crisis leadership and change
management skills, and learn the skills necessary for effectively serving on a board, while
growing their professional network.

Leadership Johnston is sponsored by KS Bank, Johnston Community College, and the
Johnston County chambers of commerce. The mission of the program is to cultivate leaders by
providing the knowledge, motivation and networking needed to affect positive change in
Johnston County through civic service, business, and non-profit organizations. Leadership
Johnston is an Affiliate of the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation.

The Class of 2022 launched the week of January 10th. This year's class includes, from left to
right: Back Row -- Caitlin Furr (Johnston County Public Schools), Teresa McDonald (Johnston
Community College), Heidi Hester (Heidi Moore CPA, INC), Ron Hester (Barbetta LLC), Kelly
Edwards (Willowrun Veterinary Hospital), Jamie Surles (Partnership for Children of Johnston
County), Patrick Pierce (Town of Clayton), Hannah Smith (RiverWild), Britt Holland (KS Bank,
Inc), James Baker (Grace and Truth Leadership), Richard Carr (Johnston County Public
Schools)/Front Row: Leigh Ann Blevins (The Armstrong Law Firm, PA), Jaime Pearce (Johnston
Health), Michelle Ball (Clerk of Superior Court), Dee Brockington Morgan (KS Bank, Inc),
Melissa Vandemark (Johnston Community College), Heather Driver (CopyPro Inc.). Not pictured
is Brian Jones with Johnston County Public Schools. Please note that masks were briefly
removed for the group picture.

If you'd like to learn more about Leadership Johnston, visit
Contact: Christie Lambert/