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Leadership Flathead Introduces Class of 2016 Graduates

May 15, 2017View for printing

Leadership Flathead recently held the Class of 2016 graduation for those participants who successfully completed the two-year program. The celebration was held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.

Jane Karas, Ph.D., president of Flathead Valley Community College, spoke to Leadership Flathead graduates about the longstanding partnership between Leadership Flathead and the college. Flathead Valley Community has been a long-time supporter of Leadership Flathead through participation of their employees as well as the use of their facilities and resources. She shared with the graduating class the importance of being involved and taking the initiative to lead in our community.

Leadership Flathead is a two-year commitment. The first year includes a launch retreat followed by monthly sessions that focus on relevant topics within the community and include leadership skill building, guest speakers, panel discussions, tours and field trips to community organizations and businesses. Expanding upon their first year education, second year class members are expected to assume a new leadership role with a community organization or engage in a community based project of their choosing. Congratulations to the following graduates and thank you to their employers for the support of their participation in Leadership Flathead.

Leadership Flathead Class of 2016 Graduation Class of 2016

Sean Anderson Imagine IF Libraries

Paul Austin Glacier National Park

Carrie Bates North Valley Hospital

Chance Barrett Edward Jones

Joseph Bischof Montana Innocence Project

Katie Brien Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

Ed Brown Park Side Financial Credit Union

Aimee Brunckhorst City of Kalispell

Jori Bullemer Flathead Valley Community College

Sarah Canepa USDA Forest Service

Chris Clouse Flathead Valley Community College

Tony Edmundson Imagine IF Libraries

Chris Fraser Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana

Nancy Kimball Kalispell Regional Medical Center (retired)

Lacy Kowalski Glacier National Park Conservancy

Michael Longfield City of Kalispell

Lisa Mahoney Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Monica Medhus Mountain West Farm Bureau Insurance

Jordan Nelson Express Employment Professionals

Jarod Nygren City of Kalispell

Julie Otto Weyerhauser

Bryson Pelc Jordahl & Sliter

Brian Piercy First Interstate Bank

Andrea Rennaker NXGEN Payment Services

Ronalee Skees Immanuel Lutheran Communities

Ray Steinborn PayneWest Insurance

Jenna Svoboda Jackola Engineering & Architecture

Laura Taylor ABC FOX Montana

Eric Trimble USDA Forest Service

Matt Venturini Glacier Bank

Robyn Whalen Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Teryn Waldenberg Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Leadership Flathead was organized in 1990 by community members Jim Oliverson, Bill Leingang, and Kathy Hughes with the vision of creating a core of knowledgeable and skilled leaders committed to making the Flathead Valley the best it can be. Since then more than 700 individuals have completed the Leadership Flathead program, most of whom still reside in the Flathead Valley. They continue to contribute to our community through service to government committees and nonprofit organizations. For more information on Leadership Flathead visit

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