Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Welcomes Six New Members to its Citizens Advisory Board

Eco-Focused Nonprofit Also Announces its New Chair-Elect and Three Additions to its Board of Trustees

As a community-based organization launched in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens who hoped to inspire individual action and find long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) has always been guided by a Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). Tasked with shaping the future of the eco-focused nonprofit and representing virtually every sector within the Gwinnett County community, six new members were recently added to the group’s ranks.

“In our quest to connect people and resources for a sustainable Gwinnett, we seek continuous improvement as an organization,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for GC&B. “Every person who serves on the Citizens Advisory Board brings something special to the table, causing shifts in both our culture and our delivery of programs and events. I am grateful to each and every member of the CAB – past, present and future. They represent some of Gwinnett County’s best, brightest and most impassioned leaders our community has to offer. I am both delighted and excited to see what each of our six outstanding new members delivers to our board and organization.”

The six new members added to GC&B’s Citizens Advisory Board include:

Angela Duncan – Division 11 Judge – Gwinnett County Superior Court
Derek Higgs – Owner, Higgs Leadership Development/Co-Founder, Sapphire Youth Development Center
Jessica Holden – Science Curriculum Director, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Santiago Marquez – CEO, Latin American Association
Kristan VandenHeuvel – Director of Applied Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
Shantell Wilson – Economic Development Director, Gwinnett County Government

Returning to the Citizens Advisory Board are Chairman of the Board Chuck Button of Jacobs Engineering Group, Mark Abrams of Aspen Information Systems, Inc., Joe Allen of Gwinnett Place CID, Jay Bassett of EPA (retired), Jimmy Burnette of City of Suwanee, Carla Carraway of Precision Planning, Inc., Jason Chandler of Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, former Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, Alyssa Davis of Sugarloaf CID, Fred Dawkins of Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C., Melvin Everson of Gwinnett Technical College, former Gwinnett County Chairman Wayne Hill, Lynette Howard of WestRock, L.C. Johnson of United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, Dr. Jann L. Joseph of Georgia Gwinnett College, Pat Kien of Cox Communications, Pam Ledbetter of Accent Creative Group, Donald Lee of Gwinnett County Courts, Rachel Little of Boehringer Ingelheim, Kevin Middlebrooks of Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, Cathy Nichols of Mobile Communications of Gwinnett, Inc., Andrew Pourchier of Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan, Craig Roberts of Jackson EMC, Anthony Rodriguez of Aurora Theatre, Ron Seibenhener (Retired) of Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, Kay Sibetta of AARP of Georgia, Jenny Payne Simpkins of City of Lilburn, Anne Soutter of Primerica, Trent Spake of Chastain & Associates Insurance, Glenn Stephens of Gwinnett County Government, Marianne Velker of Bank of America and Mark Willis of Georgia School Boards Association.

Marlatt also added her thanks to three new members of the governing body of GC&B – its Board of Trustees – for the gifts of their time, talents and devotion to seeing that the organization is functioning at optimal levels for the good of the community it serves. Those new members include long-time CAB members Dawkins, Velker and Everson. Donald Lee of Gwinnett County Courts is the Board of Trustees’ new Chair-Elect. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GC&B) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its mission of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett,” please visit