Building Community Leaders: Community Involvement Increases Leadership Potential

Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Association (LCBAA) are proud to introduce the 35th class of Leadership Council Bluffs (LCB). For 35 years, the CB Chamber, in partnership with the LCBAA, has been helping to grow and develop leaders in the Council Bluffs community. LCB is designed to identify and develop leaders. Bringing individuals together from diverse backgrounds, LCB connects leaders with unique viewpoints by engaging them in impactful experiences to deepen awareness, increase knowledge, and strengthen leadership skills with the goal of bettering our community. 

“This program connects individuals from diverse backgrounds to strengthen their leadership skills with the goal of bettering the community,” says Drew Kamp, president & CEO of the CB Chamber. 

Please welcome the participants of LCB, Class 35:
• Pam Bierce, Iowa West Foundation
• Amy Brown, Slate Architecture
• Christine Circo, Pottawattamie County
• Jennifer Coyle, Flat Branch Home Loans
• Traci Dresher, TS Bank
• Jessica Duncan, Angels Care Home Health
• Walter Garcia Rodriguez, Omaha/Council Bluffs Bridges Out of Poverty
• Linda Gomez, American National Bank
• Jonathan Holland, Children’s Square USA
• Stacie Jensen, City of Council Bluffs
• Blake Johnson, Habitat for Humanity
• Vivian Kvam, Tandem Works, Mac&V
• Matt Mancuso, Iowa Western Community College
• Katherine Martens, US Bank
• Shawn Miller, New Visions Homeless Services
• Sarah Beth Ray, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce
• Christy Sauser, Dickinson & Clark CPAs
• Anne Schoening, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
• Jailey Simpson, Simpson Legal Group
• Sara Star, Holiday Inn & Suites
• Shanna Stofer, Methodist Jennie Edmundson
• Molly Stogdill, Council Bluffs Schools Foundation
• Jared Tripp, Berkley Risk
• Angie Williams, Micah House
• Kelsey Wittorf, Omni Dental Centre 

Participants in the LCB program will attend 10 powerful sessions focused on different aspects of the community including education, health care, government, economic development, nonprofits, public safety and community history. LCB sessions provide participants with an overview of the accomplishments and challenges facing Council Bluffs through presentations, discussions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive experiences, and networking with community leaders. LCB class members explore the challenges Council Bluffs is facing and are inspired to take responsibility and action for providing necessary leadership. 

In addition, participants will enhance their personal leadership abilities, enrich their teambuilding skills, and have the opportunity to learn more about philanthropy through a partnership with the Community Foundation for Western Iowa and Omaha Community Foundation. The participants in the LCB will also be required to complete a Community Trustee Project. 

“The objective of the Leadership Council Bluffs program is for participants to improve their leadership potential through community engagement and to assume greater responsibility on boards and commissions,” said Lori Shields, vice president of communications and leadership development for the CB Chamber and program director for Leadership Council Bluffs. “The Leadership Council Bluffs program has a strong history, and we are looking forward to unleashing the potential of Class 35.”

Youth Leadership Council Bluffs

Youth Leadership Council Bluffs (YLCB), a program of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to develop and educate youth to become socially minded, active young adults. YLCB is designed to create a two-fold investment. Community members and stakeholders invest in the development and education of youth by lending guidance to learn about community leadership. In turn, youth become invested in the community because of their experiences and the relationships established during the program. 

This 9-month leadership program invests in area students by teaching them about community-minded subjects including leadership, teamwork, government, heritage, health and human services, economic development, education, and more.

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“The main goal of YLCB is to provide area youth with interactive experiences that build connections to the community,” said Lori Shields, VP of communications and leadership development for the CB Chamber.

Thirty students from Pottawattamie County have been selected to participate in the program this year. These students include:

Kylee Buckles, Lewis Central High School
Elizabeth Escobar, Abraham Lincoln High School
Alison Frieze, Abraham Lincoln High School
Mary Graeve, Lewis Central High School
Shea Hopp, Tri-Center High School
Jadyn Huisman, Treynor High School
Lizeth Lopez, Abraham Lincoln High School
Jessica Martens, Riverside
Lillian Mass, Abraham Lincoln High School
Camryn Moon, Abraham Lincoln High School
Kyleigh Moore, Lewis Central High School
Hannah Morris, Thomas Jefferson High School
Austin Nielsen, Thomas Jefferson High School
Haley Nowlin, Treynor High School
Kaitlyn Nuzum, Underwood High School
Cole Pekny, Saint Albert High School
Emma Planck, Thomas Jefferson High School
Jacqueline Renteria, Abraham Lincoln High School
Molly Romano, Abraham Lincoln High School
Tara Sadr, Treynor High School
Alexa Schwartz, Treynor High School
Lucille Scott, Lewis Central High School
Ryan Smith, Thomas Jefferson High School
Zoe Spearman, Abraham Lincoln High School
Kate Spitznagle, Underwood High School
Makenzie Stephens, Lewis Central High School
Paige Sundberg, Saint Albert High School
Simeon Weers, Tri-Center High School
Korey Wells, Lewis Central High School
Owen Wise, Saint Albert High School

Save These Dates:

September 28: Executive Women’s Partnership Connecting Executive Level Women!

October 11: Coffee & Contacts Networking Opportunity!

October 12: Workforce Lunch & Learn Network with HR Professionals!

October 18: Manufacturing & Trades Event Honoring our Local Industry Partners!

October 20: Chamber Mixer Networking Opportunity!

October 21: Impact CB Foodie Friday Network with area Young Professionals!

October 26: Executive Women’s Partnership Connecting Executive Level Women!

October 27: Women Inspiring Women Connecting with Inspiring Women in our Community!

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