Chamber Announces 2019 Leadership Jackson Class Participants
Leadership Jackson Class of 2019
The Jackson Chamber is pleased to announce the nominees selected for its 2019 Leadership Jackson class. Leadership Jackson is a leadership development program for community members who demonstrate leadership potential. Sponsored by the Jackson Chamber, the program is an opportunity for local professionals to learn more about the community and the challenges it faces.
The class will participate in a full day information session in early September to get acquainted and find out more about what their Leadership Jackson experience will entail. Leadership Jackson 2019 Co-Chair Russ McKelvey, Branch Manager, Mack Pest Control, Inc. and Co-Chair Shelby Matthis, Community Advocate will direct the session.
“To say that I’m excited for this year’s class would be an understatement,” says McKelvey. “We have a fantastic group of talented people. It’s going to be fun as we learn them and see their leadership skills grow. Leadership Jackson does a phenomenal job of taking its students inside Jackson in ways that they’ve never experienced while building lifelong bonds and sharpening their leadership tools. We’ve been working hard to create a fulfilling experience so I’m glad that we’ll get to work with Class 41 very soon.”
Class members will meet weekly for sessions on various topics. A leadership skill-building component is incorporated into each session. Leaders in key areas, such as health care, criminal justice, economic development, quality of life, education and government will share an overview of the present state, challenges, and future vision. This information provides the class with a broad understanding of the interworkings of Jackson-Madison County and a big picture view. It also engages them in a self-analysis of where they can best make a positive impact by getting involved or by being a resource for their company or sphere of influence.
“Leadership Jackson has been a pillar of leadership training in this community for 41 years” says Matthis. “I am honored to serve this year’s class. We have an incredible group of professionals and I look forward to seeing them challenged and their leadership skills strengthened. This program opens the door to a unique opportunity, one that impacts how participants view the community around them and their place in it from a renewed perspective. The positives that happen in a community are the result of passionate, knowledgeable, engaged leaders and I am beyond excited to see the impact that LJ41 makes to continue to propel Jackson forward.”
The 2019 Leadership Jackson class includes:
Jennifer Alexander, Gerdau
Mike Baskin, Town & Country Realtors, Inc.-Joey Hale
Blake Beckham, Jackson Christian School
Jonathan Bell, BancorpSouth
Ryan Blake, West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex
Joey Conner, Conner Real Estate
Holly Dean, Regions Bank
Kristy Dew, Jackson Chamber
Dan Drogosh, theCO
Aaron Fitzgerald, Christian Brothers Automotive – Jackson
Jared Freeman, Leaders Credit Union
Jennifer Graves, Union University
Nick Hayes, Hiller Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Electrical
Dr. Nina Heckler, Class 101
Danielle Jones, Jackson Police Department
Christy Kelley, CanopyNation
Daniel Kennedy, Clay Williams & Associates, Inc.
Lauren Kirk, City of Jackson
Braylin Laster, Lane College
Alexis Long, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC
Melanie Luckey, Jackson Energy Authority
Walker McWherter, Central Distributors, Inc.
Wendy Mercer, STAR Center, Inc.
Kelsea Merriweather, Toyota Bodine Aluminum
Tony Neihoff, RE/MAX Realty Source
Brandon Shields, The Jackson Sun
Beth Ann Simpson, The University of Memphis - Lambuth Campus
Jenci Spradlin, Jackson-Madison County Library
Dawn Thomason, FirstBank
Marda Wallace, City of Jackson (Councilperson)
Nikki Watlington, LIFELINE Blood Services