Tim Elmore

Founder and President

Tim began working with students in 1979 and his passion is still investing in the next generation.  After working alongside best-selling leadership author John C. Maxwell for more than twenty-five years, he founded Growing Leaders in 2003 to focus solely on creating leadership training events and resources for emerging leaders.  Tim is the author & creative visionary behind Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes. Read more about Tim HERE.

Twitter: @TimElmore

Fun Facts:
Who have been your influences in life? Parents, John Maxwell, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Snack: Popcorn
Guilty Pleasure: Watching and discussing movies

Holly Moore

Vice President

Holly began her career as a nurse and went on to serve in an executive leadership position with a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical distribution company.  She left her corporate position because of a desire to use her business skills in a non-profit setting.  Prior to Growing Leaders, she was the Director of Communications for Eagle Ranch as well as the Vice President of Advancement for Mercy Ships where she was responsible for all of the organization’s communications and development work in the US.

Email: holly@growingleaders.com     |     Twitter: @Holly_Moore

Fun Facts:
Guilty Pleasure: Coke Zero
Favorite Book: Christy by Catherine Marshall
Favorite Snack: Hot Tamales

Chloe Hull

Speaking Events Coordinator

Chloe graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Industrial Design.  She had an opportunity to develop her leadership skills by working with Kanakuk Camps as both a staff member and a Leadership Institute participant.  Chloe joined the Growing Leaders team as a Marketing Apprentice and we realized we didn’t want to let her go.  She moved into the full-time position of Partnership Coordinator in the fall of 2009 and still uses her design skills on a number of special projects. Chloe now serves as our Speaking Events Coordinator and oversees the booking of all of the events for our speaking team.

Email: chloe@growingleaders.com     |    Phone: 678.384.4484

Fun Facts:
Favorite Snack: Anything dipped in hummus
If I won $1 million I would: Travel the world and open a coffee shop
Website Visited Most: Pinterest (I know, such a girl!)

Andrea Callicott

Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Tim Elmore

Andrea provides administrative support for Tim and manages our office.  After graduating from Oral Roberts University, Andrea worked in a key administrative role in a large church before moving into a management position with a small business in Tulsa, OK.  She moved to Atlanta in 2008 and soon after joined the Growing Leaders team.  Her gifts of organization and administration play a key role in all we do.

Email: andrea@growingleaders.com     |     Phone: 678.367.4187

Fun Facts:
I will never be seen without: My coupon book. I always keep it on me in case there is a deal!
If I won $1 million, I would: Travel the world and give a lot of it to organizations I believe in.
Guilty Pleasure: Honey Mustard

Alysse Whatley

Development Coordinator

Alysse graduated from The University of Georgia in 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership. Her passion for student leadership began in high school with her membership in the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team. While at UGA, she served as Executive Director of UGA HEROs, an organization that raises funds for children in Georgia affected by HIV.  Alysse joined the Growing Leaders team as a summer intern in 2011 and then again full-time after graduation as our Development Coordinator. She uses her communication skills to nurture The Growing Leaders Foundation that supports underfunded schools and organizations with Habitudes curriculum.

Email: alysse@growingleaders.com     |     Phone: 678.256.3636

Fun Facts:
What is in your coffee? ­Nothing but the grinds!
Favorite Book:  ­Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Best Advice: Tell the story of grace with every move that you make

Jim Woodard

Operations Manager

Jim recognized his passion for developing leaders while working as a General Manager for Chick-fil-A while completing college. His leadership talents were quickly recognized as he began traveling across the country to lead in Chick-fil-A Grand Openings and other special events. Throughout college, his career at Chick-fil-A and now at Growing Leaders, Jim prioritizes weekly breakfast meetings to mentor a group of local high school students at North Gwinnett High School. Jim joined the Growing Leaders team in 2013 as the Resource Coordinator, enthusiastic about developing student leaders on a daily basis.

Email: jim@growingleaders.com     |    Phone: 678.256.3652

Fun Facts:
Favorite Movie: Lion King
Superpower: Keeping a secret my many superpowers
Best Advice: You miss 100% of the naps you don’t take.

