Leadership Jefferson City

Leadership Jefferson City has been a vital program at the Chamber for the last 30 years.  Over 800 people have graduated from this program and gone on to be active leaders within our community. 

Leadership Jefferson City is designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders, and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities and challenges of the community. The topics of the eleven sessions included team building retreat with the history of Jefferson City, arts & recreation, diversity, education, health & wellness, industry, local government, media, state government, technology and volunteerism.

The applications are available in November and a Steering Committee will review the applications and select the participants in December. Only 30 people are selected to participate in this six month program.  Sessions start in January and run through June. 

For more information, please call Dana Struemph, 638-3589. To be on the mailing list for the next class, contact danastruemph@jcchamber.org.

Leadership Jefferson City Application  

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Congratulations Leadership Jefferson City

Class of 2017 

The Leadership Jefferson City Selection Committee is pleased to announce the graduation of the 2017 Class of Leadership Jefferson City.  This group of business professionals experienced eleven sessions over six months designed to expand their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of our community.


Class members are front row (l to r): Sharon Knorr, Hawthorn Bank; Jennifer Winkelman, RE/MAX Jefferson City; Andria Hendricks, Lincoln University; Brittney Henson, Domenico's Italian Restaurant & Lounge; Nikole Peek, Scholastic Inc.; Pamela Buettner, Flat Branch Home Loans; Melinda Cardone, Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.; second row: John Martellaro, Martellaro Marble & Granite; Christina Stegeman, Jefferson Bank of Missouri; Amanda Graham, Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG); Jennifer Suchanek, City of Jefferson; Christi Spaunhorst, Providence Bank; Dr. Linda Landon, Research Communique; Lisa Collier, Hollon Family Chiropractic; third row: Michelle Hughey, Capital Region Medical Center;  Janine Haynes, Missouri Hospital Association; Christina Prucha, State Technical College of Missouri; Andy Carroll, City of Jefferson Parks & Recreation; back row:  Bradley Kellerman, Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln; Sgt. Chad Stieferman, City of Jefferson JCPD; Ryan McDaniels, Newman, Comley & Ruth PC; Tammy Gilpin-Coplin, Midwest Block & Brick, Inc.; Justin Holliday, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital; Natalie Roark, MoDOT - Central MO District; Rev. Tony Alter, Faith Lutheran Church;  Patrick Kremer, Central Missouri Professional Services, Inc. Not pictured: Ryan Drewel, Whaley's Pharmacy, Inc.; Jeanette Guajardo, Candlewood Suites Hotel; Suzie Sharpe Dillane; RedWood Financial Group.


Thank you to the Leadership Jefferson City Sponsors: 







Presentations of Class Projects

SafetyNet of Missouri


The Samaritan Center  

The Special Learning Center

The Leadership JC Class of 2017 shared proceeds from their class fund-raising event, Battle of the Brews, with three organizations: The Special Learning Center, The Samaritan Center and SafetyNet of Missouri. The donations totaled $29,400.13. Representatives from each organization met with class members recently to accept their donation and express their gratitude. Officer Mark Edwards, President of SafetyNet of Missouri, accepted the $8,200 donation on behalf of SafetyNet and remarked “This donation is the largest one our organization has ever received.” Marilyn DeFeo, Executive Director of the Samaritan Center, shared the gift of $8,200 will help greatly with the needy families they serve. Debbie Hamler, Executive Director of the Special Learning Center, thanked the class for adopting the special playground project. The project cost of $13,000.13 provided by the class allowed for the purchase and installation of the playground sun shade. She explained this will now allow health-fragile students to enjoy the outdoors. Congratulations, Class of 2017, for making a difference in our community!   


  • "Above and beyond what I expected...The opportunity to meet people and learn about places in Jefferson City that I probably wouldn't have otherwise.  Fantastic friendships and connections."
  • "My time at Leadership JC was an amazing experience. I have lived in Jefferson City my entire life and learned about so many things that Jefferson City has and can offer that I didn't even know existed.  I have also met some great people within the class that I can say will be life time friends and colleagues.  I feel like the experience has helped me grow within the community as well as myself and I am thankful for the opportunity."
  • "Making 30 new friends and contacts, getting involved in volunteer opportunities, learning about Jefferson City, going places I've never been."
  • "Hands on, interactive sessions; meeting employees, students, or people involved with whatever area we were observing.  This was a wonderful experience too full of "bests" to abridge in this small space!"
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