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 middle school students 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 $400. 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. 


C.J. McAbee-Rehrer

LEAD Inc. Board Chair

Swingtech Consulting and

The Center for Leadership Coaching

Jerry Long

Board Vice President

Thompson-Ray House Historian


Greg Maynard

Board Secretary

Radiant Health

Dianne Harris

Board Treasurer

Lake City Bank

Mindy Ballinger

Board Member

Walnut Creek Golf Courses

Michael Dominisse

Board Member

General Motors

Tim Harris

Board Member

Peak Brain Centers

Ashley Hofer

Board Member

First Farmers Bank & Trust

Ashley Hurd

Board Member

GCA Title

Tim Kane

Board Member

Retired Business Owner

Jared Matchette

Board Member

Northwest Bank

Jan (Blake) McMillan

Board Member

IU Health Blackford County

Dr. Jayda Monteiro

Board Member

Dept. of Child Services and

IU School of Social Work

Dr. Aaron Wilkinson

Board Member

University of Saint Francis

Alicia Morrell

YES! Network Program Coordinator

Frances Slocum Elementary Vice Principal

Lezlie Winter

YES! Network Cirriculum Advisor

Mississinewa School Corporation Superintendent

Dr. Jim Laub

YES! Network Curriculum Author

MacArthur School of Leadership

formerly of Indiana Wesleyan University

Mia Owen  

Graphic Designer

JAC Creative

Jennifer Stallsmith

Thompson-Ray House Manager

LEAD Inc. Part-time Director