Leadership Blair County Adult
Our Mission is to develop and enhance community leadership by challenging and preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to assume more active and effective roles in addressing the needs of the community.
Established in 1994, Leadership Blair County cultivates, develops, and nurtures the potential leaders within our community. The program identifies, educates, and motivates the area's promising leaders and prepares them for service to our community in a variety of important roles. Through a series of sessions, often using the community itself for its classroom, the program allows class participants to exchange ideas and information with established leaders and experts from many fields. Future leaders gain first-hand experience about critical issues as they develop the skills necessary to become an effective community leader.
Sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Blair County boasts 527 graduates.
In 1991, The Chamber adopted a Long Range Plan, which contained a goal to develop a leadership program that would train policy makers for area organizations and non-profit groups.
During the winter of 1992, Tim Sissler and John Schraff, who was the Executive Director
of The Chamber at that time, recruited a diverse group of 12 volunteers from the community to begin putting together the Leadership Blair County Program. These committee members represented non-profit groups, businesses, health care, government, social service agencies, etc.
For the next 18 months, they reviewed existing leadership programs in other communities and worked hard to capture the best aspects of each program they visited or read about and began to set the objectives.
During 1994-95, the first class went through this new program. They too had an orientation, overnight retreat, 8 full day sessions and graduation in June.
Each class develops a great working relationship with each other, and has the opportunity to meet and network with established leaders from all corners of Blair County as they learn about topics like regional appreciation and tourism, business and transportation, government, education, health care, human services and housing.
In 1995 we were able to hire Chuck Kormanski, formerly of Penn State Altoona. Chuck facilitated our monthly sessions and worked with the adult committee to design the sessions. Chuck retired in 2007. The new facilitator for the Adult program is Maureen Dodson, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Baker, Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.
Be assured that the program is ever changing making us one of the best programs in Pennsylvania. As a testament to that we have been copied by several organizations throughout the state that want to begin a leadership program and have heard that we are the best.
To apply for admission to the Leadership Blair County Adult Program, download and submit the application below. The Leadership Blair County Selection Committee makes final determinations regarding admission. The information provided with this application is considered during the applicant review process. The Selection Committee will conduct interviews with each candidate during the month of July to ensure that the applicant understands his or her commitment as well as the attendance policy. Notification of acceptance in the class will be done in mid-August.
Class size is limited to 24 participants and applicants must have the full support of the business or organization they represent.
Tuition is $1,700, which includes all instruction, course materials, meals, retreat accommodations and session related transportation. A limited number of scholarships are available.
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Juda at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce at 943-8151 ext. 314.
Click here to download the application form.
2019-2020 Class Schedule
September 13, 2019 Orientation
October 3 & 4, 2019 Retreat
October 25, 2019 Session 1 Regional Appreciation History & Heritage November 15, 2019 Session 2 Local Government
December 6, 2019 Session 3 Human Services
January 17, 2020 Session 4 Diversity
February 14, 2020 Session 5 Economic Development
March 12, 2020 Session 6 Youth Session/Combined with LBC Youth
April 1, 2020 Regional Leadership Session
April 24, 2020 Session 7 Justice
May 15, 2020 Session 8 Strategic Planning
June 5, 2020 Session 9 Celebrating Our Vision
June 11, 2020 Graduation
Stuckey Ford & Subaru
JOHN BLACK III (JT)
NATHAN BOWEN (NATE)
First Commonwealth Bank
Hoss’s Fresh Express HFX
ELIZABETH CURFMAN (LIZ)
Three Wire Systems
Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation
MATTHEW EBERHART (MATT)
The Hite Co. Division of Mayer Electric
GHSCOS Attorneys at Law
United Way of Blair County
Center for Child Justice
Penn State Altoona
NICHOLAS SEFCHOK (NICK)
JJAN Financial Group, Inc.
James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Ctr.
STEPHANIE SHOENFELT (STEPH)
Keller Engineers, Inc.
Food Service Solutions
Blair County District Attorney’s Office
State Representative Judy Ward
2018-2019 Class Schedule
September 14, 2018
October 4 & 5, 2018
October 26, 2018
Regional Appreciation History & Heritage
November 16, 2018
December 7, 2018
January 18, 2019
February 15, 2019
March 14, 2019
Youth Session/Combined with LBC Youth Group
April 3, 2019
Regional Leadership Session
April 26, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 7, 2019
Celebrating Our Vision
June 13, 2019