Last week marked a significant milestone as the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce proudly celebrated the distinguished graduates of the 2024 Mesa County Leadership Program. With a rich history spanning over three decades, this esteemed program has graduated over 600 individuals, fostering civically engaged business leaders who have committed to bolster and support our community and continue to make a visible impact today.

The 2024 class has dedicated their time to diving wholeheartedly into what keeps our community and economy thriving, conversing with local government, nonprofits and industry leaders. The class has gained insights on not only how to become strong leaders in their businesses and organizations, but in their communities. These graduates have shown their passion for becoming champions of leadership in the Grand Valley. In the company of alumni, employers and loved ones, the participants of the 2024 Leadership Program reasserted their commitment to assume active leadership roles in the community. They vowed to uphold the responsibility of safeguarding our economic vitality while wholeheartedly giving back to the community they proudly call home.

Congratulations to these graduates:

Brandon Beason, Climb Credit Union

Shelly Colunga, Bank of Colorado

Colin Cummings, U.S. Bank

Allison Ellington, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Glidden, Young Professionals Network of Mesa County

Aaron Handke, Shaw Construction LLC

Shiara Hickey Caubarreaux, Mind Springs Foundation

Tony Ibarra, Ute Water Conservancy District

Terri Jones, HopeWest

Cody Kennedy, City of Grand Junction

Jon-Paul Kennel, Winsupply of Grand Junction

Alissa Lawson, Bank of the San Juans

Mariah Magill, Blythe Group + Co.

Lucas Marone, FCI Constructors

Kylie Millican, Community Hospital

Rachel Peterson, Mesa County

Sue Ellen Rodwick, Food Bank of the Rockies

Justin Sanislo, Republic Services

Ami Schiffbauer, Mesa County Libraries

Hannah Shilling-Thomas, Ariel Clinical Services

Chris Smith, Moody Insurance Agency

Ben Snyder, Grand Junction Sports Commission

Angela Stack, ANB Bank

Rose Stauffer, Rocky Mountain Health Plans

TJ VanRoosendaal, Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.

Irene Vigil, Grand Junction Media

Sara Woods, U.S. Department of Energy

John Zeller, Alpine Bank

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