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.