Leadership Academy

2015-16 Electronic DeKalb Leadership Academy Application
2015-16 Electronic Confidential Recommendation

2015-16 DeKalb Leadership Academy Application
2015-16 Confidential Recommendation

DeKalb Leadership Academy Benefits & Curriculum
Leadership Academy Brochure 

 DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy

DeKalb Chamber Leadership Class Graduates

This is the eleventh class of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy. Maximizing employee potential and encouraging active participation in business and the community are among the goals of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy.

The members of the 2014-15 class are:  Tia Anderson- TCF Bank; Jessica Antonacci- DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; Michele Bolden- Kishwaukee College; Jared Burke- City of DeKalb; Charles Campbell- Armor Technologies; Tara Culotta- Elder Care Services of DeKalb Co.; Karshawn Espy- 3M; Katelyn Fogle- KishHealth System; Gwen Garza- NB&; Robert Heck- Castle Bank; Kim Hinzy- Adventure Works; Susan Lundin- KishHealth System Foundation; Eric Nolan- OC Imageworks; Matt Orth- SundogIT; Jea Nae Remala- Siepert & Co., LLP; Suzanne Reynolds- Becky Beck's Jewelry Store; Dan Rinker- Rinker's Installation/ Redeemed Office Furniture; Tamra Ropeter- DeKalb High School; Erin Tamms- Family Service Agency; and Travis Thompson- Castle Bank.

Course topics include: conflict management and negotiating skills, personal leadership styles, public speaking, leveraging technology in business, area government, non-profits, education and healthcare agencies work, and local employment.

The Chamber is now accepting applications for our twelfth Leadership class. The nine month Leadership Academy will begin meeting in September. The process begins by visiting the Chamber website (www.dekalb.org) to submit/download an application or by calling the Chamber at (815)756-6306 to obtain an application form. Letters of Recommendation are also available on the website. Deadline for receiving completed applications is Aug. 1, 2015.

2014-2015 Leadership Academy Class and Biographies:


Tia Anderson
TCF Bank

Jessica Antonacci
DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Michele Bolden
Kishwaukee College

Jared Burke
City of DeKalb

Charles Campbell
Armor Technologies

Tara Culotta
Elder Care Services of DeKalb

Karshawn Espy

    Katelyn Fogle      
KishHealth System 


Gwen Garza

Robert Heck
Castle Bank

Kim Hinzy
Adventure Works

Susan Lundin
KishHealth System Foundation


Erin Nolan
OC Imageworks

Matt Orth

Jea Nae Remala
Siepert & Co., LLP


Suzanne Reynolds
Becky Beck's Jewelry Store


Dan Rinker
Rinker's Installation/ Redeemed Office Furniture



Tamra Ropeter
DeKalb High School

Erin Tamms
Family Service Agency


Travis Thompson
Castle Bank

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses, individuals and organizations to belong to our voluntary membership organization. Align yourself with other DeKalb Area business leaders and citizens who are investing their time, energy and money to strengthen our community and business environment.

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DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
164 East Lincoln Highway / DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 756-6306 / fax: (815) 756-5164 / email
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