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Leadership Development Program Level 1 class graduates

Published July 10, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District’s Leadership Development Program level 1 participants graduated from the program July 9, 2019, in a ceremony held at the Romano Mazzoli Federal Building in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We have another great batch of leaders here,” said Dana Craig, LDP program director. “The future of this organization is in great hands.”

The Leadership Development Program Level 1 is designed to help develop GS-1 through GS-9 employees by providing participants the skills to gain a better understanding of themselves and how to lead informally through formal training, mentoring and lifelong self-development. This year’s program started in October 2018 and required an average of five hours per month, over a 10 month period.

“This program has enhanced my ability to make better decisions, inspire people, communicate and use my skills more effectively,” said Kim Hunter, Louisville District records specialist. “It has strengthened my foundation, providing me a direct path to continue building strong and taking care of people.”

LDP 1 members attended face-to-face meetings, virtual meetings and project site visits. During the program, participants also conducted self-assessments, researched and learned about leadership styles, viewed Technology, Entertainment, Design (also known as TED) talks, and prepared short presentations. Participants were also paired with mentors who helped encourage students throughout the course. 

“I've learned a lot about the way our district works and met some really great, talented and interesting people along the way,” said Spencer Beard, Brookville Lake park ranger. “My favorite day was when we had several leaders come into the class and tell us their path to greatness and tips to advance our careers.”

Louisville District Commander Col. Antoinette Gant congratulated the class and provided words of advice.

“All of this is about learning,” Gant said. “This is an investment in yourself – we invested in you. The intent of this program is not to stay where you are. I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone.”


This year’s Leadership Development Program Level I graduates are:

Edwin (Spencer) Beard, Operations Division

Danielle Bishop, Operations Division

Samantha Ferrarelli, Operations Division

Josh Gitchel, Contracting

Erica Glass, Executive Office

Judith Guy, Operations Division

Kim Hunter, Engineering Division

Brandi Mitchell, Resource Management

Vanessa Ryland, Planning, Programs and Project Management 

Brian Mays, Operations Division

Nathan Rogacki, LRD

Taylor Stivers, Resource Management

Jeff (J.D.) Tucker, Operations Division

Shannon Wicks, Construction Division