• The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Foundation is pleased to announce the Leadership in the Valley (LITV) 2022-23, class of cohort participants. This class of cohorts begin their LITV journey this month with a Welcome Reception and Kick-off Day, September 14 and 15, 2022.

    Now in its fourth year, Leadership in the Valley is a nine-month program that runs from September through May. Classes meet in different locations around the community each month exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include community and the arts, government, agriculture and environment, education, diversity, public safety-law, economic development/business, health and human services, and leadership development. “If you love this community and want to do a deep dive to learn more about our history, offerings, and passion; this program is for you,” stated Robin Anthony, President of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation. 

    The LITV program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our community and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership in the Valley is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our community. 

    Meet the cohort participants, class of 2023! 

    • Adriane Lepage, Valley Vision

    • Aliya Taube, Inver Grove Toyota

    • Amanda Myrick, Royal Credit Union

    • Amy Berge. Stillwater Area Public Schools

    • Andrea Jorgenson, St. Croix Valley Foundation

    • Anita Kroma, Kraus Anderson

    • Brian Mueller, City of Stillwater

    • Brooke Hesse-Kjos, St.Croix Soccer Club

    • Chris Tetrault, Hometown Hero Outdoors

    • Derek Brandt, DiaSorin

    • James Hanke, Market & Johnson

    • Jen McCormick, Discover Stillwater

    • Jennifer Pinski, City of Oak Park Heights

    • Jennifer Sayers, Greater Stillwater Chamber

    • Joe Kohlmann, City of Stillwater

    • Julie Grecian, The Partnership Plan

    • Kelli Matzek, Washington County Sheriff's Office

    • Kelly Gutierrez, St. Croix Prep

    • Krista Koehler, Richfield Dentistry

    • Mandee Puente, Agent M Insurance

    • Melena Nelson, FamilyMeans

    • Mike Wilhelmi, Xcel Energy

    • Rachel Presslein, Community Thread

    • Tom Ballis, City of Stillwater

    At the end of the Leadership in the Valley program year, a graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in recognition of the class. After completing the program, graduates will become alumni of the Leadership in the Valley Alumni group. 

    Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
    (651) 439-4001


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