The latest installment of Leadership Greater Ardmore was introduced during a reception at the Red Dirt Brewhouse Monday night. The class, 25 strong, was selected out of a long list of applicants.
“It was a very tough decision,” Eric Holquin, leadership chair, said. “We had 52 applicants and it was very hard because we only accept 25.”
Holquin said the selection process included finding a cross section of the community.
“The Ardmore Chamber started this in 1989 and each year we wonder if we will have enough applicants,” Holquin said. “You are going to learn a lot. I just ask that you keep an open mind, you will learn a lot.”
The reception included an opportunity for class members to meet each other as they were given information regarding what their obligations will be for the upcoming year.
Holquin provided a list of the day chairs, which will guide the monthly sessions highlighting different aspects of Ardmore. The topics for each session include:
Community health/senior living
Crime and criminal justice
The class will end with a graduation in May. Each class member will also need to complete 20 hours of community service outside his or her current volunteer commitments.
Mita Bates, Ardmore Chamber president & CEO, said the program began in 1989 through the efforts of Wes Stucky, who is a current leadership board member and other community leaders including Millard Ingram.
“As a class, you represent a cross section of the community with a variety of backgrounds,” she said. “You will come away with 24 new close friends and you will be lifelong friends.”
Bates also said every year begins a new challenge to find those things that matter and areas to find passions which will benefit the community.
The first session will be Sept. 19 at the Chickasaw Lake Club with each session held at different venues. Class members will also have the opportunity to take part in the trip to the State Capitol for Ardmore Day at the Capitol, which is traditionally one of the highlights for leadership classes.
2014/2015 Leadership Greater Ardmore Class
Andrea Anderson, Cross Timbers Hospice, Inc.
Amanda Baldridge, Murray State College
Tammy Black, Michelin North America-Ardmore Plant
Jennifer Bramlett, Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Justin Bruner, Noble Energy, Inc.
Gail Currier, Chickasaw Regional Library System
Maia Day, Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Sara Donaho-Jones, Sullivan Insurance Agency
Drew Dvorak, OG&E-Ardmore
Micele Garrison, Ardmore Development Authority
Brawn Lide, Brawn Coaching/John Maxwell Team
Juan Lopez, Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
Roxey Lovelace, EJ
Stacey McMeans, Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Meri Jayne Miller, Lone Grove Public Schools
Brenda Mize, First National Bank & Trust Company
Kiran Mysore, The Samuel Roberts Noble
Michael Pineda, The Ardmoreite
William (Trevor) Potts, Potts Land Company
Debbie Rizzo, HFV Wilson Community Center
Misty Sanders, Boys & Girls Clubs of Carter County
Jamie Smith, Landmark Bank
Nathan Thomas, American National Bank
Tayler Thompson, Southern Design Group, LLC
Meredith Turpin, Attorney at Law
Jim Whitson, Dollar General Distribution Center