The Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2022 has been selected. Welcome to these outstanding individuals representing 14 counties in Northwest Missouri.

Name Company/Organization Work County Home County
Amy Alexander Community Hospital-Fairfax Atchison Atchison
Abbie Backes Folger Street Inn and Coffeehouse/River Bottoms Brewing Company Carroll Carroll
Matt Barry Office of Congressman Sam Graves Platte Clay
Meggan Brown City of Grant City Worth Worth
Amy Ford Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance – Amy Ford Agency DeKalb DeKalb
Kelli Hagey Kelli Hagey Real Estate – Twaddle Realty Nodaway Nodaway
Brittany Higgins Carroll County Memorial Hospital Carroll Carroll
Jeremy Jackson Missouri Department of Transportation Nodaway Holt
Marsha Martin Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest RPDC Nodaway Nodaway
Dr. Brooke McAtee Northwest Missouri State University, Nursing Program Nodaway Nodaway
Kasi Norris Second Harvest Community Food Bank Buchanan Buchanan
Joni Oaks North Central Missouri College Grundy Sullivan
Kendra Pickering Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville Nodaway Worth
Curtis Prussman Missouri Department of Transportation Daviess Holt
Scott Sharp North Central Missouri Development Alliance Grundy Grundy
Jim Skipper Wright Memorial Hospital Grundy Livingston
Marissa Spillman Mosaic Medical Center – Albany Gentry Harrison
Ashton Vandivert Harrison Harrison
Corinne Watts Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Grundy Livingston
Brett White Northwest Campus Dining/Aramark Nodaway Nodaway

Click here to download our Leadership Northwest Missouri brochure.

The application for the Class of 2023 will be available late August of 2022. Stay Tuned!

Participants From 2021 Share Their Thoughts:

“Leadership Northwest is not just about professional development, but focuses on your personal journey as well. It’s a great program that allows people at every level to further their leadership skills not only in the workplace but in their community as well. It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to apply.”
Lesley Delaney, Carrollton/Carroll County

“Saying that LNWMO met my expectations would be an understatement. The program was inspiring, educating, and overall, an incredible learning experience giving me the opportunity to utilize tools from this class in my professional and personal life. Most of all, the fellow leaders in this class are now lifelong friends. My experience is this class was incredible and I’m so thrilled to continue my involvement as an alumni member.”
Shane Lynch, Trenton/Grundy County

“Leadership Northwest covers 19 counties. We learned about the challenges and opportunities in many counties and came away with ideas to take back to our communities. During our leadership training we learned to: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart. These lessons were taught through team building activities, classroom lectures and discussion with peers. At the heart of LNWMO was relationship building because we need each other to build a healthy future for our towns and cities. I highly recommend this course.”
David Lucas, Oregon/Holt County

“LNWMO was the refreshment I didn’t realize how much I needed and was ever so timely! As a current business owner and company leader, I am like most and need to “refuel and fill up” my own spirit from time to time. This then enables one to be more effective in “pouring into” others. I’m so happy this program is available and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind gift and experience that every participant will cherish.”
Melissa King, Trenton/Grundy County

“When I started the Leadership Northwest Missouri program, I was asked what I hoped to take away. I said lifelong friends and connections and a better understanding of the Northwest region as a whole. I can say wholeheartedly that I am walking away from the program with classmates who became friends. I visited places I had never been in Northwest Missouri and learned about amazing people who are running businesses and doing other inspiring things in their communities. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”
Becky Kendrick, St. Joseph/Buchanan County

“I think anyone who has an interest in developing or enhancing their leadership skills, and building connections with resources from across the region, will benefit from this program. Age, profession or years of experience does not matter. It was truly an experience I will never forget. Of all the great things you learn in this program, it’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing. Take a leap and push your boundaries. You won’t regret it!”
Kate Bonderer, Carrollton/Carroll County

2022 Class Dates/Locations…

January 19 and 20: Opening Retreat – Conception Abbey

February 17: St. Joseph/Buchanan County – emPowerU

March 17: King City/Gentry County – Tri-County Alternative Energy Education and Visitor Center

April 21: Princeton/Mercer County – Smithfield Education Center

April 28: Zoom Session

May 19: St. Joseph/Andrew County – Camp Geiger

May 26: Zoom Session

June 9: Hamilton/Caldwell County – United Methodist Church – Family Life Center

June 23: Carrollton/Carroll County – Pay It Forward Retreat – Carroll County Mercantile

July 14: Jamesport/Daviess County – Graduation – A.V. Spillman Event Center


Leadership Northwest Missouri will:

  • Provide high quality training to enhance leadership skills
  • Give you the opportunity for in-depth discussions regarding issues facing our region
  • Enhance your ability to look at issues/opportunities in a regional context
  • Identify avenues for active participation at the local and regional level
  • Create a network of regional contacts
  • Provide opportunities to participate in regional class projects
  • Grant Professional Development Hours (60) at no additional cost

Criteria for Selection


Participants will be selected based on their desire to become a more effective leader in the region. Leadership Northwest Missouri recognizes the strength of diversity and will strive for a diverse class composition. Our region is defined as the following 19 counties: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth. Each county will be guaranteed one class spot. (If a qualified application is not received from a county, the unused space will be available to anyone within the region.) Applicants will be selected based on the county in which they reside or work. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and select applicants from outside the defined region.

Time Commitment and 2022 Class Dates

Classes will meet monthly beginning with a two-day retreat on January 19 and 20. They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 9 and June 23. Graduation will take place the evening of July 14.

Regular classes begin at 9am and adjourn by 4pm.  There will be required evening activities on January 19.

There will be two required Zoom sessions for Class Project Planning on April 28 and May 26 from 4pm-5pm.

Mission Statement

We build, strengthen, and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.

Vision Statement

We envision thriving communities and dynamic leaders.