The Leadership Medina County Signature Class, the “Grateful Givers,” and LEAD Institute finished a nine-month leadership program. The classes, consisting of 64 community members from various backgrounds, took part in the program with the objective of learning about the community, enhancing their leadership skills, and utilizing these skills to benefit their communities, employers, and businesses.
Throughout the program, the class was challenged with several projects designed to help Medina County. The group worked in teams on a total of five initiatives, including 32 Acts of Kindness, QPR Training, the Point in Time Count, Know Your Numbers, and The Longest Table. These projects resulted in touching over 7,070 people and over 2,362 hours of volunteering, which, according to the Nonprofit Leadership Center, translates to a value of $75,119.55. The teams collaborated with many organizations such as the Medina County Health Department, Alternative Paths, Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Wadsworth City Schools to name a few.
One notable achievement by the LEAD Institute was the donation of $107,592 to various local charities. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the members of the class, as well as their individual commitment to giving back to their community.
Executive Director Colleen Rice said, “The Signature Class and LEAD Institute graduation is a significant accomplishment for these leaders. Our graduates will go on to make a tremendous impact within our community, and we are excited to see how they will continue to lead with excellence.”
Founded in 1991, the program continues to be a vital resource for community leaders to enhance their leadership skills and make meaningful contributions to the growth and development of Medina County. The next cohort is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2023.
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Signature Class of 2023, the “Grateful Givers”
Kelly Aughenbaugh, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Alexis Beal, Cleveland Clinic
Lucy Blumer, Westfield Bank
Crystal Brown, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
Alecia Dailide, RPM International Inc.
Joshua Duerr, SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
Jenna Elswick, Medina County District Library
James Fox, Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties
Julie Haas, Hertvik Insurance Group
Kimberly Haws Falasco, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
Jason Ivory, The Ivory Team – Howard Hanna
Eric Jackson, Wadsworth City Schools
Sarah Kost, Suncrest Hospice
Ashley Krause, The Children’s Center of Medina County
JT Krohe, DBS Communications
Andy Little, Sparton Enterprises LLC
Sara Lynn, Medina Police Department
Crystal Madrilejos, Self-Employed
Alfonso Makiling, Bank Of America
Brooke Mott, Brooklyn Media LLC
Janet Newcomer, Akron Canton Regional Food Bank
Mary Ruth Patton, Habitat for Humanity Medina County
Erica Powers, Westfield
Kris Randa, Kris Randa + Co. HR Consulting
Robert Richards, Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Isaac Smith, Medina County Park District
Laurel Theurer, Dairy Farmers of America | Mideast Area
Mary Toth, Community Volunteer
Kathleen Verhest, Brunswick City Schools
Marielena Wallace, Huntington National Bank
Kenneth Wolff, Wolff Brothers Supply
Kaci Wright, Root Candles
Catherine Young, Westfield
LEAD Institute Class of 2023
Kerrie Bellar, Bellar Events
Elizabeth Bickel, Westfield Bank
Dawn Blue, Wolff Bros Supply Inc
Alyssa Burckard, Chik-fil-A
Amy Busby, Medina City Schools
Jeramee Caraballo, Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Connie Costanzo, WestPoint Wealth Management, LLC
Denise Dawkins, Cleveland Clinic Medina
Jenny Duncan, Duncan Real Estate Team
Anamaria Feyervari, Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center
Cary Granakis, Serenite Restaurant and Culinary Institute
Eric Hange, Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District
Daniel Holahan, Medina County District Library
Joshua Holland-Gresock, Holland & Muirden, Attorneys at Law
Christie Jackson, MDG Flooring America
Rachael Kosakowski, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates
Gabrielle Pagura, The Biz Hive
Rachael Potesta, Schneiders Saddlery
Alexis Radford, Alternative Paths
Stephanie Reed, Community Volunter
Lauren Rohal, Alternative Paths, Inc.
Casey Shirey, Luke Engineering
Sharon Sibilski, Medina County Health Department
Kash-Shae Singleton, Lorain County Children Protective Services
Richard Smith, Signet Jewelers
Ashley Spencer, Smith Bros. Inc.
Samantha Steele Hang, EXP Realty
Michael Stonkus, RPM International Inc.
Christina Thomas-Lewin, The Will-Burt Company
Emily Walter, Medina County Sanitary Engineers
Christy Wilmoth, Rapid Mortgage Company