Dusty Gleason

Dusty is the director of Tucker Leadership Lab. The 25-year-old William Jewell alumnus who has been a facilitator on the Tucker Leadership Lab Challenge course for 5 seasons. He owns his own business and is the head coach of the youth wrestling program at Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District. His favorite part about working at the Leadership Lab is when he sees a person who is not afraid to fail. Taking risks and challenging yourself is what the team building program is all about.

Danny Lane

After a 31-year career in education as a teacher of instrumental music and science, Danny retired to pursue other interests. One of the most rewarding of these has been his work on challenge courses. An individual with numerous interests, he directs the Spirit of Independence Concert Band, plays the trumpet, collects postcards, does substitute teaching, and is active in his church congregation. In the outdoor world, he most enjoys cave exploration. He says that every day he works at Tucker Leadership Lab is an exciting day in his life. Danny and his wife, Judi, live in Blue Springs.

Sarah Canaday Heckman

Sarah is a mom of two great kids--Charlotte and Joel. They love to be outdoors, hiking, exploring, and having new adventures. She co-directs a childcare center in addition to working at the course. She loves watching teams and individuals grow throughout their day at TLL. With a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, she can come up with a game or activity in a moment's notice!

Nancycaroline Cubine

After 26 years working in management for companies from the financial industry, customer service, software development and stage theatre, Nancycaroline moved into the field of teaching and training.  Since being introduced to experiential education in 2000, she has actively utilized challenge course activities to help groups find the "Awe-ha" moment as they learn to work together effectively.  When not working, Nancycaroline likes to travel, read books, work in theatre and play logic games. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Arts in Management and Media Communication degree from Webster University and a Master of Fine Arts – Theatre Design and Technology degree from UMKC. -- p.s. she absolutely adores classic cars!

Nick Walker

Nick’s experimental education career, otherwise known as, facilitation, began in 2003 on a previous course and he joined the team at Tucker Leadership Lab in 2005. While he initially looked into the position as a suggestion from a friend, he has stayed for almost 10 years because of all of the “Awe-ha” moments both by the participants, and the personal ones.

Nick’s strongest characteristic as a facilitator has been said to be his creativity, or adaptation, maybe even team development; we are sure it’s one of those! No matter what he is ready to take your team to the next level.

He is currently finishing his bachelor's degree at Graceland University in organizational leadership. When asked what super power he would like to have he says, psychokinesis, the ability to move things with your mind and communicate telepathically!

Diana Arrowsmith

Diana loves working at Tucker Leadership Lab for many reasons, but hearing the laughter and cheering of the participants can't be beat.  It is also great to listen to people talk about how they can work better together after spending the day at Tucker. Of course working outside, meeting new people, and working with the best people around is also great. When not working at Tucker, she is a CPR/First Aid instructor, and also subs in the clinics of a school district. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and enjoys backpacking and scuba diving.

Dean Kirby

Dean Kirby is devoted to teaching others, as well as learning from them. He gets his leadership skills from his involvement in fire and emergency services. Dean’s ideal day would include working at Tucker, spending time with family and friends, playing music, skating it up at the park and spending time with his wife and pets. His organizational skills are put to the test on a daily basis in order to maintain his busy lifestyle. He enjoys coaching wrestling, and creating music inspires him. Dean is motivated by taking risks and inspired by those willing to take risks as well. Communication is important to Dean and key to maintaining relationships, whether it be with co-workers, friends and family, or God. Dean is willing to give guidance and is willing to accept guidance from others. Listening, communicating and working with others is Dean’s greatest joy. 

Tina Harryman

Tina Harryman was a facilitator many years ago before she had her first child. She started facilitating again in Spring of 2011. What she enjoys so much about facilitating is the ability to encourage and challenge people. She enjoys learning new challenges, games and debriefing techniques. THIS is the job for her! She has a teaching degree from the University of Central Missouri. She has 3 children, she homeschools and has been married 19 years. Her superpower is finding humor in nearly every situation; it keeps life interesting.

Grandin Lane

Grandin Lane is a native Missourian who is a sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling, photography and gardening. He retired after almost 40 years in the graphic arts industry working in production, customer service and printing sales. Being a facilitator allows him to enjoy the flexible work schedule, the satisfaction of working with various age groups and the personal rewards of seeing success in achieving team goals. 

