OTTUMWA — Hollie Tometich, executive director of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, has been elected to the national board of directors for the Association of Leadership Programs.

“I think it’s great to give back to an association that’s shared so many resources and best practices with our program,” Tometich said.

The Legacy Foundation created Ottumwa Leadership Academy in 2013 to teach locals about community engagement. The organization has produced a number of civic service projects, such as providing teachers with mindfulness training and a youth program to promote nutrition and exercise.

According to Tometich, OLA has been involved with the Association of Leadership Programs from the OLA’s inception. The ALP describes itself as a “community of leadership programs,” and collaborates with groups like the OLA from all across the country.

Tometich said she doesn’t yet know what her role on the board will be but suspected the ALP selected her to bring diversity to its 14-seat board, by bringing in a director who represents a smaller community than some of the other members.

The appointment is on a voluntary basis and will not require Tometich to relocate. She assumes the post in January 2020.

Jack Langland can be reached at jlangland@ottumwacourier.com.

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