Welcome the 36th Class of Leadership Emporia Academy

The Leadership Emporia Academy committee has reviewed all the applications for this year’s program and is pleased to announce the 36th Class of Leadership Emporia.

This year’s class participants and their places of business are listed below.  Please congratulate these new class members and thank their employers when you see them at events, meetings, or just around town.

Jaffar Agha, Emporia Police Department
Drucilla Antony, Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness
Dominic Crook, Norfolk Iron & Metal
Lynn Cunningham, RE/MAX EK Real Estate
Braden Damman, Vektek
Maya Eidman, Agler & Gaeddert
Briana Gould, Wright CPA Group
Mylie Hadden, The Salvation Army
Audriaunna Kirk, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
Kaylene Leek, Newman Regional Health
Nikki Metz, Community National Bank
Molly Mills, Century Business Technologies
Diana Montalvo, Coldwell Banker
Ryan Muhlig, USD 252 Superintendent
Nathan Rankin, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
Michaela Read, ESU – Union Services
Viridiana Reyes Coria, Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness
Nichole Schlesener, Lyon County Emergency Management
Kiersten Smith, Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness
Jesse Taylor, Emporia Fire Department
Cassie Thompson, Lyon County State Bank
Allyson Vandiver, SOS Inc
Tayler Wash, City of Emporia
Refaiya Zaman, ESU – School of Business

The class will meet for their Opening Retreat on September 21 &22 in the ValuNet FIBER Smart Room at the Trusler Business Center. Additional sessions will be held October 5 & 19 and November 2, 16 & 30. The class will celebrate the completion of the program with a luncheon on Friday, December 8.

Leadership Emporia Academy program allows participants to explore skills and techniques to work with others, across factions, to create an environment for the better; ways of engaging the unusual voices that are often not heard. Participants are challenged to ask and answer tough questions about themselves and our communities. Leadership Emporia Academy provides learning through powerful experiences that provide conceptual frameworks, skills, tools, and ways of being consistent with a more purposeful and collaborative leadership approach.