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Leadership Academy

The mission of our Leadership Academy is to engage professionals in the business and civic life of our community by providing a platform for leadership and professional development and significant opportunities for growth and exposure.  We have had 160 graduate from our Academy over the past 10 years.

We will . . .

~ Develop and improve leadership skills and knowledge, sharpen critical skills essential for creating engaged professionals, and effective community leaders.
~ Deliver programs that inspire attitudes and desires to strengthen our community and create a heightened awareness of the needs and challenges that affect our community.
~ Empower professionals with the opportunity to build a network and create relationships with community leaders and professionals from throughout Sycamore.
~ Advocate for the relationship between business, education, nonprofit, government, and community leaders.
~ Build a better future for the Sycamore area by developing informed and effective, dedicated leaders with a truly vested interest in our community.

Registration Forms are taken annually but must be completed and returned to Chamber by February 1, 2023.  

Registration-Form-2022-Leadership-Academy

Our 2022 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLASS
is presented by Foster Buick Attorneys at Law 

Class of 2022

  • Darby Henke
    DeKalb County States Attorneys Office
  • Kendall Hampton
    Foster & Buick Attorney’s at Law
  • Andrew Miller
    Old National Bank
  • Rachel Broderick
    Northwestern Medicine
  •  Jose Guevara
    The Suter Company
  • Robert Meinert
    Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Eva Berggren
    First National Bank
  • Katherine Watson Spearman
    Opportunity House
  • Madelyn Bohne
    Suter Company
  • Edward Valdez
    Sycamore Parks Foundation
  • Chas Goodell
    Pest Control Consultants
  • Christina Lamphere
    Circuit Court DeKalb County
  • Liam Sullivan
    DeKalb County Government
  • Aaron Miller
    Nicor Gas
  • Samantha Sundquist
    Sycamore Public Library

Class of 2020/21

  • Eric Anstedt
    Edward Jones
  • Grace Faszczewski
    Foster & Buick Attorney’s at Law
  • Hannah Davekos
    First Midwest Bank
  • Natalie Sheehan
    Northwestern Medicine
  • Justin Genz
  •  Suleyma Perea
    The Suter Company
  • Cal Mendez
    Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Devyn Grzywa
    First National Bank
  • Johanna Blocker
    Opportunity House
  • Matthew Kula
    Suter Company
  • Kelly Gillespie
    Express Employment Professionals DeKalb
  • Caitlin Teague
    NIU

Class of 2019

  • Tony Trott
    The Suter Company
  • Kelly McGee
    Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Johanna Page
    First National Bank
  • Kimberly Kahl
    Opportunity House
  • Brenna Sierra
    First Midwest Bank
  • Kim Halsey
    Sycamore Public Library
  • Marc Hooks
    DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • Lacey Benedeck
    Sycamore Chamber of Commerce
  • Carrie Thompson
    Foster Buick Attourney’s at Law
  • Anthony McMahon
    The Lincoln Inn
  • Theresa Tevsh
    Sycamore Park District
  • Heather DuVall
    Pay-It-Forward House
  • Brooke Schrieber
    Ramp

Class of 2018

  • Miriam Tellez
    The Suter Company
  • Nick Reineck
    Sycamore School District
  • Steven Sulaver
    Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Tauna Willis
    Blackhawk Moving & Storage
  • Rebecca Myers
    Kish Health Systems Physician Group
  • Jill Barczak
    Blumen Gardens
  • Robert Heck
    First National Bank
  • Tasha Sims
    DeKalb County Government
  • Linda Korjan
    Opportunity House
  • Maury Dobbel
    First Midwest Bank
  • Jesse Butz
    Sycamore Public Library
  • Kyle Moore
    Walgreens in Sycamore
  • Mayra Vazquez
    ICCU
  • Jess Harrill
    Foster, Buick, Conklin, & Lundgren, LLC.

