Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 14th Emergence Leadership Program

November 20, 2014 – Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its fourteenth class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. Sessions began earlier this fall on October 2nd and concluded on November 19th, 2014.

Emergence is an eight-week, 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.

Class #14 participants represent twenty-three different East Central Indiana companies and non-profit organizations. The graduates include James Abbott (Muncie Power Products), Jeremy Allison (PrimeTrust FCU), Stephanie Anderson (First Merchants Bank), Frank Baldwin (Muncie Mission), Nathaniel Bryan (Meridian Health Services), Caleb Churchill (Horizon Convention Center), Tracey Danner-Odenwelder (Ivy Tech Community College), Rhonda Davis (WorkOne), Andrew Dawson (Muncie Power Products), Sarah Lu England (Minnetrista), Niki Fitzgerald (YWCA of Muncie), Patricia Fry (Indiana Michigan Power), Matt Howell (FarmHouse Creative), Sarah Huffman (Whitinger & Company), Brad King (City of Muncie), Kevin Nemyer (Muncie Power Products), Angie Poe (United Way of Delaware County), Denise Ross (Mutual Bank), Joani Scott (Ontario Systems), Emily Skoglund (The Jar Community Church), Rachel Spudic (Ball State University), Tom Steiner (Indiana Small Business Development Center), Taryn Tarr-Wolfla (Creative Kids Daycare & Learning Center), Nathan Taylor (Youth Opportunity Center), and Jeremy Wolfla (Navient).

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