Hamilton County Leadership Academy Announces Class of 2019

August 5, 2018

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA), now in its 28th year, has selected 36 individuals who live or work in Hamilton County to take part in its 10-month community leadership program. Founded in 1991, HCLA connects community leaders to issues, causes and opportunities that impact Hamilton County.


Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process based on their involvement in the community and their professional achievement; their understanding of community issues and challenges; and their desire to make an impact through a significant commitment to leading and serving in Hamilton County.

"Hamilton County continues to be one of the top counties in the nation. Its success and growth has been driven by strong leaders and community champions who have developed a clear vision and worked collaboratively to achieve it," said John Robbins, Executive Director of HCLA. "Our role at HCLA is to help these incredibly talented individuals gain a deeper understanding of our county, connect them to a network of similarly passionate people and inspire them to make a difference in their own backyard. It helps to ensure Hamilton County will continue to thrive in the years and decades to come."

Liz Tate was selected as the Curriculum Dean for the Class of 2019. Mrs. Tate is the retired Vice President for Community Investment of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). The position of dean exists to help participants focus on timely topics within Hamilton County, see the connections and common themes within each program day and build strong, lifelong relationships with fellow participants, alumni and community leaders.

"As an alumni of HCLA and past President of the Board of Directors, I understand the power of HCLA and the incredible impact it makes within our community," said Tate. "This program has a rich history and tradition. I am honored to be able to serve as dean this year. This new group of participants brings a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to the program. It is with great enthusiasm that I get to help them see Hamilton County from a different perspective, understand the issues confronting our communities and identify opportunities to make the county better for all people."

HCLA meets monthly from August through June. The program touches on a variety of topics from Government, Public Safety and Education to Business and Arts and Culture. Over 10 months, participants will hear from more than 100 community, nonprofit and business leaders throughout Hamilton County.

For more information, visit www.hcla.net.


For additional information about the program contact John Robbins at jrobbins@HCLA.net or 317.606.0324.


The Hamilton County Leadership Academy helps leaders connect to their communities, so they can make a difference. Everything the organization does is tied to one of their three pillars: learn, connect and lead. The core program and related curriculum helps participants gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Hamilton County. Its 27-year history in the community and more than 700 alumni provide meaningful connections throughout the county. A commitment to leading in the community challenges participants and alumni to seek out issues, causes and projects that will help to make Hamilton County an amazing place to live, work and play.


Class of 2019


Chelsea Beaman

CEO / Healthcare Consultant

CLB Management Consulting


Brian Bondus

Director of Leasing

ALO Property Group


Andrew Bradford

Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Conner Prairie


Drew Braley

Associate / Project Manager

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf


Todd Dailey

Director, Information Technology

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group


Michael Daugherty

Wealth Advisor

First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors


Brian Dell

Senior Director, Commercial Real Estate Broker

Colliers International


Laura Denis

Director of Student Services

Noblesville Schools


Megan Earnest

Mall Manager, Hamilton Town Center

Simon Property Group


Leigh Ann Erickson

Director, Development and Alumni Relations

Fairbanks and Hope Academy


Michael Fry

Vice President, Business Development

LUNA Language Services


Justin Furr

Director of Real Estate and Construction

Crew Carwash


Janet Gafkjen

Director, Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County

Good Samaritan Network


Leslie Gieger

Attorney at Law

Church Church Hittle + Antrim


Dr. Sherry Grate


Westfield Washington Schools


Katie Guerra

Owner / Financial Director

The Play School


Brandy Hill

Director of Marketing and PR

Riverview Health


Carla Hill

Director, Business Development

BSA LifeStructures


Peggy Hogan

HR Consultant

Purple Ink HR


Chris Johnson

Senior Vice President / Corporate Banking Relationship Manager

PNC Bank


Caitlin Karvasky

Business Development, Senior Manager

Moser Consulting


Melanie Lentz

Community Relations & Economic Development Project Manager

City of Carmel


Jennifer Maxwell

Business Development Executive

CleanSlate Technology Group


Rebecca McGuckin


River’s Edge Natural Health


Derek McMichael

Director of Pharmacy

Community Health Network


Whitney Moore

Owner / Photographer

Whitney Moore Photography


Mackenzie Poole


Legacy Fund


Gary Sexton


The Sexton Group


Ann Marie Shambaugh

Managing Editor, Current in Carmel &

Current in Zionsville

Current Publishing


Stephanie Smith


Smith House


Steve Sneath

Community Outreach Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation


Rachel Sorvig

Vice President

Bose Public Affairs Group


Jeff Steeg

Vice President of Operations

The Center for The Performing Arts


Bob Swanay


Carmel Clay Public Library


Kert Toler

Senior Property Manager

Halakar Properties


Kyle Wise

Sales Operations Manager

Beck’s Hybrids

Please reload

Featured Posts 

City of Carmel Announces Summer Paving Projects

May 6, 2020

Please reload

Recent Posts 
Please reload

Serach By Tags
  • Facebook Clean Grey
  • Twitter Clean Grey
  • YouTube Clean Grey

© 2023 by Make Some Noise. Proudly created with Wix.com