Leadership Aroostook’s Second Graduating Class Creates Operational Plans to Move the County Forward

 Fourteen professionals from 10 different prominent County businesses recently completed Leadership Aroostook, a professional development initiative created by the Aroostook Partnership in conjunction with Husson University’s College of Business’s Institute for Strategic Leadership and Workforce Development. The program consists of nine in-person monthly training sessions, readings, online written discussions between sessions, and a culminating team project. This year, the training finished on June 1, 2023 when this year’s graduates presented the operationalization of proposals created by last year’s graduating class.

Dr. Marie Hansen, dean of Husson University’s College of Business, feels that the program provides significant value to both employees and employers. “Employees who have gone through the Leadership Aroostook program gain new leadership skills and knowledge that provide professional growth and higher levels of organizational engagement. Employers are likely to see higher retention levels from their employees along with having grown their leaders. Everyone benefits!”

Here are the names and job titles of the students who completed the 2023 Leadership Aroostook program. Also included are the names of the organizations they represent:

– Terri Chandler, Senior Underwriter – Personal Lines, MMG Insurance

– Kerry Crandall, Assistant Branch Manager, The County Federal Credit Union

– Donna Dubay, Demand Planner, Twin Rivers Paper Company

– Lisa Good, Multi-line Producer, F.A. Peabody Insurance

– Benjamin Goodwin, Assistant Principal, Caribou High School

– Stephen Goulet, Area Engineer, Huber Resources Corporation

– Danielle Hebert, Marketing Director, NorState Federal Credit Union

– Rickie Hull, Finishing Area Specialist, Huber Resources Corporation

– Michaela King, Community Banker and Cash Management Specialist, Katahdin Trust Company

– Amber Kinney, Personal Lines Account Manager, United Insurance

– Melissa Libby, Purchasing Manager, Huber Resources Corporation

– Craig Lincoln, Commercial Lending, Northern Maine Development Commission

– Ben Lynds, Vice President of Information Technologies, F.A. Peabody Insurance

– Jason Pelletier, Transportation Supervisor, Twin Rivers Paper Company

2022 was the first year for this program. The first year’s Leadership Aroostook class developed two unique and creative strategic plans designed to help foster workforce and economic development in the County. Building on the work of last year’s students, this year’s Leadership Aroostook graduating class created all of the timelines, action items and key milestones needed to make the existing strategic plans a reality.

The 2023 Leadership Aroostook students presented their operational plans and graduated from the program on June 1, 2023.

Husson University
Eric B. Gordon
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Dr.Paul M. Dietterich’s New Book, “Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church,” Teaches How to Lead Your Church with a Missional Ecclesiology and Six Leadership Practices


In Paul M. Dietterichs new book, Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church, readers will learn to lead their church with a missional ecclesiology and six leadership practices. Drawing on theology, organizational climate research, and the practice of ministry, Dietterich outlines a missional ecclesiology and six practices that will help churches become more faithful and fruitful expressions of the gospel.

In this post-COVID world, the church is under renewed pressure to renew itself and re-think its mission and re-define how ministry is practiced. Dietterich provides readers with the resources they need to do just that. He helps readers understand that the leadership system and the climate it creates is an expression of the faith being proclaimed and can be altered to be more faithful to the gospel.

Dr. Dietterich introduces six leadership practices to build supportive relationships, practice receptivity, emphasize performance, build missional leadership teams, facilitate work, and use group methods of decision making. He argues that it is the community that has begun to taste the kingdom which can provide the hermeneutic of the message. Through this book, Dietterich hopes to help pastors and other church leaders with their ministry as leaders of church organizations and to see better managed and more faithful congregations. His hope is that readers will become more aware of the climate of their church and develop their practice of a missional ecclesiology and those skills that enable churches to be more faithful and fruitful demonstrations of the gospel.

Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church is a book for all congregations and denominational bodies, for all clergy, and for anyone who wants to learn how to lead their church with a missional ecclesiology and six leadership practices.

Get your copy at: shorturl.at/aeT68

Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church
Author: Paul M. Dietterich
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: November 2019
Genre: Christian Church Leadership (Books)
Paperback ISBN: 978-153266551-6
Hardcover ISBN : 978-153266552-3

About the Author:

Paul Dietterich, ThD in Practical Theology, is Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Parish Development. As a pastor-consultant-researcher-teacher-writer, he has brought the theological and social science fields together in critical dialogue in service to the church.

