Illinois Leaders Program

IHCA’s Illinois Leaders Program works to develop leaders within the Association and Illinois’ long term care profession. The program is modeled after the American Health Care Association’s Future Leaders, with an exclusive group of IHCA-member professionals chosen for their demonstrated leadership skills, support of the Association and an interest in pursuing leadership pathways to improve their personal and professional skills. Graduates of the Illinois Leaders Program will receive priority nomination for the AHCA Future Leaders program. For more information about the IHCA Illinois Leaders program, contact Debbie Jackson via email at or by phone at 217-528-6455.

About the Program

The IHCA Illinois Leaders program kicks off with an informative and interactive two-day event that includes leadership training and case study discussions. Illinois Leaders will receive complimentary reading material to help instill leadership qualities. Throughout this year-long program, participants will have the opportunity to network with the IHCA Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders through a variety of activities, including conference calls, Lobby Day events and a class graduation event at the Annual IHCA Convention and Expo.

Illinois Leaders class members are selected by a committee made up of individuals from Illinois who have participated in AHCA’s Future Leaders program. *Space for the Illinois Leaders program is limited to one representative per region, one Associate Member and one representative from each of IHCA’s related organizations. Individuals may be nominated by IHCA Board members, AHCA Future Leader alumni from Illinois, an IHCA member center administrator or they may self-nominate.

What to Expect

There may be some incidental program expenses the participants may have to pay, but they should be very minimal at most. Selected Illinois Leaders will receive pre-program reading materials and are expected to participate in all meetings/conference calls. You must be employed by an IHCA member in good standing and attend the Class Kickoff Training to be considered part of this program. If conference calls or meetings are missed without correspondence with the class liaison, participants may be asked to step down from the program.

To Apply

IHCA will begin accepting applications for the class of 2018 in the fall. 


IHCA would like to offer a big thank you to the sponsor of the 2017 class of the Illinois Leaders program, First Quality! 

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IHCA Illinois Leaders Program - Class of 2017

Illinois Leaders Class Photo
Back Row L to R – Leia Morrison, Hancock County Senior Services; Lynn Lenz, Liberty Village of Geneseo; Whitney Oberlink, Coulterville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center; Tam Wagner, ManorCare Health Services - Elk Grove Village; Amber Girard, Imboden Creek Gardens; Jamie Patton Sears, Arcola Health Care Center       

 Row L to RAshlie Schmitz, Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center; Alisha Heyen, Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Emily Dykstra, Regency Care of Sterling; Jessica Stayton, Liberty Village of Streator