Feedback from our Kettering Leadership Academy Graduateskla


The Kettering Leadership Academy is committed to creating an active network of informed and concerned citizens that will influence the direction of Kettering and support the achievement of its goals and objectives.

While learning together, participants will enhance their leadership skills, broaden their understanding of community issues and become a resource for leadership opportunities in Kettering.
This is what some of our graduates have to say:
“KLA allowed me to grow my knowledge of city government and many service organizations. I gained friendships and networking opportunities that allowed me to grow in my career. I love the city of Kettering and the people who love it as well.” – Emily Myers, Class of 2016
“KLA taught me so much valuable information about the Kettering and Dayton communities. The program increased my awareness of the rich history of the cities.  Being a part of the program made me feel more connected to the community and increased my desire to remain in the area and shape a career around giving back to the community.” – Jessica Mancz, Class of 2018
“KLA has provided me great insight into the many community partnerships that exist in the city of Kettering. The opportunity to meet the many corporate and community leaders, the ability to learn from those individuals, and the opportunity to work with a variety of members of the community has allowed me to create relationships that will impact how I can play a greater role in the leadership of the city of Kettering.” – David Bogle, Class of 2019
“I learned more about the City of Kettering than I have the almost 20 years of living here.  I've also had the opportunity to network and gain new acquaintances in the process.  KLA forced me (in a good way) to transform from a person reluctant to lead to the person stepping forward to take on challenges and look for solutions.” – Jonelle Carroll, Class of 2019
"I have grown so much personally and professionally from my time spent in the Kettering Leadership Academy. It was a major reason why I chose to buy my first home here in Kettering!” – Mallory Lynn, Class of 2017
"Opened my eyes to Kettering businesses and non-profits. Great "behind the scenes" tour if you will. Highly recommend KLA for anyone who lives or works in Kettering and cares about our community.” – Charley Schuerholz, Class of 2008
“Although I spent a number of years growing up in Kettering and graduated from Fairmont High School, I cannot believe how much I learned about the people, places and history of Kettering through the Kettering Leadership Academy. The pride of Kettering shines through in this program!” – Tracey Nissen, Class of 2010
"The Kettering Leadership Academy was truly a memorable experience. The experience allowed me to learn much more about some of the key businesses in the City of Kettering, but perhaps most important was the opportunity to meet and build friendships with some truly incredible people. This was an experience I will not forget!” – Mark Burian, Class of 2017
"KLA is an incubator of civic involvement for charitable minded individuals who want to become more involved with the many philanthropic and community focused organizations within our great city!” – Summer Hawks, Class of 2014
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with my KLA class and continue to appreciate the value I receive through my affiliation with such a wonderful organization. I gained a great deal of insight about the community; the individuals that work, play, volunteer and call Kettering their home; made lasting friendships; and learned a little about myself along the way. I highly recommend it! “ – Denny Burton, Class of 2016
"An extraordinary opportunity to learn about the Kettering community, rediscover your passion for service and encourage engagement in your community. The friendships and leadership training will support you for years ahead.” – Richard Honneywell, Class of 2019


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