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January 22, 2013

Meet the emerging leaders of C-Change Class 8

C-ChangeC-Change, the young-professional leadership-development program of HYPE, managed by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, has commenced its eighth class with 56 participants. Since 2006, C-Change has engaged and connected over 350 young professionals.

The year-long program provides emerging leaders with the opportunity to expand their leadership, career and life skills, while connecting with established leaders and community resources. The program officially began yesterday with a kick-off reception and will be followed by a weekend retreat at Camp Joy in February.

C-Change is a component of HYPE, or Harnessing Young Professional Energy, the Chamber-led initiative to attract, develop and engage young talent in Cincinnati USA.

"A primary goal of C-Change is to introduce, expand and encourage community engagement opportunities for participants," said Julie Bernzott, manager of HYPE programs for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. "Now in its eighth year, C-Change participants will continue to impact our region-not only through work on community projects, but also through connecting with business leaders and each other."

The 2013 C-Change participants are:

Kelly Backscheider, BGR, Inc
Timothy Baker, Michelman, Inc
Daniel Barczak, Hyperquake, LLC
Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, Cincinnati Enquirer
Michael Berning, Joseph Berning Printing
Clare Blankemeyer, Mayerson Foundation High School Service-Learning Program
Elliott Blodgett, Camp Joy
Tara Burt, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Jamie Carr, Macy's Inc.
Katie Chadwell, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Brent Collins, Commonwealth Inc.
Brad Daugherty, Ernst & Young LLP
Lisa Caldemeyer Diedrichs, Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP
Molly Flanagan, P&G
James Fondriest, P&G
Rachel Foote, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
Tanja Goldman, Zelena Verte, LLC
David Habel, Messer Construction
Matthew Hammer, Cincinnati Police Department
Kelly Harrington, City of Blue Ash
Patrick D. Hayes, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
Stephen Hightower II, Hightowers Petroleum Co.
Seth Holt, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Kevin Hoskins, Dressman Benzinger Lavelle PSC
Joanna Jackson, Premier Care, Inc
Andrew Kennedy, Total Quality Logistics
Jenny Kessler, Traction
Sarah Kubala, Cassady Schiller CPAs & Advisors
Michelle Lacey, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Eric Langevin, Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati
Blair Lanier, Breakthrough Cincinnati
Sara Lawellin, ArtWorks
Katherine Lawrence, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Janice Liebenberg, The E.W. Scripps Company
Daniel Luegering, GBBN Architects
Gerron McKnight, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Aisha H. Monem, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Jameson Muth, CBRE, Inc.
Eric Nelson, dunnhumbyUSA
Terry Ohnmeis, Cassidy Turley
Karen Reed, The Bank of Kentucky
Sarah Rieger, The Kenwood by Senior Star
Emily Roberts, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Justin Rumao, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America
Ann Sandman, Accenture
George W. Schein, Thompson Hine LLP
Annie Schellinger, University of Cincinnati
Alex Schutte, Qvidian
Shannon Senger, Cincinnati Reds
Meghan Simonson, Fifth Third Bank
Jeremy Stover, The Kroger Co.
Sarah Strassel, POSSIBLE
Gina Szweda, Ethicon Surgical Care
Jonathan Thornberry, Baird Private Wealth Management
Kara Troquille Gunsch, PNC Wealth Management Group
Matthew Yung, Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc.

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