Six Fremont County residents in Leadership Wyoming class

Aug 11, 2016 From staff reports

Six Fremont County residents will take part in this year's Leadership Wyoming class.

Kevin Kershisnik of Pertech Industries in Riverton and Leslie Shakespeare of Fort Washakie, who works for Gov. Matt Mead, will join Lander's Leslie Calkins with State Farm Insurance, Mandy Fabel with the Wyoming Community Foundation, Joe Quiroz with Goodroots Consulting and Travis Welch with the National Outdoor Leadership School as part of the 17th Leadership Wyoming class.

Since 2001, 668 class members from throughout the state have graduated from the program, including Mead; former first lady and federal judge Nancy Freud-enthal; U.S. Sen. John Barrasso; Adjutant General Luke Reiner; and nearly 20 state legislators.

A Wyoming Heritage Found-ation and University of Wyoming program, Leadership Wyoming was designed to provide opportunities for a diverse group of approximately 40 Wyoming citizens to participate in a nine-month seminar.

An orientation session for new class members is scheduled Aug. 4-5 at the University of Wyoming.

Class members will attend other programs throughout the year: a retreat Sept. 23-25 in Jackson; a "Natural Resources and the Environment" program Oct. 20-22 in Gillette; the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 "Education, Technology and Change" session is in Evanston; the "Entrepreneurship and the Economy" program Jan. 5-7 in Worland; a "Government and Politics" session Feb. 16-18 in Cheyenne; a March 30-April 1 session focusing on "Healthcare, Social Services and Quality of Life" in Sheridan; and graduation May 5-6 in Casper.

Leadership Wyoming aims to give participants an opportunity to better understand general public policy issues, economic and social diversity, and the challenges facing the state.

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