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August 30, 2016

Meet Leadership Cincinnati Class 40

54 leaders, representing regional Cincinnati businesses, have been chosen as Class 40 of Leadership Cincinnati, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s premier leadership program.

“As we work to expand our region’s workforce, talent development is key to retention,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Leadership Cincinnati Class 34 graduate. “The program is designed to help participants fall in love with the city and engage in solving the challenges.”

The program included group project problem solving for 38 years that have had lasting impact on our region. Some of the memorable programs born through Leadership Cincinnati include Red Bike (bike sharing for Cincinnati), Crayons to Computers (a free store for teachers) and Freestore Foodbank Power Packs (ensuring children don’t go hungry on weekends). Leadership Cincinnati shifted to an experience-based model with Class 39 to focus community change efforts in C-Change and Leadership Action.

1833 participants have graduated Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. Members of Class 1 included J. Kenneth Blackwell (Cincinnati City Council), Ted J. Bushelman (Greater Cincinnati Airport) and Nelson Schwab, III (Taft Broadcasting Company). Find other Leadership Cincinnati alumni here.

Mr. Schwab’s father is the namesake of the Nelson Schwab, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Award. 2016 recipients of the honor are Sallie Westheimer (Class 6), retired president & CEO, 4C for Children and George Vincent (Class 19), Managing Partner/Board Chairman, Dinsmore & Shohl. 

Awards and Class 40 will be presented at the Welcome to Leadership 2016 Dinner, September 1, at the Monastery Event Center in Mount Adams. Leadership Cincinnati is sponsored by First Financial Bank.

“As a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 37, I’m proud to take the reins of this historic and diverse fortieth class,” said Amy Thompson, director of Leadership Cincinnati. “Our theme this year is Leadership: A New Perspective and I am confident the class will have the opportunity to see the region from a new angle or new lens that will inspire action.”

Leadership Cincinnati Class 40:

  • Diane Altmix, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Erin Arnold, President, NextStep Networking
  • Kris Attema, Director, Client Operations, Citibank
  • Jason Barron, Executive Director, Red Bike
  • Oscar Bedolla, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Cincinnati
  • Andrew Berger, Attorney, Katz Teller
  • Mono Bhattacharya, Partner, RKCA – Capital Advisors & Investment Bankers
  • Judi Boyko, Township Administrator, West Chester Township
  • Craig Brammer, Chief Executive Officer, The Health Collaborative
  • Stacey Burge, Executive Director, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
  • Lee Bushman, Vice President, Cast-Fab Technologies
  • Christine Conlan, Vice President, Cincinnati Union Bethel
  • Tanya Cornejo, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Jim Creeden, Partner, BKD
  • Scott Deters, Shareholder, Clark Schaefer Hackett 
  • John Faherty, Executive Director, The Mercantile Library
  • Roger Grein, Founder/President, Magnified Giving
  • Barbara Hauser, Community Relations Manager, P&G
  • Whayne Herriford, Senior Director, Talent Management, KnowledgeWorks Foundation
  • Greg Herrin, Vice President, Messer Construction
  • Ashley Hess, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Srikant Iyer, Assistant Vice President, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Chara Jackson, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Urban League
  • Debra Kaput, SVP, Director Talent Management and Development, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jeff Langdon, Superintendent, Deer Park Schools
  • Phillip Lanham, Director of Donor Relations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Brent McCoy, Chief Financial Officer, LPK
  • Brad McMonigle, Vice President, Talbert House
  • Daniel Minera, Director of Hispanic Outreach, City Gospel Mission
  • Chuck Mingo, Oakley Campus Pastor, Crossroads Church
  • Jen Mitchell, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Mandy Neeley, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, First Financial Bank
  • Valerie Norvell, Founder, N-tellect
  • Lanell Ohlinger, Vice President of Business Unit HR, Kroger Company
  • Greg Olson, CEO, Urban Sites
  • Darrin Redus, Vice President, Economic Inclusion, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Andy Reed, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Lisa Sampson, Senior Vice President, Managing Director– Wealth Management, PNC Bank
  • Anya Sanchez, Enterprise Director, Special Projects, UC Health
  • Khaula Sawah, Board Member and CEO, OUSSM USA/Nonprofit, Medical Relief
  • Heather Schwab, VP of Human Resources, The Vora Group
  • Timothy Sharp, Vice President, Megen Construction, Inc.
  • Kelly Soller, Vice President & Private Banking Sales Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Christina Sprecher, Member, Frost Brown Todd
  • Brian Stout, SVP, Omnichannel Support Services, Macy's
  • Eileen Strempel, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Cincinnati
  • Teresa Theetge, Assistant Chief, Cincinnati Police Department
  • Susan Thomas, Executive Vice President, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
  • Craig Todd, Managing Partner, AMEND Consulting
  • Sneja Tomassian, Director of Development, Cincinnati Opera
  • Laura Tomlin, VP, Digital Business Operations, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Barbara Turner, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Janice Urbanik, Executive Director, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, United Way
  • James Williams, President, Mount St. Joseph University

About Leadership Cincinnati
Leadership Cincinnati is an active, immersive learning experience with monthly topics such as arts & culture, economic development, regionalism and inclusive leadership. Class members gain access to established leaders and have the opportunity to engage in leadership conversations.

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