Meet our new coordinator!

Wells, Jason

Jason Wells is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Hancock County.

Jason Wells has joined Leadership Hancock County as its new coordinator.

Jason comes well-prepared to oversee LHC’s day-to-day operations: He is a registered nurse for Hancock Health and serves as its professional and organizational development coordinator. His roles at Hancock Health include; planning leadership development for all leadership levels at Hancock Health; new associate orientation; administration adviser for patient experience and associate engagement teams and the Nursing Congress.

Jason brings a vast amount of training experience from clinical education, American Heart Association. He also has worked at Six Flags as well as being a former instructor/auditor for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

As a 2018 LHC graduate, Jason is excited for this opportunity to learn from the community leaders in Hancock County and hopes to bring excitement and some of his own personal leadership experiences as the LHC coordinator.

We are excited to see him apply his industry experience and first-class education to help grow Leadership Hancock County and reach new goals for the 2019-20 class.

You can reach Jason at info@leadhc.org.

Jason replaces Dave Hill, who stepped down after three years as coordinator to focus more fully on his job as editor of the Daily Reporter.

LHC seeks new coordinator

Leadership Hancock County is seeking a new coordinator.

The position requires occasional hours — generally averaging no more than two to three hours a week except during weeks with class days from September through April.

Those who are interested can reach out to the president of the LHC board, Andrea Mallory, at amallory@hancockhopehouse.org and/or to Donnie Munden, past president of the board, at dmunden@hancockcoingov.org.

Here is a job description for the position:

  • Work with board of directors and its committees to plan and execute programming. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Identify day chairs for each class day and ensure they will be present to supervise sessions.
    • Coordinate meetings of the Curriculum Committee to discuss class content and schedules.
    • Execute decisions by the Curriculum Committee and the board for class content.
    • With day chairs, book class day speakers and produce agendas
    • Handle all class day logistics: venues, meals, technology, etc.
  • Recruit class members via news releases, web posts and social media messaging
    • Build class roster and collect tuition payments
  • Maintain LHC website and social media accounts. Monitor LHC email account.
  • Handle organization marketing efforts: advertising, news releases, etc.
  • Work with board treasurer to write annual budget.
  • Work with board treasurer to pay the organization’s bills
  • Prepare tax forms, Form 990s and state Business Entity Reports to ensure organization is in compliance with state and federal law
  • Prepare monthly financial statement for board treasurer
  • Serve as primary contact person for class members and alumni
  • Help plan special events, such as graduation
  • All other duties as assigned

 

 

 

The Class of 2019: In their own words

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As its studies wound up for the year, we asked the Class of 2019 to share some of their thoughts about their experience in Leadership Hancock County. Here is what they said:

Angela Birdwell: I am amazed of the talent here in Hancock County, just from those who became famous, but the talent in each of our class members. Together we can make a difference!

Donna Butler: I’ve enjoyed being able to learn more about opportunities to serve my community and about myself and how I fit into those opportunities.

Tara Carie: Talk less, listen more. Understand yourself in order to build more effective relationships. Appreciate the past while looking to the future. Lead by supporting others. Get involved. 

Marie Castetter: I have enjoyed learning about different communication styles.  I have most enjoyed getting to know more about Hancock County and friends that I have made.

Debra Cochran: This experience allowed me to learn more about where and how I can serve in my community, and create more meaningful relationships with those around me.

Kim Crist: It takes everyone. City and county officials, organizations, volunteers and area businesses working together to make a community succeed.

Dina Davis: Everyone has different communication skills but still can bring great qualities to the table. Knowing those differences has helped me with my interactions with others.

Brian Dowden: A leader understands that achieving your goal is simply the first step to defining the next one.

Cynthia Faunce:  The history of the county was one of the highlights.  Visiting and learning the history of Nameless Creek Camp and The Octagon House was great.

