Leadership Kokomo announces Class of 2017

Members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2017 pictured with Mayor Greg Goodnight (center front) include (left to right) first row: Bryant Snider, Sarah Byrd, Ted Sutton, Mayor Greg Goodnight, Madison Criswell, Emilee Norris, Emily Riddle, Joanna Bailey, and Lou Ann French; second row: George Mast, Janet Gall, Aaron Stanley, Nicole Harness, Darla Pugh, Roger Rayburn, Jake Brown, Stephen Waddel, Nolan Born, and Blake Strobel

Members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2017 pictured with Mayor Greg Goodnight (center front) include (left to right) first row: Bryant Snider, Sarah Byrd, Ted Sutton, Mayor Greg Goodnight, Madison Criswell, Emilee Norris, Emily Riddle, Joanna Bailey, and Lou Ann French; second row: George Mast, Janet Gall, Aaron Stanley, Nicole Harness, Darla Pugh, Roger Rayburn, Jake Brown, Stephen Waddel, Nolan Born, and Blake Strobel

Eighteen people begin year-long leadership development program

KOKOMO, Ind. — Eighteen members of the Kokomo community have been named to Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2017. Representing industry, higher education, city government, health care, finance and the non-profit sector, the 18 make up the 35th edition of the annual leadership development program.

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2017 and their sponsors include:

Joanna Bailey, Waterford Place Health Campus

Nolan Born, City of Kokomo

Kenneth “Jake” Brown, Raymond James/Jackson Financial

Sarah Byrd, Indiana University Kokomo

Madison Criswell, United Way of Howard County

Lou Ann French, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Janet Gall, The Excel Center

Nicole Harness, St. Vincent Kokomo

George Mast, Community Howard Regional Health

Emilee Norris, Kokomo Housing Authority

Darla Pugh, Center Township of Howard County

Roger Rayburn, Security Federal Bank

Emily Riddle, Bucheri, McCarty and Metz LLP

Bryant Snider, General Motors

Aaron Stanley, Community Howard Regional Health

Blake Strobel, Haynes International

Theodore “Ted” Sutton, Haynes International

Stephen Waddel, Ivy Tech Community College

Leadership Kokomo program director Carrie Giannakos said Madison Criswell received the Melanie Showalter Scholarship to attend the class.

The program opened in January with orientation at the Elite Banquet & Conference Center and featured presentations on team building and ice breakers by Neal Morehead, program director for the Leadership Center Department of YMCA Camp Tecumseh, a session on diversity, and time spent with leadership consultant Alayne Cook exploring the results of the class members’ Strengths Quest inventories. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight was the opening speaker at “government day,” the LK class’ second session, which also featured reports from class members on the results of their interviews with city/county government officials and a visit with Kokomo Common Council member Tom Miklik, District 6 representative. A variety of programming and activities will continue through graduation in December.

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.

For more information about LK, visit www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact director Carrie Giannakos at 765-252-5498, or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .

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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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