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Leadership Anson 2014 | "Developing a Commitment to Community Through Leadership"


Mission Statement: Developing a commitment to community through leadership.


Leadership Anson 2014 Class


The Leadership Anson (LA) program enjoyed its 17th graduation ceremony held June 11th at Welika Lake Fish House. Leadership Anson was created to develop a commitment to community through leadership. This graduating class totals 266 participants that have completed the program. A number of family, friends, and sponsors of the program attended this special event.

2014 Leadership Anson


The speaker for the evening was Deborah Davis, Principal of Anson County Early College. She shared with us pieces of her own personal leadership journey – so far covering over 30 years in public education - and how her strong faith is at the core of all she does. Among the many “pearls of wisdom” she imparted to us is that true leaders can’t stay in the place where they are comfortable – they must continue to take the next step. She shared several of her “next step realizations” coming to understand that though she was effective in her current role, she could make things better for more of Anson County’s children by taking on the next role. Though it was not what she spent years in college preparing to do, at the urging of her mentors, including Mr. Michael Freeman, she moved into administrative roles over the years that took her from health and PE teacher, to assistant principal, to principal, and now on to a position at the central office where again, she believes she can do more good for more people. She congratulated the class on their accomplishments and issued a challenge to the class to take those next steps and continue to lead Anson County forward.


Testimonials were given from a couple of class members that touched all in attendance. They each thanked Mrs. Davis for being their speaker as well. Chamber Director Lynn Edwards also thanked Mrs. Davis and stated that all of the class members learned so much more about their county, their community and themselves. The goal of this program is for those who participate to take what they have learned and use it in a way that will not only better themselves but the community as well.


A presentation was made to Becky Wilson, Anson County Animal Shelter Director, from the class for $1,292. This money was raised by the class from a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale back in April and they chose the shelter to receive their donation. This was the largest single donation that has been made to the shelter so far. Mrs. Wilson was very appreciative of such a gracious contribution.


Director Edwards is very appreciative of two organizations for their special contribution to Leadership Anson. Uwharrie Bank and Wadesboro Rotary Club each gave a scholarship which is used for class members that may not be able to participate if this was not provided. Edwards went on to say that this program is a unique one and that is due to the help of many special people and organizations in Anson County that give their support and time throughout the year to help it succeed.


Each Class member earned a Continuing Education certificate from South Piedmont Community College and received a Leadership Plaque from the Anson County Chamber of Commerce. These were presented to them by Lynn Edwards, Chamber Director and Scott Collier, SPCC. Jilla Gathings, LA Oversight Committee Chair, (class of 2006) assisted throughout the year and with the organization of the graduation ceremony for the evening. They each also received certificates for “special recognition” of their character, personality or humorous spirit. What a great night for all that attended.


Front Row (l-r): Megan Sellers, Anson County Partnership for Children; Jennifer Ricketts, SPCC; Tammy Henry, Anson Community Hospital; Dawn McElroy, Anson Community Hospital; Ginger McLain, SPCC; Emily Trexler, SPCC;Kari Eudy, Carolina Title Company, Inc.; Sarah Hutchinson, Anson County EMS; Burnelle Sturdivant, Anson County Jail.


Back Row (l-r): O’Brian Willoughby, Hornwood, Inc.; Jason Miller, SPCC; Jeremy Taylor, Plank Road Realty; Steven Kelly, Wadesboro Police Dept.


About Leadership Anson


Leadership Anson is a complete learning program to develop community leaders from all walks of life. The program accomplishes this goal by giving the participants a broad base of knowledge about Anson County; developing the skills of leadership in each individual participant; creating opportunities to work with other community leaders; and building within participants a strong commitment to community service.


Anyone who is an Anson County resident or who works in the county is eligible. The selection of class participants is based on the applicants' community interests and involvement, leadership potential, accomplishments, and the ability to assume expanded responsibility.


The Leadership Anson tuition fee is $350; the fee includes the cost for all materials, lunch each session, refreshments, and transportation for field trips. Leadership Anson scholarships may be available.


