Founded in 1984, Leadership Greater Topeka, a Greater Topeka Partnership program, identifies aspiring and established leadership from the community to participate in an annual leadership training course.

Class members attend a retreat and eight day-long sessions that begin in January and continue through May. During these classes they will learn about challenges facing Topeka and Shawnee County and how they can work to influence important community issues.

The class of 2023 was selected from over 160 nominations and are:

Craig Barnes                         Division Manager                                           Shawnee County Health Department

Jacqueline Belden               Program Manager                                            Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Faith Cavazos                       Student                                                          Shawnee Heights High School

Breny Clain                           Major                                                           90th Air Refueling Wing

Samuel Feather                   Partner                                                            Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer

Renee Franklin                     Pre-production quality control specialist                Southwest Publishing and Mailing

Roberto Gonzales                Area Manager                                                 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant

Jarrod Guth                          Community Engagement Manager                     Capper Foundation

Rhonda Hamilton                Administrator Specialist                                       Bartlett & West

Mindy Hardenbrook           VP Retail Manager/Branch Network                      Corefirst Bank & Trust

Jake Holly                             Attorney                                                        Foulston Siefkin LLP

Romae Isom                         Shelter Manager                                             YWCA – Northeast Kansas

Nick Jefferson                      Attorney III                                                      City of Topeka

Eugene Jones                       Student Support Coordinator                             Communities in Schools

Andrea Kaberline               Chief Lending Officer                                         Envista Credit Union

Stephanie Lanning               Registrar                                                         Washburn University

Lindsay Lebahn                   Program Manager                                            Plug and Play Tech Center

Tyler Levier                           Chief Operating Officer                                   Prairie Band LLC

Tiffany Liesmann                 Clinical Pharmacist -Commercial Markets             Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Caitlin Luttjohann                Vice President of Play and Learning                    Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Marisol Marcelo                   Director of marketing and public relations          Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home

Keegan McElroy                   Attorney                                                        Alderson Law Firm

Ashley Mayer                       Executive Producer                                         Mammoth Creative Co

Kylie Mergen                        Community Investment Officer,                         FHLBank Topeka
                                          Director of Housing and Com. Dev.               

Graham Moulden                Aircraft Mechanic                                          190th Air Refueling Wing

Perry Plummer                     Asst. Branch Manager                                     Capitol Federal

Jade Ramsdell                     Performance Improvement Director                    KS Depart. of Health and Environment

Adrian Revels                      Production Associate                                       Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant

Ruben Salamanca               Sergeant                                                       Topeka Police Department

Naz Shareef                         Treasury Relationship Manager                        INTRUST Bank

Darin Stephens                    Broker                                                           Stone and Story Real Estate Group, LLC

Colton Strathman                Successor Manager/Sales Exec. Coord.               Strathman Sales Co., Inc

Josh Sturm                            Operations Manager                                     Evergy Plaza-Oak View Group

Samuel Sutton                      Owner/Pilot                                                  Fulks Helicopter Service

Lara Waits                            Team Member Relations Manager                    Prairie Band Casino & Resort

Jermel Walker                     Supervisor                                                      City of Topeka

Karina Dixon                        Human Resources Manager                            KBS Constructors

Arianna Womack                Student                                                         Shawnee Heights High School

India Yarborough                Communications Manager                              Greater Topeka Partnership

Chad Yeager                        Vice President Clinical Quality                        Stormont Vail Health