DeKALB – The ninth class of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy was honored June 12 with a luncheon and graduation ceremony in the Cafe 900 Conference Center at University Plaza. Maximizing employee potential and encouraging active participation in business and the community are among the goals of the Leadership Academy.
The 23 members of the Class of 2012-13 are: Shannon Barnaby (The Foster & Buick Law Group), Michael Cullen Jr. (NB&T), Lindsey Engelsman (Re:New DeKalb), Robin Franklin (IDEAL Industries), David Galica (Armor Technologies), Tatum Glas (KishHealth System), Greg Herring (Huskie Athletics), Joe Inboden (Inboden’s Meats), Leah Jordal (Voluntary Action Center), Mandy Kakac (Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists), Diana King (Family Service Agency), Carolyn Leist (Kishwaukee Community Hospital), Liz LeMay (OSP Services), Mark Mattson (Creative Therapeutics), Mary Jo McAdams (NB&T), Bruce McCord (Sonoco Alloyd), Heather Ferguson (Kishwaukee College), Laura Nesbitt (MorningStar Media Group), Eric Olson (Daily Chronicle), Brian Oster (OC Imageworks), Kathleen Patterson (Castle Bank), Christina Severson (Provident Direct), and Matthew Wray (Frontier Communications).
Course topics include conflict management and negotiating skills, personal leadership styles, public speaking, leveraging technology in business, area government, nonprofits, education and health care agencies work, and local employment.
The chamber is accepting applications for its 10th class. The nine-month academy will begin meeting in September. The process begins by visiting www.dekalb.org to submit/download an application or by calling the chamber at 815-756-6306 to obtain an application form. Letters of recommendation are also available on the website. Deadline for completed applications is Aug. 3.