The Leading Edge - April 2023

By Leadership Johnson County | | 8.9.23

Leadership Johnson County
Get Your On-Demand Punch Cards

On-Demand Punch Cards are now available for the 2023-2024 LJC Workshop Series. 

Your business or nonprofit will benefit from professional development opportunities throughout the year by purchasing an LJC On-Demand Punch Card. The LJC Punch Card provides 14 punches to be used in any combination of LJC Select Workshops. The Mini-Punch Card offers 7 punches. Enjoy maximum flexibility to mix and match seats, share within your organization, or with friends.

Anyone who purchases (or commits to purchase) a Full Punch Card by May 1 will receive two extra punches credited to their account. Mini Punch Card purchasers will receive one extra punch.


On-Demand Punch Card
$500 per card ($900+ value)

Mini-Punch Card
$300 per card ($450+ Value)


For more information, contact Bea Northcott at or call 317.441.5295.

2023-2024  Select Workshop Series

What’s Right With Me? Finding Your Inner Superhero Through Strengths | 1 punch
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Amanda Parkhurst | Johnson County Armory

Women’s Retreat – Dare To Dream | 4 punches
Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29, 2023 | Various Speakers | Compass Park

Creating the Customer Experience and Enhancing Your Customer Loyalty | 1 punch
Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Steve Wohlford | Johnson County Armory

Silencing Your Inner Impostor: Understanding Impostor Syndrome | 1 punch
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Carolyn Goerner, Ph.D. | Johnson County Armory

Generational Differences | 1 punch
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Amanda Stevenson-Holmes | Johnson County Armory

Storytelling for Leaders: Inspiring and Influencing Others to Think and Act Differently | 1 punch

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Brent Lollar | Johnson County Armory

Embrace Your Inner Child: Using Experiential Activities to Create A Team Culture |1 punch
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 9  a.m. – Noon | Bea Northcott | Johnson County Armory

Buddy to Boss: Successful Transition As A New Leader | 1 punch
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Brad Coy | Johnson County Armory

Women in Leadership – Moving From Conflict to Collaboration | 2 punches
Friday, February 9, 2024 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Various Speakers | Compass Park

Real Talk: It’s Time To Be A Good Colleague | 1 punch
Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Angela Tressel | Greenwood Christian Church

Sharpening Your Skills As A Public Speaker | 1 punch
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Matt Giebler | Johnson County Armory

Resilience: How It Works and How To Build It | 1 punch
Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 9 a.m. – Noon| Janette Helm | Johnson County Armory

Lunch & Learn

Punch Cards can also be used for our Lunch & Learn Series – one punch per person for all six sessions. 

2023-24 topics will include:

  • Participating in and Leading Effective Meetings
  • Asking Good Questions
  • Wellness In Your Workday
  • High Performing Organizations
  • Using Microsoft 365 to Enhance Organization and Productivity
  • Finding Flow: Change How You Manage and Improve Your Results

Class of 2023 Profiles

Leadership Johnson County
Hannah Griggs

Event Coordinator with LJC

Family: My husband is Justin and I have two wonderful kiddos, Adalyn (13) and Vannie (11).

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? I have enjoyed working with and getting to know my group, Hope 007!

Hobbies and interests outside of work: Hanging out with family, hiking, making maple syrup, and napping.

Something on your bucket list: I would love to visit each continent.

What’s your superpower? Seeing the good in people.

What is your perfect pizza? Pineapple, mushrooms, pepperoni, and extra cheese!

If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? Nickelodeon's DARE game show because I love mini fun challenges and the memories would be epic! 

Leadership Johnson County
Michelle Sichting

Banking Center Manager

Family: Spouse - Kevin; Kids - Braden, Logan, Amelia and Nora.

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? The Agriculture Day.

Hobbies and interests outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family traveling and camping. I'm also a big reader that will read about anything me.

Something on your bucket list: Taking my family to all 50 states! I've been to almost all of them and I want to pass that desire for adventure when it comes to new things on to my kids, so they are aware what's outside of their "home".

What is your perfect pizza? Black olives and pineapple.

What is your favorite restaurant? Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria.

If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? Wheel of Fortune. It is a show we watch every week during dinner, and we have fun trying to see who can solve them first.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself? Kind

Leadership Johnson County
Isabel Hawkins

Commercial Lender

Family: Derrick (husband), Alana 14 (daughter), Isaias 12 (son) and Emerson 5 (daughter).

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? There have been so many great moments! If I had to narrow it down it would be Media Day.

What or who inspires you? My parents because they immigrated here from Mexico and worked so hard to provide a good life for my siblings and me.

Hobbies and interests outside of work? Disney, travel, reading and gardening.

Favorite Quote: "Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

Last book you read: "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave.

Something on your bucket list: Visit all 50 states (24 so far!).

What is your perfect pizza? Taco Pizza from Mickey & Bill's Pizza.

If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? Let's Make a Deal because you get to dress up in a costume and win prizes!

Name of a local business you utilize personally or professionally that provides an outstanding service: OP Nails and Spa, Honey Grove Family Dentistry, Bailey and Woods, Le Rose Dance Academy.

