Congratulations to participants selected for the Class of 2024. We are pleased to welcome these 24 outstanding individuals representing 11 counties. 

NameCompany/OrganizationWork CountyHome County
Jeff AgnewVestas Wind TechnologyAtchisonAtchison
Cydney AndrewsGo Mortgage LLCJacksonClinton
Sarah BattreallMosaic Life CareBuchananBuchanan
Rachel BrownMU ExtensionGentryWorth
Olivia BurchettEverCare PharmacyGrundyGrundy
Lauren DannarTrenton Chamber of CommerceGrundyGrundy
Nevada FieldsSt. Lukes Health System: Wright MemorialGrundyGrundy
Isaura GarciaMidCity Excellence Community Learning CtrBuchananBuchanan
Nicole LynchCornerstones of CareNodawayDaviess
Chris MartinFarmers State BankClintonClinton
Victoria MasucciMosaic Life CareBuchananBuchanan
Ethan PiveralAmerenAtchisonAtchison
Wes RockwoodNorthwest Missouri State UniversityNodawayNodaway
Valarie ShislerBTC Bank – AlbanyGentryGentry
Vanessa SlempMosaic Medical Center – MaryvilleNodawayAtchison
Carolynn SollarsAltec IndustriesBuchananBuchanan
Richard SwitzerMarceline Industrial DevelopmentLinnLinn
Rebecca TenHulzenGreen Hills Regional Planning CommissionGrundyHarrison
Ashley TurnerCity of MaryvilleNodawayNodaway
Tocarra WilliamsNorth Central Missouri CollegeGrundyGrundy
Shelby WoodNorthwest Missouri State UniversityNodawayNodaway
David WoodyClinton County Missouri GovernmentClintonClinton
Jordan WrightCarroll County Memorial HospitalCarrollCarroll
Amanda ZessiUS BankBuchananGrundy

LNWMO Brochure 2024

Participants From 2023 Share Their Thoughts:

“Leadership Northwest Missouri was such an amazing, worthwhile experience. I will carry the connections that I have made long after this experience has completed. The skills (professionally and personally) I was able to develop and grow will continue to benefit my family, community, and my organization. There is something so powerful about uniting with leaders across the Northwest MO Region to work collaboratively on tackling regional issues. The synergy that comes from such a diverse group of individuals working together to make the communities we live and work the best they possibly can be, is something extremely powerful. I’m so grateful I was granted the opportunity to participate in Leadership Northwest Missouri. I know I am truly better because of this experience.”
Kelsi Meyer, Nodaway County

“I would recommend Leadership Northwest Missouri to anyone wanting to get into a leadership role. Often people think that a leader is the one who tells us what to do and where to go. This training course proves the statement above incorrect. Leaders coming out of this program have an entire tool belt of ways to act, think, and communicate as a leader. On top of that, this course helps you build friendships and connections within the Northwest part of Missouri. You visit the multiple regions and learn a little bit about each one and what makes them tick. From guest speakers to “Tim Time,” you will leave this course with an encouraged heart ready to lead your workplace, home, and community.”
Cole Soptic, Grundy County

“Participating in Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2023 has been an incredibly transformative experience. From day one, I was immersed in a dynamic, supportive learning environment that fostered personal and professional growth. The curriculum was thoughtfully designed, covering various leadership topics and providing practical tools for success in Northwest Missouri. The passionate and knowledgeable facilitators shared invaluable insights and challenged us to think critically and creatively. Through engaging discussions and collaborative projects, I formed lasting connections with a diverse group of talented individuals, expanding my network and broadening my perspectives. This program has equipped me with the skills, confidence, and inspiration to become a more effective and influential leader in my region. I highly recommend the Leadership Northwest Missouri class to anyone seeking to enhance their leadership abilities.”
John C. Nab, Caldwell County

2024 Class Dates/Locations…

January 24 and 25: Conception/Nodaway County – Opening Retreat – Conception Abbey

February 15: Chillicothe/Livingston County – Sliced Bread Innovation Center

March 21: Savannah/Andrew County – North Central Missouri College, Savannah Campus

April 18: Carrollton/Carroll County – Carroll County Historical Museum

April 25: Zoom Session

May 16: Maryville/Nodaway County – MOERA

May 23: Zoom Session

June 6: Tarkio/Atchison County – Tarkio Tech

June 20: Cameron/Clinton County – Old School of Cameron

July 11: Jamesport/Daviess County – Graduation – AV Spillman Event Center


Leadership Northwest Missouri will:

  • Provide high quality training to enhance leadership skills
  • Give you the opportunity for in-depth discussions regarding issues facing our region
  • Enhance your ability to look at issues/opportunities in a regional context
  • Identify avenues for active participation at the local and regional level
  • Create a network of regional contacts
  • Provide opportunities to participate in regional class projects
  • Grant Professional Development Hours (60) at no additional cost

Criteria for Selection


Participants will be selected based on their desire to become a more effective leader in the region. Leadership Northwest Missouri recognizes the strength of diversity and will strive for a diverse class composition. Our region is defined as the following 19 counties: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth. Each county will be guaranteed one class spot. (If a qualified application is not received from a county, the unused space will be available to anyone within the region.) Applicants will be selected based on the county in which they reside or work. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and select applicants from outside the defined region.

Time Commitment and 2024 Class Dates

Classes will meet monthly beginning with a two-day retreat on January 24 and 25. They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 6 and June 20. Graduation will take place the evening of July 11.

Regular classes begin at 9am and adjourn by 4pm.  There will be required evening activities on January 24.

There will be two required Zoom sessions for Class Project Planning on April 25 and May 23 from 4pm-5pm.

Mission Statement

We build, strengthen, and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.

Vision Statement

We envision thriving communities and dynamic leaders.