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Change in leadership, Forsyth
Bramblett follows Clair as director
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Vicky Clair, left, and her husband, Ron Clair, right, talk to Karen Nolan during a recent farewell party for Vicky Clair at Reids Barn. - photo by Emily Saunders
For results of the Leadership Forsyth program, look no further than Tammi Bramblett.

She’s not just a 2006 Leadership Forsyth graduate, she’s also the organization’s new executive director. Bramblett took over Friday for Vicky Clair, who served for six years before announcing her retirement.

“I think she’s awesome,” said Clair of her replacement. “I worked with her when I was on the United Way board. She’s very professional, she’s smart and I think she’ll do a great job.”

The nonprofit organization strives to develop community leaders. The program, which has graduated more than 500 leaders, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Clair, a 1999 program graduate and the organization’s first and only paid employee, said she is leaving the organization in great shape.

“We’ve done so many great class projects for the community and we’ve trained some great leaders within the community, and that’s our whole purpose—to teach people what they can do in the community to make it better and to give back,” she said.

Every year, Leadership Forsyth graduates complete a class project to benefit the community. Projects have ranged from a treehouse on Sawnee Mountain to the Forsyth County Senior Center outdoor garden and activities space.

Alumni are encouraged to continue to play an active role in the community. More than 70 percent of graduates go on to serve on nonprofit boards or participate in civic volunteer programs.

Less than a week into her new position, Bramblett has already set some lofty goals. Among them are increasing awareness of the program and bringing alumni back to maintain active roles.

“Although it’s an amazing program, we always know that we can continue to grow,” she said. “The sky’s the limit on what great leaders can do, and I know that this program will bring out those great leaders to help us further the community and be the best we can.”

Bramblett’s nonprofit service includes more than four years as marketing and resource development director for the local United Way chapter.

She also worked with the American Heart Association.

Her career nearly mirrors that of Clair, who also served as a past board member and officer of the county’s United Way and as a past member of the heart association.

Clair’s retirement will be short-lived, as she plans to spend much of her time as a board member of Whispering Hope, a women’s resource and pregnancy center.

“The organization is in good shape,” she said of Leadership Forsyth. “It was time for me to move on and do something else.

“I’m going to keep an eye on what’s going on though.  I worked too hard to get it to this point.”

Clair said a lot of hurdles, including fundraising, were cleared over the years.  She said she has maintained a strong support system to help the program flourish.

“I definitely could not have done it without surrounding myself with very capable people,” she said. “I’m definitely going to miss the people. They were wonderful to work with.

“I have felt very honored to be part of this organization.”

E-mail Jennifer Sami at jennifersami@forsythnews.com.