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Leadership 254 Class of 2017-2018

Fourth Row (left to right): Cooke County Commissioner Leon Klement, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Dallas County Clerk John Warren, Jefferson County Constable Christopher Bates

Third Row (left to right): Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher, Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman, Randall County Auditor Karon Kantor, 452nd District Attorney Tonya Ahlschwede

Second Row (left to right): Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis, Bandera County District Clerk Tammy Kneuper, Ellis County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers, Houston County Attorney Daphne Session, Nacogdoches County District Clerk Lorretta Cammack, Anderson County Tax Assessor-Collector Teri Hanks, Carson County and District Clerk Celeste Bichsel

First Row (left to right): Madison County Auditor Toni Joyner, Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann-Marie Carruth, Travis County Constable Carlos Lopez, Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson, Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones


Participant Testimonials

“A must-attend class.”  — San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers

“My favorite part of being a member of Leadership 254 is gaining relationships that will last a lifetime. A permanent resource of knowledge, as well as friendships.”   Colin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher

“I used to define leadership as taking charge  now it means leading everyone to a common good.”   Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis

“I definitely recommend Leadership 254 to other county officials. I developed friendships and working relationships across many offices, across Texas.”  Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson 

“Leadership 254 was a life changing experience for me. I have been a public servant for 41 years and I don’t believe I have ever spent this much time with other officials outside of my peer groups and visa versa. Understanding what other officials do and the struggles they face are similar yet in a different capacity. It was an eye opening experience and opened up the lines of communication that rarely happen within the same company.”  ​Travis County Constable Carlos Lopez

“I can honestly say that Leadership 254 has provided confirmation of my values of a leader. However, it has also been an eye opening experience in that leaders cbannot be effective on their own and to appreciate the value in others.” ​— Dallas County Clerk John Warren

“One of the greatest benefits is getting to learn and grow as a Leader with a core group of individuals that I can reach out to at any time for guidance and counsel from this day forward.”  ​Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman

“I recognized perspective of other county officials  understanding their roles, pressures they face and how they perceive my position. There are not enough words to express how much this experience has meant to me. It has brought me back to life.”  ​Nacogdoches County District Clerk, Loretta Cammack

Everything I learned during Leadership 254, I applied during my last race.  ​Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell

“My biggest fear before attending Leadership 254 was spending 80 hours with people I didn’t know. What I didn’t realize was that I’d leave with 23 new family members. There is nothing like bonding with people who are in your same boat. As an elected official, it is imperative to find people who understand the professional and personal complexities of what we do. Th​e opportunity to get to know other devoted elected officials is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”   ​Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann Marie Carruth

“Through Leadership 254, I have gained the insight to be able to direct myself to get things done, to organize tasks and to avoid procrastination. To be able to have the vision to work toward a goal greater than myself, a vision far more inspiring than working for personal gain.”  ​Bandera County District Clerk Tammy Kneuper

“One of the very best things I have ever attended. I can’t say enough about this awesome experience.”   Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis

“What I was able to learn and experience in 14 months with Leadership 254 could have taken me years to do on my own. As a young elected official, I now have a much stronger foundation.”   ​Jefferson County Constable Chris Bates.