Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce capped off its 19th annual Leadership Mineral Wells program on Friday, celebrating 22 graduates in a ceremony luncheon at Holiday Hills Country Club. Employees from various businesses in the community as well as city employees, including six Mineral Wells police officers, participated in this year’s program.
Leadership Mineral Wells seeks to educate citizens about what makes Mineral Wells a special place to work and live. It encourages personal and civic leadership and development in a variety of areas – from elected office to the social services sector and business community – according to the chamber’s website. It is also provides great networking opportunities.
“Everybody always is amazed at what their city has to offer in the way of businesses and community service organizations,” said Chamber Executive Director Ryan Roach. “It’s just a very eye-opening experience that you don’t realize is available until you go through the program.
Every day it’s nothing but comments like ‘I did not know that’ or ‘I learned something today.’ It’s just a great program that has huge benefits for our community.”
The 19th class featured professionals from banks, industry, Mineral Wells ISD, the City of Mineral Wells, chamber staff and more.
Chamber Director of Programs and Services Marcelinda Williams said this latest group was a “great group of community leaders from all different aspects.”
“When they first came together, they were real quiet; everybody kind of kept to themselves,” she said. “By the end of the class, they were a family. It’s great to see that transition, that growth. They’re just community–minded.”
This year’s graduation also featured alums from previous leadership courses, including nine from Class 18. Williams said reuniting old classes has been something that many have wanted to do for some time.
“[It was] incredible,” she said. “It’s kind of a dream come true.”
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the leadership program and, for the celebration, the Chamber plans to pull out all the stops. Roach said he would like to enhance the program and make it better than ever before. Williams, too, said they have big plans on the horizon.
“Big changes are coming,” she said.
The following is a complete list of class 19’s graduates:
• Patrick Adams – Mineral Wells Police Department.
• Elizabeth Arneson – Famous Mineral Water Company.
• Ashley Barham – PECOFacet.
• Brian Boetz – Mineral Wells Police Department.
• Gary Chipps – Mineral Wells Police Department.
• Jennifer Fincher – Community National Bank & Trust.
• Christian Garcia – Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce.
• Maria Garcia – First Financial Bank.
• Dr. Gail Haterius – Mineral Wells ISD.
• Adam Hull – MWISD’s Houston Elementary.
• Marcella Jimenez – First Financial Bank.
• Maia Johnson – Diamond Pharmacy.
• Cheryl Kirby – Palo Pinto General Hospital.
• Jessica Lee – Titan Bank.
• Ray Lopez – Mineral Wells Police Department.
• Mundae McGettes – Palo Pinto General Hospital.
• John Moran – City of Mineral Wells.
• Caleb Randall – Mineral Wells Police Department.
• Ryan Roach – Texas Farm Bureau Insurance/Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce.
• John Upham – Keg 1 O’Neal.
• Alan White – Titan Bank.
• Randy Wright – Mineral Wells Police Department.