The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce selected its 31st class of participants in Leadership Council Bluffs, a program designed to identify and develop potential leaders within the community.
Participants in the program will attend 10 sessions focused on different aspects of the community, including education, health care, government, economic development, nonprofits, public safety and community history.
Participants in Leadership Council Bluffs Class 31 include:
- Leigh Bagshaw, CHI Health Mercy Hospital
- Maria Belt, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands
- Danielle Bentzinger, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office
- Kimberly Bogatz, HGM Associates
- Mike Brownlee, The Daily Nonpareil
- Amanda Caton, Cobalt Credit Union
- Tim Dickmeyer, Iowa Western Community College
- Sarah Dighans, Heartland Family Service
- Kelly Dix, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
- Ashley Flater, Micah House
- Meghan Foje, Great Western Bank
- Timothy German, Frontier Savings Bank
- Jamie Gross, Crossroads of Western Iowa
- Courtney Harter, City of Council Bluffs
- Rosey Higgs, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
- Glennay Jundt, Habitat for Humanity Council Bluffs
- Danna Kehm, Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment
- Katie Kyker, Methodist Jennie Edmundson
- Rita Lausen, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce
- Tracy Mathews, Council Bluffs Community School District
- Emily Meador, Centris Federal Credit Union
- Melissa Peterson, TS Banking Group
- Jeff Skalberg, United Way of the Midlands
- Jeff Snow, The 712 Initiative
In addition to enhancing leadership and team-building skills, participants are required to complete a Community Trustee Project. Former participants of Leadership Council Bluffs shared the value of the program and its takeaways.
“Leadership Council Bluffs is a priceless opportunity to learn about our rich history and broad band of community services in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County,” said Tim Carmody, police chief for the City of Council Bluffs. “You get to network with vibrant leaders from a wide cross-section of professions. Most importantly, as a class, you get to roll your sleeves up and give back.”
Another former participant from the program’s fourth class shared his views.
“It is always exciting to meet and get (to) know new class members,” said Warren Weber, who has assisted with the program’s curriculum development and facilitation in the past. “It’s fun to see how they take part, learn more about their classmates and their community.”