Current DLI Fellows

Meet the 2019-2020 Delta Leadership Institute Class

These 30 fellows represent a spectrum of sectors and experiences from across the Delta's eight states. Each one of them brings a unique perspective on the Region's diverse economic developmental challenges, opportunities, and strategies. Together, they will lead Delta's future. 

Alabama

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Ollie Davison

Deputy District Director

Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Alabama

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Fengna Zheng

Business Advisor

University of West Alabama

Alabama

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Llevelyn Rhone

Founder

Greensboro Regional Opportunity Works, Inc.

Arkansas

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Andy Davis

Principal

New Water Systems

Arkansas

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Susan Edwards

Executive Assistant to the Federal Co-Chairman

Delta Regional Authority

Arkansas

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Suzzette Goldmon

Director of Hospitality and Tourism

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Arkansas

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Samantha Montgomery

Digital Coordinator

Arkansas Attorney General's Office

Arkansas

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Gene White, Jr.

Director of Retention & Advising

Southeast Arkansas College

Illinois

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Deborah Barnett

Director, Business Incubator Programs and Interim Associate Director, SIU Research Park

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Illinois

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Lauren Bonner

Senate Aide

Office of Senator Richard Durbin

Illinois

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Jamie Green

President

Murphysboro Main Street

Illinois

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Brooke Guthman

Member Services Manager

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association

Kentucky

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Hannah Chretien

Executive Director

Ballard County Economic & Industrial Development Board

Kentucky

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Mason DeJarnett

Territory Manager

Fabick CAT

Louisiana

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Karen Burks

Career and Workforce Development Trainer

Urban League of Louisiana

Louisiana

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Mary Kirk-Lewis

Business and Cooperative Specialist

USDA, Rural Development

Louisiana

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Brady Middleton

Director of Business Development

Ascent Health, Inc.

Louisiana

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Byron Washington

President/ Chair of Board

NBR Now, Inc.

Mississippi

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John Garner

Extension/Research Associate

Southern Rural Development Center

Mississippi

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Linda Stringfellow

Vice President - Delta Region

Together for Hope

Mississippi

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Charles Williams, Jr.

City Engineer

City of Jackson

Missouri

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Hannah Barnett

Executive Director

Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission

Missouri

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Shad Burner

Project Manager

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Missouri

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Kathy Medley

Executive Vice President

Sikeston Regional Chamber & Area Economic Development Corporation

Missouri

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Gregory Roeback

Chief Executive Officer

Great Mines Health Center

Missouri

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Krista Snyder

Executive Director

Washington County Industrial Development Authority

Tennessee

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Kim Foster

City Manager

City of Paris

Tennessee

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Joel Hassell

Superintendent of Schools

Haywood County Schools

Tennessee

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Brett Lashlee

County Mayor

Benton County

Tennessee

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Cody Wood

Chief Financial Officer

City of Lexington