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Area Executives Take Big Step in Leadership Skills

July 2017

The Doniphan Leadership Institute graduated its 21th Cohort June 28 at William Jewell College. Staff and sponsors congratulated the 18 Doniphan Fellows who live and work throughout Greater Kansas City.

Eighteen area executives became the latest graduates of the Doniphan Leadership Institute following a ceremony at William Jewell College Wednesday June 28.

The new Doniphan Fellows included staff members of organizations ranging from Ameristar Casino Hotel to Children’s Mercy Hospital and Mid-Continent Public Library. Now completing its 10th year, the institute is cosponsored by the Pryor Center at the college and the Clay County Economic Development Council.

The new Doniphan Fellows had high praise for the program as they addressed nearly 100 family members, friends and coworkers at the event. Although they live and work throughout Greater Kansas City, many had similar observations about the institute.

Tricia Anderson of the Independence Chamber of Commerce thanked her employer for the opportunity to attend the intense, six-month program. “Thanks boss!” she said. “I learned so much and I will definitely carry it forward.”

Kevin Bennett of Ingredion also anticipated utilizing his new abilities. “This is a great opportunity,” he noted. “I’m looking forward to taking everything I’ve learned and putting it to work.”

Several noted the program is challenging. “When I started this class, I thought it couldn’t come at a worse time,” noted Frances Sheffield of Midwest Small Business Finance. “But now I’m so glad I went. I’m a changed person because of this training.”

Several noted they learned from other participants as well as the program. “I really want to thank the other fellows,” Landon Young of William Jewell College said. “This has been transformational.”

The dinner event was held in the college’s Shumaker Hall and included speakers Kevin Shaffstall, director of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development at the college; Joe Millas, guest instructor; Tom Vansaghi, professor of Business and Leadership at the college, and Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, cosponsor of the Institute with the Pryor Center.

The complete list of new Doniphan Fellows is Trina Anderson, Director of Membership, Independence Chamber Commerce; Kevin Bennett, manager, lngredion; Pat Bogue, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kearney Branch Manager; Jennifer Everett Magee, senior manager for Regional Philanthropic Giving, Children's Mercy Hospital; Courtney Gooding, Liberty Hospital Emergency Department manager; Suzanne Leamer, Liberty Hospital Decision Support manager; AI Leone, Director, Tucker Leadership Lab, William Jewell College ; Andrea LeRay, Section Manager, Hallmark Cards; Jodi McClanahan, Nurse manager, Liberty Hospital; James Mulford, Environmental Services manager, Ameristar Casino; Ryan Mulvany, KCP&L Director; Becky Poskin, William Jewell College, director of Regional Admission; Amy Rohrs, North Kansas City School District assistant director of Food Services; Claire Rust, Mid-Continent Public Library assistant branch manager; Frances Sheffield, Midwest Small Business Finance Loan Officer; Amy Turpen Liberty Hospital Practice manager; Landon Young, William Jewell College director of Creativity and Innovation; and Kris Zerr, Independence Chamber of Commerce director of Finance.

The fall session of the Institute begins Sept. 8. For additional information on the institute, call the Development Council at (816) 468-4989 or visit You may also contact the Pryor Center at (816) 415-5052.

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