McDowell Leadership Program

Leadership, Involvement, Networking, and Community

The LINC Leadership program began in 2008 as an interactive approach to developing citizen awareness of and engagement in the life of our community.

Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm on 2nd Wed. each month, Aug.-May. Enrollment is limited to 27 participants and is open on a first-come basis; partial scholarships are available. For an application or more information, please contact the Chamber at mountains@mcdowellchamber.com.



LINC 9 GRADUATES!
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The 2016-17 class IX has graduated. This was our ninth successful year and our new 2017-2018 class is already filling fast so please feel free to contact us in regards to our wait list.  



What can you expect to gain from McDowell LINC?

Specific program dates and course topics are listed in the application.

Quality Experience
MCDOWELL LINC is a monthly series of nine day-long programs involving site visits, presentations and group discussions at various locations within the county. Through these “field classrooms,” participants gain insight into McDowell County’s business, government, civic and cultural sectors.

Awareness 
Increase your knowledge of public and community agencies which provide quality-of-life programs, economic development, education, and other services in the county. Unique aspects of our history and culture will be presented, and you will also explore some of today’s issues facing our county and region.

Excellent Learning Environment
Presentations by local resource persons and lively discussions with community and business leaders will provide an enlightening and engaging environment for learning.

Sponsors and Partners 
SPONSORS: 
McDowell Chamber of Commerce
 and McDowell Technical Community College 

PARTNERS: 
City of Marion ; Duke Energy ; McDowell County Government ; McDowell County Schools 

Director: Juanita Doggett

 

 

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2016-17
NAME ORGANIZATION
Brinkley, Marlan

McDowell Public Library

Burnett, Barbara

McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union

Burnette, Bridget

MTCC

Byrd, Nicholas

McDowell Health Coalition

Caldwell, Will

NC Dept. of Commerce

Chandler, Dustin

McDowell News

Cochran, Jason

City of Marion

Crawford, Matthew

City of Marion

Davis, Eric

Hospice of McDowell

Davis, Laura

McDowell County School

Grindstaff, Kellie

McDowell County School

Ledbetter, Brad

MTCC

Lebow, Donald

Columbia Forest Products

Lewis, Christy

Telehealth Medicine

McDaniel, Jane

NC Coop. Extension

Mentink, Jacque

ERA Mountain View Prop.

Monroy, Daniel

Coats North American

Moomaw, Amy

McDowell County School Board
Newman, Tami

ERA Mountain Properties

Revels, Tonya

McDowell Hospital

Smith, Harriet

MEDA, Inc

Strickland, Angela

YMCA

Thomas, Harriett

Retired

Wallace, Stephen

Baxter

Welborn, Kim

McDowell Co. Board of Elections

Whitson, Janice

JW Appraisal Service

Wolfe, Tina

McDowell Chamber of Commerce

 
McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2015-16
NAME ORGANIZATION

Beatty, Jennifer

Family Services of McD.

Bishop, RoAnn

Mountain Gateway Museum

Coates, Tiffany

McDowell News

Conley, Michael

McDowell News

Crawford, Sherron

Retired

Dadson, Scott

Isothermal Planning

Day, Kenneth

Farm Bureau Ins.

Ferguson, Melissa

McDowell Cornerstone CU

Gorecki, Shanna

MTCC

Gross, Patricia

McDowell Co. Schools

Harklerode, James

Marion Police Dept.

Harmon, Ron

McDowell County

Holland, Mackenzie

Hospice of McDowell County

Mancuso, Joel

Self – Aflac agent

Mikell, Sharry

Self – Bee Naturally by Sharry

Miller, Cy

Hospice of Rutherford Co.

Miller, Katie

Baxter Healthcare

Perkins, Summer

MTCC

Pierce, Janice

Retired

Pinkerton, John

Baldor

Pittman, Nikii

Columbia Forest Products

Shaver, Melanie

McDowell Schools

Tipper, Jonathan

Greenlee Baptist Church

Walls, Misty

Corpening YMCA

Webb, Ginger

McDowell Health Coalition

Wilson, Arlene

Columbia Forest Products

Wolfenbarger, Carol

McDowell Hospital

Young, Becky

Retired

 

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2014-15

NAME ORGANIZATION
Cotton, Heather City of Marion
Crawford, Andrew Verizon Wireless
Dobson, Valerie MTCC
Dubose, David Retired
Dubose, Sue Ann Retired
Ellis, Dwayne Farm Bureau Insurance
Glenn, Joe Springmaid Mountain
Hamrick, Linda Community Action Opportunities
Hefner, Kathy McDowell Hospital
Hines, Virginia McDowell News
Hobson, Ellen Premier Insurance Services
Hood, Lisa McDowell Early College
Hughes, Sheree NC Public Health Foundation
Jordan, Michele MMJ Consulting
Ledbetter, Mary Beth MTCC
Langley, Leslie Baxter Healthcare
Long, Todd Coats North America
Love, Dennis Glenwood Bapt. Church
Mabry, Brooke McDowell County Schools
Melton, Judy MTCC
Mitchell, Cheryl NC Cooperative Ext.
Mitchell, Kimberly McDowell Hospital
Oliver, Brian McDowell County Schools
Owensby, Melissa Carolinas Healthcare System
Padgett, Julie MTCC
Putnam, Deborah MTCC
Silver, Rhonda MTCC
Smith, Joseph McDowell News
Valentino, Terry MTCC
VanBeek, Andrea McDowell Cornerstone Cred. Union
Webb, Linda Carolinas Healthcare System
Young, Keshia Manpower


McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2015-16
NAME ORGANIZATION

Beatty, Jennifer

Family Services of McD.

