“I chose to participate in OLA not only to become a better leader for myself personally, but also in the community, and to learn the things I can do to make Ottumwa a better place to live. I want to help make Ottumwa grow into something my children want to stay in, not move away from.” Brad Barnes, Audit Manager, Anderson, Larkin & Co.Our curriculum provides a broad review of the various areas that community leaders face every day such as quality of life, government, public relations, human and community services, education, and business, industry and agriculture.
Leadership development is also an integral part of the curriculum allowing the participants to assess their current leadership path and enhance their skills and leadership style. Please click to learn about the Academy Curriculum and Graduation Requirements.
The Academy Leadership Team
The Dean for the 2013-2014 class is Dr. Ted Haas. Dr. Haas is a native Iowan who has worked as an OB/GYN physician in Ottumwa for the past 33 years. He graduated from Loras College with a BS, earned his MD from the University of Iowa and completed his OB/GYN residency in 1980 from the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Haas has served on many boards and committees at local, state, and regional levels. His leadership in the community includes the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Board of Directors, Ottumwa Medical Clinic Secretary, St. Mary of the Visitation Finance Council, Parish Council, and Restoration Committee, and served as co-chair for the YES, OHS! High School Renovation Committee. He is a past member of Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation. Dr. Haas and his wife Dianne were co-recipients of the Gene Schultz Community Service Award. “Dr. Haas exemplifies community leadership,” stated Hollie Tometich, Executive Director of Ottumwa Leadership Academy. “His experiences and knowledge will be of great benefit to the participants and the program as a whole. We are honored that he has accepted the role of Dean.” Members of the Lead Ottumwa Leadership Academy Advisory Board include: Ron Brickey, Martin Cody, Tom Lazio, Jane Martin and Tom Rubel.
Ottumwa Leadership Academy is a 10-month, tuition-based academy that provides participants with a detailed over-view of Ottumwa and Wapello County with targeted leadership development strategies and skill development. With the mission to develop effective leaders for the betterment of our community, the organization strives to educate, empower, encourage and engage its participants in civic and community service and leadership.
The Ottumwa Leadership Academy building is located at 113 E. Main Street (previously known as the Bookin Building). In keeping with the Legacy Foundation’s strategic focus of revitalization, this older, downtown building was purchased and renovated to house the Academy.
The class has been chosen for this year but it is never to early to plan for next year. In order to be considered for acceptance into next year’s class, please fill out the Application Form and return it to the OLA office. If you have further questions or would like to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please call Hollie Tometich, Executive Director at (641) 684-6221 or visit the Ottumwa Leadership Academy website at www.leadottumwa.org.