August 28, 2020
FHRLP Class of 2020-21 Selected
The board of directors for the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program is pleased to announce the members of the 2020-21 class offering. Class members were introduced to one another during a ZOOM conference meeting August 27.
Each participant will learn more about the region and will meet the present and future leaders of surrounding communities. The 2020-21 Class members live within or work at Fort Riley, Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie Counties. They are:
In the class introduction, Executive Director Jack Lindquist said, “The Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program is based in the north central Flint Hills and Kaw Valley. Over the past several years the area was the fastest growing region of our state. Given our current state-of-affairs during the COVID19 Pandemic, we have never had more opportunity or greater need for well informed, collaborative, decisive leadership. That is possible through our 21st Century proactive servant leadership development process.”
Zach Bayless – Manhattan, Recreation Supervisor for Arts & Humanities, City of Manhattan Parks & Recreation; Tara Claussen – Manhattan, CEO / Director, Konza United Way; Kevin Dickerson – Riley, Facilities Director, Corvias Property Management; Paul Eichem – Wamego, Sales Coordinator, Purple Wave Auction; Aubrey Evans – Dwight, District Manager, Riley County Conservation District; Florence Ewing – Junction City, Leasing Consultant, Corvias; Fanny Fang – Manhattan, Owner/Partner, Asian Market LLC; Ben Fisher – Manhattan, Air Traffic Controller, DPTMS Air Traffic Control at USAG Fort Riley; Pamela Green Nealey – Manhattan, Director of Operations, Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan; Aaron Harrop – Manhattan, ASAP Program Manager, US Army DHR, Fort Riley; Julia Henning – Manhattan, Medical Marketing and Outreach Specialist, HR Div., Irwin Arm Community Hospital, Fort Riley; Sarah Keatley –Wamego, Alumni Events and Affairs Coordinator, KSU College of Veterinary Medicine; Tammy Melton – Junction City, City Clerk, Junction City; Jeff Miller – Manhattan, Restaurant General Manager, McAlister’s Deli; Tim Morgan – Chapman, Lead Physical Security Specialist, Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Riley; Dawn Munger – Manhattan, Museum Curator of Collections, Riley County Historical Museum; Michael Solida- Wamego, Customer Solutions Manager, EVERGY; Mariah Wheaton – Junction City, Guest Experience Director, Rock Spring 4-H Center; Levi Whitebread – Junction City, Sergeant, Junction City/GE Co. Drug Operations Group, JC Police Department; Sharonté E. Williams– Junction City, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Sessions for the selected class members are held throughout the region with Orientation beginning in Junction City in 3 weeks. The sessions follow every 3 weeks with graduation in February.
Manhattan Fire Department Deputy Chief and Board Chair Ryan Almes added, “The 2020-21 class experience will be different given the current pandemic restrictions. We will incorporate all recommendations from our Health Departments and follow their protocols. Sessions will be modified to meet safely. Well informed, strategic thinking servant leaders have never been more greatly or so desperately needed. Life is full of risk…as is leadership. But, taking care of self and others is a prerequisite to advancing our population into a more positive future. Not only is safely opening the economic drivers of our region important, so too is face-to face leadership training to help our population move positively into uncharted waters. The Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program will follow all CDC and local recommendations for health screening, mandatory mask wearing and sanitation practices. To help with distancing the class count has been ‘right sized’ to 20, a 33% reduction in the class size we have adopted over the past several years. Classroom and tour opportunities will include distance spacing for all segments of each session as well.”
Dave Lewis, Producer for the event, concluded the ZOOM call saying, “Thank you in advance for your dedication and willingness to participate in the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic and recovery period. This phenomenal group of regional leaders we have had the privilege to form WILL make a difference as we advance through these uncharted waters.”
Watch the ZOOM announcement here:
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