(Cushing, Okla.)  The 2012 class of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cushing Program were recognized at a dinner at Roma’s Restaurant this past Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Participants were Nancy Dowell, Principal, Harmony Elementary School; Justin Menser, Captain, Cushing Fire Department; Rocky Chouinard, Manager, Cushing Wal-Mart Supercenter; Heather Brennan; Assessment Technician, Central Career Technical Center; and Toni Vieyra, President of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Participants not in attendance were Raul Matos, Deputy Warden of the Cimarron Correction Facility and Stacey Hamilton, Ad Manager of the Cushing Citizen. 

Robert Felts served as Chairman, Leadership Cushing 2012;

The participants participated in a two month, eight session program that exposed and educated them in a wide variety of topics about their community.  Topics covered by the program included an orientation and history of Cushing; a presentation by representatives of non-profits organizations; a tour of the Cimarron Correction Facility; a trip to the State Capitol to meet with our State Representative and State Senator and a tour of the Oklahoma City National Memorial; a session on local industries with a tour of Plains’ control room and Young Oil Tool; a presentation on the Cushing Public Schools and a tour of Central Career Tech Center; a briefing by officials of city government and officers of Payne County at the Payne County Courthouse; and a session and visit to institutions responsible for health care delivery.


Chairmen Felts commented that this was a very diverse, but highly motivated class.  The participants were selected and/or approved by their respective employers to participate in the Leadership Cushing Program.  “Their enthusiastic response to the various sessions served as a testament to the high caliber of the individual participants and their potential to be leaders in their workplace and the community”, Felts stated.