Jones Co. Leadership Program a success

Participants in the Jones County Leadership Program completed the four-session program on Feb. 9. Seated in front are Elizabeth Medina, Andrea Hunter, Suzy Gilkerson, Jenna Manders, and Megan Ruley. Standing from left, Leadership Board members Pauline Antons and Julie Welter, participants Bryan Anderson, Traci Worcester, Katie Decker, Jessica Nicely, Jacob Thompson, Dan Hosch, and Joel Ahrendsen. Not pictured are Emily Turnis, Tanya Kruger, Cara Milder Forbes, and Annette Wheeler. (Photo submitted)
Staff report

     Graduates of the Jones County Leadership Program completed their final class on Feb. 9 at Calkin’s Barn in Wyoming.

     There were four three-hour class sessions, which ran from October 2016 through February 2017.

     The first class was held at Camp Courageous in Monticello. The theme was “Ignite Your Passion.” Presenters included: Charlie Becker, executive director of Camp; and Lisa McQuillen with Ignite: Jones County Young Professionals.

     The second class, “Leading Local: It’s Your Community,” was held at Jones County Youth Development Center in Monticello. Presenters were: Kris Gobeli, Parks to People; Sheila Tjaden, Jones Regional Medical Center; Darrick Hall, president of Jones County Farm Bureau; Lisa Folken, Kirkwood Community College; and John Harms, Jones County Fair manager.

     The third session took place at Tyler & Downing Restaurant in Anamosa. The theme was “Inspiring a Shared Vision Among Different Generations.” One of the speakers was the owner of Tyler & Downing, Dirk Downing. The other, Terry Whitson, TW Training.

     The final session, “Model the Way: Live It,” took place at Calkin’s Barn. Speakers were Pat Callahan, former city administrator and former county supervisor; and Cammie Greif, co-founder of Tax-Act.

     The Leadership Advisory Committee includes: Pauline Antons, Lisa McQuillen, Dan Goodyear, Patty Manuel, Lisa Folken, Shiela Tjaden, and Bethany Moore.

     The Leadership Program is sponsored by the Jones County Supervisors, Kirkwood, and Ignite.


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