Leadership Montgomery County graduates Class of 2018

By: Leadership Montgomery County
| Published 06/05/2018

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2018 recently graduated from the program at their Graduation Celebration Luncheon presented by Consolidated Communications and Starzyk & Associates, P.C.

With more than 375 people in attendance, the luncheon highlighted the accomplishments of the current LMC Class over the past year and also celebrated the 2018 LMC Distinguished Alumnus Missy Herndon.

Over the past nine months, the 44-member class of business and community leaders learned about the county through monthly education sessions, completed a leadership series, and worked together to give back through their class project.

The education sessions featured a different topic each month exploring the inner workings of the county. Topics included Economic Development, Education, Government, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Healthcare, Serving Our Community, and Leadership Development.

The Leadership Series, sponsored by Repsol and presented by Chad Patterson & Associates, covered the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. The class worked in small groups with alumni facilitators to study and apply proven leadership principles. These shared experiences caused the class to stretch and grow in their leadership development.

The class left their mark on our county through their Class Project benefiting Society of Samaritans (SOS) in Magnolia. The class pooled their collective talents and skills to strategically serve SOS – helping them maximize their current resources, increase service capacity, and improve business processes. In total, the class raised $15,000 in cash donations and another $50,000 of in-kind donations for the project.

They helped SOS purchase and implement new case management software, and purchase and install two refrigerated storage units to increase food storage capacity and eliminate food waste. They also secured a portable building for additional food pantry and classroom space, built an ADA-compliant ramp, and painted all the outdoor units. The class connected SOS with Workforce Solutions to help increase capacity and the resources for their job assistance program. New equipment for use in the jobs classroom was also secured. The class also provided SOS with a refreshed logo, marketing materials, and created a new promotional video.

“I’m so proud of this class and how they’ve worked together to serve and give back to Society of Samaritans in such a powerful way. This class has truly grown as leaders and has earned the recognition received,” said Sarah Rhea, LMC Executive Director. “Nine months ago this group of individuals came together as strangers from across our county. Today they are a cohesive, bonded team, who have come together to learn, grow, and make a lasting mark on Montgomery County,” said Phillip Moore, LMC Chairman of the Board The graduating class includes: Doug Adams of The Woodlands Fire Department; Dan Altom of The Woodlands Young Learners Academy; Brian Bondy of Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce; Michael Bradbury of Bradbury Brothers; Kandice Cabets of Quadvest; Breanna Challicombe of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Christine Chapman of YMCA of Greater Houston – The Woodlands Family YMCA; Jeff Christy of the Conroe Police Department; Christian Collins of Brady For Congress; Melanie Davis of Better Bookkeepers; Allegra Ellis of Entergy Texas, Inc.; Heather McDonald of Lone Star Family Health Center; Adam Fracht of Stibbs & Co., P.C.; Eric Geppelt of Burditt Consultants; Jennifer Graff of Graff Law Firm, PLLC; Terry Green of Consolidated Communications; Amy Gregorcyk of Coldwell Banker; Tom Hauser of The Woodlands Christian Academy; Patty Howard of Conroe Regional Medical Center; Allison Hulett of the Montgomery County Food Bank; Lindy Johnson of Interfaith of The Woodlands; Rashard Johnson of CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals; Dan Kolkhorst of The Woodlands Development Company; Wendy Lambie of The Strong Firm, PC; Carrie Lujan of Woodforest National Bank; Michelle Marek of Keller Williams The Woodlands & Magnolia; Sarah McClure of City of Oak Ridge North; Lisa McElroy of Alegre HR Advisors; Clint Nichols of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital; Tim Patton of The Woodlands Methodist School; Catherine Prestigiovanni of Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare; Dr. De’ Reese Reid-Hart of Lone Star College-Montgomery; Darrin Rice of Conroe Independent School District; Zach Richmond of Richmond Realty – RE/MAX The Woodlands and Spring; Chris Roznovsky of Jones|Carter; Brian Sauers of Strike, LLC; Tammy Schroder of Veritas Title Partners; Brittany Sloan of Dossey & Jones, PLLC; Stephen Smith of Soules Insurance Agency, LP; Travis Smith of Caldwell Companies; Dannette Suding of Montgomery County Youth Services; Sergio Van Dusen of Vogt Engineering; Ryan Wade of Manhard Consulting; and Jack Yates of City of Montgomery.

The event also honored Missy Herndon as the 2018 LMC Distinguished Alumnus. Herndon, CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, was honored for her dedication to the community and for all of her work after Hurricane Harvey.

“Missy is a phenomenal leader,” said LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea. “She has shown a true commitment to Montgomery County and leads with professionalism, integrity, and excellence. We are thrilled to honor her as our 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.”

Applications for the LMC Class of 2019 are available online now at LMCTX.org. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

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