Leadership Charlevoix County is excited to announce its newest class for 2016-2017. The program is entering its sixth year as a comprehensive training experience for community members seeking to play a more active role in leadership and their communities. The program creates community awareness, networking opportunities, and focuses on leadership skill development through an educational and hands-on curriculum.
The 21-member class started with an orientation meeting at Boyne Mountain Resort, where they met each other and potential mentors. Their first class session is a two-day overnight retreat to Beaver Island on September 11-12, followed by one all-day class every month until graduation in May 2017. Class topics include Connecting with Your Government; Ethics, Culture & Philanthropy; Building Your Toolbox; Economic Development; Education Today; Health & Human Services; Environmental and Natural Resources; and “Where do we go from here?” Putting newly learned skills to use.
LCC graduate Dan Reynolds highly recommends it to others. "What I expected was a series of lectures and exercises. What I got was a front-row seat to witness and interact with the community's most influential leaders, a network of resources I will depend on throughout my career, and a new perspective on what it means to be a leader."
This year’s class is a diverse group or emerging leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, locations and industries. LCC welcomes the following participants to the class: Kathleen Adkison of Van Dam Custom Boats, Bettina Baron of Southwest Airlines, Chelsea Biddick of Charlevoix Area Community Pool, Savanah Cool of Charlevoix-Emmet Dept. of Health & Human Services, Ashley Cousens of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, Heather Diggs of Bear River Health at Walloon Lake, Mark Druesne of Town & Country Cedar Homes, Lisa Dunson of Grandvue Medical Care Facility, Sarah Hescheles of Lake Louise Christian Community, Lauren Ingle of Boyne Mountain Resort.
Also in the class are Jane Korthase of Grandvue Medical Care Facility, Jamie McLane of Hoffman CPA Firm, Renee Nowka of EJ, Anora O’Connor of Castle Farms, Stephanie Olszewski of Mason Kammermann & Rohrback, Emily Selph of Charlevoix County, Melissa Symons of EJ, Erica Tosch of Boyne City Main Street, Tina VanderArk of the City of East Jordan, Katelyn Vincent of Boyne Mountain and Katie Way of Charlevoix State Bank.
Leadership Charlevoix County is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded by the Charlevoix, Boyne City and East Jordan Chambers of Commerce. For more information, call any of those chambers or visit www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com.