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Chamber to honor 2018 Leadership Jackson class

APRIL 11, 2018 - The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce announced the 37th graduating class of the Leadership Jackson program. Leadership Jackson is the professional development program run by the Chamber to support up and coming business and community leaders and give them to the tools to succeed and thrive in their business while helping lead the Jackson community. Throughout the seven-month course, participants learn from community, education, business, and government leaders on topics ranging from Business Communication and Teamwork, to Personal Branding and Nonprofit Governance. Participants are also required to take part in learning opportunities outside of the classroom.The Leadership Jackson Graduation takes place Thursday, April 12 at the Commonwealth Commerce Center, 2nd Floor Atrium room, from 5:30-7 p.m.

A new addition to the class this year is group service projects. Each person was broken up in to three groups that chose a nonprofit organization to partner with. The nonprofits picked this year were the Cascades Humane Society, Community Action Agency, and the Dept of Health and Human Services. This provided a hands-on experience for participants to know and understand the needs and innerworkings of a local nonprofit. “We hope these experiences offer confidence to find their passion in support of the community.” said Matt Swartzlander, Director of Events and Legislative Affairs for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

2017-2018 Participants

Nicole Banister/Automated Logistics System, LLC

Jennifer Miller/Baker College of Jackson

Cory Hurley/C P Federal Credit Union

Stephen Best/C P Federal Credit Union

Amy Kinder/Cascades Manor

James Lakatos/ Commonwealth Associates, Inc.

Casey Zonts/ Community Choice Credit Union

Bridget Simone/Community Choice Credit Union

Kira Hotchkiss /Culver's Restaurant

Elli Blonde/Exchange Club of Jackson

Katie Osman/Flagstar Bank - W. Michigan

Sarah Allison/Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Kelly Froedtert/Jackson Community Foundation

Calvin Battles/Jackson District Library

Marie Page/Jackson Magazinze

Salida San Miguel/Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, Inc.

Philip Hoffman/LifeWays Community Mental Health

Cassie Watson/LifeWays Community Mental Health

LaDena Fredette/Michigan Works! Southeast

Joseph Rizzolo/OmniSource Michigan

Kevin Reeve/Production Realty

In addition, Georgia Fojtasek, CEO of Henry Ford Allegiance Health, will be recognized as the 2018 Leadership Jackson Distinguished Past Graduate Award Recipient.