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Leadership Hendricks County (LHC) is a not-for-profit group created in August 1992 to give a selected group of citizens the background and inside information it needs to take on effective roles of leadership in the Hendricks County community. The concept of a broad-based community leadership development program in Hendricks County was brought about by the efforts of the Agriculture Advisory Council of the Hendricks County Cooperative Extension Service as they began to develop a training program for the agriculture community. In their research the need to develop a broader base of community leadership opportunities emerged.

Representative leaders from various walks of life and geographic areas of Hendricks County were invited to a discussion meeting to evaluate the perceived needs identified by the Ag Council. With enthusiastic response, the Leadership Hendricks County Steering Committee was formed to establish a strong year long curriculum of leadership development for Hendricks County.

In January 1993, under the guidance of Rick Thomas, Chairperson of the LHC Steering Committee, and Gary T. Emsweller, CED with Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, the first class of Leadership Hendricks County was selected to participate in a series of day long seminars and programs developed to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge of Hendricks County's growing needs and opportunities. In April of that year they became Incorporated with a 501(C)(3) classification. They established: The mission of Leadership Hendricks County is to seek, prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to address community and countywide challenges.

In October 1994, Leadership Hendricks County moved to the next level with the hiring of Suzanne Whicker as part-time Executive Director. Suzanne served in that position until 2012. As demand for LHC's programs has changed, the Board has accommodated. LHC's Board of Directors determined that the county's youth would benefit from a similar program. Youth Leadership Hendricks County (YLHC) began its first class in August 1998. The first YLHC class, representing 28 sophomores from all six of the county's school corporations graduated in April 1999. A part-time Administrative Assistant was added in 2007. And at times, the staff has included a part-time Program Administrator. Youth Encouraging Philanthropy, ran from 2007 to 2012, allowing YLHC participants to bring what they learned back to their high schools and communities.

To date, Leadership Hendricks County has trained over 425 adult and over 500 youth leaders. LHC has continued to educate groups of local leaders to be more acutely attuned to the county's problems, needs, opportunities and resources. Program graduates bring the community sharper leadership skills, energies focused on solving specific problems, and a network of associates with the talents and abilities to create a blueprint for Hendricks County's future.


Susan Rozzi, Executive Director


Susan Rozzi has led Leadership Hendricks County since 2012. Before joining LHC, Rozzi served as the associate director of the Hendricks County Community Foundation for 6 years, worked in economic development for The Indy Partnership and the Indiana Department of Commerce and spent several years in marketing and communications. Rozzi graduated from DePauw University and has an MBA from Indiana University. Susan and her husband, Chris, live in Brownsburg and have two children (Sarah and Packard). Rozzi is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Hendricks County, teaches at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is a member of the Hendricks College Network College Success Coalition Steering Committee, serves on the United Way Agency Evaluation Committee, was a member of the Hendricks County In Focus Steering Committee (Quality of Life Initiative), volunteers for Love Inc. and Habit of the Heart and is an active member of Traders Point Christian Church.


Kim Baver, Program Administrator


Kim Baver joined Leadership Hendricks County in 2015. Before joining LHC, Baver served as the Associate Executive Director for the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA. Baver graduated from Western Michigan University and has a Masters of Public Administration from Penn State University. Kim and her husband, Carl, live in Plainfield with two girls (Megan and Maura). She is a graduate of LHC Class of 2012 and serves on United Way Agency advisory board. She has been an active volunteer in Plainfield Community Schools.


Emily Morris, Administrative Assistant

Emily Morris joined Leadership Hendricks County in March of 2016. Before joining LHC, Morris was a substitute teach for Mill Creek and Plainfield Schools. She currently works at Bread Basket as well. Morris graduated from Illinois State University. Emily and her husband, Charlie, live in Coatesville and have four children (Michele, Jessica, Michael and Janelle). She is an active volunteer for the Cascade Schools and Mary Queen of Peace.  Emily is also a Mill Creek Optimist Member.  

 

 

 
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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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