EVANSVILLE, Ind., (June 11, 2021) – Leadership Everyone (LE) celebrated another year of servant leadership and community engagement during its Annual Meeting on June 10, 2021. Despite the hurdles faced by COVID-19, LE held two Community Leadership Programs, televised the Celebration of Leadership Award Ceremony honoring servant leaders, hosted community initiatives via Zoom and kicked off Regional VOICE. Regional VOICE is an initiative to bring together the five-county region to envision a preferred future for each community and region. Visit voicecommunity.org to learn more.
Lynn Miller Pease, CEO of Leadership Evansville, received the Sagamore of the Wabash award at the event. Presented by incoming LE Board President Alex Schmitt and LE alum Lu Porter on behalf of Governor Eric Holcomb, Miller Pease was touched to receive the award: “I am so honored and humbled by this amazing recognition. My mother Sara Davies received the same award many years ago. It is a joy to share something so special with her.” The Sagamore of the Wabash award is bestowed by the sitting Indiana governor to those who rendered distinguished service to the state or the governor.
During the Annual, LE proudly recognized the 2020-2021 Community Leadership Program graduates and bestowed the Alumnus of the Year award to LE Board Treasurer Jerry Graupner of United Companies for his invaluable work navigating pandemic challenges. LE also elected new officers and five new members to the Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 fiscal year:
Executive Board Officers 2021-2022
President: Alex Schmitt, Schmitt Law Office
President-Elect: Jeff Purdue, Bowen Engineering
Vice President: Lawrence Taylor, Fifth Third Bank
Secretary: Beth Kroft, Old National Bank
Treasurer: Jerry Graupner, United Companies
Director-at-Large: Kelly Cozart, Ivy Tech Community College
Past President: Don Crankshaw, Crankshaw Consulting
First-Term Appointments 2021-2022
Nicole Neff, Funxion Events
Jaimie Sheth, JD Sheth Foundation
Charles Sutton, EVPL
Tasha Vanover, CenterPoint Energy
Jessica Welcher, Deaconess Health System
Continuing Current Terms
Mary Allen, Sixth and Zero; Amy Bouchie, New Horizons Financial Consultants; Joe Danks, Flanders; Jack Faber, Hafer Design; Leslie Fella, Evansville Regional Airport; David Goffinet, Lochmueller Group; Kyle Hittner, Jumpsuit; Hannah Jaramillo, Morton Solar; Erin Lewis, University of Evansville; Keith Rawley, AstraZeneca; Sara Rupp, Old National Bank; Kevin Spindler, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana; Amy Susott; Dave Turpin, Performance Electrical Products; Susan Vaughn, Indiana Economic Development Coalition; Kelsey Wright, EVSC; and Holly Rankin Zaher, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Honorary Directors – Ryan Hatfield, Indiana State Representative, Court Kull, PNC and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, City of Evansville
Marilyn Brenton, Pittsburg Tank and Tower; Carlos Caballero, Medical Services of America Hospice; Marcus Hester, The Hester Group; Jared MacIntosh, Fifth Third Bank; Phil Smith, Evansville Police Department
Nominating Committee 2020-2021
Kathy Boyd, Boyd Electric; Abraham Brown, El Informador Latino, La Campirana; Don Crankshaw, Crankshaw Consulting; Jared McIntosh, Fifth Third Bank; Alex Schmitt, Schmitt Law Office; Otha Warren, North Park Corporation
NEW LE ALUMNI 2020-2021
Diane Alexander, Warrick County CASA; Danielle Andrews, New Horizons Financial Consultants; Shannon Booker, Evansville Police Department; Micah Boyd, Vanderburgh County Drug and Alcohol Deferral Services; Ralph Boze, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana; Allison Bush, VSC Wellness; Sean Davis, EVPL; Jacy Gowen, Warrick County CASA; Leigh Jackson, Warrick County CASA; Amelia Matthews, Shoe Carnival; Darren Morley, Morley; Dylan Murray, Bravo Media Group; Rita Prior, Church of the Harvest; Alysia Rhinefort, 4C of Southern Indiana; Brian Rickey, MetroNet Inc; Louis Rodriguez, Encounter Church; Robin Sanabria, University of Southern Indiana; Jalessa Slade, Slade Consulting; Nick Winsett, Evansville Police Department; Khrista York, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana
Sarita Ardila Ramirez, Leadership Everyone intern; Brook Arnold, 14 News; Alan Bittner, Garmong Construction Services; Tamara Caliendo, Dream Center Evansville; Wendy Chinn, Ivy Tech Community College; Kurt Davies, AstraZeneca; Abby Dixon, Henderson Tourist Commission; Amanda Eades, CenterPoint Energy; Carl Harris, Community Volunteer; Ben Ipock, IBEW Local 16; Charda Jones, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health; Jesse Kauffman, Everyday Business Resilience Group; Scott Kinney, EVPL; Carrie Morton, Deaconess Health Systems; Nicole Neff, Funxion Events; Chaze Patrick, Volunteers of America; Carlada Patterson, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation; Valentina Petreska, Ivy Tech Community College; Dana Rust, YMCA; Matt Tooley, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana; Alli Turpin, Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District; Sarah Wagner, Vanderburgh Community Foundation; Joe Wargel, Bowen Engineering
About Leadership Everyone
Diverse Servant Leaders that transform our community
Leadership Everyone was founded in 1976 by a group of future-thinking local leaders, whose original commitment to community-wide betterment remains unique and strong. Leadership Everyone brings together people with different talents, gifts and perspectives and transforms these individuals into leaders who embrace the concept of community trusteeship and the collaborative process. These attitudes, skills and processes are taught to adults, youth, organizations, not-for-profits, businesses, educational institutions, neighborhood associations, churches and other leadership programs.
About Regional VOICE
Regional VOICE engages, empowers and includes all people in Vanderburgh, Gibson, Posey, Warrick, and Henderson counties desiring to participate in inspiring conversations. Everyone is invited to share their hopes and dreams for their communities as well as the five-county region. Utilizing Leadership Everyone’s facilitation methodology, all visions are shared, documented and made available to the public and used for strategic action. Those who experience the VOICE process foster the concepts of servant leadership, community trusteeship and a collective preferred future. Their collective visions establish community priorities to feed into local and regional planning and development initiatives for immediate, mid-range and long-term implementation.