DATE:   August 12, 2019    

CONTACT:  Contact: Deb Powers, Executive Director,

Leadership Northwest Missouri Celebrates 20 Years
Now Recruiting for 2020 Class

St. Joseph – Leadership Northwest Missouri is looking for the right men and women to fill its 2020 class, promising those who join an experience they’ll never forget.  Eight days over a seven-month period is the commitment, but the results are worth so much more.  The deadline to apply is November 1, 2019.

Often, seminars offer tips on leadership and networking.  But Leadership Northwest Missouri is different.  It provides a localized experience, offering leadership training, education on hot topics in the region, and access to a well-connected network of contacts.  Here is what some of the 2019 class participants had to say about their experience:

“Leadership Northwest Missouri was everything I thought it would be and more. The ability to network and truly connect with other professionals in NW Missouri has been something that will positively influence my personal/professional life.”
Steven Meyer, Albany/Gentry County

“Leadership Northwest Missouri is a life changing experience that exceeds your expectation and challenges your personal processes.”
Lisa Geiser, Chillicothe/Livingston County

“Leadership Northwest Missouri helped me to gain confidence and hone my own leadership skills, while providing me with more leadership knowledge. This program offered a look at regional issues and helped me to grow in my understanding of the needs of northwest Missouri. Together with creating contacts and meeting other leaders throughout the region, this extremely worthwhile program moved me to think on a larger scale and work toward helping the region.”
Skye Pournazari, St. Joseph/Buchanan County

The 2020 class will begin with a two-day retreat at Conception Abbey, January 29 and 30, led by Tim Crowley, Ph.D., a national speaker on personal and professional development.  Day-long monthly classes will follow in various communities throughout our 19-county region, (Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth), with the class graduation scheduled for July 16, 2020.

Class participants will come away with a new outlook on the workplace, enhanced leadership skills, hands-on team building exercises, communication and motivational skills, and so much more.  To create an effective experience, Leadership Northwest Missouri must limit the number of class participants.  The deadline to apply is November 1.  Please contact Deb Powers if you have questions. Website:

An application is available to download:

DATE:   July 29, 2019         

CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director, 

Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2019 Graduates
29 from the Region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2019 graduation ceremony in St. Joseph at the Benton Club.  The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Robert Jandorf, Board President and 2017 LNWMO graduate from Savannah. Mark Quick, Class of 2015, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner.  Jackie Cochenour and Cameron Corbet, members of the Class of 2019, reflected on their class year sharing memorable moments, followed by a video presentation created by Skye Pournazari, Class of 2019.  Dr. Tim Crowley, Leadership Coach from St. Joseph, shared some leadership thoughts.  Wes Moore, Board Finance Member, presented a token of appreciation to our Program Sponsors: Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, BTC Bank, Farmers State Bank, Mosaic Life Care, Nodaway Valley Bank, Northwest Health Services, Northwest Missouri State University, Tara Industries, Hedrick Medical Center, Missouri Western State University and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. Lunch Sponsors were also recognized: Brookfield Area Growth Partnership and 36/5 Leadership Academy, Community Hospital-Fairfax, Farmers State Bank, Mosaic Life Care, Mosaic Medical Center-Albany, Northwest Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Signature Psychiatric Hospital and Therapeutic Massage of Maryville. Robert Jandorf recognized retiring board members:  Staci Baker, Meadville; Rodney Hummer, Rosendale; Pat Ryan, Mound City and Crystal Woodring, Fairfax.

Brenda Williams, General Board Member and Class of 2007 alum, presented the Leadership Northwest Missouri Citizenship Award for 2019 to Granville “Chip” Holman, Gower, MO. Chip is the Mayor of Gower, MO and an American Family Insurance Agent. Chip displays his citizenship by spending countless hours improving his community. He has been instrumental in starting many new events and fundraisers in Gower. Chip supports the youth in the community by attending sporting events, fundraisers, and other activities at the school. He worked to have the school mascot added to the water tower and the football field. Chip served his country as a United States Marine. He is also now an alum of LNWMO, Class of 2019.

