Introducing 2023-2024 Leadership Siouxland Graduates

Since its founding in 1984, Leadership Siouxland has held on to its mission of developing diverse, passionate leaders who positively shape our community for today and tomorrow.  On May 2nd, thirty-seven individuals graduated from the nine-month program and joined the ranks of approximately 1200 alumni.

This year’s graduates (and the company that sponsored them) are:

Lexa Almond, FEH Design

Marshall Bass, Ho-Chunk Capital

Mindy Bishop, MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center

Madyson Bixby, Wells Enterprises Inc.

Jessica Bohlken, Wells Enterprises Inc.

Lindsey Butler, Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland

Cory Cleveland, Ho-Chunk Farms

Sara Dunham, Wells Enterprises Inc.

Brandon East, 185th ANG

Ariel Erickson, Thrivent Financial

Sarah Fell, Great West Casualty

Dante Frattini, WITCC

Steven Garcia, WITCC

Sheila Gerke, Jebro Inc

Kyle Geveshausen, Wells Enterprises Inc

Corey Claude, Great West Casualty

Christy Hartman, Wells Enterprises Inc

Kristen Heimgartner, Explore Sioux City

Diego Hernandez, URES

Janna Hookstra, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Matthew Kempers, Great West Casualty

Cori Koopman, NECC

Curtis Kull, Sky Ranch Behavioral Services

Bianca Mendez Garza, Sweet Water Café

Justin Odell, 185th ANG

Annette Olson, self-sponsored

Rachael Peck, Sky Ranch Behavioral Services

Theresa Pederson, Empirical Technology Inc

Bradley Rawson, self-sponsored

Rachelle Rawson, self-sponsored

Theresa Raymond, Great Southern Bank

Jaecy Reardon, Wells Enterprises Inc

Angela Rogers, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

Austin Sasse, Wells Enterprises Inc

Lisa Schnepf, Wells Enterprises Inc

Sarah Sitzman, Opportunities Unlimited

Aaron Tyler, KW Real Estate

As part of the program, the class was divided into six teams that partnered with six different mission-driven organizations to complete a project.  The positive impact on our community from these great projects is remarkable!  The six teams partnered with FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelters) and created a calendar; Hope Center and facilitated donations of food through an orange bag program; Unity in the Community and hosted an event to bring youth and law enforcement together; CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault) and created volunteer recruitment cards; Hope Street (a sober living home) and provided two events to teach the residents basic maintenance and lawn care skills; and Siouxland Soup Kitchen, facilitating a contest between the SC Police and Fire Departments to garner food donations.

The graduates were unanimous in expressing gratitude for their participation in the 9-month program which helped them enhance their leadership skills and find their passion for making a positive difference in Siouxland.  Applications are accepted until August 31 for the 2024 – 2025 program – contact the executive director at exdir@ for more information!

By Peggy Smith

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