Leadership Akron Announces Class 34

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Leadership Akron has selected a class of 36 leaders for its 2017/2018 Signature program. The class includes participants from greater Akron’s business, government, and non-profit sectors. With 2-3 highly qualified applicants for every position in the class, the selection process was especially competitive for Class 34. Since 1984, Leadership Akron has inspired participants to advance their involvement and impact as community leaders.

Over the course of the year, Leadership Akron Class 34 will 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 Opening Retreat, they will spend a full 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 sector of the Akron community. Upon graduation, the class will be poised with new knowledge, connections, and commitments to empower their service to the Greater Akron community.

Members of the new class are:

Timothy M. Burke

President of Eastern Ohio

Brian R. Miner

Principal Architect
Hasenstab Architects, Inc.

Andrea Conti

Clerk of Cuyahoga Falls Mayor's Court
City of Cuyahoga Falls

Donald C. Mullen

Executive Director
Stark State College Akron

Tracy Dowe

Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Nicole L. Mullet

Executive Director

Shana Earle

Director of Finance & Business Systems
Akron Children's Hospital

Gerard M. Neugebauer

City of Green

Candice Eberhardt

Real Estate Broker
Eberhardt Realty & Mgmt.

Nanette P. Pitt

Senior Minister
First Congregational Church of Akron

Jacqueline K. Ricchiuti

Keep Akron Beautiful

Antha Poleondakis

Investment Associate & Senior Portfolio Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Ronald J. Fowler II

Executive Pastor
Arlington Church of God

Jim Putnam

Managing Director of Marketing
FedEx Custom Critical

Melanie R. Friedman

FMD Architects, Inc.

Brett W. Reynolds

Vice President of Marketing & Product Development

Amber R. Genet

Director of Marketing and Communications
Barberton Community Foundation

Christopher James Richardson

AxessPointe Community Health Centers

David Hamilton

Summit County Council District 5 Representative
Summit County Council

Kathy S. Romito

Community Outreach Manager
Western Reserve Hospital

James J. Hardy

Deputy Mayor for Administration and Chief of Staff
City of Akron

Marlo Schmidt

System Director of Community Benefit
Summa Health

Christina M. Hodgkinson

Director of Resident Services
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Sarah R. Thomarios

Chief Operating Officer, SRT Sales and Service, LLC
VP Marketing Director, Thomarios

Julie M. Johnson

President & CEO
Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve

Lindsey Tomaszewski

Vice President, Organization Excellence
The J.M. Smucker Company

Theresa Lash-Ritter

Associate Chief Experience Officer
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Clarence I. Tucker

Fire Chief
City of Akron

Jeremy D. Lile

Executive Director
Heart to Heart Communications

Michael Vinay

Director of Public Service
City of Barberton

Kirsten Lino

VP & Business Banking Team Leader
Huntington National Bank

Anoo D. Vyas

Co-Director of The EXL Center
The University of Akron & The EXL Center

John T. Margida

President & CEO
Margida & Associates, Inc.

Laura L. Wallerstein

Roetzel & Andress, A Legal Professional Association

Rodney Matthews

Executive Director
Urban Vision

Patricia Wicks

CEO & Founder
Patricia Smoot Wicks Consulting, LLC, PATHworks!


For over 30 years, Leadership Akron has equipped participants for community involvement and leadership. Through a variety of experiences, Leadership Akron serves over 300 leaders each year with experiences that grow their community awareness and involvement. For more information on Leadership Akron, visit their website at leadershipakron.org.