Robert Jandorf and Staci Baker, past president, presented each of the 29 graduating class members a plaque for completing the program. Graduates from the 2019 class, IGNITING 19, represented 11 Northwest Missouri Counties:  Andrew County, Stephen Goss; Atchison County, Ashley Mayall; Buchanan County, Cameron Corbet, Megan Deppen, Sarah Meierhoffer, Skye Pournazari, Adam Watson; Carroll County, Rachel Davidson, Devin Frazier, Rachel Hunt; Clinton County, Chip Holman, Pam Holman, Alex Spencer; Gentry County, Jordan Eiberger, Debbie Klommhaus, Steven Meyer, Megan Miller; Grundy County, Derrick Gott, Jenna Johnson; Holt County, Samantha Grist, Gina Lucas; Livingston County, Lisa Geiser, Anthony Ishmael, Robert Smith, Susan Stull; Nodaway County, Jackie Cochenour, Annette Deering; Worth County, Adam Downing, Charlotte Green. Receiving a Certificate of Participation was Jacob Oser, Carroll County.

A special thank you to the Graduation Planning Committee from the Class of 2018: Ashley Bugbee, Brendon Clark, Ashlee Driskell, Laura McFadden, and Heather Olson.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a leadership development program designed to bring together participants from throughout a 19-county region to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.  The class began in January and continued through July with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities.  Classes during the 2019 class year were held at Conception Abbey, in Liberty, Brookfield, Fairfax, Osborn, Maryville and Bethany.  Each session contained instruction on various leadership skills, in-depth examination of various issues facing the region and hands-on exercises.  In addition to entrepreneurship, other regional issues that were addressed included healthcare, agriculture, regional awareness and team empowerment.

New LNWMO Board Members joining in July: Rachel Davidson, Carroll County; Chip Holman, Clinton County; Jenna Johnson, Grundy County; and Darla Shipley, Livingston County.

An application for the 2020 class will soon be available on the website:

For additional information, please contact Deb Powers, Executive Director,

DATE:   January 30, 2019
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director,

30 Regional Participants Begin Leadership Northwest Missouri Program

Thirty women and men make up the newest class of Leadership Northwest Missouri, an annual series of sessions that bring together existing and emerging leaders from throughout a 19-county region to discover and sharpen their leadership skills, explore regional issues, and build a network of contacts throughout Northwest Missouri.

The 2019 class began with a two-day retreat, January 23 and 24, at Conception Abbey. The participants will gather monthly for day-long sessions in varied locations throughout the region. The series concludes with a July 18 graduation celebration in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Members of the 2019 class and the counties they represent are: Stephen Goss, Gina Lucas, Andrew County; Ashley Mayall, Atchison County; Cameron Corbet, Megan Deppen, Sarah Meierhoffer, Adam Watson, Buchanan County; Rachel Davidson, Devin Frazier, Rachel Hunt, Jake Oser, Carroll County; Chip Holman, Pam Holman, Alex Spencer, Clinton County; Steven Meyer, Daviess County; Jordan Eiberger, Debbie Klommhaus, Megan Miller, Gentry County; Derrick Gott, Jenna Johnson, Grundy County; Annette Deering, Samantha Grist, Holt County; Lisa Geiser, Anthony Ishmael, Robert Smith, Susan Stull, Livingston County; Jackie Cochenour, Skye Pournazari, Nodaway County; Adam Downing, Charlotte Green, Worth County.

Leadership Northwest Missouri has become the catalyst for identifying, training and connecting the leaders of our region and is a pathway for effective leadership for generations to come. There is a deliberate focus on fostering a sense of ownership for the region – that we have interdependent roles and we depend on each for the progress and success of Northwest Missouri.

“The retreat was truly an amazing experience I feel blessed to be a member of this stupendous class of 2019!” Chip Holman, Gower Mayor, Clinton County

“The Kickoff Retreat was a wonderful opportunity to not only challenge myself as a Leader, but to learn from the outstanding people that make up the 2019 Class of Leadership NWMO.  I look forward to learning more about the challenges and opportunities that face our region over the coming months.” Steven E. Meyer, Daviess County

“Listening and Teamwork are key components to a successful life. I have had the feeling of not knowing a group of 30 people on day 1, to feeling that you have known them for years day 2 is something LNWMO communicates.” Jordan Eiberger, Gentry County

Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of such regional issues as healthcare, regional awareness, entrepreneurship, agriculture and team empowerment round out each session.

