Sixteen individuals from the Ada community have successfully completed the 2018-19 Leadership Ada program.

The 34-year-old program, coordinated by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, provides a variety of immersive experiences in community leadership. Participants in the seven-month program were selected from a field of applicants and have met one day per month from September through March.

“Not only do the participants learn more about the ‘insides’ of the local business community and climate, but they also build relationships that in the end can create a stronger business voice for the city.” said Shana Wood, Ada Area Chamber President/CEO.

Leadership Ada is a program that aims to develop, strengthen and equip local professionals to benefit the Ada area. The curriculum represents a number of different facets of life and commerce in Ada. Topics for the Leadership Ada program typically include:

• Leadership development.

• Culture, tourism and quality of life.

• City infrastructure and local government.

• Health and social services.

• Crime and criminal justice.

• Workforce and education. 

• State government – Day at the capitol.

Experiences ranged from a walking history tour of Ada to a poverty simulation, a close-up look at our law enforcement training facility and peering into the origin of Ada’s water source at Byrds Mill Spring.

Participants who successfully completed all requirements of the 2018-19 Leadership Ada program are:

• Tonja Brundidge, senior accounting manager at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Morgan Edwards, marketing manager at Citizens Bank of Ada.

• Beth Grand, office manager at Guderian Foods.

• Joseph Guess, business executive at Cable One.

• Taylor Howard, financial advisor at Edward Jones.

• Ashley Jones, accountant at the Chickasaw Nation.

• LaDonna Lacey, manager of materials management at Mercy Hospital Ada.

• Will Maxwell, director of information systems at Pontotoc Technology Center.

• Carrie Mayes, budget specialist at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Glennye Perry, administrative assistant at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Stephanie Roberts, client resource manager at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Christopher Shields, assistant general counsel at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Misty Stinnett, accounting specialist at the Chickasaw Nation.

• Jaylea Thompson, marketing officer at Vision Bank.

• Philip Thompson, assistant vice president and loan officer at Vision Bank.

• Brenna Williams, accountant at 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 for applicant information.

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce was established in 1924 and is the area’s oldest and largest business development and advocacy organization with over 300 members. The Chamber is dedicated to promoting local business, promoting the community, creating business network opportunities and contacts for members, and representing business interests to local and state government.