In its 34th year, LK program honors 20 new graduates
KOKOMO, Ind. — Twenty community leaders in business, industry, health care, city government, and ministry were honored recently as Leadership Kokomo celebrated the completion of its 34th edition of the leadership development program. The graduates were honored at a luncheon at the Kokomo Country Club also attended by their sponsors, LK alumni and other community leaders.
Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2016 and their sponsors include:
Anna Brown, Kokomo Rescue Mission
Duane Carlisle, Main Street United Methodist Church
Alexandra Daniels Durham, Daniels, Alexander & Daniels/Freedom Financial Group
Andrew Durham, Center Township of Howard County Trustee’s Office
Mandie Gould, Sharpsville United Methodist Church
Karn Hall, In-Home Services
Reba Harris, Gilead House
Angela Heckman, Indiana University Kokomo
Jon R. Hendricks, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz LLP
Sharon Johnson, Community Howard Regional Health
Kathleen Keppner, First Farmers Bank & Trust
Laura Andrews Lanning, Ivy Tech Community College
Wendy Layden, The Excel Center
Tracy Martino, Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc.
Brandi McClain, Community Health Network
Erin Miller, City of Kokomo
Tara Scott, Indiana University Kokomo
Kwan Shim, Delphi Electronics & Safety
Lanell LeAnn Thomas, Haynes International, Inc.
Carman Toler, United Way of Howard County
Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College, the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, and the City of Kokomo. In a year-long program, 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. At the graduation luncheon, teams described the 2016 class projects that served four Kokomo non-profit organizations: The Crossing, Open Arms Women’s Shelter, CAM (Coordinated Assistance Ministries), and the Howard County Historical Society’s Seiberling Mansion.
Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons, a member of the Leadership Kokomo Advisory Council, welcomed guests to the luncheon and 2016 LK class member Duane Carlisle, pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight offered his congratulations to the class members and encouraged them to become active in their community and to work and advocate on behalf of the city. In her keynote speech to the class, Quiana Preston, an academic advisor at Indiana University Kokomo and founder and owner of the Authentic Center in Kokomo, inspired the LK graduates to continue to develop in their personal and professional lives.
Joining Simmons on the advisory council are Michelle Martin of Thistle Rock Farm; Sherry Rahl of Project Access; Sharon Reed-Corbett, LK alumna and former LK director; Kevin Summers of the City of Kokomo; and Tom Wise of IU Kokomo.