Twenty-one individuals from the Ada community have successfully completed the 2016-17 Leadership Ada program.
The program, coordinated by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, provides a variety of immersive experiences in community leadership. Participants for the seven-month program were selected from a field of applicants and have met one day per month from September through March.
“Leadership Ada began many years ago and has continued to be a popular and effective program for people wanting to learn more about and get involved in our community,” said Karen Hudson, Ada Area Chamber president.
Sessions covered during the program included local history, quality of life, criminal justice, health care, social services, education, workforce, and government. Experiences ranged from a walking history tour of Ada, a poverty simulation, celebrating with kindergarteners at a “Leader in Me” assembly, to making street signs with Ada Public Works employees, and peering into the origin of Ada’s water source at Byrd’s Mill Spring.
“Volunteers who are experts in each area actually plan and coordinate the different sessions,” said Hudson. “So the program is an excellent way to foster future community leadership.”
Additionally, participants were required to attend at least one quality of life event; a local school board, city council, or county commissioner meeting, and volunteer locally for two hours.
Participants who successfully completed all requirements of the 2016-17 Leadership Ada program are:
Kevin Bishop, Senior Electrical Systems Engineer at People’s Electric Cooperative
Neela Brown, Patient Access/PBX Manager at Mercy Hospital Ada
Chelsea Butler, Mortgage Loan Processor at Citizens Bank of Ada
Bethany Carroll, Office Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
Adam Drannon, Cemetery Preservation Technician with The Chickasaw Nation
Miranda Elliott, Tribal Communications Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
Susie Godwin, Senior Projects Manager/Marketing Director at Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting, LLC
Tina Gregory, IT Applications Support Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
Elizabeth Hernandez, Assistant Branch Manager/Lending Officer at Vision Bank
James Jackson, Executive Director for the Ada Regional United Way
George (Ca-Te) Jesse, Field Specialist with the Chickasaw Nation Protective Services
Sara Jones, Emergency Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
Stacie MacCollister, Executive Assistant with The Chickasaw Nation
Tamara Mankin, Director at Monte Vista Academy, Inc.
Jinger McClure, Community Relations Manager at Mercy Hospital Ada
Jill McDonald, Creative Services Director with The Chickasaw Nation
Angela Portwood, Apprentice Program Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
Jennifer Marsh, Loan Secretary at Citizens Bank of Ada
Vick Teagan, Account Manager with Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting, LLC
Jeremy Wood, AVP/Special Assets Officer at Vision Bank
Rachel Wood, Internal Audit Manager with The Chickasaw Nation
The application period for the next Leadership Ada class opens in July. Interested individuals should contact the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce at 580.332.2506 or check the chamber website at www.adachamber.com for applicant information.