Congratulations to participants selected for the Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2023. We are pleased to welcome these 24 outstanding individuals representing 14 counties of Northwest Missouri!

Name Company/Organization Work County Home County
Laura Almquist Mosaic Foundation – Albany Gentry Gentry
Lee Ann Blazer Nodaway Valley Bank Holt Holt
Lisa Colson Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Grundy Mercer
DeAnn Davison City of Maryville/Downtown Maryville Nodaway Nodaway
Shawna Dye BTC Bank Harrison Gentry
Chad Howerton Davidson A+E (Architecture + Engineering) Johnson, KS Clinton
Jenna Keyes Missouri Department of Transportation Buchanan Andrew
RaCail King Daviess County Health Department Daviess Daviess
Jeffrey Martin Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Carroll Carroll
Kelsi Meyer Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville Nodaway Nodaway
Alexander Murray Saint Luke’s Health System Buchanan Buchanan
Ian Myers Maryville Police Department Nodaway Nodaway
John Nab Authentic Leadership Group Caldwell Caldwell
Kerry Savage Northwest Workforce Development Board Grundy Livingston
Machelle Skinner Northwest Missouri State University Nodaway Andrew
Cole Soptic Farmers State Bank Grundy Grundy
Adam Summers Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation Holt Holt
Becky Vandevender Southern Bank Grundy Grundy
Brooke Vette Tarkio Park Department Atchison Atchison
Carrie Watkins Voices of Courage Child Advocacy Center Buchanan Andrew
Melissa Williamson Community Hospital – Fairfax Atchison Nodaway
Sarah Williamson North Central Missouri College Grundy Harrison
April Wood Nextaff Johnson, KS Buchanan
Kamron Woodring Atchison County Road & Bridge Atchison Atchison

Click here to download our Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2023 brochure.

The application for the Class of 2024 will be posted here in late August or early September of 2023. Stay tuned!

Participants From 2022 Share Their Thoughts:

“Leadership Northwest Missouri offers one of the most unique experiences for leaders in our region. Like many, I thought Leadership Northwest Missouri would be like other leadership conferences or retreats I have attended. I thought I would take a leap of faith because other leaders had informed me that the sessions were beneficial. I assumed my time in these sessions would be formed around lectures and thought-provoking questions with little fun or collaboration. However, my initial thoughts were dispelled on the first day. We laughed, and we learned about others’ strengths and weaknesses. And we learned traits that would make us not only good leaders in our profession but good leaders in our communities. The stage was set for collaboration and fun. And fun we had! Each month we would meet with our class to discuss our personal and professional challenges and address strategies we could implement to aid our roles. These class sessions are not the traditional leadership lectures; Tim is AMAZING and integrates fun and learning every step of the way! While we addressed personal and professional challenges, we were also allowed to understand the strengths and challenges of various Northwest counties. The skills and relationships we have built through our course sessions together will impact all of us. Changes can be made if you are willing to take a leap of faith! So, what are you waiting for, take the leap!”
Brooke McAtee, Ph.D., RN; Maryville/Nodaway County

“Leadership Northwest Missouri is more than leadership classes and networking. It’s a place to grow as a whole person (personally, professionally, emotionally, etc.). Prior to classes beginning, I was burnt out, stressed, and needing something more out of life but could not quite put my finger on it. Fast-forward seven months and I’m excited about my life and new opportunities that have been made possible by the encouragement and support that I’ve received from Dr. Tim, Deb, classmates, and alumni.”
Kendra Pickering, RDN, LDN; Sheridan/Worth County

2023 Class Dates/Locations…

January 18 and 19: Conception/Nodaway County – Opening Retreat – Conception Abbey

February 16: Cameron/Clinton County – Venue 310

March 16: Trenton/Grundy County – Green Hills Rural Development, Inc.

April 20: Maryville/Nodaway County – Northwest Missouri State University, Agricultural Learning Center

April 27: Zoom Session

May 18: St. Joseph/Andrew County – Camp Geiger

May 25: Zoom Session

June 8: Mound City/Holt County – R/Farm Distillery

June 22: Carrollton/Carroll County – BTC Bank

July 13: Hamilton/Caldwell County – Graduation – Hamilton United Methodist Church, Family Life 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 2023 Class Dates

Classes will meet monthly beginning with a two-day retreat on January 18 and 19. They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 8 and June 22. Graduation will take place the evening of July 13.

Regular classes begin at 9am and adjourn by 4pm.  There will be required evening activities on January 18.

There will be two required Zoom sessions for Class Project Planning on April 27 and May 25 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.