LeAndrea Mikell Named Georgia Jaycees’ First Black President

A last minute invitation from Savannah Jaycees’ Steven Williams landed me at the Courtyard Savannah Downtown / Historic District for the introduction of ? LeAndrea Mikell at the Georgia Jaycees annual year-end convention on January 22.

Let me start at the beginning. I met LeAndrea when she was an intern at Savannah Master Calendar, followed her to Small Business Assistance Corporation, referred her to Savannah Morning News, screamed with pride as she made the drive across the big bridge to the World Trade Center Savannah before landing her dream job at Savannah State University as Executive Director of Governmental Relations and Community Engagement; Needless to say, I’ve been cheering for this amazing woman since the day we met in 2013.

Hillary Bradbury and Dan Kamykowski

Knowing that LeAndrea was inaugurated as the first African-American president of the Georgia Jaycees made me sidestep my original plans, as there was no way I wouldn’t see her before this monumental event. And if you know LeAndrea, you know she’s late for her own ceremony!

Not too late is the most visible guy in town, Richard Sanders! I walk past him as he holds the courthouse in the lobby with his fellow Jaycees, and go to an awards ceremony to meet the local Jaycees Dan Kamykowski and current president Hillary Bradbury. The petite brunette tells me she’s proud of how they continued their momentum and got creative in how they achieved our numbers and our community.

Tyler Edic and Colin Brady.

Next up is the genius of the videographer Tyler Edic and fellow New York native Colin Brady. As I talk to Tyler about his podcast, guitar playing and his dog Lilly, followed by Colin about his love for the South and our kindness, I find out I’m speaking to the most eligible singles in town!

My next Jaycees member is Zerik Examples. The CEO of Habitat for Humanity is rushing me to finish interviewing people so I don’t hold up his timeline! I hurry, but since I’m talking to his fiancée Alexis Burkes about how they “meet with Armstrong when I was a sophomore and he was senior and reconnected ten years later” – I guess he won’t mind.

Alexis Burkes and Zerik Examples.

Hoping to hear the makings of Hallmark’s love story, I chat with the practice manager at the CASE Veterinary Clinic about her November wedding plans, her involvement with the Young Black Professionals Group and the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus Young Alumni Board, and then ask how the two of them have time to see each other, because Zerik is busier than me!

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