New leaders ‘graduate’ in Fort Dodge
17 May 2017
The 25 graduates of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Leadership Fort Dodge program were spared one tradition Tuesday evening during their graduation at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites.
No caps or gowns.
However two of the graduates, did get to speak to their classmates.
Amy Pingel, with Iowa Central Community College, spoke first.
“I came back here after college,” she said. “I knew Fort Dodge would be what I made of it. I have an extreme passion about the community.”
Jill Nelson, Economic Development director for the Greater Fort Dodge Area Growth Alliance, said the goal of the program, besides introducing the participants to the community, is to inspire.
“We hope they find something in the community they’re passionate about,” she said. “To find something and become involved.”
She said applications for the next class will be available in a few weeks through the Growth Alliance. The program is open to employees of Alliance members.
These are the Leadership Fort Dodge graduates for 2016-2017
Mary Alves, Spin Markket
Caley Bloom, KHI Solutions
Rachael Cook, First State Bank
Katie Degelau, Cargill
Mindy Derrig, Friendship Haven
Jon Flattery, First American Bank
Scott Forbes, Webster County emergency management coordinator
Debbie Gray, Friendship Haven
Erin Habben, Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department
Kenneth Hayes, Fort Dodge Senior
High School principal
Suzanne Hearn, UnityPoint Health — Berryhill Center
Joni Hefley, Webster County Conservation
Nick Johnson, Prairie Lakes Church
Ryan Kent, Edward D. Jones
Sidney McField, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota
Lynn Pedersen, QPS Employment Group
Amy Pingel, Iowa Central Community College
Jennifer Pullen, UnityPoint Health — Berryhill Center
Jeremy Purvis, Snyder & Associates
Chuy Rivas, Country Financial
Julie Rowe, Northwoods Living
Mark Simonson, Access Systems
Jenny Weiss, KHI Solutions
Dan Wiedmeier, McClure Engineering Co.