Rebecca Cornish

Rebecca Cornish has been with the Tucker Staff since 2003. As a full-time elementary school teacher, Rebecca lends her talents to the Tucker Leadership Lab on weekends and during breaks from teaching. She has a great love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, playing soccer and exploring the world. Her ultimate goal is to visit all 7 continents before her demise. As of 2013, she has visited 5 of the 7 continents. Antarctica poses the greatest challenge as Rebecca only enjoys cold weather when watching it on TV (Rebecca doesn't watch TV). Rebecca became a challenge course facilitator in the fall of 1994 and has enjoyed watching groups of all ages begin to see the joys of productive teamwork. Really, that is why she continues to facilitate each year.  

Logan Routh 

Logan is a student at William Jewell College (Class of 2016). He is one of the youngest members of the Tucker Leadership Team, and has been a Facilitator since the spring of 2013.

Logan is very involved at Jewell. He is a Pryor Leadership Fellow, a Resident Assistant in Eaton Hall and a member of the Cardinal golf team.

He loves being outdoors, playing and watching any kind of sports, and enjoys being on his grandparents' farm, at the lake or in the mountains.


Russell Cronin

After growing up in Gympie, Australia, Russell moved to the Kansas City area to marry his wife. He has worked on various challenge courses both in Australia and the United States and really enjoys the opportunity to help people ask themselves "what can I work on to help me on my quest towards ultimate awesomeness?" Russell has an adventurous spirit and believes that most personal growth comes through personal challenges, which have been big factors in his pursuits as a climber. He dreams to one day climb some rather large mountains in Alaska and the Himalayas.

Pam Payne

Pam worked in the North Kansas City School District for about thirty years. Most of her years were spent teaching middle school social studies and reading. She coordinated several programs at the school such as the PTA Friday nights program, the before/after school program and a Kennedy Foundation values-based program called Community of Caring. She loves to travel and has been to 47 states and over 30 countries. In fact, she has circumnavigated the globe. She would love to show your group around the “world” of Tucker Leadership Lab.

Pam enjoys introducing and expanding participants' leadership and teambuilding skills.

Mark Midkiff

Mark is a former business owner with a lot of pizzazz. He decided to leave the business world and pursue a career that involved experiential learning in the early 2000s. Now, he is melding his business background with his passion for experiential learning at Tucker Leadership Lab as a facilitator. His personality certainly fits the mold for teaching others how to lead and be a part of a team. 

Kim Cogdill

Kim has more than 9 years of facilitation experience with a large array of groups, including middle-school students, athletic teams, church groups, corporations and government executives. After assessing how a group functions by observation, Kim facilitates an experiential learning experience that works toward achieving the desired outcome.

Donna Heishman

Donna graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, with a Master's in International Business. After working as a corporate documentation coordinator for years, she is currently working as a certified personal trainer. Her greatest joy comes from being a wife to a great husband, and being the mother of two wonderful daughters. She enjoys watching and supporting her daughters' club volleyball teams, as well as traveling, being outdoors and staying very active. At Tucker Leadership, Donna works to provide a very positive experiential learning atmosphere, and tries to keep groups motivated about working together and achieving common and individual goals, while still having a lot of FUN!

Isaac Jones

Isaac Jones is a student of Midwestern Baptist College, studying teaching as a ministry. While new to the world of experiential education, Isaac is no stranger to the outdoors; traveling from Colorado to the East Coast, and even Journeying to India for a semester! Isaac has a deep love for nature and positive environments for learning and self-expression. It is his goal to awaken these things in his participants.
Involved in rock climbing, church ministry, student development and cycling, Isaac looks for the ‘golden nuggets’ of learning in all areas in life and encourages others to do the same!

Kristen Meinert

Kristen joined the Tucker team in the spring of 2013. She can’t believe how lucky she is to get to work with groups and help them achieve those “Awe-Ha” moments. When not working at Tucker, Kristen attends William Jewell College. She is studying Accounting with minors in Pre-Med and Spanish. Her long-term goal is to become a physician and open her own practice. In her spare time (which there is not a whole lot of) she enjoys traveling, reading, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.




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