Leadership Fort Collins graduates 34th class

The 2015-2016 Leadership Fort Collins class will receive their diplomas on May 12 at the Rio Grande Agave Room.  Leadership Fort Collins, a program of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Soukup, Bush & Associates, 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 2015-2016 program, which began in September 2015 and will conclude on May 12.  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 eight all day educational sessions, members of the class were also challenged to complete a service learning project in the community.  The 2015-2016 Leadership Fort Collins Class has planned and produced five difference class projects benefiting the Fort Collins area.

The Leadership Fort Collins graduation will include recognition of individual class members and a keynote addresses by City of Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell.  The graduation event, sponsored by Austin’s American Grill and The Place Setting Company, will be held May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rio Agave Room.

Graduating members of the class include:

Grace Abbott, Brinkman Partners

Stephanie Ashley, Old Town Media

Kindra Bielefeld, Quality Inn & Suites

Matt Brooksmith, Neenan Archistruction

Mark Christensen, Brinkman Partners

Christina Cooper, United Way of Larimer County

Ashley Dees, Columbine Health Systems

Dan DeVries, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors

Erin Edelstein, Colorado State University

Nicole Ellis Walusis, FirstBank

Kelly Evans, Neighbor to Neighbor

Brandon Garcia, Poudre Fire Authority

Lea Hanson, Left Lane Communications, LLC

Dr. Nalo Johnson, City of Fort Collins

Eric Jones, Bohemian Foundation

Tim Klippert, UCHealth – North (PVH)

Megan Kushner, Fresenius Medical Care

Eric Larsen, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Torrey McCoy, Columbine Health Systems

Lorri McGregor, Heritage Title Company

Joslyn McGriff, Synergos AMC

Jen McLain, Alpha Center

Emily Peddicord, Mortenson Construction

Samantha Preston, Hot Corner Concepts

William Rich, Brown & Brown of Colorado

Shannon Richardson, Community Banks of Colorado

Jenna Riedi, Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County

Jenn Rieskamp, SLiCE CSU

Dan Sapienza, RMSI Group Consulting

Heidi Wagner, City of Fort Collins

Rob Wagner, UCHealth

Katie Watkins, BASE Camp

Kristy Wygmans, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Derek Young, RB+B Architects


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

Kate Baker, Brinkman Partners

John Berkhausen, Cache Bank and Trust

Melinda Brown, Melinda Brown Events

Heather Buoniconti, Food Bank for Larimer County

Gary Clark, Century 21 Humpal

Jen Cooper Miller, SummitStone Health Partners

Mark Culloton, Austin’s American Grill

Shannon Hein, Mantooth Company

Lauren Ives, Brinkman Partners

Diane Jones

Amy Kolczak, UCHealth

Sarah Kruse, Kruse Control

Meg Olsen, UCHealth

Donna Reiser, CSU Alumni Association

Jodie Riesenberger, Bohemian Foundation

Teresa Sedlak, SummitStone Health Partners

Brad Ward, FRII

Dan Weinheimer, City of Fort Collins

Applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Fort Collins program will be available in mid-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 membership-based organization in northern Colorado, dedicated to helping businesses succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,143 business owners and managers in the market. For more than 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has influenced efforts to maintain and grow the business community in Fort Collins. For more information about the Chamber call (970) 482-3746 or visit www.FortCollinsChamber.com.


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