Leadership Coshocton County announces class of 2018

| September 13, 2017

On Sept. 10-11, 16 individuals from Coshocton County gathered at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center in Cambridge, for the 27th Leadership Coshocton County opening retreat. Pictured from left in row one are: Jon Ianniello, Ryan McPeek, Kecia Buxton, Shana Miller, Jessica Paisley, Jami Hammersley, Robin Hire; and in back are – Aimee Neighbor, Les Widder, Tracy Hennen, Kaitlyn Saylor, Chris Wallace, Kristi Blust, Carly Thompson, Jason Thompson, and Mike Finton. Contributed | Beacon

COSHOCTON – On Sept. 10-11, 16 individuals from Coshocton County gathered at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center in Cambridge, for the 27th Leadership Coshocton County opening retreat. Facilitated by Emily Adams and Jenny Strickler (LCC 2016), both of The Ohio State University Extension in Coshocton, as well as Mark Woods, MPPM, MSW, LISW-S, Executive Director of Anazao Community Partners, the assembled adults quickly grew from strangers to friends. Learning and growing together, the group experienced hands-on teambuilding exercises that encouraged trust and comradery amongst the participants.

Day one of the retreat was led by Adams and Strickler who facilitated the “Real Colors” personality assessment, which enabled the participants to further understand their own personality type as well as that of others, and how best to interact with them. The day concluded with teambuilding activities designed to build and grow the team spirit amongst the adults.

Day two began with an “Introduction to Positive Leadership,” the leadership curriculum being instituted this year, as Executive Director Betsy Gosnell introduced the meaning of leadership as it pertains to social force and the seven capacities the adults will study this year. Woods followed with lessons on the “Generational Imperative,” by Chuck Underwood, and concluded the day with Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”  Jandi Adams, Clary Gardens, stopped in to engage the adults in the Clary Garden’s Scarecrow Trail Contest, and walked a group through consensus building utilizing the “Nominal Group Technique.”

Members will meet again for a half-day workshop led by Mindy Fehrman and Lyn Jacobs, Coshocton County Department of Job and Family Services, when they will discover how to manage change based on the best-selling book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, MD.

Participants in the Class of 2018 include: Kristi Blust, Community Hospice; Kecia Buxton, River View High School; Mike Finton, Jones Metal Products; Jami Hammersley, Health Services of Coshocton, a Division of Gentlebrook; Tracy Hennen, Century National Bank; Robin Hire, Ridgewood Schools; Jonathan Ianniello, Farmers Insurance; Ryan McPeek, Coshocton KOA; Shana Miller, Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Aimee Neighbor, Peoples Bank; Jessica Paisley, Give-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home; Kaitlyn Saylor, given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home; Carly Thompson and Jason Thompson, Grason Properties & HER Realtors; Chris Wallace, WTNS Radio; and Les Widder, retired educator and self-employed piano tuner.

Leadership Coshocton County is a program of the Coshocton Foundation and receives funds from the Willard S. and Helen F. Breon Discretionary Fund; McWane Ductile community grant and individual contributions. In addition, the AK Steel Foundation provided funding for the purchase of the curriculum materials necessary for Positive Leadership. This nine-month leadership development program meets monthly with sessions designed to build upon the lessons introduced at Opening Retreat by learning about and visiting historical sites, businesses, government, non-profit and social service agencies in Coshocton County.  The program year ends in May with a closing session and graduation in which participants will revisit the capacities learned through positive leadership.

Deadline to apply for the class of 2019 is June 1. For information, contact Betsy Gosnell, executive director, at lead@coshoctonfoundation.org.

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