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HCC Leadership Institute announces 2017 graduates

The 2016-2017 Highland Community College Leadership Institute’s graduates were honored during a recent recognition dinner and ceremony held on the HCC campus.

The Leadership Institute is a nine-month development program provided by Highland Community College, which provides opportunities to all segments of the community to learn more about leadership.

Members of the class were individually recognized for their year’s work during a program, which featured speeches from Leadership Institute graduates Billy Shroyer, Jr. and Alan Wenzel, who was honored after retiring with 25 years of service. Remarks were made by Highland President Tim Hood and Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts Jim Phillips, who has served as co-director in recent years.

“Twenty-five years goes by quickly. We started with a vision to develop a community development program. It’s a quality leadership program, and we have had good community partners to help make it a success. I’ll miss it. It grows on you, and I always looked forward to meeting the new energetic people each year. It’s bittersweet. I’m ready to do other things, but this has been such a big part of my professional life,” Wenzel said.

Founded in 1991 to recruit, develop, and strengthen leadership in the community, the Leadership Institute provides participants each year with an opportunity to learn more about the history of Stephenson County and its communities; to examine and discuss important area issues, and to strengthen individual leadership skills. Since its inception, the Leadership Institute has helped over 500 citizens become more influential in changing and improving lives throughout northwest Illinois.

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The following is a list of 2016-2017 graduates and their sponsors:

Eric Borneman – Stephenson County State’s Attorney’s Office

Timothy Cook – Malcolm Eaton Enterprises

Eric Cummins – Union Savings Bank

Andrea Gallagher – Monroe Clinic

Jennifer Grobe – Highland Community College

Jason Kempel – Community Bank

Laura Keyes – Freeport Public Library

Debra Koch – University of Illinois Extension

Travis Lutz – Stephenson County Public Defender’s Office

Kathryn Martinez – FHN

Duane Meighan – Freeport School District

Tonya Meyer – FHN Foundation

Alexander Mills – City of Freeport

Matt Moyer – Citizens State Bank

Amanda Pierce – Forreston State Bank

Danielle Rogers – Freeport Downtown Development Foundation

Leslie Schmidt – Monroe Clinic

Chris Schneiderman – State Bank – Freeport

Andrea Schultz Winter – Winter Design

Christopher Shenberger – Freeport Police Department

Billy Schroyer, Jr. – Security First Title Company

Sheri Wescott – Monroe Clinic

Amy White – US Bank

Kimberly Wolter – Furst-McNess Company

Application forms for the 2017-2018 Leadership Institute are being accepted through July 1, and can be obtained here or by writing Jim Phillips, director of the Leadership Institute, Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL 61032. For more information call 815.599.3469 or



2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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