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, LL is an established 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to community leadership and professional development. LL offers three different programs - teen leadership, core leadership and executive leadership. Its curriculum follows the format and standards of all other community leadership programs throughout the United States.  Our mission is to enhance the skills and knowledge of the area's emerging professionals through premier leadership development programs enabling them to better serve their organizations and communities.

Since inception, LL 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

2018 - 2019 Directors

  • Lee Borthwick

  • Madeline Levy Cruz

  • Heather Davis

  • Mike Ferguson

  • Kayla Guilford

  • Brad Kovaleski

  • Lindsey Loss

  • Brian Loughney

  • Sean McAndrew

  • Mark McHugh

  • Elizabeth Nagy

  • Todd Pousley

  • Kim Rollman

  • Melissa Saddlemire

  • Angela Schuback

  • Donna Simpson

  • Kristyn Smith

2018 - 2019 Officers

  • Robbie Risley - Chair

  • Kristen Shemanski - Vice-Chair

  • Kelley Lindsay - Treasurer

  • Jill Valentini - Secretary