Immersion Experience


Each year the Leadership Quest program participants take part in a regional issue immersion and analysis experience using a design thinking approach. Class members are expected to:


  • Employ inquiry as a community leadership skill
  • Use analytical methods to understand complex issues involving multiple stakeholders and conflicting agendas
  • Think about long-term improvements at a systemic, policy level


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Class of 2021

Leadership Quest Immersion Experience


The Class of 2021 researched the various regional issue areas for their Immersion Experience
and below are their findings and recommendations.



Healthy communities


Group Members: Carol Adams, Jordan Coles, Dawn DeBoer, Jerry Howard, Rebecca Ivins, Ashley Kelly, Jenn O’Rourke, Eric Shoenfeld, Amy Singleton, and Frances Wilkinson


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crime and public safety


Group Members: Aaron Alexander, Yewande Austin, Melvin Carter, Kate Faina, Jimmy Johnson, Natisha Knight, Ryan Melcher, Kenny Ragland, Kim Range, and Eric Steigleder


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Food INEQUITY


Group Members: Ryan Bouldin, Sue Davies, Nathan Hatfield, Chris Kantner, Drew Melson,  Andrew Town, Cathy Vrentas, Kristen Williams, and Shannon Wray


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REGIONAL IDENTITY


Group Members: John Bolton, Meg Garner, Ted Lansing, Takiyah Lee-Allen, Aesha Mehta, Charmaine Mitchell, Roberta Oster, Joe Piacentino, Cassandra Reynolds, and Mariya Vysotskaya


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TRANSPORTATION


Group Members: Theodora Appiah-Acheampong, Paul Drumwright, Peter McCourt, Valaryee Mitchell, Gena Reeder, Frances Sterling, Jacque Vaughan, Anna Strahs Watts, and Susan Winiecki


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Workforce Development


Group Members: Cindy Blanton, Korinn Carter, Walter Crenshaw, Christa Donohue, LaShawanda Moore, Carlyle Powell, Keesha Trim, Bryan Wallace, and Adrienne Wright


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