30th Class of Moore County Leadership Institute Graduates

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2019
Jana Volitis, Director of Operations
30th Class of Moore County Leadership Institute Graduates
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – The Moore County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 30th graduating class of the Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI). This is an exclusive leadership program hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and has graduated over 550 participants since inception.
MCLI provides participants the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally via programs with community leaders and experts.  Participants learn about local history, business challenges, civic issues and community involvement as well as receive targeted leadership development training. Ultimately, these individuals are well rounded, capable leaders with a deeper understanding of civic responsibility. Upon graduation, they are encouraged to serve in the community in a volunteer capacity and to inspire others in their respective workplaces by being transformational leaders. 

The 30th Graduating Class Includes:

Mary Berry Pinehurst, LLC
Leslie Carson Partners for Children & Families
Cyndi Fifield Owner, Novae Design Group
Christopher Gregg Pinehurst, LLC
Deanna Hundley Penick Village, Continuing Care Community
David Lambert Moore County Government
Jack McClelland Accurate Background
Julie McNicol Keller Williams Realty
Glenn Moore Gibraltar Financial, LLC
Annelise O'Connor Moore County Chamber of Commerce
Kirsten Ostby Owner, Carolina Barbell
Shaquille Ross Honeybaked Ham and Cafe
Tom Velevis Dreher Financial Partners
Malorie Wolf Penick Village, Continuing Care Community
 “Effective leaders are open-minded and willing to strive to move forward for a brighter future. These graduates took the time to understand the dynamics of effective leadership and decision making,” said Linda Parsons, President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. “Participants studied over an 11th month period our community infrastructure, analyzed their own individual leadership styles, and further developed their communication skills. We are proud of this class and the accomplishments that they have all achieved.”

On behalf of the Moore County Chamber Board of Directors, a special thank you also goes out to the MCLI 2019 Co-Chairs, Diane Wilson, of Towering Pines Real Estate, as well as Southern Pines resident Mason MacDonald. “Diane and Mason who both graduated MCLI in 2018, served selflessly as Co-Chairs of the 2019 MCLI Class. Their dedication to leadership development is admirable and we are honored have these two dynamic volunteers.” Stated Jana Volitis, Director of Operations of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce.

MCLI 2019 is was also made possible by various sponsors of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to BB&T, St. Joseph of the Pines, Aging Outreach Services, Hampton Inn & Suites, Keller Williams Realty, Towering Pines Real Estate, and Wortham & Associates. In closing, Jana Volitis said, “The graduates of MCLI are honored that you take leadership seriously, and each and every one of these companies exemplifies that, together we are Moore!”

The mission of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce is to foster a vibrant business community.  They provide quality, value-added services and programs to members to unite Moore County area businesses in a committed effort to strengthen the economic environment and thus, improve the quality of life for all of Moore County.  With over 700 members the Chamber is instrumental in Fostering a Vibrant Business Community and exists to help strengthen the local economy and promote and preserve a quality of life that is second to none.