Linda Garrity: The most important thing I learned is the importance of stepping back before diving into a project and recognizing a team’s dynamics. Understanding an individual’s personality and work style makes utilizing their strengths easier while avoiding potential problems.

Jeff Inskeep: I’ve learned so much more about where I’ve lived my life and ways to pay back but also have gotten some new valued friendships. Great program!

Amanda Kirchner: Leadership has been a great learning experience about Hancock County. It has also been great meeting and networking with new people.

Angie Lyon: Leadership Hancock County, simply put, has taught me about the leader that I am, and the leader that I am not.

Mary Meek: Leadership and DiSC helped to clarify how a leader can enhance specific interactions so that individuals are built up rather than feel torn down.  

Ted Munden: Leadership Hancock County provided me with resources to be a more effective leader. It also inspired me to become more involved in our community.

Sunshine Nichols: …I thoroughly enjoyed learning something new each month. The wealth of knowledge from the speakers passed to us was amazing. I greatly appreciated the honor to be a part of this class. It has truly been such a blessing.

Katie Ottinger: What I’ve learned about my community and myself through LHC will enable me to better serve Hancock County in my personal and professional life.

Rhiannon Pope: Leadership Hancock County has helped me gain more insight to the community I work in. I have gotten to connect with great people and learn a lot about Hancock County. 

Jeff Rasche: LHC opened the door to new friendships and associates. From DiSC on steroids to Situational Leadership by Steve Long, leadership is an ongoing learning experience.

Allyson Smith: I learned how to work with people who have different personality types and adjust my leadership style to be more effective.

Amy Sutton: …Leadership has provided me with a rich, engaging, and hands-on education about my community… I am a proud member of LHC and soon-to-be-proud alumnus.

Susan Wildey: I would say the most important thing was the more in depth information pertaining to the DiSC exercises to give more insight into the personalities of co-worker and others with whom I interact. 

Rebecca Zapf: Through Leadership, I was able to identify what resources Hancock County has to offer, who they represent, and how to work with our leaders to accomplish our goals. 

 

 

Join us for graduation!

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The class of 2018-19 will celebrate the end of its studies with its graduation gala at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Bradley Hall in downtown Greenfield.

The 23 members of the class will present summaries of their community projects after dinner, which will be catered by Jim and Maria Dawson.

A cocktail hour begins at 4:30.

Admission, which is $20, is payable at the door via check or cash.

Here are the members of the class of 2018-19:

Angela Birdwell, Hancock Physician Network

Donna Butler, city of Greenfield

Tara Carie, Hancock Regional Hospital

Marie Castetter, Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office (Nancy King Scholarship winner)

Debra Cochran, Purdue Manufacturing Extension

Kim Crist, Hancock Regional Hospital

Dina Davis, Hancock Regional Hospital

Brian Dowden, NineStar Connect

Cynthia Faunce, Hancock County Public Library

Linda Garrity, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Inskeep, Inskeep Ford

Amanda Kirchner, Inskeep Ford

Angie Lyon, Hancock Hope House (Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship)

Mary Meek, Greenfield Banking Co.

Ted Munden, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department

Sunshine Nichols, Hancock Physician Network

Katie Ottinger, Hancock County Community Foundation

Rhiannon Pope, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Rasche, Greenfield Police Department

Allyson Smith, Hancock Health Foundation

Amy Sutton, Greenfield Intermediate School

Susan Wildey, Greenfield Banking Co.

Rebecca Zapf, Elanco Animal Health

LHC well-represented on sheriff’s team

Hancock County Sheriff Department's new leadership team: Capt. Rob Harris, Maj. Robert Campbell, Sheriff Brad Burkhart, Capt. Ted Munden and Capt. Keith Oliver.  (Photo courtesy of the Daily Reporter)

Hancock County Sheriff Department’s new leadership team: Capt. Rob Harris, Maj. Robert Campbell, Sheriff Brad Burkhart, Capt. Ted Munden and Capt. Keith Oliver. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Reporter)

Hancock County Sheriff Brad Burkhart’s new leadership team has a deep connection to Leadership Hancock County: Four of the five top officers are graduates or current students in Leadership. Two of them are members of the LHC board of directors.

