Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program Class of 2020-21 Completes Course

Class of 2020-21 (jpg photo)

 The Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program has acknowledged the completion of coursework and graduation of twenty participants of the 2020-21 program year.  Ceremonies were completed following Covid-19 event protocols established by the Riley County Health Department with approval to hold the event at the Liquid Art Winery & Estate, Manhattan. 

Executive Director, Jack Lindquist explained how this class experience was different from all others since the formation of the program in 1992, “The Covid-19 Pandemic opened our eyes and creative thinking to ways the program had to change to allow in person attendance and interaction, all while practicing safety protocols established by health officials. This class, right sized for social distancing, was 1/3 smaller than our recent classes so selection was event more competitive.  The members became known as the AD ASTRA Class.”  Lindquist added, “Under these new learning environments, modified tours and amended – technological ways to access and interact with our regions established business and governmental leaders, the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program helped the Class leaders find a way to change the future to better opportunities when faced with unimaginable challenges.  They sacrificed, stepped up and found a way to turn the experience into one that can be duplicated in part, or in whole, when other challenges surface.  Given that, each put great effort into building on their – Integrity, Confidence, Discipline, Professionalism, Self-Development, Broadened Viewpoint & Servant Ethos. Our newest Graduates now possess a sense to serve and follow, in-order-to LEAD.”

FHRLP Chair Ryan Almes introduced closing address speaker Lyle Butler. In June 2020, Lyle Butler was appointed by Governor Laura Kelly as Chair for the SPARK Committee (Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas) for the Governor’s Office of Recovery.  Almes completed the evenings celebration event stating that, “Our new leaders will be dedicated to helping protect and preserve the businesses, infrastructure, and families of the Flint Hills and beyond.  Each member helped one another see that, by their own actions, a model is put into place…helping present and future generations join them as we protect, appreciate, and invest in a better quality of life.”

The event was underwritten by Corvias, focused on improving the quality of life at Fort Riley and for our service personnel and civilian support networks that make this region the best place to live, work and raise families.  The program area includes Fort Riley, Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie Counties.” 

Class members that completed the seven-session course over the past six months included:

Zachary Bayless        Manhattan

Pottawatomie County

Recreation Supervisor for Arts & Humanities, City of Manhattan Parks & Recreation

Tara Claussen                       Manhattan

Riley County

CEO / Director, Konza United Way

Kevin Dickerson        Riley

Riley County

Facilities Director, 

CORVIAS Property Management

Paul Eichem               Wamego 

Pottawatomie County

Sales Coordinator, Purple Wave Auction

Aubrey Evans                        Dwight

Morris County

District Manager, 

Riley County Conservation District

Flo Ewing                   Junction City

Geary County

Leasing Consultant, Corvias

Fanny Fang               Manhattan

Riley County

Owner/Partner, Asian Market LLC

Benjamin Fisher        Manhattan

Riley County

Air Traffic Controller,

DPTMS Air Traffic Control at USAG Fort Riley

Pamela Green Nealey           Manhattan

Riley County

Director of Operations, 

Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan

Aaron Harrop                       Manhattan

Riley County

ASAP Program Manager, 

US Army DHR, Fort Riley

Julia Henning                        Manhattan

Riley County

Medical Marketing and Outreach Specialist, HR Div., Irwin Arm Community Hospital, Fort Riley

Sarah L. Keatley       Wamego

Pottawatomie County

Alumni Events and Affairs Coordinator, 

KSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Tammy Melton          Junction City

Geary County

City Clerk, Junction City

Jeff Miller                  Manhattan

Pottawatomie County

Restaurant General Manager, 

McAlister’s Deli

Tim Morgan              Chapman

Dickinson County

Installation Antiterrorism Officer, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), Fort Riley

Dawn Munger                       Manhattan

Riley County

Museum Curator of Collections, Riley County Historical Museum

Mike Solida                Wamego

Pottawatomie County

Customer Solutions Manager, EVERGY

Mariah Wheaton       Junction City

Geary County

Guest Experience Director, 

Rock Spring 4-H Center

Levi Whitebread       Junction City

Geary County

Sergeant, Junction City/GE Co. 

Drug Operations Group, JC PD

Sharonté E. Williams                        Junction City

Geary County                                   

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program

Jack Lindquist, Executive Director

Directors Profile

Profile of Leadership

Attached you will find my analysis of Jack Lindquist for our Fall 2020 Semester class project.  I hope I did an impressive career justice! 

The first report is the result of the interview. The analysis part is my own thoughts on the interview, what I learned, and how it connected to my coursework this semester. 

Additionally, I wanted to say thank you to Jack Lindquist for his time and insight. I learned a lot and I hope that shines through in my project.

