Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
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A Call to Leadership
The next class begins on Sept. 15 with a registration deadline of Aug. 30. In more than 15 years, the chamber’s Leadership program has turned out more than 120 graduates who now are using their skills and knowledge as better employees for their businesses and organizations. Now is the time to look around your business or organization to determine who you want to benefit from the next class. The curriculum reflects a more hands-on, out-in-the-field experiences than classroom-type settings. Each morning session is led by Steve Hummel of Transitions Unlimited!, a presenter with years of experience teaching leadership and management techniques. Here is more of what you can expect from the program:

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Leadership Chillicothe RossSome local leaders you will get to know:
Ross County’s leading entrepreneur and inventor
Top-level executives at Adena Health System
Top-level executives at the Kenworth Truck Company
Top-level executives at Glatfelter
Top-level executives at the VA Medical Center
The mayor of Chillicothe
Ross County’s commissioners
Members of Chillicothe City Council
The top economic development executive in Ross County
Common Pleas judges
The top executive of the visitors bureau
The owners and managers of some of Ross County’s finest small businesses
The top executive of Community Action
One of the top artisans in Ross County
Leaders of area churches
The leaders of the area’s largest social service organizations

Places you are likely to visit:
Glatfelter
Kenworth Truck Company
Small businesses downtown
VA Medical Center
Adena Medical Center
“The Pit” at InfoSight
The Lighthouse Youth Center
Adena Mansion and Gardens
Ross County Law Enforcement Complex
Ross County courts
A local church or two
PACCAR Medical Education Center
Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center
Jobs One-Stop

Leadership skills you are likely to learn:
How to lead using your personality traits to get the most out of other people
How to lead with a vision, mission and values for your organization
How better to manage conflict
How better to build your teams
How to lead in an ethical way
How to lead a diverse workforce
How to lead during times of change
How to lead any size organization
How to lead by better managing meetings
How to lead problem-solving activities

This program is ideal for, but certainly not limited to, people such as:
  • Leadership Chillicothe RossA middle manager who is relatively new to the community and who will benefit by knowing the resources available locally. Participants form bonds that become a business network that can last a lifetime.
  • Those who will benefit from learning the dynamics of working with a diverse group of people in terms of age, occupations, sex, geographical backgrounds, etc.
  • A new business owner who is relatively new to the community who also will benefit from first-hand knowledge of key people, agencies and other businesses. (Someone, though, would need to be able to run the business for the one day each month in the case of very small businesses.)
  • Natives of the area who feel they need and want a deeper understanding of how the community works.
  • Employees who have responsibilities that include knowledge of various government, educational and other organizations.
  • Anyone who has an interest in the dynamics of leadership and management.
  • Before committing to the program, employers and participants need to know:
    • Participants will be unavailable for work one day each month (the second Wednesday of each month) from September through May. After two absences, participants will not be allowed to continue and tuition will not be reimbursed.
    • The class will work on a community service project that might require a little more time away from work, but that can easily be coordinated.
    • After graduation, the participants will have a new-found respect for and knowledge of the community that you as the employer have as an additional resource. In addition, the employer gets an employee who has been exposed to many different ideas in the fields of management and leadership.
Tuition is $595. This includes all materials, meals and a polo shirt. To sign up for the next class, complete the online registration form or call the chamber office at 702-2722. We hope you'll join us.

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Graduates of the 2009-2010 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2009-2010 Leadership Class
The graduates, front row from left: Sally Cunningham of Theta Pro2Serve Management Co.; Niska Baker of Ross Mortgage Corporation; Carlene Behanna of Ross County Community Action Head Start; Melissa Hurtt of the OSU South Centers; Michelle Richmond of Pickaway Ross Health; Ashley Dolan of T&S Enterprises; Amy Combs of the VA Medical Center, Patti Kruger of The Sunroom @ The Brick and Tammy McCoy of the Kenworth Truck Company. Back row: Josh Conkel of Theta; Brian Phillips of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone and Phil Crosby of VA Medical Center.

