OLA Announces 2023 Graduation Class


The Ottumwa Leadership Academy celebrated its 11th year with a graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Program participants are required to attend a full-day session one day per month, participate in a team project, and attend one public meeting.

The graduates from Ottumwa Leadership Academy are:
 Tony Akridge, John Deere Ottumwa Works
 Chad Arnold, John Deere Ottumwa Works
 Ashley Baum, Care Initiatives Hospice
 Kelly Bennett, Ottumwa Regional Health Center
 David Bossou, Community 1 st Credit Union
 Trisha Doudou, High Porch Coffee/Scooter’s
 Noah Eklund, Indian Hills Community College
 Kara Guerra, Community 1 st Credit Union
 Jeny Herrera, Manpower
 Russ Hull, SimpleRay Solar
 Marlena Huycke, JBS
 Angie Mach, Sieda Community Action
 Elizabeth Martinez Calderon, JBS
 Aaron McConnell, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office
 Heather Morehouse, Ottumwa Job Corps Center
 Sandra Pope, Retired Educator
 Meadow Ream, Ottumwa Community School District
 Jennifer Reynolds, First Resources Corporation
 Brenda Salter, Indian Hills Community College
 Matthew Selden, Trinity Church of the Nazarene

 Alysia Simmons, Community 1 st Credit Union
 Stephani Stockton, First Resources Corporation
 Samantha Ulin, South Ottumwa Savings Bank
The following participants received scholarships and/or sponsorships as listed below:
 Matthew Selden – Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship
 Ashley Baum – Dr. Marlene Sprouse Legacy Scholarship
 Trisha Doudou & Russ Hull – O.L.A. Alumni Scholarship
 David Bossou – O.L.A. Alumni Scholarship (partial) plus additional sponsorship from JBS and
Cambridge Investment Research
 Angie Mach – sponsored by Resilient Communities of Wapello County
 Aaron McConnell – sponsored in part by JBS
 Sandra Pope – sponsored by LULAC
 Stephani Stockton – sponsored by Ottumwa Job Corps

The graduation event included project team presentations, the announcement of the winning project, and the unveiling of the 2024 dean. Additionally, as part of the graduation ceremony, the recipient of the Barb Allison Alumni Award was announced. Barb, a 2014 graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, passed away in 2019, leaving a legacy of service to the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and many other organizations in the Ottumwa community.

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