Class of 2019-20 Named

August 29, 2019

Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program Announces Class of 2019-20

The Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program has named the members of the next class of participants for the 2019-20 program year according to Susan Adams, program alumnus and board chair for the organization.  The announcement was made public at the CL HOOVER OPERA HOUSE, Junction City  during a reception for the newest program participants.  The event was underwritten by CivicPlus, Bruce McMillan A/A Architects PA and a number of alumni.  Opening the reception, Adams stated that, “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.  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:


Brenda Bailey  

GEARY    Milford

Garrison Resource Management

Officer, USAG Fort Riley

Tony Ballard

RILEY    Manhattan

Event Coordinator, K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

Stephen Bridenstine

RILEY    Manhattan

Curator of Education –

Flint Hills Discovery Center

Kymberly Burnett


General Manager,

Hampton Inn by Hilton MHK

Eric L. Carter

RILEY    Manhattan

Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Staff

Judge Advocate, Admin. Law Div.,

USAG Fort Riley

Constance Cooke

RILEY    Manhattan

Director of Technical Support,


Gayle Donaldson

RILEY    Manhattan

Marketing and Business

Development Director, Manhattan

Medical Group

Mitch Foley


Transition Services Manager, DHR

USAG Fort Riley

Brandon French

DICKINSON   Herrington

 Program & Management Analyst,

PAIO USAG Fort Riley

Melissa Gamino


VP, Cash Management Officer,

KS State Bank

Mark Grimsley  


Supply Chain Performance

Engineer, Caterpillar Work Tools

Jason Hudson

RILEY    Manhattan

Battalion Chief,

City of Manhattan Fire Department

Kirk Hutchinson

MORRIS     Delavan

Public Affairs Specialist, PAO

USAG Fort Riley

Trent Jones

RILEY    Manhattan

 Executive Director,

Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan

Kyle Kirchner

RILEY    Manhattan

Chief, Pollution Prevent Branch, DPW, USAG Fort Riley

John D. Lawrence

GEARY    Fort Riley

Human Resources and H&S

Manager, Camso

Dennis Marstall  

RILEY    Manhattan

Assistant City Manager,

City of Manhattan

Aaron McCracken


Director of Project Controls,


Jennifer McDonald

GEARY                 Junction City

Resident Manager – Corvias

Lindsay Miller


Finance Director,

City of Junction City

Janice Nikkel

WABAUNSEE     Maple Hill

Academic Program Coordinator

K-State Global Campus

Mark “Obe” Oberhelman

RILEY    Manhattan

Project Manager & Superintendent –

Olgoonik Diversified Services

Valerie Ramage


CAC Program Coordinator,

Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center

Billy Rose

RILEY    Manhattan

Training Analyst, DPTMS USAG Fort Riley

Rich Sell


Executive Director of Outreach,


Ashley Stout

RILEY    Manhattan

Equipment Finance Sales Assoc.,

Commerce Bank

Emmily Trolinger

RILEY    Manhattan

DOD Air Traffic Controller, DPTMS

USAG Fort Riley

Dana Wiegand

GEARY   Junction City

Behavior Support Specialist,

Geary County USD #475

Kelsey Wilson

RILEY   Manhattan

Branch Chief, Cybersecurity,

Fort Riley Network Enterprise Center

William Wilson

GEARY   Junction City

Security Systems Administrator, DES

USAG Fort Riley

Vice Chair Ryan Almes, class of 2017-18 graduate said, “Our new class members are to be commended for pursuing the opportunity to be members of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program class of  2019-20.  The effort to recruit a class proved the most competitive in our programs history and the applicant pool was very deep and diverse.  The boards job to hone down the pool to the new class of 30 members and that, as you might expect, was very challenging.  Selection was based on candidates that exhibiting a dedication to the areas future through volunteer servant leadership experiences to-date and their ability to commit to full participation by attending and engaging in all sessions.   We also need to recognize the continuing support of our Alumni.  Dues & donations were applied towards the Ailleen Cray Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Scholarship recipients are Trent Jones and Dana Weigand.”

Executive Director Jack Lindquist concluded the announcement saying, “Now, in our 27th year, our530 participants to-date have one thing in common, the desire to better life and livelihood in the northern Flint Hills.  We are excited to launch the next 30 members to add to that legacy.  Sessions get underway with Orientation at Rock Springs State 4-H Center and the Junction City / Geary County Session in two weeks.”      ~30~


Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program

Jack Lindquist, Executive Director