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Top Community Leaders Under 40 and Up & Coming Leaders Awards Dinner

Top Community Leaders possess empathy, the ability to inspire, strong communication skills, & pride in their community.

Help us celebrate these individuals at the 2022 Top Community Leaders Dinner presented by HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital & Washington Savings Bank on Wednesday, November 16.

We will be honoring our 15th Annual Class of Top Leaders Under 40:
Alecia Booher – Versatech Automation
Andrew Decker – Effingham Country Club
Andrew Koester – Taylor Law Offices, P.C.
Austin Eaton – Grunloh Construction, Inc.
Avery Braunecker – DaVita Dialysis & LARA of Dance
Cayla Myers – Cayla’s Power Tumbling, Cheer & Dance Center
Chelsea Gouchenouer – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Dana Devall – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Jared Sudkamp – J.B. Esker & Sons, Inc.
Jessica Polk – Teutopolis Auto Sales/Webster Tire & Auto
Josh Douthit – Effingham City Police Department
Kelsey Frost – HSHS Hospice Illinois
Kristin Niemerg – Washington Savings Bank
Lindsay Wantuck – Orr Law LLC
Matt Carpenter – City of Effingham Fire Department
Meghan Wahl – Heartland Dental
Obie Farmer Jr – Effingham Unit 40
Olivia Koester – Heartland Dental
Rachel Grunloh – Energizer
Sara Ruholl – The Beanstalk Boutique/Humbled Soul Boutique

And our 3nd Annual Class of Up & Coming Leaders:
Callie Gephart – Dieterich HS
Connor Wines – St. Anthony HS
Elise Passalacqua – Teutopolis HS
Gracie Heckert – Beecher City HS
Madison Splechter – Altamont HS
Rosie Markham – Effingham HS

Criteria included:
Up & Coming | between the ages of 14-20 as of August 1, 2022; full-time high school student in Effingham County*; have at least a “B” average; involved in extracurricular activities through school or leadership organizations; have significant contributions to his/her community as a leader; cannot be a previous recipient
Under 40 | between the ages of 20-40 as of August 1, 2022; live/work in Effingham County; have significant contributions to his/her community as a leader; cannot be a previous recipient
*Schools | Altamont, Beecher City, Dieterich, Effingham, St. Anthony, & Teutopolis

Date & Time:
5:30 pm – Cocktail Reception (cash bar)
6:30 pm – Dinner & Awards

Keller Convention Center
1202 N Keller Dr., Effingham


Consider becoming a sponsor to help inspire, encourage, & congratulate our Top Leaders for creating a positive impact in our community.

Contact Information:
Nicole Morrison
(217) 342-4147

Sponsored By:




Wednesday, November 16


5:30pm - 8:00pm


Keller Convention Center
1202 N. Keller Dr.
Effingham, IL 62401

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