The Leadership Roswell Class of 2017 smile for the camera at The Liberty, 312 N. Virginia Ave. Twenty-nine students completed the nine-month course on Saturday, May 2. They learned about Roswell, Chaves County and the state of New Mexico. (Submitted Photo)
The Leadership Roswell Class of 2017 graduated at the Liberty on Saturday, May 6. Twenty-nine students completed the nine month course learning about Roswell, Chaves County and the state of New Mexico.
The Roswell Chamber of Commerce program, in completing its 34th year, is the oldest continuous leadership program of its kind in the state of New Mexico.
Leadership Roswell Executive Director Rick Kraft challenged the graduates to climb as high as they can in the organizations they are involved with, but to make sure they use the influence they receive to make a difference in the lives of others. The power they gain should be leveraged for the benefit of others, not for themselves.
Challenges to make a difference in the community were given by Program Director Margaret Kennard, 2016 Class President Jenna Secrist, and 2017 Class President Travis Williams. Diplomas and 100 percent attendance certificates were given to the graduates.
Kraft shared, “It was another awesome year for the program, thanks to the many individuals who helped with the preparation and presentation of each class and because of another great group of students.” He continued, “The class toured dozens of locations across the state, learned leadership skills, and developed a network of contacts to help them fly high in their leadership in the community in their years ahead. Our community cannot rise any higher than its leaders.”
Recruitment has begun for the 35th class, the class of 2018. Applications and information on the program is available at the Roswell Chamber and on the Roswell Chamber website roswellnm.org. Applications must be turned into the Roswell Chamber by no later than July 31.
Kraft encourages those who have an interest in participating in the program to turn in applications early each year. There are potential students who accidentally miss the deadline and are unable to be considered for the class. If you have questions, please call the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at 623-5695 or Kraft at 625-2000.
The graduates of the Class of 2017 and their occupations are: Jessica Banda, Benefits Advisor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Rudolph Cobos, Funeral Service Intern, Ballard Funeral Home; Brian Cole, President, Culligan of Roswell; Pam Davis, Retired; Todd DeKay, Executive Director of Educational Research, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell; Shelby Dutton, Revenue Accountant, Armstrong Energy Corporation; Eric Ehler, Assistant Vice President, Pioneer Bank; Saralei Farardo, General Manager, Roswell Daily Record; Jim Fielding, CPI Instructor, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center; Jon Graff, Commandant, New Mexico Military Institute; Tim Hardwick, Self-employed; Helen Heemstra, Office Manager, Century 21 Home Planning; Jared Hellums, Construction Manager, HCI, LLC; Robert Hernandez, Probation and Parole Officer, New Mexico Corrections Department; Luke Klingsmith, Manager; Lydia Lara, Administrative Assistant, Read & Stevens; Daniel Lopez, Owner, Lopez Insurance and Finance; Evelynn Lopez, Respiratory Therapist/Account Representative, Roswell Medical Clinic; Chris Meeks, Assistant Director/Financial Aid, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell; Andrea Moore, Public Relations Director, Krumland Auto Group; Breeanna Olsen, Admissions Counselor, New Mexico Military Institute; Lisa Rosales, Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant, City of Roswell; Rosey Rubio, Executive Director, Tobosa Developmental Services; Chelsea Samario, Operating Room Nurse, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center; William Skipper, Director of Training, Dean Baldwin Painting; Brian Taylor, Financial Planner, Mass Mutual / Taylor & Associates; Benjamin Thomas, GC Foreman, Rhoads Co.; and Travis Williams, Business Development Lead, Coca-Cola.
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