Graduates of the 2008-2009 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2008-2009 Leadership Class
Front row, from left: Cathy Forshey of Theta Pro2Serve Management, Pamela Sprouse of USEC, Erin Reuter of Ross County Children’s Services, Toni Gillette of Children’s Services, Andrea Davis of USEC and Krista Rickey of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone. Back row: Casey Stewart of Ross County Community Action, Bernie Davis of Kenworth Truck Company, George Robinson of the VA Medical Center, Dr. Deborah Meesig of the VA, Roger Carter of Theta and Joe Moore of Theta.

Graduates of the 2007-2008 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2007-2008 Leadership Class
The 2008 Class of Leadership Chillicothe Ross: Elise Allison, Theta Pro2Serve Management Company LLC; Leo Gillen, Leo Gillen Management Consulting; Patrick Phillips, VA Medical Center;  Janie Croswait, Theta Pro2Serve;  Robin Fowler, Robin Fowler State Farm Insurance; Bob Taylor, Ross County Job & Family Services;  Rosie Daughters, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Wilson, ArtTech;  Joy Davis, Horizon Chillicothe Telephone;  Ron Cottrell, Kenworth Truck Company.  Jerry Carpenter, VA Medical Center.  Wayne Conley, Theta Pro2Serve.  Unable to attend:  Kimberly Congrove, VA Medical Center;  Cathy Dresbach, A.G. Edwards;  Jason Monroe, Adena Health Systems;  Tammy Russell, Ross County Job & Family Services.

Graduates of the 2006-2007 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2006-2007 Leadership Class
Back row from left are DeAnna Cuckler of Ross County Community Action, Krista Alexander of Adena Health System, Ruth Crowe of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers, Monica Drake of Ross County Department of Job and Family Services, Carrie Miller from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers, Rosala Brown of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, Cari Steinbrook of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Monica Rogers of the Chillicothe Gazette, Ashley Wilburn of Citizens National Bank and Sonie Butler of Pickaway-Ross Career and Evelopment Center. Front row: Justin Jenkins of the Kenworth Truck Company, Jeremy Forcum of JSF Inc., Joe Spaulding of Spaulding Chiropractic and Sports Therapy, Charles Tacket of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Melvin Maughmer of the VA. Also in the class were Betty Fornwald of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heidi Garrett of the Brooke Insurance Agency, Mary Lou Kohne of Ohio University and Mark Virgin of Nourse Auto Mall.

Graduates of the 2005-2006 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2005-2006 Leadership Class
From left are Jack Schmitt of Kenworth, Tammy Perry of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, Mellissa Wolford of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers, Brian Burris of Kenworth, David Rose of Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, Sue Miller of VA Medical Center, Chris Scott of Herrnstein Chrysler, Tine Fore of VA Medical Center, Jim Burger of Adena Health System, Chad Walters of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers and William Callahan.

Graduates of the 2004-2005 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2004-2005 Leadership Class
From left are Eric Stevens of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, Doug Hennig of Ohio University-Chillicothe, Marie Bridenbaugh from the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, James Ford from the Ross County Department of Job and Family Services, Michele Conrad from the Kenworth Truck Co., Jason Rhoades from Perfection One Collision Center, Dr. Ernest Sutton from the VA Medical Center and Pam Nichols from the VA. Not pictured are Kim Baker from Job and Family Services, Loura Roberts from Chivaho Federal Employees Credit Union, Judy Harness from Adena Health System and Todd Thomas from Kenworth.

Graduates of the 2003-2004 Leadership Class
Graduates of the 2003-2004 Leadership Class
Front row, from left, Debi White of the YMCA of Ross County, Rayetta Caugherty of the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center, Jamie Arledge of Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, Lynn Digges of Traditions of Chillicothe, Susan Kuehner of the VA Medical Center and Jeff Wells of the Kenworth Truck Co. Back row: Chuck Ramsey of Adena Health System, Dick Schwartz of the VA Medical Center, Dennis Franks of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, Mark Rager of the Chillicothe Gazette, Jay Darland of the Kenworth Truck Co. and Rick Mauger of the VA Medical Center.

Steering Committee
Stacia Ruby, Chair
Lori Hice
Steve Hummel
Rosemary Daughters
Marvin Jones
Linda Kight
Barb Wilson
Erin Reuter
Ron Cottrell
Charles Tackett
Krista Alexander
Krista Rickey
Trevor Kendall

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