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Area Residents Join Greater Kansas City Leaders

The Doniphan Leadership Institute graduated its 20th Cohort Jan. 8 at William Jewell College. Staff and sponsors congratulated the 17 Doniphan Fellows who live and work throughout Greater Kansas City.

Seventeen individuals from the area became graduates of the Doniphan Leadership Institute following a ceremony at William Jewell College Wednesday Feb. 8.

They included staff members of organizations ranging from Ameristar Casino Hotel to Mid-Continent Public Library. Now in its 10th year, the institute is co-sponsored by the Pryor Center at the college and the Clay County Economic Development Council.

The new Doniphan Fellows had high praise for the program as they addressed nearly 100 family, friends and coworkers at the event. Although they live and work throughout Greater Kansas City, many had similar observations about the institute.

“This has been a great opportunity for me,” noted Linda Currid, who works at Ameristar and resides in North Kansas City. “It’s probably the best experience of my career.”

Others said the changes were often personal. “I used to feel alone in making decisions,” Kimberly Harris of Liberty Hospital and a Lawson resident said. “But now I realize we share the same challenges.”

Melissa Mohler, who works for Clay County and lives in Smithville, agreed. “I learned to ask what are my strengths instead of what are my weaknesses,” she said. “That’s a first in my life.”

Anthony Sands, who works for the City of Gladstone and resides there, saw the program as an opportunity for expanding horizons. “It helped me to grow a lot,” he said. “It was quite an experience.”

Annette Shelton resides in Kearney and works for the Kearney School District.

“I thought I was going to learn some tips and tricks,” she said. “What I learned is about myself.”

The dinner event was held in the college’s Yates/Gill Union and included speakers Kevin Shaffstall, director of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development at the college; Joe Millas, guest instructor; Tom Vansaghi, professor of Business and Leadership at the college, and Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, cosponsor of the Institute with the Pryor Center.

The complete list of new Doniphan Fellows is Amy Barclay, Mid-Continent Public Library, Mission; Linda Currid, Ameristar, North Kansas City; Jacque Davis, Liberty Hospital, Parkville; Kimberly Harris, Liberty Hospital, Lawson; Tina Hartford, lngredion, Olathe; Melissa Kesner, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Overland Park; Amy Leonard Sleeper, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Prairie Village; Jordan McKinney, William Jewell College, Liberty; Melissa Mohler, Clay County, Smithville; Sheila Montgomery Park, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City; Nkolika Obiesie, Clay County Public Health Center, Kansas City, Ks.; Tyler Polsgrove, KCP&L, Platte City; Anthony Sands, City of Gladstone, Gladstone; Jill Seib-Schaub, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City; Annette Shelton, Kearney Schools, Kearney; Bronson Smith, Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City; and Nikki Thorn, Clay County, Liberty.

For additional information on the institute, call the Development Council at (816) 468-4989 or visit www.clayedc.com/Doniphan. You may also contact the Pryor Center at (816) 415-5052.

Article courtesy Dale Garrison of DGInform.com

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