Spring retreat an adventure for Leadership Kokomo participants

Camp Tecumseh event an opportunity for personal, team development

Through activities like zip-lining and a blindfold walk, members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2018 learned more about themselves, their classmates and a variety of leadership techniques at their spring retreat. First row: (left-right) Brandi Christiansen, Lisa Washington, and Marsha Santen; second row: Joe Milam, Rhonda Hill, Jean Heflin, Stephanie Bedford, Linda Stackhouse, Ty Greer, Mitch Chambers, and Blake Valdez; and third row: Jeff Kovaleski, Tracy Washington, Hector Aguilar, Kyle Ennis, and Sue Baber.

Facilitator Neal Morehead leads Marsha Santen, Sue Baber, Blake Valdez, and Kyle Ennis in the “Sherpa walk.”

Zip-lining was part of the fun at the spring retreat for members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2018.

KOKOMO, Ind. — Members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2018 had two days of learning and laughing recently at a leadership retreat at Camp Tecumseh near Lafayette. The retreat is designed for class members to strengthen their team building skills and leadership skills.

For the class members, the retreat was an opportunity to learn more about themselves, their classmates, and a variety of lessons in leadership with a lot of fun along the way, said Carrie Giannakos, director of the Leadership Kokomo program. The retreat was led by Neal Morehead, director of the YMCA Camp Tecumseh Leadership Center, and included a zip-lining adventure and a blindfolded “Sherpa walk.”

The participants, representing industry, higher education, city government, health care, finance and the non-profit sector, make up the 36th edition of the annual leadership development program.

Members of the 2018 class of Leadership Kokomo include:

Hector Aguilar, assistant director of physical facilities at Indiana University Kokomo

Sue Baber, personnel director at General Motors Kokomo

Stephanie Bedford, housing counselor at Advantage Housing

Mitch Chambers, director of plant operations and facilities at Community Howard Regional Health

Brandi Christiansen, executive director of Mental Health America of North Central Indiana

Kyle Ennis, mortgage loan originator at Community First Bank of Indiana

Ty Greer, air melt superintendent, Haynes International

Rhonda Hill, secretary, Kokomo/Howard County Plan Commission

Jeff Kovaleski, editor of the Kokomo Tribune

Jean Heflin, manager of IT operations at Ivy Tech Community College

Joe Milam, resident coordinator at the Kokomo Housing Authority

Tracy Rogers, representative payee supervisor for the Center Township of Howard County Trustee Office

Marsha Santen, reference librarian at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library

Linda Stackhouse, quality systems manager at General Motors Kokomo

Blake Valdez, staff accountant at Bucheri McCarty & Metz

Lisa Washington, director of the Indiana Minority Health Coalition

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 Giannakos at 765-252-5498, or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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