Leadership Johnson County
Steve Poston

Pastor - Currently Executive Minister at Greenwood Christian Church

Family: Wife - Jill is a teacher in Center Grove, Son - Caleb works on the coaching staff of University of Evansville Women's Basketball, Daughter - Kate is a speech/language pathologist in the Cincinnati area, her husband Trevor is a software engineer for Kroger, and more importantly they are the parents of our first grandbaby, Roland.

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? I have enjoyed a number of the LJC experiences... I found Agriculture Day and Infrastructure Day far more interesting and informative than I would have even expected... But I think my favorite experience has been connecting with the different people of LJC... The opportunity to connect and hear from such a variety of perspectives and viewpoints... To work together with people who hold different views... and to have my perspective and understanding of the world around me enhanced by such a great group of people...

What or who inspires you? One person that has inspired me in the last few years is my wife Jill... She's been involved in education for 30+ years, but a few years ago she decided to pursue a long-time goal to complete her degree and get her teaching license... After 3 long years of hard work, all while working full-time, she graduated in December 2022 and has taken a long-term sub role as a 5th-grade math teacher in Center Grove... I've been inspired to watch her discipline and determination to grind out the work and achieve her goal. She's such a gifted and experienced educator and now she has positioned herself to make an even more significant difference in kids' lives...

Number one skill you practice that makes you successful: Relational Leadership... there are probably a number of skills incorporated in this but I basically mean doing the things that make people you lead feel valued and meaningful even more than the service they offer or the productivity they generate.

Favorite Quote: "A house divided against itself cannot stand" - Abraham Lincoln and Jesus...

Last book you read: "No Time Like the Future - An Optimist Considers Mortality" by Michael J Fox.

Hobbies and interests outside of work: I enjoy day hikes and kayaking. I'm a sports fan and love a good movie.

Something on your bucket list: Travel in Europe. Specifically England, Ireland and Scotland

Tell me about a significant project or accomplishment in your career: In addition to my role at Greenwood Christian Church, I've worked for about 8 years as a Facilitator and Coach with an organization called Intentional Churches. We help churches of all backgrounds, denominations and sizes discover a clear vision for their church and strategically orient themselves to make that reality. I've had the opportunity to coach several churches and help them develop their unique vision and regain their momentum in pursuit of their mission. I think my favorite part of this work is helping smaller, declining churches that think they've become irrelevant to see their value and potential and helping them create simple plans to make a renewed impact in their community.

What is your favorite restaurant? Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant.

What is one word you'd use to describe yourself? Strategic.

Leadership Johnson County
John Wampler

Repair Team Manager - Endress+Hauser

Family: Married for 12 years to Lisa, two boys Calvin (10) and Cade (8).

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? Each program day we have had I've gone away with some sort of lesson learned or message I wanted to share with others. But most recently with the Media Day several things stood out. We had a session around effective and some cases ineffective meetings. This was a real good topic that I really needed to hear. On top of that listening to Rafael Sanchez in our breakout session really helped me as I have a tendency to speak before I think and he was able to explain to me personally as well as our group how that isn't the best method of response. I did already know this but the way he explained it was something that will always stick with me.

Number one skill you practice that makes you successful: If you are on time you are late. I've always believed in getting places early and being prepared. I hate when I am late or others show up late.

What movie are you looking forward to seeing and why? Avatar (because you can eat a lot of movie theatre popcorn in 3 hours) and the new Black Panther - Wakanda Forever because I love all Marvel movies.

Hobbies and interests outside of work: Most of all the normal ones you would hear, spending time with family, being home relaxing. I love to watch my boys participate in sports. I used to play a lot of golf but for some reason being away for 5-6 hours is a huge time waste for me anymore.

When have you been most satisfied in your life? Getting married, having kids, watching them succeed and seeing them smile.

Tell me about a significant project or accomplishment in your career: I feel like every day is a project and accomplishment and I treat each day as the last day. I forget about the past and look at what's next. Lame answer because I can't think of one thing that stands out but really is truly how I live each day.

What's your superpower? Ability to talk to any stranger, and always aware of what direction I am going or need to go.

What's your spirit animal? Lion.

What is your perfect pizza? All meat, add some mushrooms and onions, and cheese sauce of course.

What is your favorite restaurant? Anything with chips/salsa and margaritas.

If you could appear on one game show, what would you choose and why? Big Brother... I've always wanted to go on that show. Because I think I can read people pretty well and have an ability to get along with most people.

Leadership Johnson County
Rae Cartee

Professional Scouter

Family: Husband Zack; sons Daniel (14) and Lucas (11).

What is your favorite LJC moment or lesson to date? I've learned so much about our local civic infrastructure, agencies, and health care. I've built lasting friendships that have already impacted my professional and personal life positively. Next to Scouting, LJC is the best professional networking opportunity!

What or who inspires you? I love Rosie the Riveter and the "We Can Do It!" slogan. We are stronger together!

Number one skill you practice that makes you successful: Finding joy in life and beauty all around me keeps me focused on what truly matters.

