Inaugural ICA Leadership Academy Class Graduates

Congratulations to the following individuals who have successfully completed the ICA Leadership Academy.

  • Devan Amdor, Cumberland Telephone Company
  • Mike Baker, Danville Telecom
  • Jamie Daubendiek, Jefferson Telecom
  • Chris Dodd, Evertek, Inc.
  • Rachel Hamilton, Marne Elk Horn
  • Ryan Joynt, Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
  • Chris Lovell, CL Tel
  • Lee Mellema, Premier Communications
  • Kristine Mohning, WesTel Systems
  • Erin Petersen, Palo Cooperative Telephone Association
  • Jillinda Thornton, IAMO Telephone Company
  • Johnathon Tuvera, Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative


Iowa Communications Alliance Leadership Academy 

The ICA Leadership Academy has been developed in response to requests from members for additional, in-depth leadership development opportunities for member company employees. 

Program Goal
The ICA Leadership Academy will raise up leaders who desire to take the next step into a leadership role both in their companies and the ICA through networking opportunities, mentorship, and leadership skills training.

Target Audience
Member company employees being considered for, being groomed for, or new to leadership positions within their organization. The class size will be limited to no more than 15 participants. The limited class size will allow for maximum participation and networking.

Program Dates 

October - March

Program Content
The Leadership Academy will include a mix of presentations, interactive workshops, and participant discussions. Topics to be covered include:
  • Real Colors workshop
  • Human Resources basics
  • Time Management and Delegation
  • Building Successful Teams
  • Leading Effective Meetings
  • Customer Service 
  • Strategic Thinking 
  • Panel of seasoned leaders addressing “what I wish I would have known earlier”
  • Importance of Legislative and Regulatory Involvement