Class of 2017

  • Josephine Fairall
    The Suter Company
  • Darcy Eggleson
    Sycamore School District
  • Natasha Beaumont
    Illinois Community Credit Union
  • Haley Gerdes
    Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Alyson Shipley
    DeKalb County Circuit Clerks Office
  • Shelby Huffman
    Shaw Media
  • Anna Schelkopf
    DeKalb County Farm Bureau
  • Anna Hart
    Foster, Buick, Conklin, Lundgren, & Tritt, LLC
  • Malwina Bardoni
    Midwest Museum of Natural History
  • Coral Ware
    Bethany Animal Hospital

Class of 2016

  • Jessica Bacon
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Shawna Bennett
    School Tool Box
  • Erin Clark
    Shodeen Homes
  • William Finney
    Syndeo Networks, Inc.
  • Amber Floersch
    Illinois Community Credit Union
  • Eli Hamingson
    Blackhawk Moving and Storage Inc.
  • Leah Jordal
    Voluntary Action Center
  • Mike King
    CMJ Technologies
  • Cindy Khatri
    Midwest Museum of Natural History
  • Leslie Latimer
    Blumen Gardens
  • Stephanie Liesse
    KishHealth System
  • Terra Potts
    KishHealth System
  • Sarah Rex
    Sycamore Park District

CLASS of 2015

  • Carlos Aburto 
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Bryce Law
    Kishwaukee College
  • Melissa Dobberstein
    Sycamore Park District
  • Trevor Holbert
    Blumen Gardens
  • Brittani Holliday
    First Midwest Bank
  • Ryan Janisch 
    Sycamore School District
  • Kelcie Robinson 
    Sharp Architects
  • Rebecca Zantout 
    DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • Jill Dubicz-Carter 
    Sycamore Public Library
  • Samantha Slagle
    Home Instead Senior Care
  • Tina Vavra  
    Le Print/New Values Magazine
  • Chris Botts
    Syndeo Networks, Inc.
  • Sarah Meyer
    Tom & Jerry’s of Sycamore
  • Noel Bradac
    Driv-Lok, Inc.
  • Holly Peifer
    Family  Service Agency
  • Amanda Wielgus
    Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis
  • Brandon Haas
    National Bank & Trust Company

CLASS OF 2014

  • Courtney Cox
    City of Sycamore
  • Lucas Goucher
    NB&T
  • Michelle Jones
    Kishwaukee College
  • Emily Sahly
    School Tool Box, Llc.
  • Patrick McMillion
    Adventure Works
  • Cricket Wise
    Blumen Gardens
  • Zachry Downing
    State Farm Insurance
  • Dave Stouffer
  • Lesley Webster
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Rachel Beach
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA

CLASS OF 2013

  • Lisa White
    Sycamore Park District
  • Lesley Feyerherm
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Heather Eade
    Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Micah Stoddard
    Jeff Keicher- State Farm
  • Nate McClelland
    Driv-Lok Inc.
  • Nicholas Hamik
    American Midwest Bank
  • Laura Nolan
    Family Service Agency
  • Kathryn Piper
    Blumen Gardens
  • Gerrit Schrant
    Dairy Dogs

CLASS OF 2012

  • Tara Knull
    Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Sandra Maahs
    Foster and Buick Law Group
  • Emily Roberts
    KishHealth System
  • Justin Elliot
    Clean USA
  • Megan Merchant
    NB&T
  • Kara Gallagher
    Kishwaukee YMCA
  • Scott Kelly
    Country Financial
  • Dana Chaplin
    Driv-Lok
  • Staci Hoste
    NPR
  • Christy Sharp
    KEC
  • Sarah Vize
    KEC

CLASS OF 2011

  • Julie Jordal
    American National Bank of DeKalb County
  • Jon Kuhn
    Banner Up
  • Ryan Kralka
    AlphaGraphics
  • Courtney Denison
    Family Service Agency
  • Adam Orton
    City of Sycamore
  • Lauren Diehl
    Sycamore Chamber
  • Todd Vanatta
    Northern Rehab and Sports Med
  • Chad Jewett
    CMJ Technologies
  • Josh Kruis
    Sparkle Janitorial
  • Jenna Cooper
    Foster & Buick Law Firm
  • Justin Yahnig
    The National Bank & Trust Company

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