• Leadership Council Bluffs Class 35 Announcement

    Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Association are proud to introduce the 35th class of Leadership Council Bluffs.  For 35 years, the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Associations, has been helping to grow and develop leaders in the Council Bluffs community.  Leadership Council Bluffs is designed to identify and develop leaders.  Bringing individuals together from diverse backgrounds, Leadership Council Bluffs connects leaders with unique viewpoints by engaging them in impactful experiences to deepen awareness, increase knowledge, and strengthen leadership skills with the goal of bettering our community.

    “This program connects individuals from diverse backgrounds to strengthen their leadership skills with the goal of bettering the community,” says Drew Kamp, president & CEO of the CB Chamber.  Please welcome the participants of Leadership Council Bluffs, Class 35:

    • Pam Bierce, Iowa West Foundation
    • Amy Brown, Slate Architecture
    • Christine Circo, Pottawattamie County
    • Jennifer Coyle, Flat Branch Home Loans
    • Traci Dresher, TS Bank
    • Jessica Duncan, Angels Care Home Health
    • Walter Garcia Rodriguez, Omaha/Council Bluffs Bridges Out of Poverty
    • Linda Gomez, American National Bank
    • Jonathan Holland, Children's Square USA
    • Stacie Jensen, City of Council Bluffs
    • Blake Johnson, Habitat for Humanity
    • Vivian Kvam, Tandem Works, Mac&V
    • Matt Mancuso, Iowa Western Community College
    • Katherine Martens, US Bank
    • Shawn Miller, New Visions Homeless Services
    • Sarah Beth Ray, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Christy Sauser, Dickinson & Clark CPAs
    • Anne Schoening, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs                     
    • Jailey Simpson, Simpson Legal Group
    • Sara Starr, Holiday Inn & Suites
    • Shanna Stofer, Methodist Jennie Edmundson
    • Molly Stogdill, Council Bluffs Schools Foundation
    • Jared Tripp, Berkley Risk
    • Angie Williams, Micah House
    • Kelsey Wittorf, Omni Dental Centre        
    Participants in the Leadership Council Bluffs program will attend ten powerful sessions focused on different aspects of the community including education, healthcare, government, economic development, nonprofits, public safety, and community history.  LCB sessions are designed to provide participants with an overview of the accomplishments and challenges facing Council Bluffs by exposing participants to presentations and discussions with current leaders, experiencing behind-the-scenes tours, and networking with community decision-makers. LCB class members are brought face to face to explore the challenges Council Bluffs is facing and to inspire responsibility and action for providing necessary leadership. Social opportunities encourage participants to network and foster an atmosphere for collaboration to support our growing and changing community.

    In addition, participants will enhance their personal leadership abilities, enrich their team-building skills, and have the opportunity to learn more about philanthropy through a partnership with the Community Foundation for Western Iowa and Omaha Community Foundation.  The participants in the Leadership Council Bluffs program will also be required to complete a Community Trustee Project. 

    “The objective of the Leadership Council Bluffs program is for participants to improve their leadership potential through community engagement and to assume greater responsibility on boards and commissions,” says Lori Shields, vice president of communications and leadership development for the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce and program director for Leadership Council Bluffs.  “The Leadership Council Bluffs program has a strong history, and we are looking forward to unleashing the potential of Class 35.”