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2022-23 Leadership Catawba Graduation

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, we recognized the achievements of thirty-one business, education, nonprofit, and community leaders who graduated from The Chamber’s 48th Class of Leadership Catawba. 

Since 1974, Leadership Catawba has educated and equipped hundreds of Catawba County residents about the critical issues facing our community. Over the 8 month duration, participants are immersed in community issues and challenges that we position ourselves to directly address in the areas of Reinventing Community, Telling Our Story, Serving our Community, Building for Jobs, Workforce Connectivity, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The program challenges each participant not only to be an effective and influential leader within their own organization, but to lead within our greater community through personal commitment and involvement. 

Congratulations to our Class of
2022-23 Leadership Catawba Graduates

Louise Atkinson, Cintas Corporation
Anne Bogen, Carolina Caring Foundation, Inc.
Darren Chewning, Conover Fire Department
Jennifer Cline, US Conec Ltd. 
Porscha Corpening, First Horizon Bank
Todd Cutter, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Chrystal Dieter, Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau
Roseann Flowers, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills
Seth Jarrett, Realty Executives of Hickory & Lake Norman
Michael McCourt, Atriax PLLC
Amy McGhinnis, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, PA
Tina McGillvary, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Catawba County
Jonathan McGinnis, HSM Solutions
Ann Metz, Frye Regional Medical Center
Lori Miller, Hickory Police Department
Antaijah Monroe, WestRock
Sherry Morgan, Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism
Vu Nguyen, Republic Services
Amy Ogle, Hickory Downtown Development Association
Kelsey Pfaff, Century Furniture
Kimberly Propst, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
Alexandria Scarborough, Catawba County Partnership for Children
Kaitlin Sigmon, The Manufacturing Solutions Center at CVCC
Todd Watson, Just Dump It, Dumpster Rentals and Junk Removal
Kelsey Williams, Safe Harbor
Ben Willis, Western Piedmont Council of Governments
Mary Yount, City of Newton 

2022-23 Leadership Catawba Sponsors:
Legacy Leadership Sponsor: Shurtape Technologies, LLC

Business Leadership Sponsors: Catawba Valley Health System, CommScope, Inc., Corning Optical Communications LLC, Frye Regional Medical Center, HSM Solutions, NextEra Energy Resources, von Drehle Corporation   
Community Leadership Sponsors: Alex Lee, Inc., Catawba County, City of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Mission Sponsors: Granite Insurance, Graystone Eye, Tree Top Adventures on Lake Hickory

Online applications will open on May 15th at 9:00 AM for the 2023-24 Leadership Catawba cohort. Program inquiries and questions may be directed to Kim Dahlsten, Director of Leadership Catawba and Vice President of Operations for The Chamber of Catawba County. 

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