The Ottumwa Leadership Academy is excited to welcome 24 community leaders to its 10th class. “This is one of the largest classes we’ve had in several years, and I am thrilled to get to work with each of you,” said Executive Director Hollie Tometich at the group’s Orientation Breakfast. Joel Pedersen, Superintendent of the Cardinal Community School District, will serve as Dean for the class. “I am a graduate of the 2013 class, and it just keeps getting better each year,” he said while welcoming the new participants.

Participants will join the 166 leaders who have completed the Academy upon meeting all the program’s graduation requirements. Requirements include monthly session attendance, participating in a community meeting, and completing a team project.

Participants in the 2021-2022 class include:

  • Shelley Bramschreiber, 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, Job Corps
  • Karla Galindo Trasfí, JBS
  • Sandra Trejo-Wirfs, IowaWORKS
  • Lorene Vilela, Indian Hills Community College
  • Sadie Waugh, First Resources Corp.
  • Daniel Whelan, Ottumwa Job Corps Center
  • Jennifer Wilson, Indian Hills Community College