Annual MN HOSA Fall Leadership Conference to be Held in Brooklyn Center

 Annual MN HOSA Fall Leadership Conference to be held in Brooklyn Center, “Preparing the next generation of future healthcare workers.”

On November 4, 2022, MN HOSA-Future Health Professionals members from nearly 30 schools will gather at The Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center, to participate in their annual Fall Leadership Conference.

The Conference provides educational speakers, resources and networking for HOSA student members throughout Minnesota. The event is designed to bridge the gap between education and industry to encourage career exploration and build-up the healthcare workforce talent pipeline state-wide.

Students involved in local HOSA chapters participate in health-science oriented leadership activities, hands-on learning, volunteer and community service and innovative competitive events to become better prepared for college & career.

MN HOSA – Future Health Professionals will host three more conferences throughout the 2022-2023 school year, including two Mid-Winter Competition Conferences and the State Leadership Conference where students will compete for a chance to attend the International Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX hosted by HOSA, Inc.

HOSA’s mission is to empower Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Students in sixth grade through college are encouraged to visit minnesotahosa.org to learn more about joining MN HOSA.

For more information, contact:

Summer Hagy, MN HOSA State Advisor



Minnesota HOSA – Future Health Professionals

Summer Hagy





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Black Male Leadership Conference Honors Detroit’s Local Leaders

 Keith Williams, Michigan Democratic Black Caucus Chair is scheduled to keynote Detroit’s 3rd Annual “Black Male Leadership Conference” featuring The Black Business Expo. The Conference will be held September 10, 2022 at The Bert’s Warehouse Theater and is organized by Man Power Mentoring, Inc.

This conference is designed to bring leaders together to discuss, plan and implement strategies that can impact the lives of African American Males, their families and their community. Focus discussions are related to Reparations, Wealth Building and Fatherhood, Conference highlights include A Leadership Awards Ceremony, Vendor Expo, Network Luncheon and Resource Information. Register at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTU1OTg2

Man Power Mentoring, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has been providing employment services, home ownership opportunities and mentorship programming for over 15 years.

Man Power Mentoring, Inc.

Malik Bellefant




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Leadership GBA Board of Directors Elects and Installs Officers and Directors

 Members of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) have elected and installed officers and five new members to the Leadership GBA Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Candice Nanney, vice president and controller with Peach State Bank & Trust in Gainesville, was installed as chair. Members elected Kelly Smith, senior vice president at First National Bank of Griffin, as chair-elect. Brad Sheffield, senior vice president and regional retail sales manager at Synovus Bank in Statesboro, was elected vice chair.

“This is an amazing slate of bankers guiding our Leadership GBA organization for the year ahead. It’s a group that brings a lot of energy and passion for the industry to the table, and I’m excited to see what’s in store as they lead this critical part of our association,” said GBA Chairman Rhodes McLanahan, First American Bank & Trust Company, Athens.

Leadership GBA supports the advancement of career bankers by providing leadership development training, serving as a forum through which career bankers can network and exchange ideas and promoting industry advocacy activities at the local, state and federal levels.

In addition, four new board members representing the association’s geographic divisions have been elected by their peers or appointed to At Large positions, and one new board member has been elected to represent GBA Associate Members. They are:

· North Group: Taylor Watson, senior vice president/commercial lending, The Piedmont Bank, Cumming

· Central Group: Luke Lanier, assistant city president, Metter Bank, a Division of Durden Banking Company, Inc.

· South Group: Stephen Whittaker, senior vice president and chief credit officer, First National Bank, Bainbridge

· At Large Member: Jason Brisendine, executive vice president and chief credit officer, First Bank of Pike, Molena

· Associate Member Representative: Crystal Huffman, attorney, Fenimore Kay Harrison, Atlanta.

About the Georgia Bankers Association: Founded in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association promotes the general welfare and usefulness of banking and the preservation of a sound banking system. For 130 years, GBA has been the resource that empowers Georgia’s banks, providing effective government relations and public advocacy, a community of professional peers, top-quality education and professional development, and revenue-enhancing products and services.

Georgia Bankers Association

David Oliver



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