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55 Diverse Influencers to Engage in Cincinnati Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 41

CINCINNATI – August 30, 2017
 – 55 leaders, representing a wide variety of businesses in the region, have been chosen as Class 41 of Leadership Cincinnati, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s premier leadership development program. 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.

“Leadership Cincinnati gives our leaders fresh perspective on the region’s unique offerings, while allowing first-hand opportunities to make connections within our community,” said Amy Thompson, leadership programs and Alumni Network leader for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

For 38 years, Leadership Cincinnati included a group problem solving component that made tremendous impact on our region. Significant 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). In recent years, Leadership Cincinnati shifted to a group experience-based model to allow for more exploration of the region.

Nearly 1,900 participants have graduated from Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. Leadership Cincinnati is sponsored by First Financial Bank.

Leadership Cincinnati Class 41:

  • Opeolu Adeoye, Associate Professor & Co-Director, UC Stroke Team, UC Health
  • Nabila Ahmad, North American Sales Leader, IBM
  • Dora Anim, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • John Banchy, President and CEO, The Children's Home of Cincinnati
  • Randi Bellner, Senior Vice President & Market Leader, U.S. Bank
  • Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Christine Brown, Executive Director, ReSource
  • Courtney Campbell-Saxton, Vice President Patient Services Finance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Terri Chesher, VP Business Operations, 84.51°
  • Scott Conklin, Vice President, HR, Paycor
  • Michael DeWeirdt, Senior Vice President - Annuities Strategic Business, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Kelley Drummond, Senior Director of Marketing, Ethicon
  • Aaron Eisel, Vice President of Ticketing & Business Development, Cincinnati Reds
  • Lisa Fangman, Senior Vice President, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Louis Fender, Senior Vice President/Senior Market Manager, WesBanco Bank
  • Holly Foster, Chief Learning Officer, First Financial Bank
  • Davida Gable, Assistant Controller, AK Steel Corporation
  • Alan Geans, Municipal Manager, Village of Woodlawn
  • Ronald Gold, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Paul Gore, Dean, College of Professional Sciences, Xavier University
  • Marcus Hanna, Chief Financial Officer, Castellini Management Company
  • Delores Hargrove-Young, Vice Chairwoman, d e Foxx & Assoc. Inc.
  • Heather Hawkins, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Joe Huber, Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Development Fund
  • Anita Ingram, Assistant Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, University of Cincinnati
  • Matt Jones, Vice President, Cincinnati Business Committee
  • Marcene Kinney, Principal, GBBN Architects
  • John Langenderfer, Senior Vice President, Huntington Bank
  • Julia Meister, Partner, Health Care Litigation & Private Client, Taft Law
  • Richard Michelman, Executive Vice President, Chief Growth and Technology Officer, Michelman
  • Joe Muraca, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Karl Niemann, Vice President, Retail Operations, The Kroger Co.
  • Eric O'Driscoll, Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
  • Daniel O'Keeffe, CEO & President, O'Keeffe PR & Marketing Solutions
  • Whitney Owens, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Laura Phillips, President, Vehr Communications LLC
  • Chris Pinelo, Vice President of Communications, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Alandes Powell, Senior Vice President, Citi
  • Karl Preissner, Senior Manager, P & G
  • Lee Stautberg, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Julie Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, JAS Advisory
  • Donald Stock, Executive Vice President, PNC Bank
  • Jay Stowe, Former Editor-In-Chief, Cincinnati Magazine
  • Jerome Tepe, Executive President, Design-Build Al. Neyer
  • Thomas Tepe Jr., Partner, KMK
  • Brian Thomas, Partner, Graydon
  • William Tucker, Executive Director, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub
  • Eddie Tyner, President, Enquirer Media
  • Todd Wade, Senior Vice President, KeyBank
  • Gary Wagner, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Sarah Weiss, Executive Director, Holocaust and Humanity Center
  • Kimberly Williams, Police Captain, City of Cincinnati
  • James Wilson, Vice President, Talbert House
  • Erin, Wisecup, Vice President, Managing Director, LPK
  • Danyelle Wright, Esquire, The E.W. Scripps Co.

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

Contact:  Rich Walburg, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Communications Director, 513.579.3194; cell 513.205.7424

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