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.

Core Program Class of 2017-2018

  • Mark Barbernitz, NEPA Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Julie Bialkowski, Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • Mark Bonfiglio, NOTE Fragrances Inc.
  • Terilynn Brechtel, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA
  • Kevin Brislin, Lightspeed Technologies
  • Lisa M. Browning, Community Bank NA
  • Jeff Cavanaugh, Senate of Pennsylvania - John Blake
  • John P. Dean, AllOne Health
  • Sara Dellecave, Penn Foster Education
  • Kimberly Fanning, Sordoni Construction Services
  • Christine A. Gabello, Keystone Community Resources
  • Kayla Guilford, Lackawanna College
  • April Guse, Bedrock Technology
  • Logan Hansman, Fidelity Bank
  • Carlyle Hicks, Keystone College
  • Amy L. Hnat, Electric City Escape
  • Matthew J. Horvath, Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Gary Howell, CPA, Baker Tily Virchow Krause LLP
  • Amy M. Kelley, FNCB Bank
  • Christopher Krape, Weiler Corporation
  • Robert Krukovitz, Benco Dental
  • Sarah J. Mann, Barry Callebaut
  • Amanda E. Marchegiani, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
  • Alejandra Marroquin, Lackawanna Susquehanna BH/ID/EI Program
  • Dr. Elizabeth McGill, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Janette Moran, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Eugene J Munley, Prudential Retirement
  • Matthew D. Nied, Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • Tara Priest-Rhodes, S.A.F.E.
  • Kimberly Rollman, TMG Health
  • William Ruddy, Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Mileise Sabbatini, NET Credit Union
  • Michael Stremski, Reuther+Bowen
  • Linda Tregea, Benco Dental
  • Xiaoyi (Alicia) Wang, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Core Program 2017-2018 Projects

The Leadership Lackawanna Core program Class of 2017-2018 will complete four service projects this year. As part of the 10-month curriculum, participants collaborate with local nonprofit organizations to complete various projects. In doing so, it helps enhance participant leadership skills and fosters teamwork. These projects impact the community, address a need and result in a tangible end product. The projects this year will benefit:

Anthracite Heritage Museum

In honor of 250 years of anthracite coal mining in the United States, the Leadership team will help the community to “Rediscover the Anthracite Heritage Museum.” This project has two main goals - to celebrate the museum’s unique history and culture and to increase patronship - and will consist of an event and the creation of a recognition/sponsorship plaque.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley

The group developed a “founder’s day” type event celebrating local heritage. This free, family-friendly community event was held at the Olive Street Trailhead along the Downtown Scranton Riverwalk on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and contained various exhibits, activities and performances, like historically relevant song and dance from a local theatre group.  For more information , visit facebook.com/ScrantonFoundersDay 

Nay Aug Park, City of Scranton

Located in Nay Aug Park, the Pavilion, formerly known as the Everhart or Marmie Pavilion, was built in 1897. It is among the first buildings erected in the park. Time has taken a toll on this pavilion. The team will revitalize and refurbish the pavilion and complete various landscaping tasks. For more info on this project, visit facebook.com/ThePavilionNayAugPark 

The Farmhouse Sanctuary

Recently founded in 2016, this farmed animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary has asked Leadership Lackawanna to replace a small bridge and enhance their walking trails and to possibly create a meditation area on the property.


Would you like to financially support a Leadership Lackawanna class project? We currently accept PayPal donations for several different areas of interest - including the Core Program projects. Click here to donate now!