Waubonsee Alumni Fill Leadership Roles in Area

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Across America numerous discussions are taking place about our nations heightened sense of the need for strong leaders at national, state and community levels. At the heart of a majority of these discussions is the need for leadership development and the importance of growing our future leaders.

In that context, it is very impressive to see the number of local leaders who have experienced leadership development opportunities and gained valuable education at Waubonsee Community College. While their individual experiences and educational focuses differed, these future leaders gained important skills while students at the college. From former mayor of Aurora David Stover to Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall to Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq, Waubonsee helped these alumni create the foundation they needed to make a difference in our communities.

For Sugar Grove Village President P. Sean Michels, it was the small class sizes and interaction with faculty that aided his preparation to lead and understand responsibility. Longtime Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke set the stage for future generations of student leaders at Waubonsee by chairing the committee that wrote the original student government constitution. Waubonsee gave state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia the opportunity to lead both in and out of the classroom.

Other alumni also brought their leadership experiences with them to Waubonsee, enriching classroom discussions and student activities for faculty and fellow students. Former Yorkville mayor Elden Madden attended Waubonsee years after serving in public office. Both Kane County Board member Arlene Shoemaker and Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini provided leadership during Waubonsees founding, well before they took advantage of educational opportunities at the newly created college as returning adult students.

Even former Waubonsee staff members have taken important parts of the colleges culture of leadership and given back to their communities. For example, Valerie Burd, mayor of Yorkville, was a member of the colleges public relations department for a number of years. …