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 $1,800, 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.
Kooma & Associates, LLC
JEFFREY HACKENBERG (Jeff)
Penn State Extension
First Commonwealth Bank
Altoona Area School District
JO ELLE HEINBAUGH
ROBERT HESS (Rob)
Ward Transport and Logistics
UPMC Home Health Care of Central PA
JESSICA HUNTER (Jess)
Vet Advisor/Three Wire Systems
Young, Oakes, Brown, & Co. P.C.
ARC Federal Credit Union
Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
American Eagle Paper Mills
Okonak Dean Lechner, P.C.
Joshua House Inc.
PATRICK WILLS (Pat)
Family Services, Inc.
ABIGAIL WISOR (Abbey)
James E. Van Zandt VAMC
Evolve Insurance Group
2019-2020 Class Schedule
September 13, 2019
October 3 & 4, 2019
October 25, 2019
Regional Appreciation - History & Heritage
November 15, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 17, 2020
February 14, 2020
March 12, 2020
Youth Session/Combined with LBC Youth Group
April 1, 2020
Regional Leadership Session
April 24, 2020
May 15, 2020
June 5, 2020
Celebrating Our Vision
June 11, 2020