The 2016-2017 Leadership Elk and Cameron County (LEC) sessions have begun. On Tuesday, September 13th the participants were able to meet and greet each other and introduce their guests and corporate sponsors. The event was hosted at the Elk Country Visitor Center and sponsored by Straub and Northwest 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.” Terry Hinton, Advising Coordinator and Anna Akintunde, Career Counselor, both from Penn State Dubois 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 Advantage Metal Powders.
Jonathan Johnson, Senior Staff Analyst from the Center for Rural PA, provided statistics and data for Elk and Cameron County that was gathered by their organization.
The LEC program is offered through the Community Education Center in partnership with the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce. The ten month program is aimed at educating its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of Elk and Cameron Counties in order to develop informed, civic oriented volunteers to help direct the future of the region. More information can be found at www.leadershipelkcounty.com.
The participates for this year are: Amy Anderson, sponsored by St. Marys Airport Authority; Warren Beck, sponsored by St. Marys Area School District; Michelle Brooks, sponsored by Elk County Council on the Arts; Roseann Crissman, sponsored by Straub Brewery; Yvonne Gerber, Business Management Major at BC3@Brockway; Jess Herzing, sponsored by Judd Schager, CPA; Fritz Lecker, sponsored by State Representative Matt Gabler; Ann Marie Pfoutz, sponsored by St. Marys Church; Chris Pletcher, sponsored by Assured Testing Services; Bri Pursley, sponsored by Headwaters Charitable Trust; Alyse Renwick, sponsored by Dickinson Center, Inc.; Tina Solack, sponsored by Cameron County Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Sorg sponsored by Johnsonburg Municipal Authority; and Cathy Walters, sponsored by Dickinson Center, Inc.
The Community Education Center’s Leadership Elk County (LEC) program graduated 18 new local leaders on June 8, 2016. The celebration began with presentations of the community improvement projects completed by 5 groups. LEC participants teamed up with community agencies to help complete projects, including, Headwaters Charitable Trust, Local’Motion, Ridgway/Elk County Chamber of Commerce, Oak Manor, Dickinson Center, Community Nurses, Elk County Catholic High School, and the YMCA. The community projects raised more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
The graduation dinner was held at Gunner’s Restaurant where participants, their employers and their families heard from local leaders Bill Conrad of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and LEC alumnus and St. Marys City Councilman Lou Radkowski. Student Jason Gabler provided comments on his experiences with LEC during the year.
The 10-month LEC program began in September 2015 and met monthly. Each monthly session focuses on a different topic about the County including economic development, arts and education, local and state government, history and preservation, health and human services and tourism and environment.
More than 130 individuals have graduated from LEC since 2008. The program is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. Individuals must live and/or work in Elk or Cameron Counties and be a high school graduate. Please visit www.leadershipelkcounty.com or call the CEC at 781-3437 for applications or more information.
Leadership Elk County Graduates
Back row, L to R: Michelle Smith, Liberty Pressed Metals; Mary McGrath, McGrath CPA; Denise Michalowski, Dickinson Center; Jason Gabler, Advantage Powder Metal; Betty Kruger, Headwaters Charitable Trust; Steve Manginell, Lumber Heritage Region; Emily King, Farmers Bank; Kathy Geer, Northwest Bank.
Front row, L to R: Tracey Williams, Dickinson Center; Michael Herzing, Delta Airport Consultants; Charlene Fledderman, St. Marys Chamber of Commerce; Tina Clancy, Ridgway/Elk County Chamber of Commerce; Sharon Barbazzeni, Northwest Bank; Marcie Lynch, Friends of Glenn Thompson; Christina McClelland, Allegheny Coatings; Drew Nedzinski, CNB Bank.
Graduates missing from photo: Ashley Steele, St. Marys Auto Body and Tiffany Gausman, Northwest Bank.
The Community Education Center’s Leadership Elk & Cameron County program held their annual Harrisburg trip on May 10th. Participants learned about State Government by visiting with Senator Scarnati and Representative Gabler. The class also met with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to learn about the statewide importance of the PA Wilds Tourism Initiative. More than 100 individuals have graduated from LEC since 2008. The program is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. Individuals must live and/or work in Elk or Cameron Counties and be a high school graduate. Please visit www.leadershipelkcounty.com or call the CEC at 781-3437 for applications or more information.
Group Photo on the Senate Floor:
Front Row, l to r: Christina McClelland, Tiffany Gausman, Kate Brock, Ashley Steele, Marci Lynch, Senator Joe Scarnati, Tina Clancy, Sharon Barbazzeni, Charlene Fledderman, Michelle Smith, Tracey Williams.
