LEADERSHIP AKRON ANNOUNCES NEXT CLASS 9
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Akron, OH (August 7, 2019)On July 30, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 24 individuals for its 2019-2020 NEXT program. NEXT provides the opportunity for experienced leaders to reimagine their next chapter of community involvement and impact.
For more than 35 years, Leadership Akron has inspired participants to advance their involvement and impact as community leaders. Its graduates share a common commitment to serving community and working together to strengthen the Akron area.
Selected members of the new class include:
Janice Alpeter, Educator, Retired, Stow Munroe Falls City Schools
Jon Bluebond Superintendent, Retired, Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
James R. Boex PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Amy Bowers, Community Volunteer
Kim Burkins, Copy Manager and Creative Director, Retired, Signet Jewelers, Inc.
Marian Calvin, Director of Development, The Salvation Army, Summit County Area Services
Anne Lynett Clark, Vice President, Retired, Signet Jewelers
Anita Davis, Legal Counsel, Retired, Summit County Department of Job & Family Services
Elizabeth Engels, President, Retired, Acer Business Consultants
Polly Glanville, Deacon, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Rebecca Guzy Woodford, Senior Vice President, Retired, Greater Akron Chamber
Karyn Katz, Professor/Administrator, Retired, The University of Akron
Steven J. Katz, Senior Vice President, Retired, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
George Klein, Klein Management Company
Susan Klein, Publisher, Retired, Bath Country Journal
Barbara Lochridge, Community Volunteer
Margaret Mallady, Registered Nurse, O.R., Retired, Cleveland Clinic
Penny Owen, Semi-retired Consultant, Cultural Creativity
Cindy Petures, Administrative Secretary, Retired, Shaker Heights City Schools
Cheryl Sadler, Associate Professor of Nursing, Retired, The University of Akron
Lorin Schultz, Vice President, Office Services Group/Akron, Colliers International
Hatem Shah, Civil Engineer, Retired
Anne Varian, Retired, The University of Akron
Bonnie Lass Wojno, Vice President, Advancement, Retired, Walsh Jesuit High School
“I would recommend NEXT to anyone in the Akron community who is retiring or getting close to retirement,” states Becky Weihe, Retired IBM Corp. and Alumna of NEXT, Class 8. “The program is like having a front row seat to what is happening in Akron. It’s invaluable to have the opportunity to hear from community leaders directly, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet some great people who live in our community taking the NEXT journey with you.”
Modeled after its Signature Program, NEXT creates an immersive experience for individuals approaching, experiencing, or mastering retirement. During NEXT, participants examine community needs and assets and are introduced to new leadership or engagement opportunities in the Greater Akron community. The program meets for eight sessions Sept. through Nov.
In addition to NEXT, Leadership Akron also offers its Signature Program, Junior Leadership Akron, Diversity on Board, and other Community Leadership Institutes. For more information about Leadership Akron, visit its website at leadershipakron.org.