Introducing MCLP Class of 2018


The Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) is pleased to announce the ninth class to take on the challenge of this intense eight-month leadership journey. The program is designed to develop leaders who can engage the power of diverse perspectives to improve our world.

This year’s participants are:

  • Kym Ammons-Scott, Normal
  • Maria Basalay, Normal
  • Abigail Bok, Ellsworth
  • Barbara Bouboutsis, Colfax
  • Crystal Bricker, Bloomington
  • Karyl Carlson, Normal
  • Troy Clark, Bloomington
  • Emory Davis, Normal
  • Julia Emig, Bloomington
  • Chad Fisher, Normal
  • Shrimakarthik Gopalakrishnan, Bloomington
  • Lucas Hellmer, Bloomington
  • Anitha Jayaram, Bloomington
  • Barbara Little, Bloomington
  • Beth Marsh, Normal
  • Sandra Osorio, Urbana
  • Hari Rebba, Normal
  • Raegan Rinchiuso, Normal
  • Cecilia Ruffin, Bloomington
  • Madhura Shenoy, Bloomington
  • Terrence Smith, Normal
  • Stephen Stapleton, Normal
  • Angel Terrell, Kappa
  • Stephanie Turrentine, Normal
  • Patricia Valente, Normal
  • Alexis Wolstein, Normal

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for this year’s class on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Heartland Community College Astroth Community Education Center. This year, the reception will include a new feature — presentation of an inaugural MCLP Volunteer Service Award.   MCLP Executive Director, Linda Bollivar, said, “Once again, we are delighted with the quality of our incoming class.  We have a great range of professionals from diverse backgrounds who are all committed to this leadership development journey. We are confident they will bring the benefits of their personal and professional growth back to their workplaces and into the community.”

The Multicultural Leadership Program is a local nonprofit which conducts one leadership development cohort each year from July through March.  Participants must be 21 or older, live or work in McLean County, and should be in some current leadership role.  Throughout the program, participants meet an average of two times a month to learn leadership concepts.  In September they are also assigned in teams to work on projects for local nonprofits.