Leadership Mohawk Valley has announced its class of 2019, leaders from business, government and non-profit organizations exposed to all aspects of the region during their program year, now until June.
This is the 29th year of the program, but this is the first cohort under the newly formed Center for Leadership Excellence, a partnership between Leadership Mohawk Valley and Mohawk Valley Community College, according to the LMV announcement.
The joint effort is intended to address the region’s need for effective, equipped, and engaged community leaders.
The program begins with a day and a half opening retreat in September on Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus and at The Root Farm in Sauquoit.
The class then meets one day a month to focus on a specific aspect of the community, the announcement added.
Topics will include human services; health care, health and wellness, education and lifelong learning, economic development and other topics.
The days are intended to give participants a hands-on look at key organizations, access to decision makers and issues facing that particular field in the Mohawk Valley.
The incoming class includes:
Benjamin Atwood, Young Scholars LPP-Utica College; Edward Barone III, Empower Federal Credit Union; Alicia Brockway, NBT Bank;
Erin Bushinger, Assured Information Security; Jeremy Butler, Kids Oneida; Maria Cofano, Air Force Research Laboratory; John Eckmair, Utica National Insurance Group; Steven Edwards, Revere Copper Products;
Stephanie Eghigian, Empowered Pathways/WERC; Erin Fish, RCIL; Kayla Hartman, Masonic Care Community;
Kristen Hutchins, Rome Memorial
Kathryn Karl, Kas by Kas Consulting; Carrie Klepadlo, C&D Advertising; Karen Korotzer, The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter; Ross Kraft, Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy.
Also: Jason Lewin, AmeriCU Credit Union; Joseph Miller, Eastern Air Defense Sector; Jaime Morse, Air Force Research Laboratory;
Sandy Nemeyer, The Parkway Center; Paris Pearson, The House of the Good Shepherd; Jessica Reilly, Excellus BCBS; Scott Riffle, Arc Herkimer/Herkimer Industries;
Amy Roache-Fedchenko, Fort Stanwix National Monument; Melissa Robison, First Source Federal Credit Union; Jason Rutherford, Eastern Air Defense Sector; Christopher Sagaas, Utica Public Library;
Rebecca Spataro-Kearns, Boilermaker Road Race; Douglas Walters, Strategic Financial Services;
Judy Wolf, Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center; Karlie Wolfe, M&T Bank; Thomas Wynne, M. Griffith Investment Services.
For more information on Leadership Mohawk Valley or the Center for Leadership Excellence, visit www.mvcc.edu/cle