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LEAP President Passes the Torch

Joe Shakeenab

Joe Shakeenab

Clarksville, TN – LEAP Board President Katrina Bufkin passed the torch of leadership to President elect Joe Shakeenab. “While Joe’s term as President, officially begins January 1st, 2013, he has already made an impact on LEAP by laying out a Plan to assist the organization in building capacity” commented Richard “Reason” Garrett.

Joe has the distinguished honor of being a retired Special Forces Warrant Officer (Green Beret) with 28 years of military service. He spent 20 years of service with the 5th Special Forces Group. During his years of military travel to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, He grew accustomed to sacrificing so others could have better opportunities in life. Today, he continues to take this concept with him and impart such principles in others.

“In life, it’s rarely about what you attain for self. Rather, true beauty is measured by your creativity, humbleness, and whom you help, ” said Joe Shakeenab.

Additionally, Joe takes pleasure in sharing measurable knowledge by mentoring others towards creative growth that elevates self, the immediate and extended family, and the community by implanting tools that are used to knock off the rough edges, whatever they may be.

LEAP would like to express its gratitude for the commitment and leadership Katrina brought to the organization during her Presidency Not only will LEAP miss her, but also the Clarksville community as her family will be relocating. “I believe Katrina will be a blessing to whatever community God decides to plant her in and I wish her the best with her Christian Clothing line called Fully Armored Apparel” added Reason.

About Richard Garrett

    Richard Garrett

    City Councilman Richard “Reason” Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
    Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.

    For more information on Richard visit He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email

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