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Growing Leaders Team

Meet Our Team

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Josey
Butcher

Director of Partner Success

About

Josey's passion for leadership development began in college at the University of Georgia. Josey graduated in 2012 with a degree in business management and went on to serve in a variety of ministry roles in Athens and Clarkesville. In each position, Josey deepened her passion for leadership development and mentoring young men and women. Josey is excited to serve as the Director of Partner Success on the Growing Leaders team.

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Shingirai
Chigwere

Operations Assistant

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Tim
Elmore

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

About

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.

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

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Trent
Hope

Director of Operations

About

Trent Hope is a native of Georgia and graduate of the University of North Georgia with a degree in History and Sociology. In the formative years of his adolescence, Trent was impacted by a few pivotal leaders that forever directed him on a path of desiring to lead and serve others. His heart is helping those around him discover what they are passionate about and challenging them to pursue it. He has worked with organizations such as BigStuf Camps, Orange, and Adventures in Missions. When he's not hiking a trail you can find him deep in a book with a cup of coffee.

Fun Facts

Favorite Movie: Last of the Mohicans

Favorite Quote: "Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up." - Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Begins

Fun Fact: He's traveled to and lived in over 30 countries.

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Aaron
James

Chief Philanthropy Officer

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Katie
Kelly

Philanthropy Initiative Coordinator

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Andrew
McPeak

Vice President
of Content

About

Andrew married his wife Anna and graduated from Bryan College in 2011. Working with non-profits for more than 5 years, Andrew’s experiences have led him to become well versed in communicating to and about the next generations. He has developed multiple conference presentations, curricula, and articles to serve a variety of organizations. Andrew serves as Vice President of Content as well as a writer for Growing Leaders.

Fun Facts

Favorite Food:
Thai

Favorite Book:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

What’s on my bucket list:
Watch every movie on the AFI top 100 list

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Kim
McDonald

Speaking Events
Specialist

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Steve
Moore

President

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Tami
Payton

Speaking Events
Coordinator

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Rashad
Roundtree

Marketing
Coordinator

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Matt
Ward

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

About

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.

Fun Facts

Favorite Movie:
A Few Good Men

Favorite Quote:
"No vision is worth the paper it's printed on unless it is communicated constantly and reinforced with rewards."  - Jack Welch

Best Advice:
Always be the most prepared person in the room.

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Chelsea
Wood

Account
Specialist

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Tyler
Yaken

Vice President
of Business Development

About

Over the past decade Tyler has worked with three separate leadership development organizations all geared towards equipping the next generation. These opportunities have shaped his perspective on what it takes to have an experiential event and a leadership process that truly makes a difference. Tyler now serves as the Vice President of Bussiness Development where he leads and oversees all sales activities. His passion is to help organizations create a leadership plan that is best for them. In his free time Tyler enjoys traveling the world, training for triathlons, cheering on the Clemson tigers and coffee dates with his wife Anna.