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Rich Walburg 
Communications Director
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
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54 Leaders to Participate in Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 39
-Interviews Available-

CINCINNATI – August 5, 2015 – 54 leaders, representing 54 Cincinnati USA for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, have been chosen as Class 39 of Leadership Cincinnati; the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership development program. The class meets for the first time on September 3, 2015. 

“The magic happens by putting this much diverse talent together for a year,” said Dan Hurley, executive director of Leadership Cincinnati. “Class 39 gathers members from all three states in our region; some are lifelong residents while others bring fresh insights from other places in the United States and other countries. It is that diversity that is the seedbed of creativity. It will be a great ride.”

Leadership Cincinnati is an active, immersive learning experience. Participants not only learn – they learn by doing. Class members gain access to established leaders and have the opportunity to engage in leadership conversations.

Over the past 38 years, 1778 participants have graduated Leadership Cincinnati, including Bob Castellini of the Cincinnati Reds, Kay Geiger of PNC Bank and Dr. Victoria Garcia of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. See all Leadership Cincinnati alumni here.

Leadership Cincinnati Class 39:

Alan Abes, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Ryan Adcock, Executive Director, Cradle Cincinnati 
Deana Taylor Battle, VP, Envision
Tim Blankenhorn, Sr. VP, Huntington Bank 
Anne Cappel, Executive Director, European American Chamber of Commerce
Tracy Cook, Executive Director, ProKids
Brent Cooper, President, C-Forward
Tom DeWitt, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
Jason Dunn, Director, Multicultural Sales, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Vanessa Freytag, CEO, 4C for Children 
Charles Gerhardt, President, Government Strategies Group
Rick Green, President and Publisher, Enquirer Media
Brian Gregg, Chief Communications Officer, Hamilton County Job and Family Services
Mary Haag, President and CEO, PreventionFIRST 
Paul Haffner, Attorney/Senior Counsel, Calfee, Halter and Griswold
Angela Harnett, CFO, Jedson Engineering, Inc. 
Julie Highley, Sr. VP for Business Development, HORAN
Laura Hinegardner, VP and General Counsel, Advanced Testing Laboratories  
Craig Hockenberry, Superintendent, Three Rivers Local Schools 
Andy Holzhauser, CEO, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance 
Troy Jackson, Director, AMOS Project 
Mark Jeffreys, Associate Brand Director, Procter &Gamble 
Michelle Keating, HR Senior Executive, Accenture
Kathryn Keller, VP, Interact for Health
Cameron Kitchin, Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director, Cincinnati Art Museum
Nathan Knipper, Vice President for Sales, Total Quality Logistics 
Liz Knuppel, Managing Partner, Skystone Partners 
Chris Lewis, MD, Physician, University of Cincinnati Medical Center 
Kevin Lynch, Commissioner, Dearborn County
Bleuzette Marshall, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Cincinnati
Major Charmaine McGuffey, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department  
Peter McLinden, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, AFL/CIO Labor Council 
Carolyn Micheli, VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Jill Miller, Executive Director, Bethesda, Inc. 
Dina Minneci, City Manager, Village of Indian Hill 
Laura Mitchell, Deputy Superintendent, CPS
Richard Mitchell, Director, EY 
Sharahn Monk, VP Talent and Development, Citi
Molly North, President and CEO, Al Neyer, LLC 
Robert Oestreicher, VP and General Counsel, Tire Discounters, Inc.  
Brian Isaacs Phillips, Producing Artistic Director, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Sharmili Reddy, City Administrator, City of Fort Mitchell 
Pamela Rincones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Fifth Third Bank
Christine Schaub, VP, JP Morgan
Dennis Schoff, Sr. VP and General Counsel, Ohio National Financial Services, Inc.  
Mardia Shands, Sr. Director HR, Miami Valley Gaming 
Adam Singer, Managing Director, Business Development and Expansion, REDI 
Bill Thiemann, Managing Director, Client Leader, Kolar Design
Sarah Tomes, VP Managing Director, LPK 
Faith Tupman, VP, US Bank 
Emily Vierling, Vice President, First Financial Bank
Dave Wallace, Attorney, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 
Warren Weber, Executive Vice President, PNC Bank
Kent Wellington, Partner, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
Jen Walters, CEO, Education Matters/Community Matters

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is one of the nation’s largest chambers, representing the interests of nearly 4,500 member businesses. Its mission is to leverage the potential of the business community to create economic prosperity for our region. The Chamber serves its membership and the Cincinnati USA community through leadership and professional development programs, government advocacy, festivals and events, regional vision and collaboration, money-saving benefit programs, networking opportunities and educational programs. For more information, visit


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