Meet the new command team:

Sheriff Burkhart is a member of the board of directors and graduated in the Class of 2010

Bobby Campbell, who will be chief deputy — second in command at the department — is a past president of the board of directors and graduated in 2012. Campbell still serves on the board.

Robert Harris, who will be road captain, is a member of the Class of 2017.

Ted Munden, who will head the investigations division, is a member of the Class of 2018-19.

The fifth member of the team, Keith Oliver is the jail commander.

 

A tour de history

The class of 2018-19 enjoyed a busy History Day in December, with a morning of presentations on the county’s past and an afternoon bus tour that touched all four corners of the county.

The morning session, held at the Hancock County Public Library, featured presentations by Tom Strickland and Rosalie Richarson of Greenfield Historic Landmarks,

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

who discussed historic photos of Greenfield captured by Mayor Ora Myers around 1910; Deana Hudson of the Hancock County Cemetery Commission, who talked about the county’s 92 pioneer cemeteries; and Paul McNeil, a librarian who talked about the county’s collection of genealogy records.

In the afternoon, the class boarded a bus — donated for the afternoon by Greenfield-Central schools — for a rolling tour. Narrated by Brigette Jones, a historian and the county tourism director, the tour offered a trove of trivia and other interesting facts about county history. The tour stopped at four places: the Octagon House in Shirley; the Fortville-Vernon Township Library; the New Palestine museum; and Nameless Creek Youth Camp.

Teams assigned to community projects

Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during their first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center, is sponsor of the project.

Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during its first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center in Greenfield, is sponsor of the project, which seeks to establish dental hygiene “stations” at food pantries and other locations.

Members of the Class of 2018-19 will take on five community projects during their studies this class year.

The projects and the project teams were unveiled during Community Issues Day on Oct. 3.

A committee made up of members of the LHC board of directors had been meeting since the summer to solicit and evaluate project proposals. It settled on these five:

Plan a bike rodeo to promote Greenfield as a bike-friendly community and to raise awareness of bicycle safety. Members of Team Bike: Cindi Faunce, Debra Cochran, Amanda Kirchner, Marie Castetter and Angela Birdwell.

Document historic structures in Hancock County that were designed/built by influential architects. With the help of Greenfield Historic Landmarks, the team would research the history of the buildings and produce the information in an easy-to-use format. Members of Team Landmark: Donna Butler, Mary Meek, Ted Munden, Rhiannon Pope and Tara Carie.

Establish oral hygiene stations at food banks and other locations where at-risk populations can be impacted. The stations would include a baggie containing toothpaste, a toothbrush and floss. The packet also would contain information about clinics and advice on good oral hygiene. Project would seek out partners to promote and distribute the packets. Members of Team Dental: Susan Wildey, Angie Lyon, Jeff Rasche and Linda Garrity

Research and develop an app that highlights amenities in Greenfield and Hancock County. This would cater to visitors and also local people who are interested in learning more about their community. Other communities have similar apps that could serve as a template. Members of Team Main Street: Brian Dowden, Kim Crist, Rebecca Zapf, and Dina Davis

GoGreen Week: Focusing on children as the audience, design and implement a campaign to promote recycling and conservation of resources. Members of Team Green: Allyson Smith, Sunshine Nichols, Katie Ottinger, Amy Sutton and Jeff Inskeep

Class learns about community needs

The class of 2018-19 learned how fast hard-earned money can disappear like candy.

The metaphor was applied literally during a poverty simulation on Community Issues Day on Oct. 3. On a class day devoted to understanding Hancock County’s safety net and the nonprofits that work to keep it in place, the class’s first exercise of the day was to figure out how to stretch a paycheck across all the needs a family encounters. Instead of money, the class members used Smarties candy, “spending” 15 pieces of candy on housing, transportation, food and other needs.

