As Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Tami Wanninger, HCLA Class of 2003
Family: Husband Kurt; daughter Samantha, 17; son Josh, 14
Career: As director of Noble, Inc.’s Center for Family Leadership, Wanninger works with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing advocacy, developing programs and building community resources.
Community involvement: Hamilton County Leadership Academy board member; active volunteer with Open Doors of Westfield Washington Township.
Nice to know: Wanninger, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminology, expects to earn a master’s of public affairs from Indiana State University in December 2017. When she’s not working or studying, she’s probably traveling with her family and their 30-foor camper. In three years, they have driven 15,000 miles, visiting approximately 21 national parks and monuments in over 16 states.
How has HCLA changed your perspective on Leadership: “Simple, get out there and do something! HCLA is a great tool in providing the resources to learn how to get involved, giving back, and volunteering in your community. Leading by example, teaches our children the importance of community involvement.”
What impact has HCLA made on the community: “With an estimated 625-plus alumni, HCLA has increased the awareness of resources within the county, while creating a leadership program connecting future community leaders.”
What will Hamilton County Leaders be saying about our community 25 years from now? “The collaboration between HCLA and the county has made things happen! The leaders have enhanced opportunities to allow communities to work together, creating a vibrant Hamilton County for generations to come!”