The 2013-14 Leadership Greater Ardmore Class was introduced Tuesday night during a reception at the Red Dirt Brewhouse. The reception served as the first step in a nine-month journey for the 26 members of the 22nd Leadership Class.
Ardmore Development Authority interim president and CEO Brian Carter, a recent graduate of the class, said the Leadership Greater Ardmore Class had a dramatic impact on him.
"I'm a better person for it," he said. He said the class would be given the opportunity to see things not everyone gets to see. The class is designed to give residents a comprehensive look at the many different aspects of the community.
Dr. Bonnie Rigney said it is an opportunity to find out more about the community she grew up in.
"I want to know more about the community, what's going on in the schools and find out how things are run," she said.
Those in the class will attend government meetings as well as perform community service in addition to other opportunities. The day chairs scheduled for the course are:
• Local government
• Economic development
• Health care
• Senior living
• Criminal justice
• State government
• The arts
• Volunteer activities
"I'm looking forward to learning something new," Tommy Spradling said. "There are a variety of topics. From what I gather, it is a month of classes and each month there is something going on."
The program began in 1989 through the efforts of Wes Stucky, who, along with several of the founding directors, was in attendance at the reception. A large number of graduates were also in attendance to hear the challenge put forth by Mita Bates, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce president. Bates said it is a time of great opportunity, a time of promise and a time of challenges.
"It's an opportunity to find the best use of your talents based on your passion," Bates said.
The members of the class represent a number of businesses throughout Ardmore, as well as foundations and organizations.
"I think it is important to be part of the community and know what is going on," Denise Airington said. "I am looking forward to networking with the leaders in Ardmore."
Members of the 2013-14 Leadership Greater Ardmore Class
Denise Airington, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Joi Bass, Dollar General Distribution Center
Les Brown, EJ
Justin Busey, Arbuckle Area Council Boy Scouts of America
Dr. Blake Bush, Blake Bush Family Eyecare Inc.
Page 2 of 2 - Adam Calaway, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc.
Heather Chatham, Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Matthew Farve, First National Bank
Ruthie Johnson-Chapman, Clinical Social Worker
Shenita Jones, S&J Restoration LLC
Dillion Jordan, Jordan Insurance Group
Russell Keeton, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center
Sara Kerley, Cities In Schools
Bill Moore, Henry Roberts Express Pharmacy LLC
Jonathan Morris, Lone Grove City Schools
Teresa Myers, The Good Shepherd Community Clinic Inc.
Robert Newell, City of Ardmore
Debbie Pender, Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Randee Pierce, Michelin North America-Ardmore Plant
Gabe Richardson, Jackson and Fox PC
Sarah Richardson, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc.
Dr. Bonnie Rigney, Barnes Vision Clinic
Kirk Rodden, MSC-University Center of Southern Oklahoma
Tommy Spradling, Chemical Pump & Supply
John Terry, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs
Daryle Voss, Mercy Hospital Ardmore