Leadership Fort Collins graduates 38th class

The 2021-2022 Leadership Fort Collins class will receive their diplomas on May 12 at the Rio Grande 2.0.  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.

Twenty-nine current and emerging leaders from throughout the Fort Collins area were selected to participate in the 2021-2022 program, which began in September 2021 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 nine all day educational sessions, members of the class were also challenged to complete a service-learning project in the community.  The 2021-2022 Leadership Fort Collins Class has planned and produced five different class projects benefiting the Fort Collins area.

“The Chamber is thrilled to be able to produce this important program for our area.  The individuals graduating this year are second to none and will be impacting our community in very mighty ways.  They are leadership personified,” said Hutchison.

The Leadership Fort Collins graduation will include recognition of individual class members and a keynote address by CSU Football Coach Jay Norvell.  The graduation event, sponsored by Austin’s American Grill and Northern Engineering, will be held May 12.


Graduating members of the class include:

Paul Baker, 970 Services

Brent Barstad, Blue Federal Credit Union

Chad Beane, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Boddicker, PAM Health

Michelangelo Bustamante, FirstBank

Chris Cooper, Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Brooke Cunningham, Neighbor to Neighbor

Laurel Donahue, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University

Alex Dutton, Elevations Credit Union

Kevin Flint, Edward Jones

John Freismuth, Flood & Peterson

Jillian Fresa, City of Fort Collins

Penny Gill-Stuart, CCD INNOVATION

Matt Hoppal, MidFirst Bank

Jeff Jarchow, Stratus Marketing

Jill Marx, City of Fort Collins

Annalise Mecham, Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County

Joe Morrongiello, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Amber Morse,

Pat O’Farrell, Brown & Brown Insurance

Kate Penning, Clark & Enersen

Bill Renz, Ditesco, LLC

Marissa Riopelle, First Western Trust

Adam Ritchey, JE Dunn Construction

Kelly Stine, The Armstrong Hotel

Lisa Talley, UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies

Brenda  Trejos, Medicare Guide/ Leadership Trainer & Coach

Analia A. Weber, La Familia Family Center

Brendan Wise, UCHealth


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


Emily Birdsall, Jolly Events

Heather Buoniconti, Food Bank for Larimer County

Jen Cooper, SummitStone Health Partners

Mark Culloton, UCHealth

Lauren Dewey, Colorado State University

Jess Dyrdahl, Colorado State University

Maryann Fillingim, City of Fort Collins

Jerick Flores, Colorado State University

Jill Foster, The Place Setting Company

Gretchen Gramling, Visual Health Solutions

Charles Grant, First National Bank

Huston Hoffman, RPT Realty

Mara Johnson, Habitat for Humanity

Tracy Katz, First Western Trust

Carley McAbee, Indigo Grantsmithing

Jennifer McLain, Alpha Center

Amanda Miller, The Place Setting Company

Katie Nixon, UCHealth

Emily Peddicord, Gleeds

Ali Raza, CSU

Colan Scheidenhelm, Schure Consulting

Lauren Smiley, Coloscapes Concrete

Nick Smiley, City of Fort Collins

Gretchen Stanford, City of Fort Collins

Zachary Sumner, Cherry Creek Mortgage

Abe Theiss, City of Greeley

Brad Ward, Connexion

Meghan Willis, UCHealth


Applications for the 2022-2023 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 1,100 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.


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