Iowa Communications Alliance Leadership Academy


2023-2024 Leadership Academy Participants

  • Ted Adams, KGPCo
  • Samantha Carlson, Communications 1 Network 
  • Jay Duncan, Heart of Iowa Communications
  • Carissa Hoekstra, WTC Communications
  • Natalie Hopf, Mahaska Communication Group       
  • Matt Leisinger, East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative
  • Jordan Oja, Mi-Fiber
  • Mike Olsen, La Motte & Andrew Telephone Company
  • Dan Rosas, MTC Technologies
  • Nicole Schulte, Spring Grove Communications & Harmony Telephone Company
  • Jacob Slaubaugh, Kalona Cooperative Technology Company

Over six months, the class will receive training in a variety of areas including: time management, delegation, HR basics, building positive company culture, public speaking and presentation skills, and goal setting. The Leadership Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony in March 2024 as part of ICA’s Annual Meeting of Members in Des Moines.

Participation in the Leadership Academy is open to all ICA members.  Participants are selected through a competitive application process.  Applications for the next Leadership Academy will be available in Summer 2024. 

Please contact Melissa Primus, Director of Membership and Operations, to learn more. 

Congratulations to the ICA Leadership Academy Graduates

2022-2023 ICA Leadership Academy

  • David Brown, Minburn Communications
  • Kellee Dawson, IAMO Communications
  • Brad Dorman, Calix
  • Sarah Hagen, Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
  • Aaron Horman, F&B Communications
  • Robyn McDowell, Premier Communications
  • Katie Miller, Sharon Telephone Company
  • Erin Nelson, Wiatel
  • Justin Schneider, Coon Valley Telephone Cooperative
  • Carey Stover, Aureon
  • Curtis Thornberry, Panora Fiber
  • Adam Welp, MTC Technologies

2021-2022 ICA Leadership Academy

  • Marcie Boerner, Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association
  • Brittany Bonnicksen, Iowa Communications Alliance
  • Ray Fear, Farmtel Communications
  • Jeremy Gugel, KCTC
  • Andrea Hansen, Butler-Bremer Communications
  • Steve Hanson, Northeast Iowa Telephone Company
  • Lisa Koerselman, Premier Communications
  • Mary Phillips, Minerva Valley Companies
  • Dominic Schnell, Northwest Communications
  • Kayla Sperfslage, Cascade Communications
  • Angie Thompson, Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
  • Matt Tippett, Mahaska Communication Group

2019-2020 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