‘Unstoppables’ complete Leadership HC program
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
The recurring phrase of nearly every graduate of Leadership Harrison County has been “best class ever” when they say what year they completed the program.
This year’s class —- 14 members — took it to a new level, calling themselves the “unstoppables.” They were recognized during a graduation program and dinner May 20 at the South Harrison Community Center in Elizabeth.
Nathan Broom, executive director of LHC, said it took a lot of courage to sign up for the program during a year that included a pandemic.
“This has been a truly wonderful group … ” he said. “They rose to the challenge.”
Broom referred to a quote in the program by Jennifer Garvey Berger that says “A great leader has a presence that makes other people bigger.”
“That resonated with me about this class,” he said.
Class members met one day a month for eight months learning about leadership styles, collaboration, diversity, conflict resolutions, Harrison County history and more. They also choose a class project they believe will benefit the community.
“We just want to serve others, make their lives better,” said class member Callie Best, who gave the class reflection, describing the participants as “a mix of folks” with regard to their age, professions and life experiences.
She challenged her classmates to “always find joy” in their service to others.
“I think that’s what you learned,” Best added. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this group.”
Jeremy McKim shared how he and his classmates chose their class project.
“I never thought one idea we talked about would come to fruition,” he said.
That suggestion was to help bring a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program to Harrison County.
McKim said it takes a multidisciplinary team to handle sexual assault cases. Members of the team include law enforcement officers, the prosecutor and child advocacy personnel.
“What was missing was the medical field,” McKim said.
He said when physical evidence in sexual assault cases is properly collected, it makes for stronger cases and leads to more convictions.
McKim went on to say he didn’t know how the idea of such a program would be received.
“But it was well received by the class and by the community,” he said, adding that as of that evening six nurses were in the process of taking the SANE training.
Class members were able to get a grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to help fund the project and they solicited donations. Harrison County Hospital agreed to oversee the program.
“The unstoppable class of ’21 has made this a success,” McKim said.
Besides completing a project, each class is to select someone in the community for the Servant Leader award. This year’s recipient was Dr. Lisa Clunie.
“Dr. Clunie is a Harrison County native (who) began her career with Harrison County Hospital in 2004,” Jackie Smith said while making the presentation with her classmate Amy Fessel. “She leads a family medicine practice in Corydon. She is known for providing excellent care for each of her patients. She has been an active member of the Harrison County Hospital board since 2015.
“Throughout the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Clunie has led the Harrison County Hospital COVID mitigation team,” working “countless hours” with the county health department, county commissioners and councilmembers and HCH, she continued. “We are thankful for her leadership in Harrison County to help keep patients, hospital employees and our entire county as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A special thanks from our class for your support of bringing the SANE program to our county in the midst of a stressful year,” Smith said. “Dr. Clunie, you have demonstrated a continued display of servant leadership to your community. On behalf of Leadership Harrison County class of 2021, we recognize you as the recipient of this year’s Servant Leader award.”
Past Servant Leaders are Blaine H. Wiseman, Darrell R. Voelker, Pamela Bennett Martin, J. Gordon Pendleton, Frederick P. Griffin, Shirley Raymond, Catherine Turcotte, Brent D. Lewis, Karolyn Mangeot, Maxine Brown, Larry Bennett, Steve Shetter, Donn Blank, Callie Zimmerman, H. Lloyd (Tad) Whitis, Judy Hess, Tom Hill, Allen Rudolph, Pete and Joan Schickel, Mickie Vallandingham, Gary Geswein, Kim Grizzel, Dinah Conder, Nissa Ellett and Timothy Johnson.
Other graduates of this year’s LHC program besides Best, Fessel, McKim and Smith are Kristain Catlett, Sara Deatrick, Shane Gall, Shirley Longacre, Julie Moorman, Jennifer Quick-Cook, Nancy Russel, Jenny Smith, Byron Wilkins and Rebecca Wilkins.
To conclude the program, Isaac Brown, who was recognized as a Leadership board member who was leaving the board, challenged the graduates to help empower others, stay focused while trying to make a difference and not to give up despite set backs, roadblocks and hard times.
“Go be the positive change,” he said.
The invocation before the meal was given by board member Steven Day. The meal was prepared by TimBec2 Catering.
More information about Leadership Harrison County, as well as an application for the class of 2021-22, can be found on the LHC website (www.LeadershipHarrisonCountyIndiana.org).