Leadership Lackawanna
Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community leadership and professional development organization

About Leadership Lackawanna

About Leadership Lackawanna



Leadership Lackawanna (LL) was founded on June 22, 1982, by private and public sector officials, community leaders including Governor and Mrs. William Scranton and The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.  Located in northeastern Pennsylvania and serving the best interests of Lackawanna County and its citizens, Leadership Lackawanna is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization in dedicated to community leadership and professional development.  Its four programs - teen, core, executive leadership and Welcome Scranton! -- enhance the skills, connections and knowledge of emerging and established leaders, enabling them to better serve in our communities, workplaces and organizations. All program curriculum follows the format and standards of all other community leadership programs throughout the United States. 

Since inception, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,200 community leaders. 



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executive director

Nicole Morristell

Nicole became the director of Leadership Lackawanna in 2008. Nikki comes to Leadership Lackawanna from the local Girl Scout organization where she served in a number of positions over the years. She is a 1998 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, Tunkhannock, PA and a 2002 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

She is an active board member of Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) and a founding board member of the Endless Mountains Nature Center. Nikki is also involved with The Nature Conservancy, Countryside Conservancy, Supporters of Camp Archbald and Haiti Partnership.


 Program Coordinator

Dominick Mitchell

Dominick is the program coordinator for Leadership Lackawanna. He is responsible for the 10-month Core Program and the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program, which is a seven-month youth initiative. His responsibilities also include the organization’s marketing objectives and volunteer cultivation and recruitment. 

He is a 2014 graduate of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and a 2015 graduate of Abington Heights High School. Most recently, he graduated from West Chester University, where he majored in marketing and minored in finance. 



Karen Durkin

Karen serves as the Assistant for Leadership Lackawanna and has been in this role for over 10 years.




Board of Directors

2019 - 2020 Directors

  • Lee Borthwick, Borton Lawson

  • Richard Bradshaw, Ronald Mcdonald House of Scranton

  • Jeff Cavanaugh, Office of Sen. John Blake

  • Heather Davis, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

  • Trish Fisher, Greater Scranton YMCA

  • Kayla Guilford, Lackawanna College

  • Tracy Hunt, Allied Services

  • Lindsey Loss, Chamberlin Reinheimer Insurers

  • Sean McAndrew, Ingargiola Wealth Management

  • Mark McHugh, Commonwealth Health

  • Wendy Miller, Benco Dental Co.

  • Kevin Morgan, Montage Mountain Resorts

  • Elizabeth Nagy, The Honesdale National Bank

  • Michael Ossont, Minora, Minora, Colbassoni, Krowiak, Mattioli & Munley

  • Todd Pousley, NeighborWorks NEPA

  • Kim Rollman, TMG Health, A Cognizant Company

  • Melissa Saddlemire, Marywood University

  • Kristyn Smith, Tobyhanna Army Depot

2019 - 2020 Officers

  • Kristen Shemanski, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates - Chair

  • Jill Valentini, Fidelity Bank - Vice-Chair

  • Kelley Lindsay, Kohanski & Co. - Treasurer

  • Brad Kovaleski, Penn State Scranton - Secretary