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Leadership Akron selects 30th class

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — Leadership Akron has selected a class of 34 leaders for its 2013-14 program.

The class includes participants from Greater Akron’s business, government and nonprofit sectors. There were 80 applicants this year.

During the course of the year, Leadership Akron Class 30 will develop a well-rounded perspective on the Akron community and set the stage for further involvement as community leaders, according to organization officials. Beginning the year with a city tour and two-day opening retreat, class members will spend a full day each month focusing on a specific aspect of the community. Topics will include social services, health care, education, justice and others. Each day will give the class a hands-on look at the key organizations, decision-makers and issues in that field. 

Members of the new class are:

  • Lisa Aurilio, vice president, patient services, and chief nursing officer, Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Ken Babby, owner and CEO, Akron Aeros
  • Andrea Babjack, vice president, commercial banking, PNC Bank
  • Danielle Barran, vice president and general manager, natural and specialty foods, the J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Michael Batu, first vice president, investment officer, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Allan Brown, vice president, general counsel, FedEx Custom Critical
  • Michael Caprez, police captain, Akron Police Department
  • Randall Frame, regional president, Ohio Edison, FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Christian Gadzinski, investor relations manager, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Martin Ganzer, program manager, Welty Building Company Ltd.
  • John Garofalo, vice president, community investment, Akron Community Foundation
  • Lisa Hilling, partner, Bruner Cox LLP
  • Michelle Hinton, director, external affairs, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Darryl Hunt, business development manager, GPI/ASW Global LLC
  • William Judge, mayor, city of Barberton
  • Mia Klinger, artistic director, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet
  • Laura Kulwicki, of counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease
  • Karen Liddell-Anderson, director of special education, Akron Public Schools
  • Heather Madden, vice president, Advisory Research Investment Management
  • Kevin Malick, private banking relationship manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Patrick McCarthy, senior vice president, FirstMerit Bank
  • Rick McIntosh, executive director, Project Learn of Summit County
  • Jeffrey Novak, president, Advanced Insurance Designs Inc.
  • Howard Parr, executive director, Akron Civic Theatre
  • Dr. David Peter, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Akron General Health System
  • Christopher Reuscher, partner, corporate and securities/private equity, Roetzel and Andress LPA
  • Michael Robinson, group vice president, Akron Area YMCA
  • Richard Saunders, president, Sully’s Tool and Party Rental
  • Brittany Schmoekel, community event coordinator, city of Akron
  • Shane Seymour, chief development officer, Summa Health System
  • Jeana Singleton, partner, Brennan, Manna and Diamond, LLC
  • Constantia Stathopoulos, president, TSB Living
  • Pam Wright, senior manager/nonprofit practice leader, BCG and Co.
  • Julie Zhao, director, IDEAs Program, The University of Akron
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