31st Class of Moore County Leadership Institute Graduates – Despite a 2020 Hiatus: Exemplifies True

For Immediate Release
Jana Volitis, Director of Operations
31st Class of Moore County Leadership Institute Graduates – Despite a 2020 Hiatus: Exemplifies True Character in Leadership

SOUTHERN PINES, NC – The Moore County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 31st 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 600 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 and receive targeted leadership development training. Ultimately, these individuals are well rounded, capable leaders with a deeper understanding of civic responsibility and leadership growth. 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 MCLI Class of 2020 weathered unprecedented circumstances and remained united throughout the year, choosing to continue their leadership experience into the spring of 2021. The commitment and perseverance of these 16 graduates is not only commendable, but they will also be written in history as the longest running MCLI class in 31 years Venturing through courses virtually when our community closed in March 2020, and brief fall hiatus, the following graduates came back and finished the remaining course requirements for graduation between February and June of 2021.
The 31st Graduating Class Includes:
 Elizabeth Futrell, FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Chris Miller, FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Karen Triplett, The Pilot, LLC
Lindsey Simmons, Aging Outreach Services
Cory Albers, Town of Southern Pines
Kari Gulovich, Athletic Club of the Sandhills
Jenn Kissinger, Christ Community Church
Rita Hairston, Main Street Home Loans
Denver McFarland, Pinehurst, LLC
Nichole Etowski, Pinehurst Medical
Nathan Cherry, Hicks & Associates
Jamie Encinosa, Rhetson Companies, Inc.
Nicole Johnson, Fanatical Skin & Ink
Kelly Kiser, First Bank
Carrie Barber, First Bank
Donathon Stover, Keller Williams Realty
 “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. “On top of the traditional leadership lessons they normally learn, this class made the choice to continue on into 2021 and we hope that their experience will be an example to others who will follow in their footsteps. Making difficult decisions to lead amid the pandemic they each showed resiliency and dedication throughout their 18-month commitment.”

MCLI graduates are recognized across the county as leaders in their industries and organizations.  They have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.  The Board of Directors is proud to present this class to the community and their employers. 
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.