New Vision Newport Class 17 Course Complete

Lori Owens with Newport Advanced Physical Therapy was one of the graduates of the 17th New Vision Newport class. In lieu of a formal graduation, due to COVID-19 restrictions, class participants were recently treated to a socially distanced, one-on-one surprise recognition by the New Vision Newport steering committee.

Members of the 17th New Vision Newport have officially graduated from the local leadership development course.

Organized by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, New Vision Newport offers class members leadership skills, a greater knowledge of various aspects of the community, on-site visits to local businesses and manufacturers, a trip to Little Rock, team building and relationship building skills. The goal of participants is to gain self-confidence, to achieve personal goals and to be a better and more productive citizen in the workplace and the community.

In addition to their monthly sessions, class members worked on three local projects. Team 1 worked to create a unique, special holiday event at Jacksonport State Park to be held at the new Visitors Center. Team 2 worked on creating artistic and creative focal points for the downtown area. Team 3 helped to develop and implement a lighting project for Remmel Park. All three projects will be completed at a later date thanks to the groundwork, meetings and research of this New Vision Newport group.

In lieu of a formal graduation in May of this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and an increase in local cases, class participants were recently treated to a socially distanced, one-on-one surprise recognition by the New Vision Newport steering committee. Class 17 graduates are:

Theresa Aasen, White River Women’s Shelter (sponsored by the Newport Economic Development Commission)

Lynelle Bridgeman, Arkansas Steel Associates

Travis Church, ASU-Newport

Melanie Clark, Jackson County Clerk

Barbara Hackney, Jackson County Circuit Clerk

John Herrington, Arkansas Department of Corrections

Layla Ivy, WRMC Medical Complex Newport

Natalie Martin, Newport Elementary

Neida Martinez, George’s Liquor Store

Josh McMasters, Jacksonport State Park

Wanda Mueller, Merchants & Planters Bank

Lori Owens, Newport Advanced Physical Therapy

Mark Owens, Edward Jones

Ysla Rucker, I’m Making a Difference (sponsored by George Kell Motors)

Nick Statler, Harris Ford

Lisa Turner, Jackson County Land Services

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