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. at 407 E. Main Street, PO Box 411, Gas City, Indiana 46933, brought to the first class, or paid online using the Donation button found on the Thompson-Ray House page. 


Mindy Ballinger

LEAD Inc. Board Chairman

Walnut Creek Golf Courses

Tim Harris

Past Chairman

NFIB and Leadership Consultant

Leadership Grant County Facilitator

Jerry Long

Vice President

Thompson-Ray House Manager

Greg Maynard


Grant-Blackford Mental Health

Dianne Harris


Lake City Bank

Leading Men Who Cook Event Coordinator

Patti Edwards

Board Member Emeritus

Olynger Corp.

Jan Blake

Board Member

IU Health

Marianne DiMatteo

Board Member

Grant-Blackford Mental Health

Michael Dominisse

Board Member

General Motors

CJ McAbee-Reher

Board Member

Swingtech Consulting

Jennifer Stallsmith

Board Member

Insurance Management Group

Lezlie Winter

Board Member

Mississinewa School Corporation

YES! Network Board Liaison

Alicia Morrell

YES! Network Program Coordinator

Frances Slocum Elementary Principal

Carol Sector

YES! Network Advisory Committee

Dr. Jim Laub

YES! Network Curriculum Author

MacArthur School of Leadership

formerly of Indiana Wesleyan University

Mia Owen  

Leading Men Who Cook Social Media Coordinator

Graphic Designer

Linda Smith

LEAD Inc. Administrative Assistant