Kalkbrenner to head expanded leadership program

May 06, 2006|By MARLO BARNHART


Cindy Kalkbrenner has been hired as executive director of an expanded Leadership Hagerstown program, according to the organization's board of advisers.

Now known as the Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc., the program has moved out of its offices at the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and into space at Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center.

"I think leadership and learning go hand in hand," Kalkbrenner said Friday. "They get people truly involved in their community."

Most recently the director of development and community relations for the Humane Society of Washington County, Kalkbrenner, 43, is a member of the Hagerstown Rotary, a volunteer with MIHI (Many Individuals Helping Individuals) and a member of the standing committee of the Washington County Human Development Council.


"I grew up around here, but I learned so much more by being a member of the Leadership Hagerstown class," said Kalkbrenner, a 2005 graduate of the program.

In each class, participants learn about the different aspects of the county and the issues that affect it. Each class lines up speakers and experiences so what one class experiences will differ from what another class will do.

"That's what makes it so dynamic," Kalkbrenner said.

Most classes go to Annapolis for a day. The most recent class participated in a Washington County historical tour; and had an education day, a business and economic development day, and a health and human services day. Their class project had each member become certified in emergency preparedness training.

The Washington County Leadership Development Program is supported by corporate contributions and tuition. Class members pay $1,200 each, with some limited scholarships available for the nine-month course. Class size is between 30 and 35 each year.

In addition to the traditional training offered through Leadership Hagerstown - now renamed Leadership Washington County - Kalkbrenner said the program will offer a development component designed to assist members of nonprofit boards, a stronger alumni association to encourage ongoing community involvement and a community orientation for visiting or newly appointed CEOs.

The Washington County Leadership Development Program also will work with Hagerstown Community College to enhance its student leadership program.

Kalkbrenner graduated in 1980 from South Hagerstown High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and is working on a master's degree in business administration at Frostburg State University.

The Leadership Hagerstown program was created in 1987 as part of the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Since that time, more than 400 people have graduated from the program.

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