About Lead Inc.

We believe, “In every person is a LEADER waiting to be developed.”

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD Inc.) exists to develop and train leaders in Grant County.

With three universities, a community full of talented and caring citizens, strong business and manufacturing partnerships, and a rich heritage of leadership, LEAD Inc. is developing the next generation of leaders, to preserve a strong and healthy community. To do this, we utilize the following programs: 

  • Leadership Grant County: An adult community leadership program that has graduated emerging leaders and volunteers for more than thirty years.
  • Y.E.S. Network: Youth Empowered to Serve. An impactful three-year program with a unique curriculum for 8th, 9th and 10th graders to root them in self leadership, team leadership and community leadership.
  • Thompson-Ray House: Our historic home for local leadership. It houses our leadership programs and is available for business meetings, community events and family gatherings.

Leadership Grant County

Register online today! Join a long list of local leaders to graduate from this premier community program since 1982. 

Class registration fee is $350. Payment can be sent to LEAD Inc. (407 E. Main Street, PO Box 411, Gas City, Indiana 46933) or brought to the first class. 


Jerry Long

LEAD Inc. Board Chairman

Thompson-Ray House Manager

Tim Harris

Past Chairman

NFIB and Leadership Consultant

Leadership Grant County Facilitator

Mindy Ballinger

Vice President

Walnut Creek Golf Courses

Greg Maynard


Carey Services

Dianne Harris



Leading Men Who Cook Event Coordinator

Patti Edwards

Board Member Emeritus

Olynger Corp.

Michael Dominisse

Board Member

General Motors

CJ McAbee-Reher

Board Member

RELI Group, Inc contracted to High Point Global

Tamara Murphy

Board Member

Indiana Wesleyan University

Jennifer Stallsmith

Board Member

Afena Federal Credit Union

Jim Widner

Board Member

Retired Newspaper and Bank Executive

Lezlie Winter

Board Member

Mississinewa School Corporation

YES! Network Board Liaison

Alicia Morrell

YES! Network Program Coordinator

Indiana Wesleyan University Upward Bound Program

Carol Sector

YES! Network Advisory Committee

Dr. Jim Laub

YES! Network Curriculum Author

MacArthur School of Leadership

formerly of Indiana Wesleyan University

Paula Schultz  

Leading Men Who Cook Social Media Coordinator

Grant County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Linda Smith

LEAD Inc. Administrative Assistant