Indian Hills to Host Razor’s Edge Leadership Series

OTTUMWA – Indian Hills Community College is pleased to announce that the Razor’s Edge Leadership Series, which begins in September, has been completely revamped this year and will now include a mentorship component.

According to series facilitator Ashley Moyer, “Razor’s Edge is our longest running leadership series and this year we felt that it was time to refresh the curriculum. We will continue to bring in high quality speakers to deliver messages on important leadership topics, but in addition to that we are adding a mentorship component that I am very excited about. Our mentors will join participants to hear the leadership messages and then spend time helping them relate those messages to how things really work in organizations. All of our mentors have held either CEO or VP level positions and I am incredibly pleased with the depth of knowledge and experience that they are going to add to this program.”

Mentors for the 2018-2019 Razor’s Edge Leadership Series are:

Deb Cardin – Deb spent her career in healthcare serving in a variety of hospital and clinic nursing positions, including a stint as the Program Director for Nursing at IHCC. In 2008 she assumed the position of CEO of Jefferson County Health Center and continued in that role until her retirement in 2016.

Dr. Jim Lindenmayer – Jim served as President of Indian Hills Community College for 12 years, capping an educational career that spanned nearly four decades. He is currently serving as the Chair of the National Job Corps Association and was recently appointed to the Iowa Board of Regents.

Pete Nelson – Pete Nelson has spent his entire life as a very active member of the Fairfield community. He founded the Nelson Company in 1972 and served as that company’s President through 2005, and remains their Chairman of the Board.

John Pothoven – John is a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired bank executive. He held the position of President and CEO at MidWestOne Bank in Oskaloosa from 1984 until he retired in 2008. He is active in many community organizations and has served as Indian Hills Board of Trustees Chair since 2009.

Joni Silverstein Sexton – Joni is an award-winning executive who spent the largest portion of her career in the newspaper publishing industry, including stints as President and Publisher and Vice President, Corporate Market Development. She remains active as a consultant.

To find out more about the depth of experience the mentors bring to the program, and to learn about the curriculum, please visit Questions can be directed to Ashley Moyer at or 641-683-5227.