Goshen Leadership Academy Founding Class of 2022

Congratulations to our graduates of the first ever Goshen Leadership Academy.

Goshen Leadership Academy was founded to provide emerging leaders at Goshen Valley with an all-encompassing view of what it takes to be a leader. We covered topics from finance to strategic planning all within the framework of Mission, Margin, Morale, and Compliance. 

Goshen Valley CEO, Zach Blend, says, “With Goshen’s growth over the past decade, including the opening of three new agencies, our footprint has expanded significantly. I felt it was important that we find ways for our emerging leaders to stay connected to one another and to each other’s mission. The creation of Goshen Academy established such a platform for consistent collaboration across agencies. We’re thrilled with the positive feedback that we have received from those that were chosen to participate and look forward to extending the opportunity to another class of participants sometime in the future.”

Our 2022 Graduating Class:

Gabby Brumfield – Goshen Homes Program Director

Molly Phillips – Human Resources Assistant

Sarah Palmer – Goshen Therapeutic Services Clinical Supervisor

Giselle Francis – Goshen New Beginnings Program Director

Anthony Hall – Goshen New Beginnings Life Coach

Chuck Russell – Goshen New Beginnings

Courtney Argo – Goshen Therapeutic Services Program Manager

Kristy Pastush – Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Medical Coordinator

Megan Cortland – Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Program Director

Jamie Crews – Goshen Homes Case Management Supervisor

Caitlin Brunson – Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator

Kathleen Bradley – Goshen Homes Home Licensing Supervisor


Goshen Valley Chief of Staff, Chris Thomas, who led the Leadership Academy initiative, says, “I am so proud of this group of emerging leaders. Over the past year they have learned not only how to be better leaders, but more importantly they have learned more about themselves and what they bring to the mission of Goshen Valley. Goshen’s ability to continue to grow and thrive is greatly enhanced by the talent of this group.”

Finally, as with all things Goshen, our key community partners were front and center in this effort.  Goshen is appreciative of the community partners who took the time to share their experience and leadership experience with our class, including:

Dr. Debra Murdock – Chief Operating Officer, Cherokee County School District

Melissa Lindh – Global CFO, Universal Alloy Corporation

Kevin Williams – Chick-fil-A Operator

Rennie Curran – University of Georgia Football Alumni

Julie Carter – Cherokee County CASA

Brooke Ford – Cherokee County DFCS Director

Mark Roberts – President, Reinhardt University

Nathan Castleberry – Lead Pastor, Local Church Canton

Peter McGaffigan, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Private Bank/Goshen Board Chairman

Bryan Apinis – Director of Intersect Project, North Point Community Church

Jordyn Davis, Intersect Coordinator, Woodstock City Church

Meg Davidson, Community Relations Director, Woodstock City Church


Goshen is proud to have these emerging leaders on our team working for the foster youth in our care. Congratulations Goshen Leadership Academy!