LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Public Management Center has announced the fall 2017 Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) graduates. The graduation ceremony took place Jan. 12 in the Griffith Room at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence.
The 49 graduates come from various public sector organizations across Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area, including government agencies at the local, state and federal levels, as well as nonprofit organizations. The fall 2017 session began in September, with cohorts meeting in Overland Park and Topeka.
ELA is a program targeted to promising, nonmanagerial staff to help them prepare for leadership roles in their departments and agencies. Participants meet together 10 times over four months, with classes designed to help them hone their skills for positions of increasing responsibility while also growing their effectiveness in their current roles.
“ELA has given me direction and guidance on where I want to go with my career,” said Alexis Kenney of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. “As someone who is fairly new to the workforce, everything I’ve learned will help me as I move forward.”
The classes are designed to help participants enhance skills in leadership, organizational dynamics, communication as well as engaging them in career planning.
“The instructors, the other participants, the guest speakers and the materials — all of these components provided me with solid building blocks from which to move forward in my career,” said Nadja Karpilow of the Mid-America Regional Council.
Organizations benefit from their investments in sending staff to ELA as they gain a more prepared and engaged talent pool to draw from as they plan for the future.
“Class activities support participants in identifying and progressing toward their professional goals while also equipping them to make stronger contributions in their current roles,” said Noel Rasor, ELA program manager. “Lots of individuals end up working in public service agencies just because it’s where they found a job. But then see how much their work matters to their communities and become committed to making a difference. We help them map out a career path so they can see a future with their organizations.”
Angelica Bucia, Douglas County Treasurer's Office
Jessica Halton, City of Lawrence
Ashley Myers, City of Lawrence
Phil Reid, City of Lawrence
Nicole Rials, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
Brad Campbell, Overland Park Police Department
Kevin McGuire, Johnson County Mental Health
Jess Collins, Johnson County Human Services
Clayton Duffin, City of Olathe
Stacey Gerling, Johnson County Human Services
Seth Kilber, Johnson County Government
Ben Laxton, City of Olathe Fire Department
Jessica Murphy, Johnson County Mental Health
Chris Peak, City of Olathe
Ryan Sims, Johnson County Public Works
Janet Sylva, City of Olathe
Brian Williams, City of Olathe Environmental Services
Eric Yahn, City of Olathe Police Department
Douglas Jones, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Thomas Keary, Overland Park Police Department
Savannah Mann, Johnson County Human Services
Mike Melvin, Overland Park Police Department
Maria Morey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ely Sprenkle, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Andrew Beightel, Topeka Police Department
Jessica Crowder, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Brandon Lee, Kansas Juvenile Correctional Facility
Mark McClure, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Samantha Reddick, Kansas Neurological Institute
Steve Skrzypek, City of Topeka Fire Department
Nathan Wallace, Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex
Scott Wanamaker, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office
Krystal Yegon, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
Emily Wilson, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
Steven Cody Brown, Environmental Protection Agency
April Friedl, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas
Frank Harmon, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
Steve Schaff, Environmental Protection Agency
Antoinette Singletary, Environmental Protection Agency
Sabrina Mitchell, Johnson County Kansas Government
Katie Chandler, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Tracey Casburn, Environmental Protection Agency
Daryl Baker, City of Kansas City Missouri
Nadja Karpilow, Mid-America Regional Council
Alexis Kenney, City of Kansas City Missouri
Drew Stiehl, Mid-America Regional Council
Esther Swanson, City of Kansas City Missouri
Terri Duke, City of Kansas City, Missouri - Aviation Department.