Fifty-six leaders, representing a wide variety of businesses in the Cincinnati region, have been part of Class 43 of Leadership Cincinnati USA, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s premier leadership development program. The program provides the region’s leaders hands-on opportunities to gain new perspectives on the community and help them amplify their leadership legacy.
“Leadership Cincinnati is an inclusive, immersive and active way for our leaders to gain an in-depth understanding of what makes our region work, what needs to be done, and how they can leave a lasting legacy,” said Amy Thompson, leadership programs and alumni network leader for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, in a news release. “Class 43 will connect with established leaders and find the opportunity to connect in new ways with each other and our community.”
Nearly 2,000 participants have graduated from Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. More than 60 Leadership Cincinnati alumni serve on a steering committee to help plan and deliver the program.
The 43rd class includes:
- David S. Arends, president and CEO, CR Architecture and Design; Greg Asher, U.S. sales head, strategic engagements, Wipro Ltd.; Ivy Bayer, publisher, Cincinnati Magazine; Stephanie Bisselberg, vice president, human resources, AK Steel Corp.; Paula Brehm-Heeger, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Dion Brown, President and COO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Sylvia Buxton, President/CEO North America, Perfetti Van Melle; Harry W. Cappel, partner, Dinsmore & Shohl; Regina Carswell Russo, CEO/founder/chief media messenger, RRight Now Communications, LLC and Todd Castellini, vice president of public finance, The Port.
- Veronica L. Chapman, vice president of controls, Barclays US; Erin Childs, executive director, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio; Greg Christopher, vice president and director of athletics, Xavier University; John L. Crow, vice president claims, the Cincinnati Insurance Cos.; Lisa Dankovich, chief Cincinnati engagement officer, Miami University; Chip Dennig, director, Barnes, Dennig & Co. Ltd.; Brian G. Dershaw, partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Jennifer Dougherty, head of inclusion and diversity, Fidelity Information Systems; Todd Duesing, VP/COO, Cincinnati Arts Association; and Katie Eagan, vice president, Government Affairs, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
- Rob FitzGerald, president and COO, Empower; Molly Flanagan, senior manager and chief of staff to chief legal officer, Procter & Gamble; Stephanie Gaither, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Al. Neyer; Adam Gelter, executive vice president, Cincinnati Center City Development Corp.; Sarah Giolando-Matlin, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Sheri Harper, chief people officer, Frisch’s Restaurants Inc.; Patricia C. Headley, owner, the Sweat Shop; Robert Kalutkiewicz, vice president of strategy, new business and corporate development, the E.W. Scripps Co.; Christie Kuhns, chief of staff, VP of operations and community relations, UC Health; and Jonathan C. Labbe, president, Mercy Health Foundation – Cincinnati.
- Brian A. Lapthorn, managing director, Tier1 Performance Solutions; Tommie Lewis, president and CEO, Make It Plain Consulting LLC; Susan Lomax, executive director, Source Cincinnati; Lisbeth B. Lundstedt, vice president supplier diversity manager, Huntington Bank; John A. Moore, president, Moore Air; Alex Muñoz, vice president risk management, Messer Construction Co.; Paul Neudigate, assistant chief, Cincinnati Police Department; Todd Palmeter, chief executive officer, Great Parks of Hamilton County; Tony Perazzo, partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors; Matt Reckman, Cincinnati market president, First Financial Bank; and Myron Rivers, vice president business development, Infintech.
- Todd Schild, partner, Thompson Hine LLP; Beth Schwartz, president and CEO, Cincinnati Union Bethel; Mike Scruggs, pastor, Light of the World Church; Megan Shaffer, senior director of operations, Kroger Co.; Kristin Smith Shrimplin, president/CEO, Women Helping Women; John Sieg, retail executive, Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati; Jaipal Singh, principal architect and owner, Chaatrik Architecture; and Stephanie A. Smith, chief inclusion and diversity officer, Fifth Third Bank.
- Amy B. Spiller, President, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky; Rob Thornton, regional director, Pivotal Software; Jeremy Vaughan, partner/principal, Ernst & Young, LLP; Vanessa Indriolo Vreeland, senior vice president, Truist Financial (fka SunTrust Bank); Rick Walls, executive director, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum; Jill Warman, senior vice president, commercial banking leader, U.S. Bank; and Will Woodward, CFO, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
The new class will be guests at a celebration on Sept. 4 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
The event will include a presentation of the Nelson Schwab Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. The 2019 honorees are Kay Geiger (Class 19), regional president of PNC Bank, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and Roger Grein, CPA (Class 40), founder and president of Magnified Giving.
The award honors outstanding Leadership Cincinnati alumni whose contributions to the betterment of the Cincinnati region distinguish them as leaders among leaders.
Alumni are invited to RSVP at cincinnatichamber.com/events.
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