Applications are closed and will open in February 2024 for the 2024-2025 cohort.

Leadership Douglas County Application
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Leadership Douglas County was established in 1999
by the Castle Rock Chamber

In its 24th year, LDC’s goals are to inspire participants in the work they do; strengthen them and the organizations they serve; and facilitate a heightened sense of community connection to encourage individuals to take positions of civic and organizational leadership in the community.

Educating Emerging Leaders and Volunteers in Douglas County

Leadership Douglas County (LDC), a program of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, is committed to ensuring the continuity of knowledgeable and effective leadership in Douglas County. Today, Douglas County is the geographic center of Colorado and provides an enviable blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.

LDC was created to ensure our community would continue to identify, educate, and motivate current and emerging leaders to improve Douglas County through personal and collective commitment. LDC seeks motivated, capable men and women from diverse professional backgrounds and supports best practices in setting standards of excellence.

The program creates an expectation of servant leadership and builds in real opportunities to teach knowledge and skills through a monthly, day-long program, held on the first Wednesday of each month, October through June in various locations throughout the county.  Each month explores a different regional topic and also includes a leadership development segment. Upon graduation, participants become the planning committee for the upcoming year’s class, applying their own program experience, as they complete their second year of participation as alumni in the LDC program.

Session topics throughout the year include: Education, Public Safety, Open Space, Fire and Emergency Services, Economic Development, Healthcare, Social Services, Government, History, Community Resources, Arts and Culture, Media, along with team-building elements and skills training throughout.

For the Participant, LDC will:

  • Offer rigorous and relevant learning, with the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills
  • Broaden participants’ knowledge of the community
  • Challenge participants to examine their leadership style, values, and impact
  • Increase the strength and effectiveness of our community leaders
  • Equip participants to respond to the challenges of the community today and into the future
  • Provide opportunities for direct contact with influential people, businesses, and service organizations
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Janine Beans – Brookside Inn

Matt Benak – Castle Rock Water

Joseph Bessenbacher – PRMG

Sunnie Bottin – Reclaim Renew

Bart Chambers – Castle Rock Fire and Rescue

Terri Dankelman – Wind Crest Senior Living

Karen Deal – Arapahoe Community College

Brie Dilley – SECOR Cares

Rebecca Dunn – Dunn Financial Coaching

Stacy Garmon – Castle Rock Chamber

JJ Haley – Douglas County Clerk & Recorder

Kurt Huffman – Colorado State Capitol

Kisha Johnson – Your Numbers Nerd, LLC

Thomas Kammer – Douglas County Assessor

Jordan Kaupp – Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson

Nadine Kirk – RE/MAX Alliance

Don MacBrayne – Decisive Consulting & Management, LLC

Sean Pooley – Nuclear Networking

Jason Rauch – Canvas Credit Union

Stephanie Stanley – Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District

Deborah Takahara – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Brandon Traver – Ent Credit Union

Marcus Turner – Lone Tree Arts Center / City of Lone Tree

Mercy Ahles – Wind Crest Senior Living

Mary Anderson – Minuteman Press

Derek Castellano – Douglas County Sheriff’s Department

Luke Dechant – Douglas County Clerk & Recorders Office

Stacey Fahrenbruch – Castle Rock Senior Activity Center

Becky Fischer – Douglas County Assessor’s Office

Galia Heidemann – Parker Chamber of Commerce

Arielle Hodgson – City of Lone Tree

Gregory Homer – The Law Office of Gregory Homer, LLC

Chuwen Huang – FirstBank

Karen Jefferson – Rocky Mountain TSG

Ryan Lammers – Douglas County Libraries

Ali Marshall – Re/Max Professionals

Hannah Paille – Kokish, Goldmanis & Greenberg, P.C.

Amy Pfister – Aging Resources of Douglas County

Kristin Randlett – Douglas County Clerk & Recorders Office

Jerry Van Leuven – The Aspen Effect

Joel White – Douglas County Sheriff’s Department

Sue Turner Castle Rock ChamberWant to Learn more, and Get Involved?

Contact Sue Turner, Program Manager

A Thank You to Our Generous Sponors

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Sturm Collaboration
Aloha Fund
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Town of Castle Rock Colorado
CORE Electric Cooperative
The Meadows