The 2015-2016 Leadership Elk County (LEC) sessions have begun. On Tuesday, September 8th the participants were able to meet and greet each other and introduce their guests and corporate sponsors. Dinner was held at Aiello Café and sponsored by Aiello’s and Northwest Savings Bank.
The participants then gathered at The Pines in St. Marys the following day, where they began the first of their ten sessions. One session will be held each month. This first session was titled “Orientation.” Gary Svetz from Svetz Consulting lead the way by identifying each person’s individual personality style and encouraged participants to engage in activities that practiced team building strategies and better communication when identifying others’ personality styles. . A lunch was then provided by Creative Concrete by Herbstritt, LLC.
In the afternoon, Kate Brock, the Executive Director of the Community Education Center, provided statistics and data for Elk and Cameron County that was gathered by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
The LEC program is offered through the Community Education Center in partnership with the Ridgway/Elk County and St. Marys Area Chambers of Commerce. The ten month program is aimed at educating its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the county in order to develop informed, civic oriented volunteers to help direct the future of Elk County.
The participates for this year are: Sharon Barbazenni sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank; Tina Clancy sponsored by Ridgway/Elk County Chamber of Commerce; Charlene Fledderman sponsored by St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce; Jason Gabler sponsored by Advantage Metal Powders; Tiffany Gausman sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank; Kathleen Geer sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank; Mike Herzing Jr. sponsored by Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.; Emily King sponsored by Farmers National Bank; Marcie Lynch sponsored by Friends of Congressman Thompson; Steven Manginell sponsored by the Lumber Heritage; Christina McClelland sponsored by Allegheny Coatings; Mary McGrath sponsored by McGrath CPA, LLC; Denise Michalowski sponsored by Dickinson Center, Inc.; Drew Nedzinski sponsored by County National Bank; Michelle Smith sponsored by Liberty Pressed Metals; Ashley Steele sponsored by St. Marys Auto Body; Tracey Williams sponsored by Dickinson Center, Inc.
Back row: Mary McGrath, Mike Herzing, Drew Nedzinski, Jason Gabler, Emily King, Denise Michalowski. Middle row: Sharon Barbazenni, Tina Clancy, Ashley Steele, Christina McClelland, Tracey Williams, Charlene Fledderman
Front row: Tiffany Gausman, Kathleen Geer, Marcie Lynch
Absent from Photo: Steven Manginell, Michelle Smith