Once their budgets were tapped out, facilitator Paula Jarrett, CEO of PSJ Consulting LLC, introduced the real lesson: She told each “family” to wipe four Smarties off their grid of needs. The class members struggled to re-prioritize their spending to cover all their expenses. The result: As happens in the real world, these simulated families had to do without.

The exercise was an eye-opener for a number of class members, who haven’t suffered such struggles before.

That was the idea of the exercise and the rest of the class day, which included visits to the Hancock County Food Pantry, Hancock Hope House and the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen. They also sat in on roundtable discussions with the CEOs of six county nonprofits who provide services to those in need.

The Landing Place in downtown Greenfield played host to the class. Jarrett and Lori Cooley of Hancock Regional Hospital were day chairs for the session.

Retreat kicks off 24th class of Leadership

Twenty-three members of the new class of Leadership Hancock County began their studies on Sept. 13-14 with a lively retreat that included thought-provoking seminars and team-building exercises.

Meet the new class:

Angela Birdwell, Hancock Physician Network

Donna Butler, city of Greenfield

Tara Carie, Hancock Regional Hospital

Marie Castetter, Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office (Nancy King Scholarship winner)

Debra Cochran, Purdue Manufacturing Extension

Kim Crist, Hancock Regional Hospital

Dina Davis, Hancock Regional Hospital

Brian Dowden, NineStar Connect

Cynthia Faunce, Hancock County Public Library

Linda Garrity, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Inskeep, Inskeep Ford

Amanda Kirchner, Inskeep Ford

Angie Lyon, Hancock Hope House (Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship)

Mary Meek, Greenfield Banking Co.

Ted Munden, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department

Sunshine Nichols, Hancock Physician Network

Katie Ottinger, Hancock County Community Foundation

Rhiannon Pope, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Rasche, Greenfield Police Department

Allyson Smith, Hancock Health Foundation

Amy Sutton, Greenfield Intermediate School

Susan Wildey, Greenfield Banking Co.

Rebecca Zapf, Elanco Animal Health

Send us your project ideas

Greg Woods (left), Nick Riedman and Staci Starcher, members of the Class of 2018, present a summary of their community project during the class's graduation celebration. The three were part of Team Debate, which successfully put on five political debates last spring as part of its project to create county debate committee.

Greg Woods (left), Nick Riedman and Staci Starcher, members of the Class of 2018, present a summary of their community project during the class’s graduation celebration. The three were part of Team Debate, which successfully put on five political debates last spring as part of its project to create county debate committee. The committee will soon be planning debates in this fall’s general election.

HANCOCK COUNTY – Leadership Hancock County is reaching out to nonprofits and other community groups for ideas for community projects.

Enrollees in the leadership academy, which begins its 2018-19 program on Sept. 13, undertake community projects as part of the curriculum. The projects help class members apply lessons they’ve learned in leadership and teamwork. They also help the organizations.

Community groups are encouraged to submit proposals. They can run the gamut, from helping conceive and put on events to coordinating improvements at nonprofits’ facilities. Projects last year included an insect/bird garden at the Hancock County Public Library; a redesign of the offices of Bentley’s Buddies and Friends, a reading program for children; and creation of the nonpartisan Hancock County Debate Commission. You can look over all our past community projects by clicking on the “Projects” tab at the top of our home page.

Deadline to submit project ideas is two months earlier this year: They are due Sept. 7. Applications are available by clicking on the “Applications” tab at the top of our home page. Projects will be unveiled to the class on its Community Issues Day, Oct. 3.

Leadership Hancock County is a tuition-based program that works to identify and nurture emerging leaders. Founded in 1996, it has graduated more than 400 people, including many who have gone on to prominent leadership roles in community organizations, businesses, schools and government.

More information is available online at www.leadhc.org. You also can send email to info@leadhc.org.