HCLA graduates 21st Class

Members of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s 21st graduating class. (Photo by Jill Doyle)

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring leadership to create a positive impact in our community, graduated its 21st class on June 7.

The following individuals have now joined the 515 Leadership Academy alumni: Heidi Abel, St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast; Patrick Appleton, Key Bank; Shane Barney, Beck’s Superior Hybrids; Séamus Boyce, Church Church Hittle & Antrim; David Burian, U.S. Congressman Dan Burton; Ben Davis, BLACK BULL Group; Brenda Delaney, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Lisa Dick, Carmel Clay Public Library; Robyn Eaton, NTS Development; Patricia Gamble-Moore, Community Volunteer; Chad Garrard, The Farmers Bank; Marnie Glanner, Franklin University; Krista Grubb, Carmel Dads’ Club; Joanne Hogle, Community Assistance Program; Kevin Kane, FindMyAccident.com; Marcilynn Keys, Community Volunteer; Darlene Lorenz, The Anderson Corporation; Emily Lovison, The Center for the Performing Arts; Beth Meister, BEET Properties, Property Management; Chris Mertens, Hamilton County; Matt Mitchell, Noblesville Fire Dept.; Ryan Mooney, First Merchants Bank; Andrew Murray, City of Westfield; Mary Noble, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce; Jason Shonkwiler, Target Corporation; Kanwal Sidhu, M.D., Serenity Medical Center; Cory Spaulding, FORUM Credit Union; Toby Stark, Chaucie’s Place; Kyle Sweet, First Merchants Investment Center; Nick Verhoff, Westfield Washington Schools; and Bill Wendling, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

“We congratulate them on a job well done and wish them well in their efforts to serve the community,” said Carrie Cason, board president of the HCLA.

As a part of their graduation requirements, students worked as a team to complete a community project. These projects were self-selected by the group or chosen from requests sent to HCLA by local not-for-profit organizations. The following projects were completed by this year’s class: Hamilton County Community Gardens, Habitat for Humanity ReStore Project, Mass Transit, Midwest Academy, Redistricting Guide, and Promising Futures Pregnant & Parenting Teen Program.

The HCLA is accepting applications for the 2012-13 class. The 10-month academy will begin in September and run through June 2013. Applications are due June 30 and can be found online at www.hcla.net or by contacting Jill Doyle at jdoyle@hcla.net or 379-1879.

The program is available to Hamilton County residents or those with business or civic activities within the community. It is a selective program, and the selection criteria are based on leadership capability, an interest in community affairs, an ability to commit to an intensive program and a desire for increased personal community service. Program participants are brought together by their commitment of time, energy and expertise and their desire to be involved in Hamilton County.