Leadership Lackawanna honored its 2013 Core Program Graduates June 20 at a Celebration of Leadership dinner and graduation ceremony at Scranton Cultural Center at Masonic Temple, Scranton.
Leadership Lackawanna’s 10-month Core program engaged 28 professionals more deeply in the greater Scranton area, broadened their social network, and increased their overall knowledge of the community.
Participants met key business and community leaders as they received an overview of Lackawanna County’s history and culture, economic and political structures, community events, civic groups, recreational activities and nonprofit organizations. Sessions were held one weekday per month for ten months at various locations. Class participants were assigned to complete various community service projects that addressed a need and resulted in a tangible end product.
As Class Leader of the Year, Robbie Risley, from Quadrant EPP, exemplified the desired outcomes of Leadership Lackawanna program through his actions. He serves as an inspiration and role model for the other members within the class.
This year’s 2013 Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Lindsey R. Loss. Loss works at Chamberlin and Reinheimer Insurers. This award recognized Loss for her experience helping the community and Leadership Lackawanna as well as having a level of accomplishment in her profession.
The Leadership Lackawanna Legacy Award was presented to both Austin Burke of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Edward Boehm Jr., former president of Keystone College, for their visionary leadership and commitment to excellence. Both recipients have made a lasting impact on the organization and the region. In particular, Burke is a founding member of the Leadership organization and Boehm has been a stronger supporter and has helped advance the organization forward.
The 2013 Leadership Lackawanna Core Program graduates include:
Kenneth Adams, Prudential Retirement
Chelsea E. Barrows, AXA Equitable
Daniel C. Bosse, Procter & Gamble
Julie Schumacher Cohen, The University of Scranton
Nathan Donati, L.R. Costanzo Co.
Wendy P. Evans, Lackawanna College
Penka Farina, Luzerne County Community College
Shamus Ford, Allied Services
Dan LaMagna, Lackawanna College
Jean Lenville, The University of Scranton
April M. Loposky, Marley’s Mission
Leigh Magnotta, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
Michael J. Ossont, Lackawanna County DA’s Office
Brooke Praefke, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
Robbie D. Risley II, Quadrant EPP
Alysia Scazafabo, Penn Foster
Amy Surridge, Kearney Funeral Homes
Maria Torres, Procter & Gamble
Alison Woody, United Neighborhood Centers
Brian Yearing, VaxServe Inc.
Julianne K. Zaleski, Esq. Chambers of Judge Michael Barrasse
“Leadership Lackawanna has been an incredible opportunity for me. Having moved back to the area after 5 years away, Leadership helped me explore our area, make new friends, and expand my involvement in the community. Beyond community engagement, I have honed my leadership skilled and perhaps more importantly, have learned how to work in a group as a member of a team. The entire program has been fulfilling, a great learning experience - both about the region, myself, and the region - and fun. I look forward to continued involvement with the organization and am certain that Leadership will be doing great things for many more years to come,” said Chelsea Barrows, 2013 Core Program participant.
For more information about Leadership Lackawanna, contact Nicole A. Barber, Leadership Lackawanna Administrator at 570.342.7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership Lackawanna is northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier leadership development organization. Its three programs – Core, Executive, and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – enhance the skills and knowledge of emerging citizens and advanced professionals, enabling them to better serve in their organization and communities.
Established in 1982 under the guidance of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 1,400 community leaders. To learn more, go to www.leadershiplackawanna.com or call 570.342.7711.