Program empowers professionals to be active in community, workplace
The sky is the limit for the second graduating class of LONG (Leaders for Ozaukee’s Next Generation).
Fourteen professionals who live or work in Ozaukee County earned leadership professional certificates this month after completing the nine-session training program.
LONG is a collaborative effort of the Chambers of Commerce in Ozaukee County, Ozaukee County Economic Development, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Small Business Development Center at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Continuing Education.
Organizers explain that the program’s goal is to nurture leadership capabilities in local communities and workplaces.
“The LONG program is a great opportunity for people throughout the county to develop their leadership skills, learn more about the communities where they live and work and build relationships with their peers,” said Kate Pawasarat, community development educator for UW-Extension in Ozaukee County.
Pawasarat serves as facilitator for the program.
She said over the course of the training, participants learn about key aspects of community leadership including effective communication, emotional intelligence, diversity training and building community partnerships.
Pawasarat said program participants work collaboratively on projects to earn their certificates.
This year’s projects included a networking event hosted by the Ozaukee Professional Excellence Network (OPEN), a snowshoe 5k event at Riveredge Nature Center in the Town of Saukville, a beach cleanup at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton and the development of a community awareness program for Ozaukee Family Services.
Members of this year’s class included David Schlegel, Bob Makoutz, Joel Deutmeyer, Tom Oliver, Kris Barger, Jennifer Mantooth, Jeanne Mueller, Donna Skwierawski, Chris Boucher, Brian Immel, Jodi Conrad, Kay-Ella Dee, Tom Mongoven and Tiffany Shepherd.
Registration for the next LONG course is open until Wednesday, Sept. 3. The next session starts Sept. 17 and runs until May 20, 2015.
Only 20 people will be admitted into the program.
The program fee is $350 for Chamber members and $450 for non-members.
For more information, contact program manager Jason Mueller, by e-mailing
or calling (414) 227-3129.
Image information: MEMBERS OF THE second class of LONG (Leaders for Ozaukee’s Next Generation) celebrated their recent graduation. They included (seated, from left) David Schlegel, Bob Makoutz, Joel Deutmeyer, Tom Oliver, (back row) Kris Barger, Jennifer Mantooth, Jeanne Mueller, Donna Skwierawski, Chris Boucher, Brian Immel, Jodi Conrad and facilitator Kate Pawasarat. Not pictured were Kay-Ella Dee, Tom Mongovern and Tiffany Sheperd.