Leadership Paducah


Leadership Paducah is a leadership development program coordinated by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Established in 1984, the participants selected for 2018-19 will become Class #32. 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 2018-2019 Class # 32 are:

Kevin Barrow, Paducah Power System; Alex Blackwell, Denton Law Firm; Addie Bozarth, Williams, Williams & Lentz, LLP; Chip Brandstetter, Lundberg Medical Imaging; Natalie Broster, Country Club of Paducah; Jo Anna Brown, Regions Bank; Robert Brown, Baptist Health Paducah; Landee Bryant, Maiden Alley Cinema/Bricolage Art Collective; Michael Campbell, i5 design group, inc.; Jeff Canter, PFGW Architects; Clinton Combs, Peel & Holland; Tammy Courtney, Swift & Staley, Inc.; J.T. Crawford, Paducah Life Magazine; Brian Edwards, HDR Engineering, Inc.; Jason Fort, Hilliard Lyons; Bradly Gough, Bacon, Farmer, Workman Engineering & Testing; Jennifer Gough, Socially Present; Joe Hayes, Paducah Police Department; Chris Hill, Entreneering; Rhiannon Jenkins, U.S. Bank; Mary Katz, The Carson Center; James Landry, Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler; Ben Lawson, M.P. Lawson Construction, LLC; Cathy Lindley, Federal Materials Company; Candace Melloy, Family Service Society, Inc.; Tim O'Brien, FNB Bank; Michael Onuoha, Mercy Health-Lourdes; Rebecca Oreskovich, Computer Services, Inc.; Emily Peck, West Kentucky Community & Technical College; Ashley Simmons, Kemper CPA Group, LLP; Michelle Smolen, City of Paducah; Corbin Snardon, Paducah Public Schools; Riley Solomon, Community Financial Services Bank; Ben Stewart, Bradley, Freed & Grumley, P.S.C.; Ginger Stewart, McCracken County Schools; Eric Straub, Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC; Emily Torian, Beltline Electric Co., Inc.; Amy Webb, HollandStivers and Associates, LLC; Suzie Webb, Heartland CARES, Inc.; and Kevin Wilson, Paducah Bank & Trust.  

Leadership Paducah Class #32 Day Summaries

 9/6/18 Professional Development Day



The Board of Directors of the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association is excited to communicate we have funds available for this year to offer scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are available for those continuing their education through a degree or certification. The deadline to apply for the next award is Friday, April 19. Once the date has closed for the application process, a review will occur and any potential scholarships will then be awarded. 

2019 Continuing Education Scholarship Guidelines

2019 Continuing Education Scholarship Application 



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 #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. 


2018 Leadership Paducah Alumni Association Continuing Education Scholarship

LPAA is committed to assisting Leadership Paducah graduates with continuing their education. Through funds received from LPAA activities, as well as the 10% contribution to LPAA from any current Leadership Paducah class activities, the LPAA has established a Leader- ship Paducah Alumni Association, Inc. Continuing Education Scholarship (LPAACES). This scholarship can be used for continuing education or certification related to current position.

The purpose is to assist Leadership Paducah alumni with continuing their education, with first preference given to those continuing at local education institutions: West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Murray State University, or University of Kentucky College of Engineering-Paducah Campus. Exceptions to these institutions may be allowed if agreed upon by a majority vote of the LPAA Board during the selection process.

Click the links below for more information and to apply for the scholarship.

2018 LPAA Scholarship Information

2018 LPAA Scholarship Application



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