Grace Wheeler 

Chancellor of the K-State Student Tribunal 

Communication Studies 

Leadership Studies Report

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FHRLP Class of 20-21 Announced

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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.”

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Watch the ZOOM announcement here:
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2020-21 Class Recruitment

FHRLP BOARD RELEASE:

The Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program application period for the 2020-21 class offering is open May 15 ‪through July 16. ‬

Why is it important?
“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.”

What do participants gain from the experience?
The Flint Hills Regional Leadership program develops and motivates future leaders with special emphasis on:
1.) Awareness of regional strengths and resources.
2.) Economic development and building entrepreneurial spirit.
3.) Encouragement of friendships and networking between persons from all parts of the region to eliminate destructive parochialism.
4.) Understanding and commitment to Servant Leadership.
5.) Acquisition of 21st Century Leadership skills.
6.) Completion of a class project.

Each participant will learn more about the region and will meet the present and future leaders of surrounding communities.

Who is Qualified?
The non-profit educational program is designed to train and more-fully engage leaders that live in and/or work in the region that includes Fort Riley, Geary, Riley, and Pottawatomie counties.

What do participants gain from the training sessions, leadership exposure and classmate interaction?
Alumnus Sample Response: “I became acquainted with people whose paths I would’ve never crossed and developed lasting relationships. Despite living in the area since the mid-1990’s, there were so many things I learned about the Flint Hills region and why it is such a vital area to the Sunflower State. Our sessions brought to light new methods of teamwork and personal growth. I truly feel a greater bond to this area because of my experience and interaction with the individuals, businesses and government agencies who give of their time to help develop better leaders. This opportunity cemented the importance of being involved in our communities and region.”

What is the cost?
Sessions are Underwritten through generous support from our hosts and a group of dedicated business leaders. Tuition covers the remaining costs.
Tuition is normally $600 payable after selection. But, during the COVID-19 Pandemic and recovery period, the FHRLP board of directors has accessed an internal grant from endowment funds to reduce tuition by 50%, making it $300. For nominees and applicants from non-profit organizations, the Ailleen Cray Memorial Scholarship Fund, made possible thanks to alumni dues, will provide an additional 50% scholarship. This additional support will reduce costs for non-profit candidatesand non sponsored candidates to a tuition fee level of $150. This effort will provide greatly needed assistance to all class members accepted.

How do people learn more and apply?
Instructions and program details are available on the site as well as the form for application. The on-line form must be submitted ‪before July ‬17. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about the program by visiting the website:

http://www.fhrlp.org

When do activities for those selected get underway?
Following selection the next class members will be introduced in late August. Sessions for the selected class members are held throughout the region beginning 3 weeks later. The 7 sessions follow every 3 weeks with graduation in February.

What are the session objectives?

Orientation retreat – mid September
Rock Springs State 4-H Center, Day 1
Learning Styles/True Colors/Team Building/SWOT Introduction
of “FINDING YOUR PURPOSE”
Junction City/ Geary County – Day 2
Team Leadership Opportunities, Case-in-point Tours

Pottawatomie County – early October
Community Collaboration – Adapting to Opportunities and Challenges

Kansas State University – late October
Visioning – Creating our future with Investment in Education/Research

Fort Riley – The 3rd week of November
Servant Leadership Conflict Prevention/Management – Threat Assessment /Negotiation Skills

Manhattan/Riley County – early December
Entrepreneurship –Infrastructure Investment

Topeka – mid January
Economic Literacy, Collaboration & Compromise Celebration

MANHATTAN (current rotation) CELEBRATION Session

“We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges!”

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Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program
Jack Lindquist, Executive Director
PO Box 1554
Manhattan KS 66505-1554
director@fhrlp.org
‪785-770-2425
https://facebook.com/fhrlp.org

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

POTTAWATOMIE   Wamego

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,

CivicPlus

Gayle Donaldson

RILEY    Manhattan

Marketing and Business

Development Director, Manhattan

Medical Group

Mitch Foley

DICKINSON   Abilene

Transition Services Manager, DHR

USAG Fort Riley

Brandon French

DICKINSON   Herrington

 Program & Management Analyst,

PAIO USAG Fort Riley

Melissa Gamino

POTTAWATOMIE   Saint George

VP, Cash Management Officer,

KS State Bank

Mark Grimsley  

POTTAWATOMIE   Manhattan

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

 POTTAWATOMIE   Manhattan

Director of Project Controls,

Corvias

Jennifer McDonald

GEARY                 Junction City

Resident Manager – Corvias

Lindsay Miller

POTTAWATOMIE   Manhattan

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

POTTAWATOMIE   Manhattan

CAC Program Coordinator,

Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center

Billy Rose

RILEY    Manhattan

Training Analyst, DPTMS USAG Fort Riley

Rich Sell

POTTAWATOMIE   Manhattan

Executive Director of Outreach,

K-State

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~

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Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program

