Introducing the Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2020! What an outstanding group of 24 individuals representing 15 counties in Northwest Missouri. An application for the Class of 2021 will be posted here late August of 2020.

Name Company/Organization Work County Home County
Anna Barlow Carroll County Chamber of Commerce/Carroll County Health Department Carroll Carroll
Debbie Bennett University of Missouri Extension Atchison Nodaway
Ashlee Boner Mosaic Life Care Buchanan Andrew
Julie Burns Bank of Gower (Union State Bank) Clinton Buchanan
Rick Daly The REDaly Group Clay Clay
Megan Derry Taul Trenton Downtown Improvement Association/Main Street Trenton Grundy Grundy
Whitney Esry BTC Bank Harrison Grundy
Dave Fast Community Hospital – Fairfax Atchison Atchison
Kaylee Gibson Boehringer Ingelheim/Be Still, Be True Consulting/Full Circle Social Buchanan Buchanan
Nikki Graves C.A.R.E. of Atchison County, Inc. Atchison Atchison
Rob Honan MERIL, Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living, Inc. Buchanan Buchanan
Judy Hood Northwest Health Services Buchanan Holt
Jenny Huard Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College Nodaway Gentry
Teresa Linville-Mier TYMe Enterprises, LLC Buchanan Buchanan
Katrina Lock Community Hospital – Fairfax Atchison Atchison
Mackenzie Manring Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Grundy Daviess
Randy Mendenhall Missouri Department of Transportation Buchanan Holt
Courtney Nixon U.S. Bank Buchanan Buchanan
Maria Peace Smithfield Hog Production Missouri Mercer Mercer
Ashley Putnam Hedrick Medical Center Livingston Livingston
Julie Robertson Northwest Missouri State University TRIO Student Support Services Nodaway Nodaway
Cindy Wells University of Missouri Extension Buchanan Nodaway
Br. David Wilding The Printery House of Conception Abbey Nodaway Nodaway
Tim Wymes City of Cameron Clinton DeKalb

Click here to view and download our Class of 2020 Brochure.

Participants From 2019 Share Their Thoughts:

“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

2020 Class Dates/Locations…

January 29 and 30: Conception Abbey – Opening Retreat

February 20: Hamilton, Hotel Hamilton Event Center

Revised schedule for remainder of class year due to COVID-19 interruption:
July 16: Carrollton – Class will meet via Zoom

August 20: St. Joseph – Class will meet via Zoom

September 17: Maryville, MOERA

October 8: Albany, “On The Square”

October 22: Fairfax, MDT Woodworks – Pay It Forward Retreat

November 19: Gower, Location TBD – Graduation


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 (57) 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 2020 Class Dates

Classes will meet monthly beginning with a two-day opening retreat on January 29th and 30th.  They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 11th and June 25th.  Graduation will be the evening of July 16th.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m.  There will be required evening activities on January 29th.

Vision Statement

We envision thriving communities and dynamic leaders.

Mission Statement

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