MCLI Class of 2020

Members of the Moore County Leadership Institute class of 2020.

Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) kicked off the 31st year of training with a retreat held at Hampton Inn & Suites in Aberdeen on Jan. 29-30.

The annual program provides participants the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally via programs with community leaders and experts.

“We all know there is a universal need for leaders. It takes one look at today’s headlines to know that this is true,” said Linda Parsons, president and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. “While the Chamber may not be able to impact the world issues, it can certainly impact those issues that occur in Moore County by developing effective local leaders.”

Established in 1989, the goal of MCLI is to develop a broader base of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership and work for positive community change in Moore County.

“This journey will be different for each and every one of you, that is what makes this experience so unique,” Parsons said, in welcoming the 2020 class of participants.

This year’s participants include Cory Albers, Town of Southern Pines; Kim Ayers, Pinehurst National Realty; Colette Bachand, Penick Village; Carrie Barber, First Bank; Nathan Cherry, Ameriprise Financial/Hicks & Associates; Nichole Cox, Pinehurst Medical Clinic; Jamie Encinosa, Rhetson Companies; Elizabeth Futrell, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; Kari Gulovich, AC Sandhills; Rita Hairston, Main Street Home Loans; Nicole Johnson, Fanatical Skin & Ink; Kelly Kiser, First Bank; Jenn Kissinger, Morgan Stanley; Denver McFarland, Pinehurst LLC; Chris Miller, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; Rebecca Mourouzis, Keller Williams Realty; Lindsey Simmons, Aging Outreach Services; Donathon Stover, Keller Williams Realty; Shannon Stroud, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; Karen Triplett, The Pilot; Susan Wiesner, Main Street Home Loans.

The two-day retreat kicked off the year with a simulated society exercise facilitated by Well Said Public Relations, a Myers Briggs assessment led by Anita Alpenfels with Moore County Schools, and a challenge exercise led by Linda Harte, a FirstHealth training specialist.

“Effective leaders are open-minded and willing to strive to move forward for a brighter future. These individuals are leaping into the program to take the time to not only understand our community, but the dynamics of effective leadership and decision making,” said Parsons. “Participants will study over an eleven month period our community infrastructure, analyze their own individual leadership styles, and further develop their communication skills while also volunteering in the community and doing a project that directly impacts Moore County.”

To date there are over 550 MCLI graduates.

In addition to facilitating this year’s class, the Moore County Chamber is excited to announce the formation of an MCLI Alumni Association in the spring of 2020.

With over 30 years of strong roots in the business community, and time-honored success, the Chamber’s staff worked with a small group of alumni to create new opportunities for MCLI graduates to network and connect.

A kick-off event is scheduled for mid-May, sponsored by Aging Outreach Services. Details on applying will be forthcoming.

For more information, contact Jana Volitis at

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