2017-18 Class Announced

September 1, 2017

Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program Announces Class of 2017-18

The Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program has named the members of the next class of participants for the 2017-18 program year according to Jack Lindquist, Executive Director of the organization.  The announcement was made public at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the non-profit educational program at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.  The event was underwritten by CivicPlus, Bruce McMillan A/A Architects PA and Commerce Bank.  The regions premier leadership training program is designed to train and more-fully engage leaders in the area that includes Fort Riley, Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties.

Class members to complete the seven session course over the next six months include:

Ryan Almes        

RL County            Manhattan

Deputy Fire Chief,

Manhattan Fire Department


Hillary Badger  

RL County            Manhattan

City of Manhattan – Accounting


Will Baldwin

GE County            Milford

Project Director,  K-State Plant Diagnostic Information System


William Biles

RL County             Manhattan

Risk Management & IT Director, Rock Springs State 4-H Center


LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin

GE County            Milford

Director for the K-State Multicultural Engineering Program


Curt Blanke

DK County           Abilene

Regional Network Enterprise Center – Ft Riley


Sara Blankley

PT County             Westmoreland     

K-State Associate Director – Undergraduate Admissions


Crystal Bryant-Kearns   

RL County            Manhattan

Site Manager, USO Transition Services – Fort Riley


Leza Chryssovergis

RL County            Manhattan

Directorate of Human Resources, CIV USARMY USAG


Rob Couch

GE County            Junction City

Corvias, Senior Community Manager


Theresa de la Garza

GE County            Milford

Historic Architect and Cultural Resources Manager, Fort Riley


Anthony (Tony) Ewers

GE County            Junction City

USAG Riley, Resource Management Officer


Judy Fielder

DK County           Chapman

Management Analyst, Department of the Army, Directorate of Contracting


Phyllis Fitzgerald

GE County            Junction City       

Ft Riley Department of Veterans Affairs /

Mayor of Junction City


James Johnson

RL County            Manhattan


Talent Acquisition Manager


Allison Karnowski

PT County            Wamego

Manufacturing Engineer

Caterpillar Work Tools


Matt Kenney

PT County            Manhattan

Software Engineer



Melissa Kirkwood

RL County            Manhattan

Community Relations Officer,

Manhattan Parks and Rec


Brett Louk

RL County            Manhattan

Project Manager, SMH Consultants


Sharla   Meisenheimer

RL County            Manhattan

Director of Membership, Manhattan Area Chamber


Scott Olesky

PT County            Manhattan

Eagle Communications

General Manager


Delizangel Pittre-Flores

GE County            Junction City

Colyer Forsyth Community Manager, Corvias


Christopher Redmond     

PT County            Manhattan           

Assistant Scientist – Weather Data Library, K-State


Lucas Shivers

RL County            Manhattan

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Dir. of Elementary Education


Heather Stewart

DK County           Abilene

USAG Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office – Action Officer


Mica Stites

GE County            Junction City

Certified Message Therapist, Body First


Danielle Tegtmeier

RL County            Manhattan

Venue Operations, Liquid Art Winery and Estate


Matt Walters

RL County            Manhattan

Commercial Product Specialist, Commerce Bank


Elizabeth Wert

GE County            Milford

Corvias, Senior Community Manager


Curtis Wood

GE County            Junction City

US Army Garrison, Department of Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security


Alumni dues-donations have exceeded $2,500 for this years’ scholarship fund drive.  The Ailleen Cray Memorial Scholarships will be given to Will Baldwin, LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, Sara Blankley, Crystal Bryant-Kearns, Lucas Shivers and Mica Stites.

Lindquist said, “The Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program is based in the fastest growing region of our state. We have never had more opportunity or greater need for well informed, collaborative, decisive leadership.  That is possible through 21st Century proactive servant leadership development.”

“Participants to-date have one thing in common, the desire to better life and livelihood in the northern Flint Hills”, Lindquist added. “Although all of our classes have been phenomenal since the program was formed in 1992, this will be a special class for the program as it will be the 25th anniversary offering.  We also will be getting closer to the 500 participants to-date plateau…an amazing milestone that has and will continue to greatly benefit the region.   In addition, our partner – Fort Riley, is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Big Red 1 this year, adding much more fanfare to the training year before us.”  Lt. General Retired Perry Wiggins closed the 25th Anniversary and Class Announcement with an inspirational “charge to leadership”.

You can view the photos from the celebration on my Flickr account at:


Thank you to Class of 2016-17 alum Anthony Dokes for serving as our photographer and a big round of applause to the event management team, Susan Adams, Chair!

Sessions get underway with Orientation at Rock Springs State 4-H Center and Junction City mid-September.


Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program

Contact Jack Lindquist, Executive Director for more information through the Contact menu option of this website.