Charlevoix County Leadership Announces Class of 2023

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY — Leadership Charlevoix County has announced the members of its Class of 2023.

This is the 11th year of the program for the non-profit organization, which now has 174 alumni. The organization’s mission is to nurture and encourage community members to take a more active role in participation and leadership in non-profit organizations, community, city and county governments, events and festivals committees, etc. Throughout the nine-month program, the curriculum is designed to provide community/county awareness, networking opportunities and focus on leadership development through an educational and hands-on approach.

The 16 members of the class began their leadership journey with an orientation meeting and mentor networking session at Boyne Mountain Resort. Her first session was an overnight retreat on Beaver Island. Bad weather interrupted the second day’s program on the island. Currently, the Charlevoix County Leadership Board is attempting to plan and secure funding for a return day trip to Beaver Island in the spring to complete an informative and comprehensive Beaver Island service, program and education agenda and meet with several island community leaders . Transportation sponsors are required to make this visit possible.

The class will meet one day per month until its conclusion in May 2023. Session topics will include: connecting with your government; ethics, culture and philanthropy; Economic development; building your communication toolkit; education today; health and social services; Environment and Natural Resources and Where Do We Go From Here? to use all their newly learned skills.

In addition to their monthly meetings, each Leadership Charlevoix County participant must submit a Personal Leadership Plan, have an individual role in the class’s Community Service Project, and meet with their mentor monthly to meet the program’s completion requirements.

This year’s class consists of a diverse group of emerging leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, locations, companies, industries, organizations and educational institutions. The Class of 2023 includes: Clancey Becker from Great Lakes Energy, Ryan Deery from Charlevoix Public Library, Matt Greer from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Patty Hellebuyck from the Char-Em Intermediate School District, Brian Hochsteller from Boyne Mountain, Sarah Ingalls from Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, Kendra Lake from North Central Michigan College, Skylar MacNaughton from Gnarly Artisan Handyman/Artist, Leah McGuire from Charlevoix County, Brandi McPherson from Charlevoix State Bank, Erin Miedema from EJ, Sam Ottgen from 4Front Credit Union, Jordan Peck from of the City of Boyne City Main Street, Cynthia Pepin of East Jordan Family Health Center, Sam Persons of Boyne Mountain and Tim Smith of Charlevoix County.

The program’s co-administrators are Mary H. Faculak and Alison M. Hubbard.

For more information about the program, sponsorship opportunities, or the organization, contact Leadership Charlevoix County at [email protected] or Faculak at (231) 357-7104.

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