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  • Leadership Washington County

    The Leadership Washington County Program, presented by the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce, is a series of seminars, tours and networking opportunities designed to enhance community awareness and develop emerging leaders in Washington County.

    Participants include executives, professionals, government officials, community organizers and directors of nonprofit organizations, among others.  Participants are typically sponsored and financially supported by their employers. 

    What are the objectives?​​

    • Develop leadership skills to empower participants to be good community stewards, board members and volunteers.
    • Improve particiants effectiveness as leaders of the community.
    • Increase awareness in the Fremont community of the potential for development and growth within social, civic and professional groups.  
    • Provide an overview of the leadership of Washington County.
    • Inform participants of city and county government.
    • Learn about and understand community resources.
    • Assess sources of economic development and growth.
    • Examine the future potential for Washington County.


    Primary Learning Experiences:

    • Companies and organizations do not accomplish great things, people do.  Be developing your leadership skills, participants will gain the tools necessary to be good leaders and better people while working through an ever changing environment. 


  • CLASS VII 2018



  • Leadership Washington County Class VII 2018 Roster:

    Joel Bacon
    Two Rivers Bank - Vice President

    Aaron Barrow
    City of Blair - Police Lieutenant

    Melinda Barthel
    Cargill - Account Supervisor

    Leeanna Ellis
    Enterprise Publishing Company - Managing Editor

    Niki Ferguson
    Gateway Economic Development - Project Manager Coordinator

    Chad Leggott
    Washington County Bank - Commercial Loan Officer

    Aaron Mattson
    Cargill - Chemist Supervisor

    Denise Ray
    Blair Area Chamber of Commerce

    Jeff Roeder
    Black Hills Energy 

    Angela Rosenbaum
    Memorial Community Hospital & Health System - Lead Respiratory Therapist

    Kimberly Ruengert
    Memorial Community Hospital & Health System - Lead Laboratory

    John Sheehan
    NatureWorks - Maintenance Reliability Coordinator

    Matt Tetrick
    Cargill - Engineer Supervisor


    Justin Novak  jnovak@papionrd.org
    Pheasants Forever/Papio NRD

    Jordan Rishel   jordan@blairchamber.org
    Blair Area Chamber of Commerce  

    Pamela Quinn   pquinn@leadyourlegacynow.com

  • CLASS VII 2018 Schedule

    March 1 & 2      Opening Retreat

    March 22           Legislative Day

    April 19              Leadership Skills Day - 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

    May 17              Legal & Law Day

    June 21             Health & Human Services Day

    July 19               Ag Related Business Day

    August 16          Business and Economic Day

    September 13   Agriculture Day

    October 18        Education Day

    November 15    Graduation Day 

  • Leadership Washington County Class VI 2016 Roster:

    Laura Boone
    Cargill- Germ Department Supervisor

    Loraine Ellis
    Enterprise Publishing Co. - Marketing Associate

    Jane Ferneding
    US Bank- Business Banker

    Brent Fullmer
    Evonik- Process Development Engineer

    Angela Livingston
    Memorial Community Hospital and Health System- Inpatient Nursing Lead

    Mikki Mullally
    Two Rivers Bank- Mortgage Banking Officer

    Justin Novak
    Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District- Field Representative

    Ann O'Riley
    Cargill- Merchandising Manager

    Stefanie Osterhaus
    Washington County Bank- Personal Banker Manager

    Dane Petersen
    Washington County Bank- Loan Officer

    Lisa Scheve
    Gateway Development Corporation- Executive Director

    Angie Schrad
    Memorial Community Hospital & Health System- Rural Health Clinic Lead

    Maggie Smith
    Cargill- Administrative Assistant

    Shannon Smithson
    Blair Area Chamber of Commerce- Office Assistant

    Alicia Stevens
    City of Fort Calhoun- Deputy Clerk

    Chris Wulf
    Great Plains Communications- OSP Design Engineer


    March 3-4, 2016          Opening Retreat (Mandatory)

                                        Alumni Coordinators:  Doug Anderson, Brian Brown & Jordan Rishel

    March 31, 2016           Legislative Day

                                         Alumni Coordinator:  Jordan Rishel 

    April 21, 2016              Leadership Skill Building Session & Alumni Social Hour

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Doug Anderson & Brian Brown

    May 19, 2016              Law & Legal Day

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Ellie Richardson-Vakiner & Jordan Rishel

    June 16, 2016             Health & Human Services Day

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Janice Fitchhorn & Laura Stawniak

    July 21, 2016               Ag Related Business Day

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Matthew Gutzmann & Nicole Rudningen

    August 18, 2016          Business & Economic Development Day

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Sean Johnson & Doug Anderson

    September 15, 2016    Agriculture Day

                                         Alumni Coordinator:  Lynette Hansen

    October 20, 2016        Education Day

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Mark Gutschow & Rex Pfeil     

    November 17, 2016     Graduation Lunch (Mandatory)

                                         Alumni Coordinators:  Doug Anderson, Brian Brown & Jordan Rishel




  • Legislative Day in Lincoln

    Tour of Capitol Building 
    Observing the Legislature
    LWC Group visiting with State Senator Lydia Brasch in her office

    Opening Retreat at Pheasant Bonanza