by July Danley
President/CEO, Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Alumni ‘Class of 2001’
Leadership Stephenville is a program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce which challenges its participants to make a positive difference in the community. The Leadership Stephenville Alumni Board is excited to announce an outstanding slate of participants for the Class of 2017:
Dr. Jordan Barkley, Dean, College of Education, Tarleton State University
Dr. Laura Boren, Vice President for Student Life, Tarleton State University
Sherry Carroll, Director of Grace Place Ministries, First Baptist Church
James Childress, General Manager CDJR, Bruner Motors Inc.
Nathan Collier, Engineer, Collier Consulting
Noah Cullis, Director of Planning & Building Services, City of Stephenville
Heather Dawes, Client Services Director, Choices Clinic & Life Resource Center
Ivore Garza, Compliance Officer/Trainer, InterBank
Kathy Hampton-Haynes, Executive Director of HR & Student Services, Stephenville ISD
Curt Norman, Senior Pastor, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Kelli Raymond, Mortgage Lending Officer, TexasBank
Jim Shernisky, Manufacturing Manager, FMC Technologies
Shelby Slawson, Attorney/Owner, Slawson Law, PLLC
Spencer Sligh, Financial Advisor, McLemore Financial Group
Sheila Williams, Owner, Easter Heat & Air / All Around Laundry
Nina Zarate, Staff Accountant, Boucher, Morgan and Young, a P.C.
By creating a leadership pool for the present and the future, Leadership Stephenville is truly an investment in our community. The mission of the program is to expand understanding of leadership, broaden the knowledge of our greater community infrastructure, deepen the sense of quality within our community, and foster the responsibility of increased involvement in volunteer associations, neighborhoods, and the community as a whole. Participation in the program is a commitment to take the contributions from former leaders and to build on that foundation. The program creates an awareness of community resources and needs, while enhancing existing leadership skills.
A series of nine full-day sessions (one day each month) offer learning opportunities and challenge participants to become actively involved in building a better tomorrow for Stephenville. Sessions focus on the following important issues: Industry, City/County Government, Education, Health Care, Agriculture, Transportation, Communication, and Quality of Life.
The new class began with an orientation and ROPES course designed to acquaint the participants with each other and the program. This first session, held at the Tarleton Challenge Course, is an essential first step in creating bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime, as well as challenging each individual to try new adventures and think about their leadership role as it relates to various aspects of the community.
Upon completion of the program, Leadership Stephenville participants are eligible for membership in the Alumni Association. Alumni members assist the organization in continuing the process of leadership development. The Alumni Association provides a continuing education forum for past participants, including programs dealing with issues of importance to Stephenville.
For more information about the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Stephenville program, log on to www.stephenvilletexas.org or call 254.965.5313.