Leadership Paducah


Leadership Paducah is a leadership development program coordinated by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Established in 1984, the participants selected for 2021-22 will be Class #35. The program is directed towards individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities and exposes them to a variety of topics and issues to better understand our community. It is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.  

From applications submitted, approximately 30 individuals are chosen each year to participate. The program kicks off with a retreat in August and monthly sessions continue through May. A graduation ceremony is held at the Chamber’s Power in Partnership Breakfast in June. During the monthly sessions the participants study the community through tours and presentations. Leadership enrichment programs are incorporated in the classes. 

  Members of the 2020-2021 Class # 34 are:

Morgan Armistead, i5 design group, inc.; Wendy Baxter, Sullivan University; Dustin Bell, Swift & Staley, Inc.; Nathan Bradley, Paducah Water; Lucas Bremer, U.S. Bank; Toya Burton, Housing Authority of Paducah; Christean Cogdell, Baptist Health Paducah; Justin Crowell, Paducah Police Department; Harrison Dickens, Pepsi MidAmerica; Carrie Dillard, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce; Darci Ellis, U.S. Bank; Whitney Evans, Mercy Health Lourdes; Missy Faughn, Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing, Inc.; Brandon Hall, Veolia; JoAnna Harper, Blythe CPAs & Advisors; Gale Hatton, The Paducah Bank & Trust Company; Allene Houston Jones, Paducah Public Schools; Matt Jaeger, McCracken County Public Library; Chandni Joshi, GEO Consultants; Rianna Klingler, Innovations Branding House; Abby Menkhus, GEO Consultants; Kimberly Millay, Beltline Electric; Lexie Millikan, Yeiser Art Center; Emily Mullins, Sylvan Learning Center; Jessica Pedersen, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC; Heather Pierce, Greater Paducah Economic Development; Patsy Pierce, United Systems/Technology Process Management; Kristy Reed, Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation; Kate Senn, West Kentucky Community & Technical College; Caleb Shihady, Federal Materials Company; Iesha Shumpert, West Kentucky Community & Technical College; Charmaine Smith, Computer Services, Inc.; Matt Turley, Community Financial Services Bank; Bob Turok, FNB Bank; Sarah Vandermeulen, Heartland CARES, Inc.; Jamie Walker, Independence Bank; Jessica Wallace, Kemper CPA Group LLP; Cody Walls, Denton Law Firm, PLLC; Brandon Wayt, Marquette Transportation Company; Bryson Wells, Wells Mobile Detail; Tonya Wurth, Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing,Inc.; and Sandra Zaranti, Baptist Health Paducah.



Each year as a way to give back to the community, the class selects a community project to benefit a Chamber member non-profit organization. The pictures below represent some of the wonderful recipients.


Congratulations to Leadership Paducah Class #33 for a successful class project. Members of the class presented Laura Roberts, Ministry Director, of Starfish Orphan Ministry with a contribution of $112,751. The funds were raised as part of the Leadership Paducah experience as their class group project. The funds were provided by local companies and citizens and will be used to provide beds to more than 1,000 local children in need.

Major sponsors for the class project included King Sponsors: Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation and Relevant Church; and Queen Sponsors:  Baptist Health Paducah, Beltline Electric Company, Heartland Church Paducah, Jim Smith Contracting, John and Vivian Williams and Swift & Staley.


Leadership Paducah Class #32 presents the funds from their class project to Habitat for Humanity.


Leadership Paducah Class #31 presents the funds from their class project to the Columbia Theatre Restoration Project.


  Terrance Adams with Leadership Paducah Class #30 presents the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club with the funds from their class project.



Patrick Whalen of Leadership Class #29 presents a check to Jessie Meiser of Easter Seals West Kentucky. 



Mary Foley with Merryman House thanks Leadership Paducah Class #28 after receiving the funds raised from their class project.



Leadership Paducah Class #27 members Kim Beanland & Jim Dudley (left & center) present the funds raised from their class project to Judy McKeel from Child Watch for their CASA program.



Matt Snow (right) with Leadership Paducah Class #26 presents the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club with the funds from their class project.  

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The Leadership Paducah experience does not end at graduation. 

Graduates of the Leadership Paducah program are encouraged to join the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association. (LPAA).  LPAA is a nonprofit organization committed to providing a forum to introduce current and future leaders to the qualities, attributes, and challenges of the Paducah/McCracken County area.  The LPAA provides an informational network and a mechanism for maintaining contact that includes a web site membership directory and semi-annual newsletter.

LPAA annual dues are $35. 

Each year the LPAA presents the annual “Outstanding Leadership Paducah Alum Award” at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in January.  The Board Members also coordinate the Youth L.E.A.D. program and sponsor the national Leadercast simulcast program in May. 

Pay your LPAA Annual Dues here!





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