Weiler named to 2019 Toll Fellowship class

Forty-eight state leaders from across the country have been selected to participate in The Council of State Governments’ 2019 Henry Toll Fellowship, the nation’s premier leadership development program for state government officials.

The members of the Class of 2019 hail from 33 states and represent all three branches of state government. A committee of program alumni reviewed applications and selected the class.

For more than 30 years, the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship—named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll—has convened a group of the nation’s top officials in Lexington, Kentucky, for an intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp. The 2019 program will be held Aug. 23-27.

The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities. Each year’s program is unique, but previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

“The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship recognizes outstanding state leaders with a demonstrated passion for public service,” said CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins, who was a 1993 Toll Fellow when he served as a Kansas state representative. “The program is designed to expand leadership skills and empower the fellows to navigate complex public policy challenges more effectively. This year’s class of fellows will sharpen their ability to collaborate and communicate, to develop innovative solutions and advance the common good.”

Members of the CSG 2019 Toll Fellows Class by state are:

Alaska: Rep. Matthew W. Claman; Rep. Louise Stutes

Arizona: Sen. Sean Bowie

Arkansas: Rep. David Whitaker

Colorado: Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis

Connecticut: Rep. Geraldo Reyes Jr.; Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey

Sen. S. Elizabeth Lockman; Jordan W. Seemans, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Governor

Georgia: Rep. Park Cannon; Rep. Scott Holcomb; Rep. Kim Schofield

Hawaii: Sen. Gil Riviere

Idaho: Rep. Jason Arthur Monks

Indiana: Sen. Michael Crider

Iowa: Rep. Shannon Lundgren

Kansas: Rep. Brenda S. Dietrich; Rep. Jarrod Ousley

Kentucky: Tommy Druen, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Speaker

Louisiana: Sen. Regina A. Barrow; Rep. Stephen C. Dwight

Maine: Rep. Shawn Babine; Sen. Matt Pouliot

Maryland: Chas Eby, Deputy Executive Director, Emergency Management Agency

Massachusetts: Rep. Joan Meschino

Michigan: Sen. Adam Hollier

Minnesota: Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn; Hon. Jamie Cork, Judge, District Court

Nebraska: Sen. Tony Vargas

Assemblyman Steve Yeager

New Hampshire: Rep. Erin Hennessey

New York: Jordan A. Lesser, Legal Counsel, Assembly; Sen. S. Elizabeth Lockman

North Dakota: Hon. Cherie Clark, Judge, Southeast Judicial District; Rep. Brandy L. Pyle

Ohio: Hon. Gene A. Zmuda, Judge, Sixth District Court of Appeals

Oklahoma: Rep. Rhonda Baker; Rep. Cyndi Munson

Oregon: Rep. Daniel Bonham; Nia Ray, Director, Department of Revenue

Pennsylvania: Rep. Donna Oberlander

South Dakota: Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Human Services

Tennessee: Sen. Ed Jackson; Sen. Kerry Roberts

Utah: Sen. Todd Weiler

Vermont: Rep. Robin Scheu

Washington: Rep. Mia Su-ling Gregerson; Sen. Ann Rivers

About The Council of State Governments

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. For more information about CSG, visit www.csg.org.