News & Events
Graduating Class of 2014
The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2014 was honored at the annual Leadership Fort Smith Commencement Ceremony held on May 1. Congratulations to the Class of 2014: (back row left to right) Renee Robinson Durham, Barbara Meadows, Kerrie Taber, Keia Peeples, Brooke Moreton, Leigh Zuerker, Katie Lejong, Kay Lynn Clay, Greta Barr, Sarah Davis, Alison Houston, Sharla Whitson, (front row) Denora Coomer, Josh Keifer, Todd Fretheim, Ty Matlock, Jered Medlock, Neal Martin, Scott Branton, Larry Johnston, Jr., Lee Krehbiel, Stacey Rogers and Susan Brockett. Not Present were Grant Morris and Donny Rogers.
Miles for Mutts 5K
The Miles for Mutts 5K will be held at the Riverfront park on Saturday, April 12th at 8:00 am. It is sponsored by The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2010.
Registration tables will be available from 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. on the day of the race.
Pre-race registration will be from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on April 11th at Sweet Bay by Creekmore Park on Rogers Avenue.
For more information, call 479-783-4395. The entry fee is $25. Make checks payable to the Sebastian County Humane Society. All pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. There is a limited number of t-shirts available for purchase the day of the race. Awards will be given to 1st - 3rd place finishers male & female in the following divisions: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over.
Participants Selected for Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2014
Check Presented to Fort Smith Police Department
TheLeadership Fort Smith Class of 2013 is honored and pleased to present a check to the FOP Lodge #39 for the purchase of a K9 ballistic vest to ensure that each K-9 Officer is adequately protected during the course of their service to our community. During the P-12 Education session of the Leadership Fort Smith program the Class of 2013 saw a demonstration of how the Police Department’s K-9 units work with the school system to help alleviate the presence of drugs in the public schools. The class recognized the need to purchase a K9 ballistic vest to provide safety and protection to ensure the longevity of K-9 Officers of the Fort Smith Police Department. Each class member donated a portion of the funds required to purchase a ballistic vest for one of the K9 Officers. The LFS Class of 2013 recognizes and appreciates the work of the K-9 Unit in our public school system.
Graduating Class of 2013
The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2013 was honored at the annual Leadership Fort Smith Commencement Ceremony held on May 2. Congratulations to the Class of 2013: Mark Arant, Ben Carroll, Josh Carson, John Cooley, Joel Culberson, Rham Cunningham, Michele Delawder, Robert Halliburton, Jeff Harmon, Susan Hinshaw, Mike Jacimore, Bo Loftis, Lyndsee Lyons, Kelly McGruder, Chris Melton, Darryl Presley, Tonya Rogers, Barry Rowton, Michelle Russell, Anthony Sims, Abbie Taylor Cox, Ginger Thompson, Pattie West, Josh Wilkinson, and Karen Wuthrich.
LFS Class of 2010 –Miles for Mutts a Purrfect Race
Each year since graduation the Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2010 have organized and held the Miles for Mutts 5K run/walk. This event benefits the Sebastian County Humane Society and increases awareness of the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our area, the need to spay and neuter as well as to promote adoption through the local shelters. This was their 3rd year to hold the 5k run/walk raising just under $5,000. They credit the success of Miles to Mutts to their sponsorships by such organizations as Arvest Bank, OG&E, Petco Foundation, United Federal Credit Union and Golden Living and the following key individuals who attribute their time and organization skills: Genia Smith, Megan Raynor and of course” the Best Leadership Class ever, the Class of 2010.”
LEADERSHIP FORT SMITH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Fort Smith, AR (April 9, 2013)– The Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association is proud to announce this year’s award recipients for the Jack White and Community Leadership Awards to be presented at the Alumni Association’s annual Commencement and Leadership Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 2.
The Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award is given annually to an individual whose leadership has meaningfully improved the quality of life in Fort Smith by contributing time and energy in a multitude of ways for the betterment of our city, demonstrating vision, commitment and courage to achieve positive results while also displaying characteristics such as honesty, moral strength and compassion. Those criteria are perfectly exemplified in this year’s winner, D. Melody Trimble.
In January, Trimble was promoted from CEO of Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center to President of the Southern & Western Group for Sparks and Summit’s parent company, Health Management Associates, Inc. She now provides oversight of 26 health care facilities in seven states, including Sparks and Summit.
During her three years in Fort Smith and Van Buren, Trimble improved her systems’ health care services in almost every aspect, from recruitment to investment to quality to profit. She implemented a Sparks/Summit culture initiative with three guiding principles: “We are servant leaders. We do the right thing. We never settle.” Trimble received several prestigious awards, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in community sponsorships and donations, volunteered for several local and state-wide organizations and was an active member of her church, all while displaying almost legendary compassion for anyone she encountered.
In addition to naming Melody Trimble the Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award recipient, the Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association announces the following Community Leadership Awards, all of which will be presented May 2:
· Business/Industry – Jason W. Green - V.P. Human Resources, Baldor Electric Company
· Education – Dr. Jo Alice Blondin - Chancellor, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus
· Government – Judge Mark Hewett - Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial District
· Non-Profit – Linda Kaufenberg - Exec. Dir., Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin & Sebastian Counties
· Healthcare – Sandra Johnson, MD, FAAD - Johnson Dermatology Clinic
· Religion – Dr. Dale Thompson - Pastor, First Baptist Church of Fort Smith
The 2013 Leadership Fort Smith Commencement and Leadership Awards Ceremony begins at 6 pm, Thursday, May 2 at the Reynolds Conference Center at UAFS. The public is invited. For more information or to purchase tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org