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 2018-2019

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 2018-2019 will complete four different projects helping the following organizations:

St. Joseph’s Center: The class will work to create a play area for children at the Trinity Childcare Center and purchase and install a 8-foot modern bipod wheelchair swing at an adjacent playground.

The Ritz Theater: By transforming the lobby of the Ritz Theater, with an emphasis on historic significance, the class will bring this iconic downtown landmark back to life.


NEPA Youth Shelter: The class will create a room at the NEPA Youth Shelter and transform it into a creative musical space to provide teens a safe place to express themselves and showcase their musical abilities. For more information about this project please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NEPAYSBeats/

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple: The class will develop the overall design, marketing strategies and implementation/construction of a “black-box theater” in the basement of the center. To raise funds for this project, a Trivia Night fundraiser is set for February 21 at Backyard Ale House in Scranton. To learn more, click HERE!

Participants: Core Program Class of 2018-2019

  • Jeff Bonczek, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

  • Alexander Bricker, Procter & Gamble

  • Carmen A. Brutico, Sordoni Construction Services Inc

  • Erica Carrescia, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Jennie Davis, TMG Health, a Cognizant Company

  • Judith Delaney, Prudential

  • Kristen Baigis DePietro, Classic Properties

  • Sherry A. Frable, Marywood University

  • Christine Healey, Penn State Scranton

  • Edmund T. Hunter

  • Gopu Kiron, Lackawanna College

  • Jill Krolikowski, Penn Foster

  • James Kuzmak, Sanofi

  • Michele L. Lemoncelli, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

  • Alexandra Loder, Procter & Gamble

  • Stephanie Longo, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

  • Jennifer Mackey, St. Joseph’s Center

  • Michelle McMaster, Fidelity Bank

  • Kevin Morgan, Montage Mountain Resorts

  • Frank J. Ohotnicky, Keystone College

  • Justin Patchcoski, PennWood Financial

  • Neil Prisco, WVIA Public Media

  • C.J. Rinaldi, Community Bank, NA

  • Lauren Rusen, Benco Dental

  • Brian Spinelli, Ingargiola Wealth Management

  • Tracey Supple, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Rachel Sweeney, Geisinger Health Foundation

  • Jennifer Thomas, Penn Foster

  • Jaka Wescott, Ronald McDonald House

  • Lisa M. Wesneski, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Mark F. Williams, Tobyhanna Army Depot

  • Vincent Yates, FNCB Bank


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