Leadership Highland sets sail for the 2018-2019 Class

By Brooke Beam PhD

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator


Leadership Highland participants pictured from left to right: Scott Hopf, Mike Hart, Rob Holt, Mat Greene, Destiny Bryson, Michelle Unsworth, Liz Brennfleck, Diana Grooms, and Melissa Elmore. Not pictured Dan Pearce.


The Leadership Highland class of 2018-2019 met for the first time at Rocky Fork State Park on August 8, 2018. Participants in this year’s class include: Michael Hart (Great Oaks), Scott Hopf (Merchants Bank), Melissa Elmore (The Highland County Chamber of Commerce), Robert Holt (Bagshaw Enterprises), Diana Grooms (First State Bank), Michelle Unsworth (Weastec, Inc.), Mathew Greene (Edward Jones), Elizabeth Brennfleck (Highland and Fayette County Boards of Developmental Disabilities), Daniel Pearce (HighCo. Inc.), and Destiny Bryson (Visitors Bureau of Highland County).



The first day of Leadership Highland was held at the East End Overlook.Dr. Jeff King, from The Ohio State University Leadership Center, taught team building skills and discussed the participant’s individual Meyers-Briggs evaluations during the morning session. Commissioners Terry Britton and Jeff Duncan provided an update on county projects occurring in the Rocky Fork Lake region.

Leadership Highland class members participating in team building exercises with Dr. Jeff King.



Matthew Lewis and Officer Adam Sommerville, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, discussed the daily operation, routine maintenance, and safety practices utilized at Rocky Fork State Park. Lewis and Sommerville also provided a boat tour of the lake demonstrating dredging efforts near the campground area, Bald Eagle nesting areas, and the re-development of a children’s fishing lake.


Rocky Fork Lake Tour with Matt Lewis and Officer Sommerville.  

The day concluded with Meredith Oglesby and Lauren Grover teaching the participants proper dining etiquette.


Etiquette training dinner with Lauren Grover and Meredith Oglesby at the East End Overlook.


The next full meeting of Leadership Highland will be on September 19, 2018, focusing on the history of Highland County. A portion of the Leadership Highland participants will be traveling to Toledo in late August to visit the 180th Fighter Wing and learn about the  Brushcreek/Buckeye Military Operating Area over Highland County. For more information about Leadership Highland, contact the Extension Office at 937-393-1918.


Upcoming Events

 Beef Quality Assurance Trainings:

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Noon, Union Stockyards, Hillsboro
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6:30 P.M., Union Stockyards, Hillsboro
  • Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 P.M., Producers Stockyards, Hillsboro
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 P.M., Producers Stockyards, Hillsboro

Call your local Ohio State University Extension Office to register for the date and location of the BQA training of your choice. The Highland County Extension Office can be reached at 937-393-1918.


The next Monthly Extension Program will be held on August 27, 2018, at the Pondo Center in Hillsboro, Ohio. The guest speaker will be Dr. Scott Shearer, who will discuss Big Data and UAVs in Production Agriculture. Advanced registration is required as lunch will be included in the registration fee. Tickets are available for purchase at the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918. The cost of registration is $20.00. The deadline to purchase a ticket in advance is August 23, 2018. For more information contact Brooke Beam at 937-393-1918 or beam.49@osu.edu.