Bishop, RoAnn

Mountain Gateway Museum

Coates, Tiffany

McDowell News

Conley, Michael

McDowell News

Crawford, Sherron

Retired

Dadson, Scott

Isothermal Planning

Day, Kenneth

Farm Bureau Ins.

Ferguson, Melissa

McDowell Cornerstone CU

Gorecki, Shanna

MTCC

Gross, Patricia

McDowell Co. Schools

Harklerode, James

Marion Police Dept.

Harmon, Ron

McDowell County

Holland, Mackenzie

Hospice of McDowell County

Mancuso, Joel

Self – Aflac agent

Mikell, Sharry

Self – Bee Naturally by Sharry

Miller, Cy

Hospice of Rutherford Co.

Miller, Katie

Baxter Healthcare

Perkins, Summer

MTCC

Pierce, Janice

Retired

Pinkerton, John

Baldor

Pittman, Nikii

Columbia Forest Products

Shaver, Melanie

McDowell Schools

Tipper, Jonathan

Greenlee Baptist Church

Walls, Misty

Corpening YMCA

Webb, Ginger

McDowell Health Coalition

Wilson, Arlene

Columbia Forest Products

Wolfenbarger, Carol

McDowell Hospital

Young, Becky

Retired

 

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2014-15

NAME ORGANIZATION
Cotton, Heather City of Marion
Crawford, Andrew Verizon Wireless
Dobson, Valerie MTCC
Dubose, David Retired
Dubose, Sue Ann Retired
Ellis, Dwayne Farm Bureau Insurance
Glenn, Joe Springmaid Mountain
Hamrick, Linda Community Action Opportunities
Hefner, Kathy McDowell Hospital
Hines, Virginia McDowell News
Hobson, Ellen Premier Insurance Services
Hood, Lisa McDowell Early College
Hughes, Sheree NC Public Health Foundation
Jordan, Michele MMJ Consulting
Ledbetter, Mary Beth MTCC
Langley, Leslie Baxter Healthcare
Long, Todd Coats North America
Love, Dennis Glenwood Bapt. Church
Mabry, Brooke McDowell County Schools
Melton, Judy MTCC
Mitchell, Cheryl NC Cooperative Ext.
Mitchell, Kimberly McDowell Hospital
Oliver, Brian McDowell County Schools
Owensby, Melissa Carolinas Healthcare System
Padgett, Julie MTCC
Putnam, Deborah MTCC
Silver, Rhonda MTCC
Smith, Joseph McDowell News
Valentino, Terry MTCC
VanBeek, Andrea McDowell Cornerstone Cred. Union
Webb, Linda Carolinas Healthcare System
Young, Keshia Manpower



McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2013-14

NAME ORGANIZATION
Allison, Chris  McDowell Hospital 
Allison, Jan VanNoppen – Allison Marketing
Baker, Marion Individual
Banks, Sherry McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union
Berley, Susan  McDowell Technical Community College
Bibb, Eleanor Eleanor B. Bibb Law Office
Bush, Steven  McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Butler, Evelyn Individual
Byrd, Lanetta Byrd’s Auto Sales
Cotton, Tracy Morrow Insurance Agency
Creech, Oscar Individual
Daves, Janice Individual
Duckworth, Kay NC Division of Workforce Solutions
Estes, Pat Haldex
Garrett, Mark McDowell County Schools
Gossett, John McDowell Technical Community College
Hollifield, Landdis McDowell News
Huskins, Sue McDowell County
Lawrence, Allen Marion Police Department
Moore, David Farm Bureau Insurance
Moore, Karen McDowell Hospital
Raffield, Ruth McDowell Medical Association
Reynolds, Doreen Hospice of McDowell County
Sayre, Jenelle Hospice of Rutherford County
Shufford, Eddie McDowell Technical Community College
Silver, Donnita Foothill Industries
Smitherman, Lamar McDowell News
Stephens, April AccuForce
Townsend, Jane McDowell Trails Association
Vance, Angie Asheville Savings Bank

 


McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2012-13


Photo courtesy of Landdis Hollifield, McDowell News

NAME ORGANIZATION
Bailey, Richelle *  McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Boggs, Mike Attorney
Boyles, Michelle McDowell Technical Community College
Creech, Joyce McDowell JobLink Career Center
Davis, Phyllis  Rutherford-McDowell-Polk Health Dept.
Dietrich, Matt Baxter Healthcare
Duckworth, Keeley McDowell Hospital
Ervin, Rebecca * McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Gouge, Doug * McDowell High School
Green, Cathy Cathy Green Studio
Ledbetter, Kim McDowell Technical Community College
Martin, Dr. Gerri * McDowell County Schools
Molina, Juan Pablo Coats North America
Parker, Sharon Sharon Parker, PA, Attorney
Pressley, Adam Cason Oil Company
Price, Debbie * McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union
Roper, Carrie Baxter Healthcare
Simpson, Sadie * Corpening Memorial YMCA
Smith, Kim Hospice of Rutherford Co.
Waugh, Kendal McDowell High School
Waycaster, Brooke Rutherford-McDowell-Polk Health Dept.
Waycaster, Tonya * Hospice of McDowell Co.
Whitson, Dennis * Whitson Realty
 

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2011-12


NAME ORGANIZATION
Christine Amsbary Communications Mark
Dr. James Benton McDowell Technical Community College
Ann Bertlesman Self-employed consultant
Katherine Brooks Individual
Amanda Crisp Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health Dept.
Dr. Joan Conway McDowell County Schools
Christine Edwards McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union
Mary Finley McDowell County Schools
Ryan Garrison McDowell Technical Community College
Byron Greene Baldor Electric
Dawna Ledbetter McDowell Senior Center
JulieAnne McKinney Hospice of McDowell County
Melissa McKinney Hospice of Rutherford County
Pam McKinney Coats North America
Becky Poteat Premier Insurance
Kimberly Presnell Columbia Forest Products
Suzanne Rampey McDowell County Schools
Cecilia Reel ERA Mountain View Properties
Meghan Rey Corpening Memorial YMCA
Armando Rivera Centro Unido Latino-Americano, Attorney
Kelly Roberts Select Physical Therapy
Carmela Walker First United Methodist Church

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2010-11


NAME ORGANIZATION
Buzogany, Bruce Buzogany Associates, LLC
Brooks, Mark City of Marion Police Department
Cosgrove, Kit Hospice of McDowell County
Cross, Penny McDowell Technical Community College
Daye, Lisa McDowell High School
Dobson, Chris Edward Jones
Dymond, Carol McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Federici, Jesse Coats North America
Gaffigan, Charles McDowell County Schools
Gardner, Makesha McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union
Hernandez, Eddie Centro Unido Latino-Americano
Juarez-Sanchez, Analinda Centro Unido Latino-Americano
Lopez, Diego Centro Unido Latino-Americano
Pearson, Becky McDowell County Schools
Prebor, Weyland McDowell Senior Center
Rodier, Caroline McDowell Partnership for Children & Families
Ross, Will Corpening Memorial YMCA
Sandfoss, Molly NC Cooperative Extension Service-McDowell Ctr.
Stewart, Clint The McDowell Hospital
Tanner, Michael N.C. Employment Security Commission
Washburn, Teresa Manpower, Inc.

 


McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2009-10



NAME ORGANIZATION
Kress Berry Garbage Disposal Service
Tim Blenco Corpening Memorial YMCA
Bruce Brown Bruce’s Fabulous Foods
Sim Butler Hospice of McDowell County
Ronnie Cole Blue Ridge Christian News
Amanda Collins McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Juanita Doggett McDowell Technical Community College
Chris Fowler Asheville Savings Bank
Kim Freeman Hospice of Rutherford County
Gerald Greene First Citizens Bank
Karen Hannon American Red Cross – McDowell County
Scott Hollifield The McDowell News
Kevin Lamb Coats North America
Miranda Lewis Manpower, Inc.
Debbie Moore Columbia Forest Products
Mike Morley Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Dr. Mike Murray McDowell County Schools
Shelba Murray McDowell Technical Community College
Cynthia Smith McDowell County Government
Ben Talbert McDowell County Schools
Renee Whitson McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union
Ashley Wooten McDowell County Government
 

McDowell Leadership Graduates - Class of 2008-09



NAME ORGANIZATION
Mike Ayers McDowell County Schools
Rod Birdsong McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Brian Bradley Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Jerry Broome McDowell County JobLink Career Center
Barbara Brown Bruce’s Fabulous Foods
Shirley Brown McDowell Technical Community College
Sherry Carroll Manpower, Inc
Marc Cook Builders Supply
Will Culbreath Baldor-Dodge Reliance
Alex Garcia Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Ed Hannon The McDowell Hospital
Amy Johnson McDowell Cornerstone Cr.Union
Steve Jones Joanne Howle Realty, Inc.
Jim Kuhn Key Gas Components
Tony Long McDowell County Schools
Beth Ross Mountain Embroidery
Kay Sinclair McDowell County School Board
Oliver Sommer Coats North America
Dan Thornton First Presbyterian Church of Old Fort
Chris Vaughn Frontier Communications
Beth Walker Carolina First Bank
Harold Walker First Citizens Bank
Megan Webster Family Services of McDowell County
Chris Wiseman Corpening Memorial YMCA

 

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