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42 Outstanding Young Professionals Graduate From KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program



“Learn. Serve. Lead.”
 
That’s the motto of the Centurions Leadership program, and the 42 members of the graduating class of 2018 have certainly lived up to it.
 
The group has spent the last two years immersed in learning about the Kansas City region, serving in more than 100 community service projects and leading fellow participants through Centurions’ unique, self-directed program. Formal graduation ceremonies are scheduled for this evening, Friday, June 18.

At this week’s Centurions Executive Breakfast, Joe Reardon, President & CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, told the graduates, “You’re making a real impact on Greater Kansas City. I’m optimistic that you’ll continue to be involved in nonprofit and civic work well into the future.”
 
Reardon continued:  “Centurions have been preparing young people for leadership roles for 42 years now. It’s been incredibly successful, and is distinguished by its distinct focus on understanding and serving the Kansas City region. Congratulations to the new graduates!”
 
Each Centurions class selects one nonprofit to partner with on a Legacy project that will have a significant impact on that organization's ability to deliver its mission. This year, the 2018 class selected Kansas City Community Gardens. KCCG has been addressing food insecurity for over 30 years in the Kansas City Metropolitan area by empowering and inspiring low-income households, community groups, and schools to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Centurions helped extend and expand the footprint and capabilities of the KCCG Beanstalk Children’s Garden located in the heart of Swope Park. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Beanstalk Children's Garden, an urban garden that has engaged and exposed over 25,000 children and their family members to the wonders of food gardening, using a STEM-based curriculum.
 
During the past year, Centurions have held day-long sessions on a wide variety of subjects, including government impact, education, healthcare & medicine and STEM & innovating KC. The best session (determined by Centurions themselves) was the Arts, Culture & Entertainment session. The Task Force heard from a number of experts throughout the day, with a presentation on economics + public policy of art, personal stories of artists from Artists Inc, tour of various art organizations in the region, and ended with a panel of art organization executive directors from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KC Ballet, KC Symphony, KC Rep, and Lyric Opera of KC.
 
The graduates of the Chamber’s Centurion Class of 2018 are:
 
Frank Allen Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Lydia Allen ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council
Janelle Aubrecht Citizens Bank & Trust
Gerron Blackwell Burns & McDonnell
Jay Currie Campbell Gould Evans
Jason Carter-Solomon Enterprise Bank and Trust
Nicole Clifford Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Adam Cox JE Dunn Construction Company
Tyler Dean Miller Stauch
Leslie Dickerson Wellington
Rhonda Dolan Dolan Holdings LLC
Shelley Ericsson Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Trevor Flannigan ProfessionalChats
Connor Francis Thomas McGee Group
Angie Grant Henderson Engineers
Jennifer Hack Hack Media
Scott Havens Truss
Georgiane Hayhow The Hayhow Group
Allyson Hile Kansas City Public Schools
Sara Kelly Harris UMB
Sunita Lavin Burns & McDonnell
Keri Maginn DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Fr. Justin Mathews Reconciliation Services
Amanda Middaugh Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Jared Miller HNTB
Mark Moberly Sunflower Development Group
Leah Mountain Muller Bressler + Brown
Kristin Nelson Kansas City Public Library
Jon Pahl Nabholz Construction
Jessica Palm Kansas City Area Development Council
Ashlee Peterson HCA Midwest Health
Matthew Schulte Kansas City Royals
Stephanie Seger Children's Mercy
James Steimer U.S. Bank
Scott Strawn Burns & McDonnell
Tiffany Stuck Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
Annie Swartz Creative Courseware, inc.
Kerrie Tyndall City of Kansas City, Missouri
Jackie Vavroch Dairy Farmers of America
Matt Webb Mobank/BOK Financial
 
Awards presented at the Centurions graduation include:
  • Outstanding First Year Centurion – Estuardo Garcia
  • Centurions of the Year – Jay Campbell & Amanda Middaugh
Interviews for the Centurions Class of 2020 have been completed, with an announcement of the new class expected later this summer.