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.
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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