Leadership Anson has graduated 227 participants since its Charter Class in 1997.


Applications are available at the Chamber office, 107-A East Wade Street, Wadesboro. For more information and/or an application, telephone 704-694-4181 or click HERE for a printable application form.


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Previous Leadership Anson Classes


2013 Leadership Anson


The Leadership Anson 2014(LA) program enjoyed its 17th graduation ceremony held June 11th at Welika Lake Fish House. Front Row (l-r): Rosezetta McCray, Anson County Partnership for Children; Sharon Dawkins, Carolinas Primary Care; Lindsay Wallace, CMH Space Flooring Products; Catherine Crandell, Anson County Arts Council; Cindi Pope, Town of Wadesboro; Jennifer Tice, Anson Community Hospital Back Row (l-r): Brian Nance, Anson County EMS; Truman Teal, API Security; Alex Sewell, Town of Wadesboro; Damer Chapman, Anson County Sheriff's Office; Wes Stegall, Anson County EMS; Holly Mullis, Anson County Sheriff's Office; Ashley Steele, Anson Community  Hospital, Jermaine Alston (not pictured).

The Leadership Anson Class of 2012 held graduation ceremonies at Welika Lake Fish House on June 12. Front Row (l-r): Thomasina Montgomery, Open Doors Center for Children; Lily McCray-Hailey, SunTrust Bank; Jessica Anderson, NC Cooperative Extension; Emily Jarrell, SPCC; Ashley Rivers, Hornwood, Inc.; Jennifer Tarlton, Sam K. Turner Jr., CPA
Back Row (l-r): Larry Diggs, Anson County  EMS; Richard Flowers, Anson County Sheriff’s Department; Subrina Hough, Sandhills Community Action Program, Inc.; Tammy McCall, Anson County Sheriff’s Department; Larry Huntley, Anson Communtiy Hospital; Michelle Hamilton, Bayada Nurses; Kristy Ratliff, Anson Community Hospital

2011 Graduates, front row, left to right, are Andrea Cash, Pee Dee Electric; Lakeischa Tillman, Anson County Partnership for children; Brenda Huntley, Anson Community Hospital; Kelly Gaddy, Carolinas Primary Care; and Brett Blalock, Anson County EMS. Pictured back row, left to right, are Susan Poe, Valley Protein; Scott Rivers, South Piedmont Community College; Sam Jones, Wadesboro Police Department; Vivian Wallace, Anson Community Hospital; Toby Carpenter, South Piedmont Community College; Ginger Phillips, Anson County 9-1-1; and Traquita Little, Britt Insurance Agency and HOLLA!

Class of 2010 - Gerald Cannon, Lewis McLendon, Kevin Mullis, Ryan Teal, Nichole Cox, Donna Liles, Frances Moore, Carrie Bunn, Caroline Hightower, Teresa Downer, Merri Privett and Joyce Cox

Class of 2009 - Dusty Moser, Natalie Barbour, Melissa Garrison, Susan Thomas, Gordon Jackson, Gary Garrison, Robert Mims, Shane Drake, Joyce Burns, Jennifer Nichols, Angela Newton, Joyce Ingo. Not pictured: Holly Hammonds, Jonathan Phillips and Lillie Templeton

CLASS OF 2008 – Tracie Boone, Bettie Broadway, Derita Cox, Christie Dutton, Tommy Jarman, Jenny Lafave, Zana Lambert, Pam Layfield, Jeanette Little, Jeff McCormick Sr., Shana Peale, Dana Roberts, Lauren Sellers and Ellen Stephens

CLASS OF 2007 – Denise Cannon, Brenda Carpenter, Brandis Chewning, Erin Dempsey, Joy Drake, Emily Eckersley, Sharon Grooms, Saerica Hamilton, Sharon Little, Megan Martin, Shemetra Melton, Matthew Morgan, Tabatha Shields, Tony Sturdivant, Terry Swails and Annie Teal

