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Ottumwa Leadership Academy Celebrates 10th Class

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The Ottumwa Leadership Academy celebrates its 10th year with a graduation ceremony Thursday, June 2nd, 2022.  Program participants are required to attend a full-day session one day per month, participate in a team project, and attend one public meeting.

The graduates from Ottumwa Leadership Academy, and their sponsoring organizations are:

  • Shelley Bramscheiber, Ottumwa Community School District
  • Melanie Courtney, South Ottumwa Savings Bank
  • Bronson Eick, John Deere Ottumwa Works
  • Lindsey Gould, C1st Credit Union
  • Carrie Jaeger, Manpower
  • Ethan Lake, C1st Credit Union
  • Jill Lane, Resilient Communities Wapello County
  • Mauri Martinez, Family Crisis Center
  • Jessie Mattingly, Ajinomoto
  • Jessica McCullen, Ottumwa Eye Care
  • Sandra McReynolds, Food Bank of Iowa
  • Pla Moo, JBS
  • Kala Mulder, City of Ottumwa
  • Aiddy Phomvisay, Ottumwa Community School District
  • Preston Potts, Ottumwa Regional Health Center
  • Mary Pratt, Legacy Foundation
  • Joe Shultz, John Deere Ottumwa Works
  • Ron Thomas, Ottumwa Job Corps Center
  • Karla Galindo Trasfí, JBS
  • Sandra Trejo-Wirfs, IowaWORKS
  • Lorene Vilela, Indian Hills Community College
  • Sadie Waugh, First Resources Corp.
  • Jennifer Wilson, Indian Hills Community College


The graduation program includes project team presentations, the announcement of the winning project, and unveiling of the 2023 dean. Additionally, as part of the graduation ceremony, the recipient of the Barb Allison Alumni Award will be announced. Barb, a 2014 graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, passed away in 2019, leaving a legacy of service to the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and many other organizations in the Ottumwa community.