Hamilton County Leadership Academy Selects New Class of Participants and Curriculum Dean


The Hamilton County Leadership Academy, established in 1991 to educate and inspire leadership to create a positive impact in our communities has selected a new class of participants.  The following participants will graduate from the program in June 2014.


Dena Aleksa, Screening Center Coordinator, Community Health Network

Cindy Benedict, Vision Noblesville Manager, City of Noblesville

Nicole Bickett, Chief Administrative Officer, Mainstreet

Ryan Clark, Associate Planner, City of Westfield

Andrea Davis, North Editor, Indianapolis Business Journal

Mike Dawson, Co-Founder, Cloudapt, LLC

Catherine Dixon, Manager of Grants & Stewardship, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Tom Dooley, Vice President – Market Leader, First Merchants Bank

Danyele Easterhaus, Executive Director, Student Impact of Westfield

Tammy Elmore, Director of Marketing & Volunteer Services, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

Susan Ferguson, Executive Director, Prevail, Inc.

Veronica Ford, Project Director – Indiana Access to Recovery, Fairbanks Hospital

Rob Garrett, AVP – Banking Center Manager, Ameriana Bank

David Haboush, Assistant Fire Chief, City of Carmel

Patrick Kelley, Vice President, Insects Limited, Inc.

Courtney Knies, Director of Programs, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Andrew Litke, Senior Project Executive, Messer Construction Co.

Amy Matthews, Associate Attorney, Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim

Rita McCloskey Payne, Program Manager, St. Vincent Seton Cove Spirituality Center

Jason Morehouse, Production Manager, Beck’s Superior Hybrids

Mark Morrell, Attorney, Krieg DeVault

Chris Owens, Executive Director, Indiana Park & Recreation Association

Nancy Ramsey, Community Relations/Enrollment Specialist, Falls School of Business, Anderson University

Paul Roberts, President, Always Best Care

Jason Rowley, Project Manager, RW Armstrong

Cierria Schmalzried, AVP – Branch Manager, BMO Harris Bank

Lisa Sheets, Office Manager, Carmel Swim Club

Todd Thurston, Business Elite Sales Manager, Hare Chevrolet

Jill Troha, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, United Way of Central Indiana – Hamilton County

Leslie Webb, Co-Founder & President, Carmel Green Initiative

Jim Wolf, Investment Advisor, ELFCU Wealth Manager


A new curriculum dean will also serve the 2013-14 class.  Terry Anker, President of The Legacy Fund and Chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, will serve as the dean.  Anker is an alumnus of  the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development Program, a similar program to HCLA.  The Dean is a volunteer position, appointed by the Board of Directors, who directs the curriculum and facilitates the learning sessions for the Hamilton County Leadership Academy.

The 10-month program begins with a two-day retreat in late August and is followed by monthly educational sessions held in sites throughout the county.  The sessions are designed to increase awareness of the existing institutions and leaders in the county and develop personal leadership skills.  A graduation ceremony is held in June.  Upon graduation, the program participants will be prepared for greater levels of involvement in the community.  Alumni are often called upon to serve on boards of county organizations and volunteer their time for community development efforts.

For more information on the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, contact Jill Doyle at 379-1879 or visit their website at

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