With an application field of over 80 applicants, the selection process was especially competitive for Class 31, according to Leadership Akron officials. Entering its 30th year, Leadership Akron will offer Class 31 the opportunity to develop a well-rounded perspective on the Akron community and set the stage for further involvement as community leaders. Beginning the year with a city tour and two-day retreat, class members will spend a day each month focusing on a specific aspect of the community. Topics include social services, health care, education, justice and others. Each day gives the class a hands-on look at the key organizations, decision-makers and issues in that field. Members of the new class are: Terry Albanese, assistant to the mayor for health, education and families for the City of Akron; Nichole Booker, senior director, collective impact, for the United Way of Summit County; Dirk Breiding, vice president of sales for the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau; Shon Christy, president of Focal Point Social Media; Perry Clark, founder/president of Truly Reaching You Ministries; Phillip Duryea, division manager for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.; Jerome Fiume, partner at NAI Cummins Real Estate; Sergio Garcia, chief of staff for Northeast Ohio Medical University; Dawn Glenny Jones, president/CEO of Greenleaf Family Center; Leanne Graham, executive director of the Victim Assistance Program; David Hertz, managing director of Dix and Eaton; Dale Highsmith, major account manager for ComDoc Inc.; Paul Jarrett, executive director of the Greater Akron Musical Association; Margaret Lazzerini Jordan, marketing associate for SS&G Inc.; Jeffrey Kerr, executive vice president of Environmental Design Group; Amanda Leffler, attorney at Brouse McDowell; W. Glenn Leppo, CEO of Leppo Group Inc.; Paul Levy, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at The University of Akron; Cindy Mitchell, senior tax manager at Bober Markey Feodorovich; Phillip Montgomery, deputy director of public service for the City of Akron; Karen Mullen, president of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, Akron General Health System; James ORourke, vice president, corporate purchasing for the JM Smucker Co.; Christy Page, president and CEO, Better Business Bureau of Akron Inc.; Kendra Preer, director of UBMS and FAME at Stark State College; Maureen Putt, senior global category manager, reinforcements for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Mellissa Reed, director, Cohen and Co. Ltd.; Veronica Sims, administrator of special projects/government affairs, Akron Summit Community Action Inc.; Beth Smith, vice president, public relations and marketing, Akron Childrens Hospital; Nicole Squire, manager of consumer and commercial compound development for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation; Steven Staub, vice president and treasurer for FirstEnergy Corp.; Andre Thornton Jr., vice president administration, ASW Global LLC; Todd Wade, senior vice president of KeyBank; Keeven White, president/CEO, WhiteSpace Creative; and Alexandra Wright, executive director/CEO, Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW).
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