“Regional-focused leadership development programs are the foundation for building the capacity of individuals, communities and regions to solve their own problems,” said Dr. Tim Crowley, a local leadership expert who is one of the program’s facilitators. “Participants develop leadership best practices, establish strong networks, increase ability to solve complex problems and deepen their understanding of regional needs and assets.”

Please contact Deb Powers for information on Leadership Northwest Missouri,


DATE:   October 22, 2018
CONTACT:  Alicia Endicott,

Leadership Summit Held at NCMC

Trenton, MO – North Central Missouri College hosted Leadership Northwest Missouri on Thursday, October 18, 2018, for a “Fill Your Cup” summit.  Eighty-five alumni of Leadership Northwest Missouri and their guests had a day of professional development and leadership building exercises.  The seminar was organized by the 2018 Leadership Northwest Missouri class to “Recharge, Re-engage and Recruit”.  Dr. Tim Crowley facilitated the discussions and a leadership panel Q&A with regional leaders that included,  Marcia Cunningham – Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, Program Coordinator; Greg McDanel – Maryville, City Manager; Phillip Ray – Grundy County Presiding Commissioner – Elect, & NCMDA Board of Directors; Steve Schieber – CEO of Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe and Interim CEO of Wright Memorial Hospital, Trenton; Annette Weeks – Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, Craig School of Business & Technology, MWSU.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a program for community leaders interested in the regional growth of Northwest Missouri through high-quality training and networking opportunities.  Participants are selected from the nineteen counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth.

DATE: September 1, 2016
CONTACT: Ben White, President; Staci Baker, President Elect

Leadership Northwest Missouri is pleased to announce their affiliation with Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.  They are a great organization for LNWMO to affiliate with.  Community Foundation’s vision is “To be a national leader in regional collaboration creating the culture which results in increased philanthropy and prosperity.” Their vivid description: “Northwest Missouri is known for its vibrant home towns with extraordinary citizens who invest in and care about the prosperity of their region. Through regional collaboration the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri fosters grass roots innovation and economic vibrancy in communities. We believe our success in the future is based on our work today.”

Leadership Northwest Missouri mirrors Community Foundation’s efforts in our region, providing the fit needed to continue to grow our communities now and in the future. Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri covers 18 of our 19 counties in Northwest Missouri.  This change will provide continuity of the program as the board continues to look at potential growth for Leadership Northwest Missouri. “Our partnership with Community Foundation is invaluable and our visions for the future of Northwest Missouri are very similar. This affiliation made sense on so many levels. Their resources will be a huge asset to our organization, and we look forward to working with them to better the Great Northwest,”  President Ben White said. Our “physical” office/mailing address is now:  1006 West St. Maartens Drive, Suite B, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

In addition to this new partnership, LNWMO is pleased to share that Deb Powers has been hired by Leadership Northwest Missouri to continue as Executive Director.  President Elect Staci Baker said, “We are very excited that Deb accepted LNWMO’s proposal.  We are blessed to have her.  She does an amazing job keeping things on track and maintaining the organization of the program.  With her knowledge and enthusiasm, LNWMO will continue to foster leadership development and growth throughout our Region.”

Leadership Northwest Missouri is gearing up for their 2017 class.  Here is what some of our Class of 2016 participants had to say about the program:

I learned through the program of “The Leadership Challenge” that I can truly make extraordinary things happen in my work, community, family, and life. By applying a simple yet powerful framework. Most importantly, I realized the meaningful, connected, and deeper relationships along the way are the best rewards of the entire process.  What a wonderful experience that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve in life.
Sean Beaver, Polo

Leadership Northwest was a great, positive experience for me. A great opportunity for anyone to expand their ability to work with others.
Darrell Gardner, Marceline

A lasting and growing experience to carry one through all leadership areas of one’s life.
Andi Ramsey, St. Joseph

This experience was so much more than I expected.  The connections, friendship, and knowledge I gained were completely beyond my expectations!
Renita Neville, Agency

Leadership Northwest was an inspirational and positive experience for me.  It helped me build healthy relationships with friends I will have for a life time!
Jenny Moss, Chillicothe