Leadership BG Class of 2020

Applications are available now for the 2020 Leadership BG program. They are due by August 20.

Leadership BG Application

Leadership BG Program

Leadership BG is a one-day per month commitment for 9 months that highlights a broad range of issues vital to the community. The program beings in September and runs through May each year. Through contact with a variety of experts in the fields of Economic Development, Local Government, Health Care, Judicial System, Manufacturing, Social Services, Education, and Leadership Development, participants will expand their leadership skills, knowledge, and influence on their community.

These components also increase communication dialogue between the public and private sector; builds consensus among participants, and fosters personal and professional relationships through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences. Each class is given the challenge of completing a required class community service project of its choice, enabling the group to work together toward a common goal while administering their leadership style and exploring possibilities of effective change.

Class of 2019

Erica Adkins - Bowling Green Care Center
Patti Ankney - CMC Group
Amy Brinkman - Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Christopher Coy - Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Ryan Davis - UIS Insurance
Brad Feehan - City of Bowling Green Fire Division
Shannon Fisher - Wood County Department of Job & Family Services
Liz Foreman - Wood County Hospital
Amanda Gamby - City of Bowling Green
Travis Glick - Thayer Honda
Bryan Hartzler - The Danberry Co
Emily Jasiniski - Key Mortgage
Colin Kass - Hallmark Home Mortgage
Craig Kenyon - InTech IT Solutions
Raj Kumar - Regal Beloit
Rebecca McMonigal - Wood County Sherriff's Office
Anthony Marinelli - Thayer Chevorlet
Tiffany Morelock - Fifth Third Bank
Mick Murray - City of Bowling Green
Mackenzie Nofziger - Montessori School of Bowling Green
Brandon Welsh - Best Western Falcon Plaza

Leadership BG Alumni Association

This association is available to all graduates of Leadership BG and continues to give members opportunities in networking and community awareness at LBGAA and Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce events. The organization will host two to three social events a year that will allow you to make donations to help support the Leadership BG Alumni Association, subsequently supporting non-profit organizations in our community. The Annual Holiday Happy Hour, Annual Golf Ball Drop, and a Social Mixer After Hours (with special events) at a local establishment giving graduated classmates from Leadership BG a chance to catch up. The association is over 500 members and growing!


The Leadership BG Alumni Association exists to:

  • Support, facilitate, and sustain Leadership BG
  • Provide a forum for continued education, networking, and coalition building
  • Respond to community needs
  • Provide a pool of informed leaders for service to the community

2016-2017 Project Team:

David Anderson - Wood Lane Residential Services
Mary Boone - Wood County District Public Library
Bob Dorn - Northwest Ohio SCORE
Kathy East - Retired, Wood County District Public Library
Jessica Hover - Montessori School of Bowling Green
Besty Johnson - Bowling Green State University
Matt Karaffa - First Insurance Group
Sandy Kerr - Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
Carole Matthews - Retired, Wood County Hospital
Cory Panning - The Employers' Association
Kim Ward - First Federal Bank

Interested in joining the Project Team or just helping out with any or all of the events? Contact any of the Project Team Members or the Chamber Office.

High School Leadership Program

High School Leadership is an eight-month youth leadership-training program with the mission of introducing high school aged youth to their community while fostering leadership abilities. While today's primary focus remains on tomorrow's leaders, this program consists of fewer lectures and is more interactive - using approaches much like those employed in today's classroom. The program includes students from Bowling Green High School, who must go through an application process, and be recommended by school faculty and administrators. The Chamber would like to thank our High School Leadership sponsor: Leadership BG Alumni Association and The Exchange Club of Bowling Green.