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 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 2019 completed four different projects helping the following organizations:

St. Joseph’s Center: The team worked with St. Joseph’s Center to equip both the Multi-Purpose and Therapy Room at the Trinity Child Care Center in Dunmore.  This included purchasing equipment that the staff requires to meet children’s needs in a nurturing environment that enhances each child’s growth and development such as, therapy mats, interactive carpets, sensory tactile sets, booster seats and skill developing games.  In addition, they are creating a small, outdoor playground area for the children equipped with slides, climbing walls and sensory toys.   Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Center is not yet open, however a ribbon cutting for this team is planned for the Fall.

The Ritz Theater: By transforming the lobby of the Ritz Theater on Wyoming Avenue in downtown Scranton, the class has brought this iconic landmark back to life.  With an emphasis on historic significance, the team created a vibrant, living display including archival photos, advertisements, and images pertaining to the theater, as well as genuine artifacts found in the Ritz Theater’s collection.  They hosted an unveiling of the lobby in early May and rightfully named it the Poli Historic Gallery, in honor of founder Sylvester Poli who founded the iconic performing arts center in 1907.

NEPA Youth Shelter: This team transformed a room inside the NEPA Youth Shelter into a creative musical space hence providing teens with a safe place to express themselves and showcase their musical abilities. The room is furnished with state-of-the-art sound recording equipment and software and includes a sound-proof studio recording booth.  The room was dedicated on May 23, and the teens are now able to showcase their talent by writing and recording music and spoken-word poetry.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple: This team has transformed the Junior Ballroom, in the lower level of the building, to a functional black box theater. They developed the overall design, marketing strategies, implementation and construction of the space which included installing lights, configuring audio equipment, and hanging curtains.  Now complete, the space can be used for productions including summer campers and musical dance productions. Additionally, classes and workshops for all ages in acting, improvisation, musical theater, and dance will be held in the space.

Congrats to our Core Program Class of 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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