The Class of 2019: In their own words


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!


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.