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




In our 10-month Core Program participants gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton area, through monthly sessions. Areas of focus include community development, economic development, government, health care, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and media, with sessions featuring widely recognized specialists. Members of the class also devote a large portion of their time to develop and implement community projects, hence enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork, and benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program accepts applications from candidates who live or work in Lackawanna County. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.

A 2018 survey of Leadership Lackawanna sponsors and decision makers indicated that 93% of respondents felt their investment was worthwhile.

Projects: Core Program Class of 2020

Each year, the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program class completes various service projects helping to fulfill a need in our community.  By working with fellow non-profit organizations, class participants expand their leadership abilities and further develop their skills.  This year, the Core Program Class of 2020 will complete five different projects.

Core Program Class of 2020

  • Jasmine Ahuja, Jasmine Ahuja Realty

  • Alonzo Baker, Penn Fostor

  • Dana Bilotta, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Meghan Burns, Greater Scranton YMCA

  • Hans Christianson, Geisinger Health Foundation

  • Justin Collins, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

  • Brittany Colon, FNCB

  • Keith Danielowski, Prudential Financial

  • Michael DePietro, Benco Dental

  • Mary Endrusick, NeighborWorks Northeastern PA

  • Aubrey Fick

  • Peter Gentile, NBT Bank

  • Autumn Granza, Penn Foster

  • Matt Heimlich, Proctor and Gamble

  • Suzanne Kennedy, Community Bank NA

  • Katy Kennington, Montage Mountain Resorts

  • Megan Kofira, Weiler Abrasives Group

  • Patrick Lindmeier, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

  • Karen Lipnichan, Lackawanna College

  • Lauren Luongo, Fidelity Bank

  • Maura Mark, United Neighborhood Centers

  • Henry Matute, Penn State Scranton

  • Mariah McAndrew, Penn Foster

  • Elizabeth McGrath Ardizoni, The Wright Center for Community Health

  • Anthony Monastra, Geisinger Community Medical Center

  • Mary K. Nolan, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Joseph Paulowskey, Benco Dental

  • Aditi Phalak, Barry Callebaut

  • Dharti Ray, Penn State Scranton

  • Erik Schab, Commonwealth Health

  • Benjamin Segall, Penn East Federal Credit Union

  • Cara Sherman, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA

  • Nicolette Stine, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Lauren Stroble, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA

  • Dawn Talley, Saint Josephs Center

  • Amber Walko-Ray, PPL Electric Utilities

  • Sarah Weber, NET Credit Union

  • Adam Witinski, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates


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