The first class of Leadership Pulaski County graduated a six month community based leadership development program held September 2012 to February 2013 in Pulaski County, Missouri. Graduates of Leadership Pulaski County received a special recognition at a graduation dinner held February 28, 2013 signifying their completion of 6 months of instruction on the Pulaski County Community and leadership development.  

As a Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce professional development program, Leadership Pulaski County is a community based leadership program designed to identify, educate, and develop leaders. The goal of Leadership Pulaski County is to identify community leaders, expand the leadership potential of participants by increasing their knowledge of Pulaski County, as well as connect current and potential leaders by improving communication. Participants attended all day sessions once per month that introduced them to the different aspects of leadership within Pulaski County as well as develop an awareness of the importance of leadership to the community's growth and development, as well as provided the opportunity to network with individuals that represent many different aspects of the community including business, government, military, and volunteer organizations.

The first graduates of Leadership Pulaski County are:

Joyce Connor, FLW PAIO

Jenna Farquhar, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

Karen Hood, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Katrina Lynch-Allen, Lynch’s Furniture and Appliance

Molly Maxwell-Stribling, Value Place

Marsha Mercer, Fort Wood Hotels

Cecilia Murray, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

Ann Pondrom, Mercy Therapy Services

Kyle Pritchard, Security Bank

Betsy Thomson, Baymont Inn & Suites

Carol Welch, City of Waynesville

Carrie Williamson, Smith & Turley

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank the Leadership Pulaski County 2012-2013 sponsors:

Curriculum Sponsor: Security Bank

Graduation Sponsor: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club

Lunch & Learn Sponsors: Leonard Wood Institute, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center, Pulaski County Growth Alliance, Fort Wood Hotels, Waynesville R-VI School District, Mercy Medical Clinic – St. Robert

Leadership Supporters: Virgie Mahan, Carey Heitman State Farm Insurance, City of Waynesville

For more information visit or contact the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce at 573-336-5121 or email