Leadership Paducah is a leadership development program coordinated by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Established in 1984, the participants selected for 2019-20 will become Class #33. 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 2019-2020 Class # 33 are:
Jessica Asbridge, Community Financial Services Bank; Leigh Ann Ballegeer, Mercy Health Lourdes; Chris Beal, Paducah Bank; Lakilia Bedeau, Paducah Public Schools; Andras Bende, Computer Services Inc.; Jeremi Bumpus, West Kentucky Community & Technical College; Joel Cauley, Relevant Church; Sheryl Chino, Denton Law Firm; Stephen Chino, City of Paducah; A.J. Collins, Edward Jones; Anthony Copeland, Paducah Police Department; Lora Croley, Baptist Health Paducah; Travis Drake, Mercy Health Lourdes; Cade Foster, Jim Smith Contracting; Nora Gipson, Peel & Holland; Bradley Haas, U.S. Bank; Jessica Hammonds, L. A. Miller CPA, PSC; Jacob Hayes, Swift & Staley, Inc.; Bridgette Heflin, FNB Bank; McKell Hillebrand, River Valley AgCredit; Tommy Hollimon, Jr., Housing Authority of Paducah; Brent Housman, Hilliard Lyons; Jayme Jones, McCracken County Public Schools; Bradley Kale, Michelson Jewelers; Tiffany Looper, Strawberry Hills Pharmacy; Lauren Martin, Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP; Jennifer McIntosh, University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah; Garrett Rackley, Williams, Williams & Lentz, LLP; Darren Ramey, Darren Ramey State Farm; Chris Reck, Paducah & Louisville Railway; Marianna Romero, McCracken County Public Schools; Ciara Sauer, Kemper CPA Group, LLP; Abbey Shelton, Rose Garden Florist; Magen Tinsley, Independence Bank; Colton Tockstein, Harper Industries; Ashley Turner, Jackson Purchase Energy Co-Op; and Tee Vinson, Paducah Water.
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.
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.
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.