Leadership Edmond Class XXXIV Graduates 32

Posted by Brittany Willison on 05/01/2019

Leadership Edmond Class XXXIV graduated 32 local business people on April 25, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Edmond Conference Center. Leadership Edmond is a nine-session program, coordinated by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, to identify, educate and develop a select group of Edmond citizens for positions of community leadership. “Class XXXIV is a wonderful mix of young professionals as well as seasoned leaders. We are excited to see their impact on the Edmond community,” said Leadership Edmond Director Amanda Bowen. Class XXXIV was presented by Innovative Healthcare. Graduation was presented by Evans and Davis.

Class XXXIV graduates are Sherri Banister, Hilton Garden Inn; Tracy Cain, Integris Health Edmond; Joe Cardenas, EST. Inc.; Travis Conklin, Rose Rock CPAs, PLLC; Sean Conrad, Radvine Marketing; Marcus Crawford, Crawford Family Funeral and Cremation Services; Lori Dickinson Black, SpringBoard; Britni Evans, Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce; Ryan Featherstone, First Fidelity Bank; Chris Goodwin, City of Edmond Fire Department; Sheryl Janis, Autoworks Japanese Auto Repair Service; Ken Koch, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; Shauna LeGrande, Innovative Healthcare Systems, Inc.; Craig Litle, BancFirst; Landon Long, Evans and Davis, PLLC; Melissa Lowry, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza; Josh Morava, MidFirst Bank; Holly Osburn, University of Central Oklahoma; Mike Osburn, Oklahoma State Representative and PoliGRAM; Claire
Parker, University of Central Oklahoma; Leigha Pemberton, University of Central Oklahoma; Stacie Peterson, Paragon Homes and Remodel; John Pleveich, RATPDEV-USA; Adam Pugh, Oklahoma State Senator; Brittany Rogers, Main Street Title Company; Fawn Sachleben, Simmons Bank; Khaaliq Salim, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; Devyn Smith, Mercy Hospital; Geri Valdez, YMCA; Brittany Willison, Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie Woodard, Chesapeake Energy; and Taylor York, YMCA.

The program’s principal goal is to build a resource of community leadership on a planned, continuing basis with four specific objectives: to identify potential community leaders; to expand the leadership potential of participants by increasing their knowledge of Edmond and the critical issues that face the community and by exposing participants to present community leaders; to improve communications between present and future leaders; and to provide a channel for those not presently in leadership roles to gain access to positions of community leadership in an informed and responsible manner. “One of the top 5 priorities of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce is to develop the next generation of leaders. We believe that Leadership Edmond accomplishes this goal,” said Edmond Chamber President and CEO Sherry Jordan.
During the graduation ceremony, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Assistant Superintendent Dr. Peggy Geib was recognized as the 2019 Leadership Edmond Alumni of the Year. Geib graduated from the program in 1996 and has stayed heavily involved with both Leadership Edmond and Youth Leadership Edmond since.

Session sponsors were Francis Tuttle Technological Center, Frankfurt Short-Bruza and MIDCON. Sean Conrad from Radvine Marketing was the class speaker chosen by classmates to address the graduates at the ceremony. “As an Edmond business owner, and longtime resident, I never realized how little I knew about our community. My time in Leadership Edmond opened my eyes to the outstanding organizations, services, and opportunities available in our great city. I highly recommend this experience to any resident of Edmond, no matter how long you've been here,” said Conrad. Applications for Leadership Edmond Class XXXV will be available mid-May on the Edmond Chamber website.