Chris Harris

Marketing Coordinator

Chris graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He started his leadership journey on his way to become an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. In June 2013 Chris joined the Growing Leaders team in eagerness to continue serving the younger generation.

Email: chris@growingleaders.com     |    Phone: 678.367.4186

Fun Facts:
Favorite Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Superpower: Uncovering what Jim’s super powers are
Random Fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue

Rachel Blackman

Director of Education Partnerships

Rachel helps cultivate and support Growing Leaders partners in K12 educational environments.  After graduating from the College of Education at Auburn University, Rachel has served as a teacher, education consultant, and most recently as a regional sales manager for a global learning management system (LMS) company.  She is an Atlanta native, growing up through Cobb County Schools.  Her education and business background play a key role in the Growing Leaders mission.

Email: rachel@growingleaders.com     |      Phone: 678.369.7009

Fun Facts:
Favorite Movie: Newsies
Best Advice : “Be a Leader.” (Written by my dad on every single napkin in my lunchbox as a kid!)
Guilty Pleasure: Twizzlers

JT Thoms

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Fueled by an appetite of learning from others, J.T.’s mission in life is to make a positive impact by encouraging people to become who they dream to be. J.T.’s professional immersion began at Booster Enterprises, where he spent over five years dedicating his time toward investing in people and developing new markets for the leadership and character building organization. Blessed by a large window of opportunity early in his career, J.T. has developed dexterities in multiple fields including event hosting, keynote speaking, leadership-development, and relationship building. It’s his passion to know and encourage others that he believes will help him fall forward as he pursues his mission in life.

Email: jt@growingleaders.com     |    Phone: 678.359.6763

Fun Facts:
What’s on your Bucket List?:  I want to dunk myself in every ocean… still working on the Arctic!
What are you grateful for?: My wife Bethany, my parents Terry and Sandy, and my 12 siblings
Random Fact: I once made a putt-putt shot that went viral on Youtube.

Matt Ward

Partner Relations Coordinator

Matt graduated from Cedarville University in 2009 with a degree in Theology. He spent the next 5 years managing various Chick-fil-A restaurants where he was most energized by developing and mentoring his team members. Matt joined the Growing Leaders team in 2014, excited to combine his passions for leadership development and service.

Email: matt@growingleaders.com     |      Phone: 678.367.4189

Fun Facts:
Favorite Movie? A Few Good Men
I have never been seen without: Coffee!
Best Advice: Always be the most prepared person for any situation

Joe Ninowski

Marketing Communications Specialist

Joe graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2013 with a degree in Marketing and a passion for healthy worldview development. While at ORU, Joe was the recipient of the Whole Person Scholarship and served as the Vice President of the Student Body. After interning with Growing Leaders in the Fall of 2013, Joe accepted a full time position and offers experience in marketing strategy, graphic design, and video production.

Email: joe@growingleaders.com     |    Phone: 678.394.8120

Fun Facts:
Favorite Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Random Fact: When I was a teenager, I won two gold medals in the Junior Olympic National Championships in gymnastics.
Guilty Pleasure: Binge watching great TV shows on the weekends.

Ted Weyn

Business Advisor

Ted Weyn graduated from Fordham University in New York and began his career on Wall Street. Moving into the services industry, Ted has worked in Human Capital Management, Procurement and Technology business segments for close to 30 years.  Blessed to have been exposed to sales, marketing and executive management, Ted has worked in public and private companies. In 2004, Ted ventured out starting, growing and ultimately selling 3 distinct international business entities. Joining Growing Leaders to expand the proven leadership principles, Ted is assisting companies challenged by the Generational Diversity of today’s Millennial workers.

Email: ted@growingleaders.com     |    Twitter: @TedWeyn

Fun Facts:
Favorite Snack:  Gummy Bears
Best advice: Do what you say you’d do
Random Fact: I was at the 1980 USA Gold Medal Hockey Game