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The application process for the Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2017 is complete. Congratulations to the individuals selected for the Class of 2017:

23 participants from 12 counties…

Andrew County
Jan Glenn – Andrew County Museum
Robert Jandorf – US Bank

Atchison County
Kris Umbarger – Community Hospital – Fairfax

Buchanan County
Melissa Birdsell – Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center
Laura Buhman – Heartland Foundation
Jeff Gates – Promote With Jeff, LLC
Deanna Lamb – Northwest Health Services
Wes Moore – Missouri Department of Transportation – NW District
Janice Neumann – NWMO Area Health Education Center/Mosaic Life Care
Clayton Rich – Commerce Bank

Caldwell County
Stephany Beaver – Missouri Star Quilt Company

Carroll County
Peggy McGaugh – Carroll County Clerk

Clinton County
Stephanie Williams – North Central Missouri Business Facilitation

De Kalb County
Morgan Scott – Northwest District, Missouri Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church

Gentry County
Vicki Hogue – Northwest Medical Center/Mosaic Life Care
Cassie McMillen – Northwest Medical Center/Mosaic Life Care

Grundy County
Brandi Pittman – North Missouri Center for Youth and Families

Livingston County
Jennifer Anderson – Citizens Bank & Trust

Nodaway County
Marcus Casady – SSM Health St. Francis Hospital
Kaity Holtman – Maryville Daily Forum
Sam Mason – Northwest Foundation at Northwest Missouri State University
Emily Minton – Mosaic Life Care

Sullivan County
Ellen Hodge – North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission

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2017 Class Session Dates/Locations…

January 18 and 19:  Conception Abbey – Retreat

February 16:  Cameron – YMCA

March 16:  Albany – Northwest Medical Center

April 20: Trenton – North Central Missouri College, Ketcham Community Center – Sugg Conference Room

May 18:  Marceline – Walsworth Community Center

June 15: Maryville – MOERA

June 29:  St. Joseph – Graduation, Remington Nature Center

July 20:  Jamesport – Class Project Retreat – 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 (50) 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 Class Meeting Dates

Classes for 2017 will meet monthly beginning with a two-day retreat on January 18th and 19th. They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th and June 15th. Graduation will be the evening of June 29th. A class project retreat will be held on July 20th.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m. There will be required evening activities on January 18th.

Program Mission Statement

To enhance leadership skills while cultivating regional awareness and instilling a sense of responsibility for community and regional growth.