Back Row, l to r: Jason Gabler, Abbi Peters, Steve Manginell, Betty Kruger, Kathy Geer, Mike Herzing, Emily King, David Larkin.
Representative Gabler on the House Floor:
Representative Matt Gabler shows members of the LEC class his seat on the House Floor and speaks about the process of House Sessions and voting.
Participants of Leadership Elk County recently gathered for a Health and Human Services Day. The daylong event began at Penn Highlands Elk. Rose Campbell, President and CEO of PHE spoke about the history and future of the local hospital and some positive developments being seen within the facility. Campbell also outlined some of the problems that the healthcare industry is facing and what is being done to address them. Following the presentation Jenn Grotzinger gave the group an interesting tour of the facility’s imaging center including a new CT scanner which features some of the best technology available on the market to date.
Bob Gnan of the St. Marys Ambulance Service Center escorted the group through their second stop, a tour of the facility where they were shown all of the new advancements that have been made, recently. Bob and Mark also demonstrated the new automated stretchers and “Stair Chair” which enables the first responders to bring patients up and down the stairs of their home with minimal effort.
To finish out the first half of the day of the day the group traveled to Pinecrest Manor where Nursing Administrator, Megan Bolden and Nursing Director, Marie Goode gave a detailed look into the many activities and services provided to their residents and resident’s families.
Wrapping up the day, the participants visited the St. Marys Police Department where Shawn McMahon, the District Attorney provided the group an overview of drug violations. The officers McManus, Shaffer, Pistner, and Copper the police dog joined Sheriff Todd Caltagarone with a very interesting and informative lecture outlining the drug problems present in our community, what has been done in the past, and what is currently being done to try to combat future problems. Copper showed off his impressive drug seeking skills with amazing accuracy.
On December 9th, 2015, the Leadership Elk County (LEC) participants had the opportunity to learn about Elk County's history. The intent of this learning opportunity was to learn about how Elk County has evolved and been preserved. The day began at the St. Marys Historical Society with Michelle Bogacki, an alumni of LEC program, welcoming everyone.
Ray Beimel, Historical Society Director and owner of Beimel Photography, started the day showing a slideshow presenting the history of Elk County. He touched on the resources that were imperative to the land such as railroads, mining, farming, rivers, and lumber. He pointed out that Elk County was extremely thick with forest and the first tree that fell was in Iron Run. He continued to present interesting facts regarding the history of how businesses began and how some are still viable today. Also, Ray gave a tour of the Historical Society to the participants. Items such as old clothing, medical supplies, and pictures of people and businesses of the past were shown to the group to provide a look into the early history of Elk County.
Prior to the day’s meeting, participants were asked to conduct an interview with a person who they found fascinating such as a community leader, business owner or a relative. They were to engage in conversation about this persons experiences and how things have changed over time in Elk County. Each participant summarized their interview and gave a three minute presentation to the group. After presentations were given, it was evident that in order to understand history to its fullest extent one needs to experience it.
After the presentations were given, the class went on a tour of downtown St. Marys led by David Larkin, LEC alumni. The first stop was Tablespoons Cafe' & Deli which was previously Smith's Sport Store. The group then walked around viewing historical locations learning about the work of the Heritage Preservation Group that has helped to enhance the appearance of downtown St Marys.
The group then made a stop in Ridgway at the Elks Club on South Street where they enjoyed lunch sponsored by the Main Street Program. Michelle Bogacki, an alumni of the LEC program and current Main Street Manager, was introduced. Michelle took the group on a walking tour of Ridgway’s Historical District. Stops were made at the Udarbe Complex, the Towers Victorian Inn, the Cooke's-Murphy House, the Ridgway Public Library, YMCA, Elk County Historical Society, the Home of Tom Knotes, the Welcome Center, and various shops along Broad and Main Streets. Michelle pointed out to the group buildings that had recent renovations, old woodwork in the buildings from the Hyde & Murphy Company, and discussed upcoming projects.
The group ended their day at the Ridgway Elks where they began discussion regarding upcoming project that the LEC class will be partnering on with local non-profit organizations. These projects include a Community Supported Agriculture/Community Garden, Ridgway Beautification Project, Fundraising and Development, Mental Health/Aging Awareness Campaign, and a Senior Outreach Program. Each participant will be assigned to a group to work on a project after the next meeting in January 2016.
For more information regarding the LEC program, contact the Community Education Center at (814) 781-3437 or visit www.leadershipelkcounty.com.
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