Dawg Parade was started by the 2018 class of Leadership Carbondale with a mission of giving back, building civic pride and beautifying the community.


Leadership Carbondale

Led by the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Carbondale is a program formed to build strong leaders and prepare them for leadership roles in the community. Participants gather valuable knowledge and resources through a training curriculum designed to teach how to be better leaders, network with other leaders and professionals, and learn more about the community of Carbondale.

Class of 2018:

  • Katherine Burns, Director of Kids Korner, Carbondale Park District

  • Brian Flath, Assistant Director of Corporate Support, WSIU Public Broadcasting

  • Benjamin Craft, Banking Center Manager, Banterra Bank

  • Brittany Swims, Interim Director of Operations, Boys and Girls Club

  • Eli Jacobs, HVAC Technician, Jacobs Air Conditioning & Heating

  • Jarin Dunnigan, Detective Sergeant, Carbondale Police Department

  • Jennifer VanBrooker, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, SIH

  • John Barnett, Commercial Lender, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

  • Kathy Smith-Shaffer, Assistant Dean of Students, Southern Illinois University

  • Lindsay Ledbetter, Regional Practice Director, SIH

  • Travis Taylor, Senior Planner, City of Carbondale

  • Vamsi Manne, Associate Director-Student Center Programs, Southern Illinois University

  • Nic Skovgaard, Owner, AlterEgo Marketing