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Leadership Central Penn Graduates 24th Class

Leadership Central Penn (LCP), a program run by the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber, celebrated the graduation of the class of

2023 on May 18th at the Venue at Liberty Valley.  This year’s class marked the 24th cohort. The program included a Keynote address from Megan Brosious, Chief Administrative Officer Geisinger, and class speaker Ernesto Perez, Great Dane.

Before the certificates were awarded, members of the class presented their community impact projects. LCP class members split into four groups to maximize their community impact and partnered with four nonprofits serving our communities. One project helped clean out and waterproof a storage area at the Good Sarmatian Mission in Danville.  A second group worked with the Teen Center of Berwick to develop a 9-month teen entrepreneurship academy for high school students that will launch in the fall. The Danville Child Development Center was in need of repainting work in their cafeteria and adjacent areas, so a team took on this task. The last group worked with Beyond Violence of Berwick to paint an entryway and organize donations for the women to use while they are staying at the center.  All of the projects were demanding, but fulfilling to the LCP members, nonprofit partners, and community members impacted by these organizations.


The event concluded with honoring the LCP Graduating Class of 2023:


Alexandra Baney – Service 1st FCU

Karla Chapman - Agape

Brent Eckart – First Keystone Community Bank

Chris Farr - PPL

Melanie Fisher – First Keystone Community Bank

Kristie Garancosky - Geisigner

Stacy Gordner – First Keystone Community Bank

Karri Harter – Community Giving Foundation

Kasey Hashagen- Kawneer

Jason Huff - Autoneum

Wade Jones – Hope Enterprise

Sadie Jordan – The Women’s Center

Shelby Kellner – The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

Shannon Lewczyk – Danville Child Development Center

Sarah Meyer – Columbia Child Development Program

Benjamin Morano - Geisinger

Danielle Pearson – N4Cs

Ernesto Perez – Sponsored by Sekisui Kydex

Jason Ploppert - Girton

Faith Rierson – Columbia Child Development Program

Betsy Rubio – Columbia County Housing and Red. Authority

Melissa Stout – Community Strategies Group

Lindsay Sykes – Bloomsburg Carpet


Leadership Central Penn (LCP) is now accepting nominations for the class of 202-2024. LCP is a nine-month program designed to educate, involve, and motivate a select group of area resident for positions of leadership.  The goals are to seek a diverse group or individuals with an interest in assuming effective leadership roles in their organizations and our communities.  Participants in the program are chosen based on their commitment to the community and their demonstrated leadership potential. To learn more and apply here.

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