Congratulations to the LeadUP Class of 2015

There’s no doubt that one of the many things that makes DHS so great is the quality of its leaders. On October 15th, DHS recognized the 24 graduates of this year’s LeadUP program!

The graduation ceremony, officiated by Kevin Sharp, included a welcome address by Lee Anne Bruce-Boone, Chief of Staff, and a commencement address by DHS Director Ed Lake. Class speakers included Veronica Franks-Taylor, Jeff Wagner and Lisa Cary. Graduates were honored and LeadUP mentors were recognized during the ceremony.
LeadUP Class of 2015

The purpose of this program for the Department of Human Services is to grow our agency’s leaders by developing individual leadership attributes and capabilities that will further advance the mission and strategic goals of DHS. The LeadUP program provides an opportunity to gain and share knowledge, expertise, and leadership skills within the agency’s community through a comprehensive training program and networking designed to develop individual leadership capacities.

Program graduates completed a series of five (5) intensive face-to-face program sessions over a 10-month period. In addition, graduates completed a special change initiative project that directly contributes to the mission and strategic goals of the agency.

Congratulates the following graduates of LeadUP 2015:
Jimmy Arias, Child Welfare Services
Margot Barnes, Human Resource Management
Lesli Blazer, Child Care Services
Lisa Cary, Child Welfare Services
Daniel Comer, Office of Client Advocacy
Veronica Franks-Taylor, Child Care Services
Stacy Gholson, Aging Services
Linda Hall, Adult & Family Services
Kelli Heath, Child Welfare Services
Jerry Hines, Adult Protective Services
Angela Ivey, Child Welfare Services
Chris Lambert, Human Resource Management
David Lincoln, Developmental Disabilities Services
Rebekah McGowan, Adult Protective Services
Marie Moore, Developmental Disabilities Services
Beverly Murray-Harjo, Developmental Disabilities Services
Lara Phillips, Child Welfare Services
Shana Ritchie, Adult & Family Services
Amy Roberts, Adult & Family Services
Cindy Rudich, Adult & Family Services
Beth Scrutchins, Adult & Family Services
Phyllis Slayter, Financial Services
Jeff Wagner, Child Support Services
Elizabeth Wilson, Child Support Services

Those interested in applying for LeadUP 2016 are encouraged to review the program entry requirements on the DHS LeadUP website.