May 25, 2019

The Leadership Lee’s Summit program, sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Chamber, graduated 28 students at a luncheon held in their honor on May 14 at The Historic Space at The Stanley. The ceremony featured speeches from Chair of the Board Jon Garlow, Mayor Bill Baird and Class Valedictorian Bob Paradise, who congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments. The students completed nine months of leadership training, community service hours and a class project as part of their requirements.

Congratulations to the following 2019 graduates: Skyler Aldrich, Security Bank; Chad Anderson, Mar Building Solutions; Mike Borgstadt, Burns & McDonnell; Kevin Brandon, Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit; Brandon Brown, Bank of Blue Valley; Christi Bullard, Fullerton CPAs; Brooke Chestnut, Lee’s Summit Parks & Rec; Darrel Clowes, Lee’s Summit Fire Department; Blake Fry, Lee’s Summit Chamber; Megan Garrett, Mid-Continent Public Library; Chrissy Graheck, Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit/ Paychex, Inc.; Beverly Hoffman, Lee’s Summit Medical Center; Whitney Huddleston, Saint Luke’s East Hospital; Monica Huffman, University of Central Missouri; Joshua Johnson, City of Lee’s Summit; Laurie Johnson, John Knox Village; Kimberly Lor, Lead Bank; Lynne Marshall, CommunityAmerica Credit Union; Glenda Masters, City of Lee’s Summit; Adam Meyer, Central Bank of the Midwest; Bob Paradise, Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary; Jeanna Ruehter, Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit/Latchkey Pets; Brian Sandy, Edward Jones; Sarah Shore, City of Lee’s Summit; Dawn Smith, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District; Cheryl Swearingen, Midwest Property Resources; Joan Vande Voort, Bank Midwest; and Stephanie Whitfill, BerganKDV

Leadership Lee’s Summit was developed to assist in motivating the visionary leaders of the area. Since its inception in 1991, the program has graduated more than 600 leaders who have gathered knowledge and skills to become influential in the community.

Approximately 25 participants are selected each year based on criteria including personal motivation, an interest to serve in Lee’s Summit, potential or existing opportunities for advancement to top leadership positions, willingness to commit time and energy to complete the program and demonstration of support of the corporation/organization that is represented.