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.