Leadership Kokomo announces Class of 2015

19 people begin year-long leadership development program

KOKOMO, Ind. —Nineteen members of the Kokomo community have been named to Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2015. Representing industry, higher education, city government, healthcare and ministry, the 19 make up the 33rd edition of the annual leadership development program.

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2015 and their sponsors include:

Jenni Adams, United Way/Chrysler

Cory Beals, Ivy Tech Community College

Kate Cook, The Wyman Group

Mike Farhmann, Haynes International

Monica Gremelspacher, Community First Bank

Katie Guyer, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance

Pamela Hanshew, Webster University

Ashley Howell, First Farmers Bank and Trust

Christopher Hummel, St.Joseph Hospital

Jack Ingram, Delphi

Shannon Niedzwicki, Ivy Tech Community College

David Owen, Comfort Home Health

Brandon Podgorski, Indiana University Kokomo

Danta Rogers, Carver Community Center

Aimee Romero, Security Federal Bank

Lisa Simmons, Grace Memorial Church

Tony Stewart, The Reformation Faith Ministries

Tom Tate, City of Kokomo

Christopher Wisler, First Farmers Bank and Trust

Leadership Kokomo program director Sharon Reed-Corbett said Jenni Adams received the Melanie Showalter Scholarship to attend the class. Danta Rogers and Pam Hanshew received the LK Alumni Partial Scholarship while Rogers also received $100 toward his tuition in honor of former LK director Kathy Hagenow’s continuing support of the program.

Recently, representatives of 16 Kokomo non-profit organizations were part of Leadership Kokomo’s Community Day where they shared information about their programs and projects with the new class. Groups participating in the program included Bona Vista, Carver Center, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Center Township Trustee’s Office, The Crossing Educational Center, CAM, Family Services Association, Gilead House, Howard County Historical Society, Kokomo Urban Outreach, Kokomo Housing Authority, Project Access, Pregnancy Resource, United Way of Howard County, and Work One.

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Kokomo. It aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations. Among upcoming activities, Leadership Kokomo participants will attend Mayor Greg Goodnight’s State of the City address on Feb. 23.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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