Over 100 civically engaged and socially aware students in 10 years.

Leadership Dickinson is an 8-month interactive program of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce that develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow.

During this program, high school seniors develop community awareness, volunteerism and leadership skills and culminates in the completion of a community project.

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∙ Gain important knowledge from area business experts.

∙ Interact with area business professionals.

∙ Network with students from another school and build a level of teamwork, trust and respect.

∙ Launch a real and successful business project.

See what Leadership Dickinson is like.


Sessions are held monthly, September through April.

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Session Days

Ag Day

City Day

Energy Day

Health Day

Manufacturer Day

State Government Day

Team Building Day

Tourism Day



Suzi, Ashley, Tyrel, and Bridget dedicate their time and expertise to encourage the futures of the participants.


Through her involvement in a statewide leadership organization, Rural Leadership North Dakota, Suzi re-started up Leadership Dickinson in 2010. Leadership Dickinson has been a way for Suzi to make an impact on the community through fostering community awareness and involvement in the future leaders of our community.

Suzi is involved in her community in many different areas. She is active in working with her family business, Steffes Companies, through assisting with vision and planning. She is also a physical therapist with RehabVisions here in Dickinson.

Program Director


Courtney is thrilled to join the team alongside directors Suzi, Bridgett, and Tyrel, marking her first year with the program. She is excited to contribute her skills and experiences, and equally eager to learn and grow with her fellow directors.

Courtney is a proud DSU alumna with a bachelor's degree in business administration. In her professional role as the Sales & Service manager at Ixom Watercare, Courtney demonstrates exemplary leadership. She manages a team of dedicated inside sales and customer service professionals that provide support to customers globally.

Outside of her professional endeavors she enjoys traveling with her family, especially during hockey season. She also loves spending time outdoors with frequent visits to Lake Sakakawea and hiking in the Badlands.

IMAGE - Courtney Pankowski


Tyrel Brown is proud to serve the Dickinson community as the General Manager of Blue 42 Sports Grille & Bar in downtown Dickinson. He feels fortunate to serve on this committee with other great community leaders like Suzi, Bridget, and Cortney.

Image - Tyrel Brown

BRIDGET BULLINGER Home and Land Company

Bridget works as a Real Estate Salesperson at Home And Land Company as well as the Clinical Dietitian for the Northland PACE program here in Dickinson. Most people know her from the 14 years she served as the St. Benedict's Health Center Director of Culinary Services She had the great privilege to hire, work with, and mentor hundreds of employees. As part of Leadership Dickinson, she is pleased to present topics on "Career Success" which include education on resumes, networking, and application processes based on my experience.

She resides in Dickinson with her huusband, Jared, and their three children. They enjoy all that living on the Western Edge has to offer to their family.

Bridget Bullinger

ASHLEY TILLMAN Dickinson State University

Ashley works at Dickinson State University as a Student Success Advisor and part-time at Blue 42! Ashley is originally from Wisconsin but moved to Dickinson in 2015 with her husband, Cris. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Ashley has been with Leadership Dickinson since 2018 and loves being able to connect with those in the community and our future leaders each year!

Outside of working life, Ashley and Cris have a 2 year-old son named Grant and another little boy coming in May 2024.

Adyson "Ady" Karsky

My name is Adyson (Ady) Karsky. I am a senior at Trinity High School. I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, reading, and baking. After graduation, I plan on attending NDSU. I am thankful for this opportunity to be a part of Leadership Dickinson and gaining a better understanding of the Dickinson community.

Anna Clifton

My name is Anna Clifton, and I am a senior at Trinity High School. I do gymnastics, run track, and I am an assistant chaplain at Trinity. I plan on attending BSC or UND after high school. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about different businesses in our community and to learn what it takes to be a good leader!

Cade Fitterer

My name is Cade Fitterer and I am a senior at Trinity High School. I am involved in football, basketball, golf, and am an assistant chaplain. I plan to attend DSU or BSC to major in business. I am thankful for the opportunity to be on Leadership Dickinson. I am excited to see what the community of Dickinson has to offer beyond what I see and exhibit leadership qualities!

Harper Skaare

Hi! My name is Harper Skaare. As a Senior at Trinity Catholic Schools, I am passionate about servant leadership and using my gifts to make a difference in my school and community. As a Titan, I am involved in many activities, including Cross Country, Hockey, Track and Field, Student council and Assistant Chaplains, as well as various others over the years. After high school, I plan to attend the University of Mary to pursue a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am grateful for this opportunity to be a member of Leadership Dickinson, and I am looking forward to connecting with and learning more about the leadership in our community of Dickinson.

Helena Pavek

My name is Helena Pavek, and I am a senior at Trinity High School. I am involved in student council and I am an assistant chaplain. I also play volleyball and run track. Next year I plan on attending UND or NDSU to major in medical laboratory science. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the community and leaders of Dickinson.

Jake Shobe

Hi! I’m Jake Shobe! I am a senior at Trinity High School. I am involved n football, basketball, track, student council, and assistant chaplains. In my free time I enjoy hunting and fishing. I enjoy experiencing new things and I am excited to be a part of Leadership Dickinson!

Kaeden Kreig

Hey! I’m Kaeden Krieg, a Senior at Dickinson High School. In addition to Leadership Dickinson, I am active in the National Honor Society, Mangettes, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, and Inclusive Sports. I am a 3 sport athlete in Football, Hockey, and Baseball. I ref youth hockey with the Dickinson Hockey Club and work with the Badlands Big Sticks Baseball. Travel is one of my biggest passions. Next year I have aspirations to play hockey and attend college, with a focus on exercise science. I am excited to be apart of Leadership Dickinson to network, learn more from community-minded individuals, and enhance leadership skills.

Kamea Kessel

Hi, I’m Kamea Kessel and I go to school at Dickinson High School. There, I’m the secretary of NHS, a member of student council, and have my own recycling club. I also do competitive dance at Artistic Exchange Dance Studio. In college, I want to study occupational therapy.

Katherine Schneider

My name is Katherine Schneider, and I am a senior at Trinity High School. I am blessed to be to be part of this year’s Leadership Dickinson Team, and I can’t wait to learn more about what this community has to offer. At Trinity, I am involved in volleyball, basketball and track. I serve on student council, Titans for Life, Assistant Chaplains, yearbook committee, and I help with our women's faith fellowship group. In my free time, I love to hunt with my dad and siblings, go to the lake, read a good book, cook, travel, and spend time with my family. After graduation, I plan to attend the University of Mary where I will take a pre-dentistry path, I will major in Biology and minor in Catholic Studies.

McKenna Ernst

Hello, my name is McKenna Ernst! I am a senior at Trinity High School, and I am involved in national honor society, assistant chaplains, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. I am the oldest of 3 kids and have a younger sister and brother. After high school, I plan on attending NDSU for a degree in marketing. I cannot wait to become more of a leader and learn more about my community!

Melissa Zach

Hello, my name is Melissa Zach. I am the youngest of seven kids and an aunt to ten nieces and nephews! I am a senior at Trinity High School and plan to attend NDSU next fall to pursue an architectural and/or engineering degree. This year, I am currently involved in national honors society, assistant chaplains, volleyball, and track and field. I am thankful I was given the opportunity to learn more about my community and how to become a better leader!

William O'Shields

Hello! My name is William O'Shields and I am currently a senior at Trinity High School. When I'm not in class, I am involved Choir, Chapel Choir, Drama, Student Congress, Speech, Assistant Chaplains, as well as a manager for the volleyball and boys' basketballs team. After high school, I plan to study music education somewhere in North Dakota. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Leadership Dickinson and can't wait to meet many local leaders.


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