Leadership Cowley County will graduate its newest class of leaders on Tuesday in the Wright Room of the Brown Center at Cowley College in Arkansas City. (The incorrect date was published in an article yesterday.)

The public is invited to this free event.

Guest speaker David Toland is the first CEO of Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit coalition that works to improve quality of life and economic conditions in Allen County. 

A seventh-generation Allen Countian, Toland oversees a coalition known regionally, statewide and nationally for its innovative approaches to improving healthcare access, healthy lifestyles and economic development in a small, rural Kansas county. 

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize our 2017 Class and hear from an inspiring guest speaker,” said Yazmin Wood, executive director of Legacy Foundation. “David Toland will not only tell the story of THRIVE Allen County but also challenge the audience to consider their own role in leadership in our community. This is especially timely as community leaders review progress on Vision 20/20 and look to future initiatives.” 

This year’s class participants come from varied prominent businesses in the community which offer their employees the opportunity to participate:  Brandi Bonesteel, Winfield Police Department; Gennifer Brown, RCB Bank; Kayla Cartlidge, Cowley College; Chris Clemons, GE; Bart Dennett, GE; Josh Dobbs, Winfield Fire & EMS; Taylor Dory, Cowley County Emergency Management and KDOC; Kammy Downs, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce; Janet Gardner, Cowley County Sheriff; Jonathan Gibson, Aviator Church; Tina Grillo, Cowley County Community College; Shelby Huddleston, Cowley County Community College; Amanda Maples, Newell Co./ Rubbermaid; Theresa McCoy, JP Long, CPA, LLC; Andrea McNown, Legacy Regional Community Foundation; Amy McWhirt, Cowley County Community College; Ronda Melton, Four County Mental Health Center ; Tim Nihart, City of Winfield; Jennifer Moore, GE; Kory Roberts, Winfield Police Department; Jerred Schmidt, City of Winfield; Charissa Wall, City-Cowley County Health Department; Tisha West, Union State Bank; Brae Wood, Southwestern College.

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