Twenty individuals have been selected to comprise the 6th class of Leadership Sioux Center. Class participants, who represent a variety of businesses, industries and non-profit agencies, will spend the next eight months learning about our community and honing their personal leadership skills. The first session is slated for Tuesday, October 8.
A signature program of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Sioux Center uses the community as its classroom and is designed to meet the community's need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders. The goal of the program is to inform, challenge and motivate participants by providing information on community resources, discussing community concerns, interacting with community leaders and building a sense of community trusteeship.
Members of this year's Leadership Sioux Center class and their sponsors:
Michael Boone-American State Bank
Derek Buteyn-Dordt University
Gwen Crane-Brommer Sanitation
Ryan De Groot-Casey's Bakery
Jamie Dykstra-First Reformed Church
Luke Francois-Pella Corporation
Jordan Harmelink-Pizza Ranch
Wes Kamerman-Peoples Bank
Derek Kosters-Prairie Life Chiropractic
Trevor Kuiper-Sioux Center Dental
Maggie Landegent-City of Sioux Center
Gary McEldowney-Sioux Center Community School District
Cory Nelson-Sioux Center Health
Heidi Ouwinga-Sioux Center Public Library
Craig Schuiteman-Mouw Motor Company
Emily Tuschen-Promise Community Health Center
Seth Van Gorp-Kroese & Kroese, PC
Kelli Van Roekel-Sioux Center Christian School
Amy Westra-Dordt University
100 individuals have graduated from Leadership Sioux Center and gone on to serve the community and the region in a number of leadership positions.
For more information on Leadership Sioux Center, visit
Barb Den Herder is the Executive Director of the Sioux Center Chamber, an inexperienced blog writer, and an advocate for over 250 chamber businesses.