Jack Lindquist, Executive Director

 

 

FHRLP AMBASSADOR TESTIMONIAL

BrandonWhat an eye-opening experience! While living in the Flint Hills region for the last 5 years, this one program helped to vastly broaden my overall perspective of one of the fastest growing regions in Kansas. This is a great way for fellow community members and leaders to learn about what makes the region as successful as it is. I look forward to continuing to be involved in the Flint Hill Region and to support this program. I want to personally thank all the leaders and businesses for their support to continue to make this the best leadership program in the state of Kansas.
Sincerely,
Brandon White
Caterpillar
2018-19 FHRLP Ambassador

2018-19 FHRLP Graduation

2018-19 ClassFlint Hills Regional Leadership Program Class of 2018-19 Graduation

Release Date: February 8, 2019

The thirty members of the 2018-19 class of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program graduated on February 8th  during ceremonies at the Columbian Theater in Wamego, according to Jack Lindquist, Executive Director of the organization.  The non-profit educational program trains and more-fully engages leaders in the region that includes Fort Riley, Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties.  This is the 26th class to graduate from the training program.

Class members completing the seven-session course over the last six months included:

Ken Barteau  GE County- Facilities Director, Corvias

Bryan Bartlett  GE County – Program Mgr., Army Community Service Relocation Readiness

Akash Bhatia  PT County- Manager of Quality Assurance – CivicPlus

Chris Bowman  RL County- Employee Assistance Program Coordinator,  Dept of Defense

LaNiqe Brown  RL County- Retail Office Supervisor, Central National Bank

Neil Bruce  RL County- Project Controls Manager – Corvias

Marcy Cantrell-Akin RL County- Assistant VP, Commercial Lending, Commerce Bank

Adam Clark  PT County- Lead Software Engineer, CivicPlus

Keirsten Cragg RL County-Records Clerk – Riley Co. Register of Deeds

Janelle Dobbins PT County-From the Land of Kansas Marketing Manager, KSDept of Ag

Mark Dombrowski GE County – Security Branch Chief, Directorate of Emergency

Services Fort Riley

Zach Eckels GE County-Marketing Coordinator, Kaw Valley Engineering

Rebecca Estrella  Ft Riley- Service to Armed Forces Program Mgr., American Red Cross

Tom Fulmer PT County- Customer Service Coordinator, WTC

Lynn Hammond PT County-Residential Communities Chief, US Army Housing

Katharine Hensler RL County-Flint Hills Discovery Center, Assistant  Director/Development

Calley Hoffman PT County- Co-Owner, Adventure Flint Hills

Sladana Hudson RL County- Account Executive, Eagle Communications

Kelly Karl RL County-Director of Construction – CORVIAS

Ronna Larson GE County-Unit Supervisor, Adult Services – 8th Judicial DistrictCommunity

 Corrections

Lee Modesitt RL County-Legislative Affairs Director – Kansas Insurance  Commissioner

Janet Nichols RL County-Military Community Liaison, Manhattan Area Chamber

Allana Parker RL County-Curator of Design, Riley County Historical Museum

Margaret Pendleton RL County-  Flint Hills Association of Realtors Executive

Nicole Springer  GE County- Market Manager, INTRUST Bank

Britain Stites  GE County- City Attorney – Junction City

Holly Voelcker  GE County- Budget Analyst, Resource Management Office,  Ft Riley

Brandon White PT County-Demand & Orders Analyst, CATERPILLAR

Kristina Wyatt RL County-Laboratory Administrator K-State Veterinary  Diagnostic Lab

Maggie Ziffer RL County-Public Affairs Specialist, Fort Riley

In the announcement, Lindquist said, “The Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program helped the Class leaders find a way to change their world by building on their – Integrity, Confidence, Discipline, Professionalism, Self-Development, Broadened Viewpoint & Servant Ethos.  Our newest Graduates now possess a sense to serve and follow, in-order-to LEAD.”

Dr Marty Vanier, Senior Program manager for strategic partnership development, for the National Bio AgroDefense Facility (NBAF), provided the closing address for the evening program and Lyle Butler, Manhattan Chamber Director, gave the “Class Challenge”.  Board Chair and program graduate Brian Peterson concluded the event adding, “We should all look forward to a better life in our region because of what the new graduates have already done and what they will accomplish in the future.”

Recruitment of the 2019-20 class will get underway with on-line application in mid-May.

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