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Orange County Program Graduates 14 Community Leaders

~by Tanya Hall, Purdue Extension Regional Community Development Educator

On Dec. 2, 2020, the Orange County Service Council, in partnership with Purdue Extension, awarded 14 certificates of completion to leaders at the conclusion of the 2020 Community Leadership Program. Successful completion included attendance at nine sessions and a community project.

The community project was a food drive that collected approximately 3,000 pounds of food and $1,300 in donations for the three food pantries in Orange County. The sessions covered topics ranging from local government, managing conflict, non-profits, economic development, personal leadership styles and much more. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from many Purdue Extension educators, community/regional leaders, businesses and volunteers who spoke to the class regarding their areas of expertise. Graduates include:

    • Darla Carnes, Springs Valley Schools
    • Erin Cook, Hoosier Hills Credit Union
    • Andrew Davis, Jasper Group
    • Taylor DeVoy, Hoosier Hills Credit Union
    • Christina Evans, Superburger Restaurant
    • Jessica Foddrill, Southern Indiana Community Health Care
    • Marcki Hendricks, French Lick Resort
    • Kristan Jones, Reynolds Construction, LLC.
    • Nikiea Jones, French Lick Resort
    • Rebecca Key, French Lick Resort
    • Scott Mitchell, Hoosier Hills Credit Union
    • Samantha Prow, JayC Stores (Kroger)
    • Erin Stennett, Hoosier Uplands
    • Brad Zellner, Orleans Community Schools

Sponsors of the program included Reynolds Construction, LLC., Orange County Economic Development Partnership, Orange County Community Foundation, Springs Valley Bank & Trust, Hoosier Hills Credit Union and Southern Indiana Community Healthcare.

The 2021 Community Leadership Program is currently accepting applications for its next class that is to run from March to December 2021. If you are interested in learning more about the program you can find the 2021 application and brochure on the Orange County Community Foundation website under the downloads page or contact Tanya Hall at (812) 566-1030 or Deadline for registration is February 12, 2021.

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