Distinguished Leader Award

2019 DLA winner Brian Miner

Congratulations to Brian Miner, graduate of Signature Class 34, on receiving the 2019 Distinguished Leader Award! The award was presented at the Leadership Akron Holiday Party on December 5 by Betsy Hartschuh, the 2018 recipient and a member of the Leadership Akron Board of Directors, and Barry Dunaway, President of Leadership Akron.

Brian co-founded Elves & More NEO over thirteen years ago. The organization has provided over sixteen thousand bikes in that time by surprising an entire neighborhood each year near Christmas with truckloads of bikes and other gifts.

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Presented by the Leadership Akron Alumni Association in conjunction with the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP)

Recipients of the Distinguished Leader Award are men and women who exemplify the heart of community leadership. They have made significant and notable contributions for the betterment of their community.

Recipients are nominated by members of the alumni association and selected by a committee of past award recipients. When possible, the recipients travel to the annual National Conference to receive the award and attend the conference sessions.


Past Honorees

2018

Betsy L. B. Hartschuh '10

2017

Nick Browning '01
Kirstin Toth '11

2016

Norma J. Rist '86

2015

Kelly Pariso '12

2014

James E. Merklin '03

2013

Karen C. Lefton '07

2012

Mark E. Krohn '03

2011

H. Sean Fremon '09

2010

William W. Lowery '01
Christine C. Yuhasz '05

2009

Frances A. Doll '88

2008

Joseph D. Parsons '91

2007

J. Bruce Hunsicker '93 *

2006

Scott T. Read '03
Jefferson E. Satterfield '01

2005

Marc B. Merklin '98

2004

Steven L. Marks '93

2003

W. Riley Lochridge '87

2002

Fr. Norman K. Douglas '97
Lawrence W. Vuillemin '99

2001

Laurie Zuckerman '91

2000

George R. Sarkis '86

1999

Pamela S. Williams '92

1998

Leonard M. Foster '92

1997

Knute Larson, D. Min. '87

1996

Frank J. Horn '96 *

1995

Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D. '92

1994

Richard C. Fedorovich '88

1993

Mary L. Briggs '89

1992

Frank D. Heckel '87

1991

James P. Nilsen '87

1990

Michael R. Kura '89

1989

Barbara D. Mathews '86 *

1987

Marie E. Covington '85

*Denotes deceased