Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 15th Emergence Leadership Program

May 21, 2015 – Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its fifteenth class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. The eight-week program began earlier this spring on April 1st and concluded on May 20th, 2015.

Emergence is a highly interactive leadership training program that seeks to develop and enhance the individual leadership abilities of emerging and experienced leaders. It also fosters collaborative and connective approaches to problem solving in the communities of East Central Indiana. Participants receive over 30 hours of professional training on 21st Century leadership topics such as leadership & learning styles, team building, building consensus, managing conflict, communication skills, building trust, problem solving and civic leadership.

Participants graduating from Class #15 represent eighteen different East Central Indiana companies and non-profit organizations. The graduates include Eric Baker (Muncie Power Products), Claire Berger (Ivy Tech), Erin Brooks (First Merchants Bank), Jeremy Brown (Ivy Tech), Julie Calvert (LifeStream Services), Charlotte Cavanaugh (Second Harvest Food Bank), Kira Childers (Ontario Systems), Travis Doto (Social Security Administration), Diane Fifer (Indiana Marujun), Lisa Hendrickson (MutualBank), Angie Howell (Farmhouse Creative), Joycelyn Joseph (Minnetrista), Belinda King (Youth Opportunity Center), Conner Lloyd (Wagner Auctioneering & Real Estate), Kathy Patton (Ball State University), Sonya Paul (Cancer Services of ECI-Little Red Door), Beth Scholer (Caregivers Kitchen), Amanda Segraves (First Merchants Bank), Patrick Thompson (Minnetrista), Kelsey Thornton (MutualBank), Betsy Varner (A Better Way Services), Rena Wagner (Ivy Tech), Janet White (WorkOne), Lyn Whitesell (MutualBank), and Cathy Wilburn (Ontario Systems).

For more information on Emergence, or other leadership programs offered by Shafer Leadership Academy, go to or call 765-748-0403.