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2017 Stepping Up To Leadership and Advanced Leadership
Development Program selectees announced

Each year, regional managers face the challenge of reviewing nomination packages for a sea of qualified professionals and making selections to the limited number of classroom slots for leadership development programs. This year was no exception as the lengthy candidate list was shortened to four selected for Stepping Up To Leadership and two Advanced Leadership Development Program participants.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service grows great employees through education, experience, mentorship and association with our cadre of first-rate professionals throughout the organization. We supplement this with special training targeted at particular skills and development of leadership potential,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “We are extremely proud of the quality training opportunities available for our employees through the SUTL and ALDP programs.”

Those selected to participate in the next two Stepping Up To Leadership Program offerings for fiscal year 2017 include:

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Jessica Campbell, Regional Office – Realty, Minnesota.
Chuck Melvin, Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, Minnesota.

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Ryan Drum, Regional Office – Science Applications, Minnesota.
Angela Baran, Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Wisconsin.

Stepping Up To Leadership is approximately six-months in length and includes an initial two-week classroom training at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. During the five- to six-month period following the core classroom session, participants complete developmental assignments before attending a final one-week follow-up and program closeout at the training center. During the entire program each participant receives coaching from an experienced Service leader who provides support, guidance and feedback. This is a highly competitive program: since 2001, more than 350 Midwest Region employees have applied to participate in Stepping Up To Leadership, but we’re limited to only four participants each year.

Some previous graduates of the program include:  Sarah Warner, Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office, Wisconsin, Michelle Vanderhaar, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan, Rebecca Esser, Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, Minnesota, John Weber, Columbia Ecological Services Field Office, Missouri, Peter Hrodey, Marquette Biological Station, Michigan, Damon Lesmeister, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois, Tamara Smith, Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, Minnesota, Steven Dushane, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Michigan, Lori Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services, Minnesota, Tim Bodeen, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota, Doug Staller, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and Kristen Lundh, Rock Island Ecological Services Field Office, Illinois.

In total, the Midwest Region has over 80 graduates of Stepping Up To Leadership.

Advanced Leadership Development Program

The Advanced Leadership Development Program is the Service's recognizes and further develops high performing GS-13 and GS-14 employees who demonstrate willingness and capability for senior leadership positions. This year Teresa Lewis, Midwest Fisheries Center, Wisconsin, and Katherine Mullett, Marquette Biological Station, Michigan, have been selected as our region's participants in the next Advanced Leadership Development Program cohort.
The Advanced Leadership Development Program provides educational sessions, self-assessment, developmental assignments, and interactions with leaders inside and outside of government as part of its demanding year-long program. Applications are evaluated and reviewed by regional teams and then further reviewed by a team of Deputy Regional Directors and Deputy Assistant Directors. The recommendation from the Deputies is forwarded to the Deputy Director, who makes the final decision on the participants in each Advanced Leadership Development Program cohort.

Fiscal Year 2016 graduates of the program include Katie Steiger-Meister, Regional Office – External Affairs, Minnesota; Neil Powers, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota; and Rob Simmonds, Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Illinois.

Some additional past Advanced Leadership Development Program graduates from Region 3 include Tom Kerr, Chuck Bronte, Pete Fasbender, Sean Marsan, Lisa Williams, Bill Andersen, Bob Krska, Todd Turner, Rick Greenblat, Greg Jackson, Andy Buhl, Mary Stefanski, Abbey Kucera, Louise Clemency, Jim Hodgson, Aaron Woldt and Bruce Freske. All of these graduates are a resource to anyone who wants to learn more about Advanced Leadership Development Program or leadership development in general.

By Larry Dean
Regional Office - External Affairs

Last updated: November 10, 2016