CLASS OF 2006 – Stephen Athens, Vance Bennett, Joel Briley, Brook Crider, Jilla Gathings, Misty Harris, Jennifer Horne, Tracy Lamonds, Melanie McLarty, Crystal McLendon, Chuck Nix, James parks, Jackie Robinson, Melody Sikes, Sylvia Tillman, Carol Tucker and Joyce Williams

CLASS OF 2005– Crystal Bennett, J.D. Bricken, Carri Brock, Allison Cross, Anne Flynn, Anita Henry, Dawn Hildreth, Alicia Huntley, Jeania Martin, Andy Pigge, Shelia Spencer, Cindy Springer, Kim Wilson and Amanda Goodwin

CLASS OF 2004– Lynn Burr, Theodore Carr, Stacie Cato, Lynn Edwards, Lisa Glenn, Heather Horne, Steve James, Allison Kennington, Sarah King, Terry Landis, Wes Martin, Donna McAllister, Chris Reisinger, Sherika Staton, Zac Tarlton and Robert Thomas

CLASS OF 2003 – Tracy Baynard, Brenda Broadway, Brenda Brooks, Anne Trexler Hyatt, Bonnie Huntley, Jennifer Huntley, Charlotte King, Bobbie Little, Phyllis Lowe, Dana Maness, Crystal McIntyre, Todd Moore, John Nassef, John Ratliff, Steve Teeter and Deborah Wright

CLASS OF 2002 – Steve Adams, Renee Bethea, Wendy Brazill, Robin Brown-Cook, Carolyn Cox, Odessa Cox, Todd Daly, Mary Beth Gaddy, Jeffrey Howe, Sylvia Jeter, Becky Jordan, Calvin Lambert, Alicia Molaro Parker, Doris Pegues, Kris Poplin, Kristi Phifer, Joy Pope, Lori Ross, Tannis Steele, Tommy Tice, Lavon Tyson and Jeff Waisner

CLASS OF 2001 – Ann Black, Susan Bridges, Herman Byrd, Nicole Capel, Sam Cash, Onnie Gregory, Jim Kiser, Heather Thomas Lear, Beverly Livington, Donna McCormick, Michelle Meredith, Bonnie Morgan, Johnie Pettiford and Latonia Wright

CLASS OF 2000 – Frances Bowman, Robert Burr, Tangra Carpenter, Rebecca Christian, Betty Jean Dockray, Leon Gatewood, Mitchell Hendrix, Randy Henry, Joanne Larsen, Bryan Leggett, Jennifer Privette Leggett, Ginger Nance, Steve Natoli, Gwendolyn Robinson, Helen Sellers, Drema Simpson, Debbie Smith, Johnny Townsend, Cathy Treadaway, Stephanie Williams, Jeremy Wilson and Kimberly Wilson

CLASS OF 1999 – Collier Burns, Frances Burris, Robert Colf, Scott Dutton, Frank Hyatt, Mary Liles, Vickie Molaro, Sue Newton, Sharon Rushing, Reno Smith, Vancine Sturdivant, Jennifer Tucker Sweezy, Debbie Taylor, Ben Tillman, Lynette Wallace, Nancy Willingham and Michael Wise

CLASS OF 1998 – Rev. Priscilla Durkin, Steve Erdmanczyk, Carolyn Gatewood, Linda Griffin, Kimberly Harrington, Tiffany Harris, Misty Haithcock, Janette Horne, Vivian Huntley, Sharon Knotts, Gaius McLendon, Chris Morton, Jamie Parker, Fannie Ratliff, Carol Smith and Myla Warfel

CLASS OF 1997 (the charter class) – Don Adams, Benjy Brasington III, Michelle Brock, Jane Cauble, Sharon Cousar, Deborah Davis, Rosemary Greene, Michael Freeman, Ericka Johnson, Elizabeth Kersey, Antinia Marshall, Tiffany Chewning Medford, Mary Little, Keith Rhinehardt, Kandie Sparger, Ellen Hanson Vaught, Donnie Wall, Lisa White and Carol Williams