Members of the Leadership Statesville Class of 2022 pose for a photo at The Kinleeshop Farm.

Special to Iredell Free News

The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce recognized the Leadership Statesville Class of 2022 during a graduation ceremony on May 10 at The Kinsleeshop Farm.

The nine-month program challenges each participant to be an effective and influential leader within their own organization but also to lead within our greater community through personal commitment and involvement.

This year’s Leadership Statesville team worked hard on their community project at the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont building raised bed gardens that are an educational tool but also sustainable. Lowe’s of Mooresville was an instrumental partner and sponsor of the program, donating supplies and tools that will ensure the legacy of the program for years to come.

Since 1988 Leadership Statesville has educated and equipped hundreds of Statesville residents with information about the social, economic, and political dynamics of our community.

Mayor Costi Kutteh participated in one of the program’s day-long exercises earlier in the year. He was invited to speak to the graduating group. He offered words of praise about their hard work and commitment to their community and inspiration to continue to grow their leadership skills by participating in future Leadership events and sharing how powerful and effective this program is.

“I am so proud of Leadership Statesville class of 2022. From day one they bonded as a group resulting in a very impactful community project with the Boys & Girls Club – The Piedmont,” said Jon Madison, chair of the Advisory Council for the Statesville Leadership Program. “This class displayed every aspect of leadership this community needs. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.”


This year’s graduates are:

♦ Chad Burgin, Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County;
♦ Kristin Crawford, Endeavors Pediatric Therapy;
♦ Matthew Current, Doosan Infracore Portable Power;
♦ Hannah Elmore-Scott, Mitchell Community College;
♦ NaKayla Griffin, Boy & Girls Club of the Piedmont;
♦ Scott Harrell, City of Statesville;
♦ Kristin Jacobs, Kinsleeshop Farm;
♦ Haley Joyner, Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department;
♦ Jeanne Marie Krauss, Iredell County Partnership for Young Children;
♦ Daniel Lewis, Statesville Recreation & Parks Department;
♦ Brittany Marlow, Excel Real Estate Group;
♦ Andy McKinney, Engage2Excel;
♦ Annisa Morton, N.C. Department of Commerce;
♦ Heather Oland, Home Instead;
♦ Candace Reeves, Davis Regional Medical Center;
♦ Devon Shelton, City of Statesville;
♦ Jessica Stewart, Iredell Economic Development Corporation; and
♦ Dana White, Statesville Woman’s Club.


If you are interested in participating in next year’s Leadership Statesville, contact the Greater Statesville Chamber at 704-873-2892 or email

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