Leadership Fort Collins graduates 37th class 

May 3, 2019 | Chamber News

The 2018-2019 Leadership Fort Collins class will receive their diplomas on May 9 at the Rio Grande Agave Room.  Leadership Fort Collins, a program of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to educate and motivate leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our community while encouraging inspired and active involvement that contributes to the betterment of the community.

Thirty-four current and emerging leaders from throughout the Fort Collins area were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 program, which began in September 2018 and will conclude on May 9.  Participants came together on the second Thursday of the month for a day-long session to learn more about Team Building, Government and Transportation, Economy and the Environment, Education and our Community, Social Capital, State Government, Health and Emergency Service Providers and Social Infrastructure.  The graduating class is a diverse mix of professions with representative from education, large and small business, not for profit and government.

In addition to attending nine all day educational sessions, members of the class were also challenged to complete a service learning project in the community.  The 2018-2019 Leadership Fort Collins Class has planned and produced six different class projects benefiting the Fort Collins area.

The Leadership Fort Collins graduation will include recognition of individual class members and a keynote address by Dick Foth, local author, storyteller and connector.  The graduation event, sponsored by Austin’s American Grill and Vern’s Liquor, will be held May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rio Agave Room.

Graduating members of the class include:

Brandon Bidwell, 8z Real Estate

John Caesar, Virtus Insurance Services Rocky Mountain Division

Kacee Collard Jarnot, CSU – President’s Leadership Program

Mara Johnson, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity

Clinton Dale, Columbine Health Systems

Treena Dockery, Banner Health

Brecke Dowling, UCHealth

Jeff Faust, Vineyard Church

Charles Grant, First National Bank

Kaycee Headrick, Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County

Noah Hutchison, Antioch Fort Collins

Maral Jalili, Brinkman Construction, Inc.

Laurie Kadrich, City of Fort Collins

David Katz, Waypoint Real Estate, LLC

Brandon Lilly, Madwire®

Katie Nixon, UCHealth

Madeline Noblett, Poudre School District

Stephanie Pouse, The Brahma Group

Cody Ramos, First National Bank

Alicia Ready, Bryan Construction, Inc.

Andy Reese, Northern Engineering

Lauren Ross Dewey, City of Fort Collins

Joel Schwartzkopf, Colorado State University Health Network

Nathan Scott, Foothills Gateway

Gretchen Stanford, Fort Collins Utilities

Alex Statham-Lardner, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity

Shannon Stearman

Grant Stump, United Way of Larimer County

Bryan Stump, UCHealth

Mary Timby, Bohemian Foundation

Adam Vander Sande, Austin’s American Grill

Jessica Verderame, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Kelley Vodden, Forney Industries

Danna Young, Dohn Construction


The program was produced by the Fort Collins Area Chamber with assistance from a steering committee:

Stephanie Ashley, Brinkman

Emily Birdsall, Jolly Events

Heather Buoniconti, Food Bank for Larimer County

Jen Cooper, SummitStone Health Partners

Mark Culloton, UCHealth

Jess Dyrdahl, Colorado State University

Maryann  Fillingim, UCHealth

Jerick  Flores, CSU Alumni Association

Jill Foster,  Realities for Children

Gretchen Gramling, Visual Health Solutions

Diane Jones

Amy Kolczak, UCHealth

Heather Matz, The Group

Carley McAbee, Indigo Grantsmithing

Jennifer McLain, Alpha Center

Emily Peddicord, Kuck Mechanical

Ali Raza, CSU

Colan Scheidenhelm, Schure Consulting

Teresa Sedlak, Office of the Alternative Defense Counsel

Lauren Smiley, Blue Sky Restoration

Nick Smiley, City of Fort Collins

Zach Sumner, BWCS

Abe Theiss, Blue Sky Restoration

Brad Ward, City of Fort Collins

Meghan Willis, UCHealth


Applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Fort Collins program will be available in late-June.  Anyone interested in learning more about the program or applying should contact Ann Hutchison at (970) 482-3746 or [email protected].


About the Fort Collins Area Chamber

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading business association in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,270 business owners and managers in the market. For more than 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has helped shape the Fort Collins region into one of the most livable places in America. For more information about the Chamber, call (970) 482-3746 or visit www.FortCollinsChamber.com.