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Whitbeck and Leonard Join Hope Southern Indiana Board

John Whitbeck (LSI 2014), Business Banker with MainSource Bank, and Jerry Leonard (LSI 2013), Executive Director of Community Operations for Hosparus, have been elected to the board of directors for Hope Southern Indiana, the Christ-focused ministry serving the whole community and based in New Albany.  Reelected were Vern Eswine (LSI 1991) and Matt Neely (LSI 2012).  Ruth Heideman (LSI 2002) is also on the board of directors with Christine Harbeson (LSI 2003) being the Executive Director and ex-officio member.
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Brad Kruer's New Role
  Brad Kruer (LSI 2005) is now Director, Outpatient Therapy & Contract Services at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital & Frazier Rehab Institute.
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Law Firm Announces Two New Partners
  Gary BanetJason Lopp

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is pleased to announce that Gary T. Banet (LSI 2011) and Jason A. Lopp (LSI 2014) have been elected to join the partnership.

Gary T. Banet concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, elder law and special needs planning.  He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  Mr. Banet is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Kentucky, and has offices in the Firm’s New Albany and Louisville locations. 

Jason A. Lopp focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions, family businesses and individuals in their real estate, litigation, corporate and transactional matters.  He received his law degree from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  Mr. Lopp is licensed in Indiana and Kentucky, and practices in the Firm’s New Albany and Louisville offices.
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Dr. Stacy M. Deck elected chair for Coalition for the Homeless
  Dr. Stacy M. Deck (LSI 2011) was elected chair of the board of directors for the Coalition for the Homeless at their November 2013 meeting.  The term begins January 2014.
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New Economic Development Business Coordinator for New Albany

Tonya Fischer (LSI  1997) is now Economic Development Business Coordinator at City of New Albany.

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Mix, Mingle & Learn Aboard the
Belle of Louisville
LSI Discover

Now Accepting Applications for Discover Class of 2015

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If you missed our December Breakfast Series event, which featured James W. Robinson, J. Robert Shine and Sister Barbara Ann Zeller, here's a chance to hear their leadership wisdom. Thanks to Ed Jerdonek, who moderated the panel, for providing this video. 



Mix, Mingle & Learn: Connecting the Region

Thursday, June 5 Aboard the Belle of Louisville

Come aboard the Belle of Louisville, Thursday, June 5, 4:30 - 7 p.m. to mingle with LSI and Leadership Louisville alumni, enjoy hor d’oeuvres and hear how the bridges are connecting the region from a Walsh Construction representative. 

Tickets are $15 for alumni and $35 for guests. Order online or by calling 812-246-6574. Deadline is May 30.

Event sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.


LSI Classes of 2014 Prepare to Graduate

Graduation Ceremony, Celebration set for May 15 at New Albany’s Calumet Club

The Discover and Engage Classes of 2014 are set to graduate May 15 at New Albany’s Calumet Club. Executive Director of Hope Southern Indiana, Christine Harbeson, will be the featured speaker. 

Community leaders, LSI alumni and the general public are invited to attend the dinner honoring this year’s classes.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program. Individual tickets are  $45. Tables of 8 tickets are also available for $350. The deadline to order tickets for graduation is April 30. Order today.
The Discover class graduates have completed a nine-month leadership development and community engagement program.  Monthly sessions provided an in-depth look at Southern Indiana’s history and heritage, health and human services, education, economy and commercial enterprise, community leadership, inclusive communities, government, tourism and culture.
The Engage Charter Class similarly completed a six-month professional development program designed for individuals already in public service who want to make an even greater impact as well as emerging leaders who want to be more involved in their community.  In this new program, monthly sessions covered a wide variety of topics including communications, ethics, board structure, political structure and personal branding.
“Both of this year’s classes are full of exceptional leaders already making a positive impact in our community,” said Mark Eddy, LSI’s Executive Director.  “Our hope is that each participant is graduating with a broader understanding of Southern Indiana and more tools to help as they continue to be a positive influence in the region.”


LSI Accepting Applications for
Discover Class of 2015

Application Deadline April 30

The application period for Leadership Southern Indiana’s Discover Class of 2015 is officially open. Discover is LSI’s flagship nine-month intensive leadership development and community engagement program. 

“Whether you are new to Southern Indiana or have been here your entire life, Discover has something to offer,” said Mark Eddy, Executive Director. “Participants will become more familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities facing Southern Indiana and grow their leadership skills, all while creating valuable professional relationships.”
According to Brittany Blau, Discover Class of 2013 graduate, the program provided her with a broader perspective of the community in which she has lived and worked her entire life. “Because of this experience, I have developed contacts and explored opportunities that I would have not known about otherwise,” said Blau.
The program kicks off with a retreat August 28-29 then meets one day each month for an in-depth look at the various facets of Southern Indiana including: history & heritage, economy & commercial enterprise, tourism & culture, government, inclusive communities, education, health & human services, simulated society, and community leadership. Graduation will be held May 14, 2015.
Tuition is $1,695, which covers all program costs from retreat through graduation.  Learn more online or by calling 812-246-6574. Apply by April 30.



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Have you changed jobs, gotten a promotion, been elected to a board or received an award? We want to know! We’ll publish this information on our website. It’s a great opportunity to highlight members who are living out the mission, and it gives you and your company more publicity. Our newsletters go out to over 900 members and supporters. When planning any LSI event, we keep our members in mind and patronize the businesses that support our program. This is a valuable added benefit to dues paying members.

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