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Leadership Hendricks County is Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Hendricks County Leader of the Year

Leader of the Year (LOY) Award Criteria

The Leader of the Year award is given to an individual whose leadership has had consistent, profound, positive impacts on the quality of life in Hendricks County and strength of our communities. The award does not recognize leadership activities within a single year, but across the recipient’s career as a community leader. Recipients will have displayed leadership activities that have been extraordinary and that model effective leadership techniques. Although it is possible that an individual could be selected based upon performance within a job, the committee will give preference to leaders who had significant impacts beyond the scope of their employment. Other criteria include:

  • Leads by example
  • Leads from behind – a servant leader
  • Brings out the best in others
  • Enables success by being:
    • a collaborator
    • a facilitator
    • a peace maker
    • a visionary
  • Cannot be a past Leader of the Year or Suzanne Whicker Distinguished Service Award recipient
  • Nominations (including a small paragraph or two about the individual you are nominating and why you feel they should be the 2017 Leader of the Year) must be submitted by December 31, 2017 to Kerry Tuttle, Executive Director of Leadership Hendricks County, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Past Recipients

2000    Dennis Dawes         

2001    Mary Benson           

2002    Gary Emsweller

2003    Jerry Holifield

2004    Susie Friend            

2005    Dick Thompson       

2006    Emory Lencke

2007    Scott Flood           

2007    Connie Lawson

2008    Mike Edmondson

2009    Donnis Mizelle

2010    John Sparzo

2011    Bart Beal

2012    Mike Rogers

2013    Don Peoples

2014    Jay Puckett

2015    Brett Clark

2016    Phyllis Palmer



CLASS OF 2017-18

  YLHC 2017-2018

Left – Standing: Abe Pugh; Front row from left: Joseph Oliver, Josie Cialkowski, Maria Egenolf, Vivian Villanueva, Thomas Barnes, Dylan Kottkamp, Ethan Ruiz, Sam Comer, Berk Waggoner, and Tyler Cavender
Second Row from left: Sophia Whicker, Kylie Jacobs, Samantha Hayden, Natalie Dayharsh, Jared Hughes, Jui Desai, Charity Oliver, Toby Kult, Aubree Whicker, Katie Nickoli, and Arrin Halcomb
Third row from left: Carter Dugan, Blake Johnson, Kalaina Stephens, Olivia Zetty, Julia Murphy, Kaitlyn Sinclair, Rachel Law, Sara Smeltzer, Rachel Oles, and Ke ‘Tre Dickens                                                                     





Deena Albin (AJAA), Rachel Barnhart (Citizens Bank), Matt Brewer (Old National Bank), Lynn Clinton (Susie's Place Child  Advocacy Center), Jennifer Davies (Outdoor Learning Center/Avon School Corporation), Karen Eddy (Visit Hendricks County), Sally Eisbrenner (Work One - Central Indiana), Chad Ferman (Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance), Tammy Haenlein (The Shops at Perry Crossing), Karen Hendershot (Washington Township Avon Fire Department), Lori Hiatt (Self Employed), Lael Hill (Mothers Against Drunk Driving Indiana), Gayle Holtman (ArtMix, Inc.- formerly VSA Indiana), Nick Jaworski (Circle Social Inc.), Bob Leavens (Co-Alliance LLP), Jason Lucas (Vectren), Michael Massa (National Collegiate Athletic Association - NCAA), Eric Miller (Direct Wholesale Products/Hendricks County Rehabs), Sara Nahrwold (The Hendricks County Flyer), Kristy Newcomer (Electric Plus, Inc.), Joe Parsons (Hendricks Power Cooperative), David Pearson (Duke Energy), Kenneth Puckett (IU Health West), John Skelton (Stock Yards Bank), Sean Stoops (Avon Police Department), Jennifer Stout (Hendricks County Superior Court 3), Kyle Tutterow (Plainfield Community School Corporation), Jeremy Weber (Hendricks County Parks & Recreation), Kellie White (Cumberland Trace), Jennifer Wright (Hendricks Regional Health), and Gregory Zusan (State Bank of Lizton)


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Since 1993, Leadership Hendricks County has given citizens the background and inside information they need to take on effective leadership roles in the Hendricks County community. Each graduating class within the program has completed a Team Discovery project to address a current community need. Leadership Hendricks County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to seek, prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds to address community and countywide changes.

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