Favorite Quote: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. " - John1:5

Last book you read: "In Thy Dark Streets Shining" by Dr. Bishara Awad

Hobbies and interests outside of work: Singing, baking, gardening, reading.

Something on your bucket list: Skiing vacation in Switzerland

When have you been most satisfied in your life? The summer of 2020 was pretty great when I got to spend most evenings and weekends with my family. We built a pretty amazing tree house and cooked some wonderful dinners in our fire pit.

Tell me about a significant project or accomplishment in your career? Professionally I've been involved in increasing the gender diversity of our youth membership in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. I am tremendously proud that I helped make it possible for our council's first female Eagle Scouts to reach that achievement, and of the incredible leaders they are.

What is your favorite restaurant? Revery.

Name of a local business you utilize personally or professionally that provides an outstanding service: Elite Plumbing and Sewer, Storm Warrior Roofing, Brawley CPA.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself? Sunny.

Support LJC Scholarships

Honor Your Inspirational Leaders

Who has helped you be a better leader? Have there been one or more people that helped you believe in yourself?

We know that there has been someone special who said you could accomplish great things. Maybe it was a coach, a boss, a family member or a friend. Perhaps it was an LJC classmate or instructor.

We want you to consider making a scholarship donation in the name of the person who inspired you to be a better leader. Together, we can pay it forward to lots of other leaders to become part of Leadership Johnson County.

How to Contribute
  • Click on the button.
  • Indicate who your gift is honoring in the comments section.
  • If you have your honoree’s mailing address, put that in the comment section too and we will notify them that they are being honored.


Thank you for helping us honor leaders with your scholarship donations. We will list all of these tributes in a future newsletter.

Matching Dollars Available

The great news is that we have a matching situation provided by Elect Steve Barnett and A.W.E. Wealth Management of Raymond James. Please thank Mayor Barnett and Bryan Epperson and his team when you see them. Every dollar you donate is matched up to $4,000. 

Leadership Johnson County
Lunch and Learn

Thank You, Lisa!

Leadership Johnson County Indiana

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Lisa Kress, our Assistant Director who has accepted a position with Indiana On-Line as a Student Success Specialist.

Lisa was hired for her organizational skills, but we got a wonderful bonus in that she was so incredible with technology. Lisa was the staff person most responsible for helping us through the pandemic. She helped us transition and learn Zoom basically overnight. She learned from her peers in the teaching world and helped us set-up asynchronous learning opportunities for program participants when we had to go virtual with our program days. It has been on our “back burner” to offer workshops digitally and Lisa helped us do just that and did it flawlessly. We are going to miss her technology skills and I would guess I will have to text her every once in a while to get her opinions on some technology-related things.

Although it is difficult to say goodbye, we are blessed to have had this time with Lisa as part of our team. We wish her the very best as she moves on to do great things for Indiana On-line.

- Tandy Shuck, Executive Director

Alumni News

Congratulations to Loren Snyder, CFP® (2010) was recently recognized by Shook Research as a 2023 FORBES Best in State Wealth Advisors. Loren is Managing Director and Financial Planner with Baird - Matthews-Snyder Group in Bloomington. Learn More

Indian Creek High School Agriculture teacher Joey Dunn (2014) was recently awarded the Indiana Association of Agriculture Educators Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for District VIII. 

Jeff Owen (Class of 1997) and Sean Miller, owners of Clever Dogs Media, have opened a new office in Historic Downtown Franklin. Owen also is a past board president, while Clever Dogs Media was sponsor of Media Day this past year. Learn More

Leadership Johnson County
We Mixed It Up!

It was an incredible night to “Mix It Up” ! Thank you to The Phoenix Group and NSK for serving as Title Sponsors. We greatly appreciate all of our sponsors, donors, participants, board members, and committee members. The Sycamore at Mallow Run was a beautiful venue and First Class Catering did an amazing job. The tables looked beautiful because of JP Parker Flowers. Rafael Sanchez did an amazing job as always! David Britton was our auctioneer and we set a new scholarship donation record thanks to A.W.E. Wealth Management of Raymond James and Elect Steve Barnett. Mayor Mark Myers was our trip sponsor and it brought in top dollars in the live auction. We are blessed beyond measure! Thank you to everyone!


Leadership Champions Plus

Logo for Campbell Shuck Insurance
Logo for Carpenter Realtors
Logo for Clever Dogs Media
Logo for Compass Point CPAs
Logo for Crossroads Engineers, P.C.
Logo for Diamond Glassworks and Aluminum Systems
Logo for Endress Hauser
Logo for First Merchants Bank
Logo for Franklin Indiana
Logo for Horizon Bank
Logo for Indiana Funeral Care
Logo for Johnson County Community Foundation
Logo for Johnson County REMC
Logo for Johnson Memorial Health
Logo for Johnson, Gray & Johnson
Logo for Lake City Bank
Logo for MIBOR Realtor Association
Logo for Main & Madison Market Café
Logo for Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
Logo for Mutual Savings Bank
Logo for NSK
Logo for PNC Bank
Logo for Williams Barrett Wilkowski