HAMILTON COUNTY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2023 AWARD WINNERS
NOBLESVILLE, IN – Each year, Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) recognizes HCLA alumni and community partners for their commitment and service to HCLA and their impact in Hamilton County. This year HCLA is thrilled to announce Dan Stevens as the 2023 HCLA Distinguished Alumni and David Heighway as the 2023 HCLA Honorary Alumni.
HCLA will recognize Dan Stevens and David Heighway as the 2023 awards recipients during the HCLA Leadership Summit which will take place on Tuesday, June 20 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Noblesville.
2023 Distinguished Alumni
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus from the HCLA program who has made a difference in the HCLA network and Hamilton County through their service to the community and leadership efforts. They have utilized the knowledge gained from the program to leave a mark in the community where they reside and work. The 2023 HCLA Distinguished Alumni is Dan Stevens, HCLA Class of 2000.
Dan Stevens joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department in January 1974. His career path included duties as a dispatcher, corrections officer, process server, Patrol Deputy, 13 years as a Division Commander with the rank of Captain, 8 years as Chief Deputy with the rank of Major, and elected to 8 years of service as County Sheriff. In October 2009, after nearly 36 years of duty at the Sheriff’s Department, he joined the Office of the County Commissioners as the director of administration. He served in that capacity for 13.5 years and retired on March 31, 2023.
Dan has received numerous community recognitions for his work, including the 2016 Community Service Award from Noblesville Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, 2020 Outstanding County Administrator Award from the Indiana Association of County Commissioners, and in 2023 received the Hamilton County Commissioners Continental Award for Service.
He will continue to serve Hamilton County in his retirement as an appointment by the County Commissioners on the Riverview Hospital Board of Trustees, president of the Hamilton County Redevelopment Commission, vice president of the Hamilton County Theater Guild (Home of the Belfry Theater), and on the board of directors for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Chaplaincy.
2023 HCLA Honorary Alumni
The HCLA Honorary Alumni Award recognizes a Hamilton County leader for their investment, advocacy, and partnership with HCLA. Honorees are not alumnus of the program but have a deep belief in the mission and vision of HCLA and the impact graduates can make in the community. The 2023 HCLA Honorary Alumni is David Heighway.
David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian. He is a native Hoosier and received his undergraduate degree in history from Western Kentucky University and his Masters in History from Utah State University. He has worked at museums around the US, including places such as Utah and Pennsylvania, as well as museums in Indiana, such as Conner Prairie. He has recently published a book called The Hidden History of Hamilton County. He is presently an employee of the Hamilton East Public Library, sits on the Noblesville Historic Preservation Commission, and is on the board of directors of the Hamilton County Historical Society.
David has shared his passion for Hamilton County history with every HCLA class for the last 30+ years, making sure each program graduate is knowledgeable on the unique history where they call home and that they can relay the story of the great squirrel stampede to all of their friends, family, and neighbors.
Celebrate the HCLA 2023 Award Winners by making a gift to HCLA in their honor or attending the HCLA Leadership Summit.
HAMILTON COUNTY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY SELECTS PATRICK PROPST AS THE CLASS OF 2024 DEAN
NOBLESVILLE, IN – As Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) opens the application process for its 33rd cohort of leaders, they are thrilled to announce that Patrick Propst has been selected to serve as the HCLA dean for the Class of 2024. HCLA has been educating leaders and cultivating community networks for over 30 years.
“As an alumnus of the HCLA Class of 2018, I immediately saw the impression and influence that HCLA and its deans had in Hamilton County,” said Propst. “In particular, I saw how each dean had a unique ability to channel the leadership, knowledge, networks, and resources of each class to shape and elevate all areas of life in the county. I look forward to meeting this year’s class as they begin their journey with HCLA.”
“The HCLA board is honored that Patrick is volunteering his time to support the growth of Hamilton County by serving as dean,” Andrew Bradford, HCLA president shared. “His commitment to service will support the mission of HCLA to amplify impact and empower community members with access to people and insights into the operations of Hamilton County.”
The dean plays an integral role in creating the class culture and connectivity and providing meaningful insight and expertise throughout the HCLA class experience. They serve as an ambassador for the program in the community and will collaborate with the HCLA executive director and board to cultivate and maintain an engaging, dynamic, and thought-provoking learning environment.
“HCLA is eager to watch the guidance and growth Patrick will provide to the Class of 2024. His innate ability for developing individuals so they can identify their why and make an impact where they reside and work is clear and we can’t wait to harness that skillset into the HCLA cohort experience,” said Diana Coyle, HCLA executive director.
Propst is an ordained minister and has been serving alongside Faith Community in Noblesville since 2004. Faith Community recently re-missioned and is exploring new faith expressions in today’s world, while encouraging and supporting free-range Christians. He also serves as part-time executive director for Serve Noblesville and began his own life coaching, consulting, and spiritual direction company called Pachlain.
Patrick’s 18 years of living and raising his family in Noblesville created a passion for the city and the people. He recently launched a podcast with a good friend called A Sinner and Saint. On it, they explore the day-to-day experiences when we are at our best and our worst. Patrick’s work, regardless of the hat he is wearing, is guided by the mantra of helping people, businesses, and organizations to “discover their good.”
Patrick Propst married his wife and Noblesville native Kami in 2001 and have three children, college freshman, Jada; high school senior, Asher; and sophomore, Hines. They live in a unique 1875 Italianate house in Old Town Noblesville. He enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, gardening, riding motorcycles, movies, bourbon, cigars, and the winter season. He collects books and PEZ. His PEZ collection is around 1,000 pieces and most of them have been given to him by friends over the years.
Applications for the HCLA Class of 2024 are currently open and will close Wednesday, April 12. If you are interested in learning more about HCLA, its community impact, and how to apply for the Class of 2024 find more information at www.hcla.net. Members of the Class of 2024 will be announced in June.
HAMILTON COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
NOBLESVILLE, IN – Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) and Invest Hamilton County have launched a new community ambassador program. The partnership, called HAMILTON CONNECTION will highlight personal stories of HCLA alumni and allow those Connectors to help personalize the things that make Hamilton County a great place to live, work, learn and thrive. Fifteen HCLA alumni have signed on as Connectors through the first year
“Our alumni network is excited to be community connectors for those new to Hamilton County, interested in relocating here, or looking to identify new ways to engage where they reside or work,” said Diana Coyle, Executive Director of HCLA, “a key part of what makes HCLA a great program is it dives deep into our community which makes our alumni the perfect group to help others do the same.”
Through Invest Hamilton County’s website, those interested can access Connectors’ stories, experiences and personal snapshots to learn more about the Hamilton County community. If the stories spark additional interest and a desire for further conversations, individuals can reach out to Hamilton Connectors through a variety of social media channels to engage in conversations about topics like volunteering, employment, and/or community events.
“If you Google search any community in our County you will see amazing articles about the quality of our schools, parks, roads, health and employment,” says Mike Thibideau, President/CEO of Invest Hamilton County, “what this program does is personalize those accolades, showcase the diversity of experiences that make our community great, and provide an opportunity for immediate connection.” Thibideau also looks forward to the Connectors engaging with other similar programs in the Indy Region.
Visit www.investhamiltoncounty.com/work/hamilton-connection to learn more about the Hamilton Connection program and to see profiles of participating HCLA Alumni.