Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

September 10, 2019

56 welcomed to amplify their legacy


56 leaders, representing a wide variety of businesses in the region, have been chosen to engage in Class 43 of Leadership CincinnatiUSA®, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s premier leadership development program. Leadership Cincinnati provides our region’s leaders hands-on opportunities to gain new perspectives on our community and help them amplify their leadership legacy. 

“Leadership Cincinnati is an inclusive, immersive and active way for our leaders to gain an in-depth understanding of what makes our region work, what needs to be done, and how they can leave a lasting legacy,” said Amy Thompson, Leadership Programs and Alumni Network Leader for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Class 43 will connect with established leaders and find the opportunity to connect in new ways with each other and our community.”

The class kicked off at the Welcome to Leadership Celebration last Wednesday, September 4 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

It also included a presentation of the Nelson Schwab Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. The 2019 honorees were Kay Geiger (Class 19), regional president of PNC Bank, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and Roger Grein, CPA (Class 40), founder and president of Magnified Giving. The Nelson Schwab Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award honors outstanding Leadership Cincinnati alumni whose contributions to the betterment of the Cincinnati region distinguish them as leaders among leaders.

Nearly 2,000 participants have graduated from Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. Leadership Cincinnati is focused on developing leaders and extends the learning to its alumni. More than 60 Leadership Cincinnati alumni, under the leadership of Steering Committee chair, Chris Lewis (Class 39) of University of Cincinnati, serve on the steering committee to help plan and deliver the program.  

Leadership Cincinnati strives to ensure the cost is not a barrier for leaders to participate. Thanks to the “Dale, Hurley, Keating, Schwab Leadership CincinnatiUSA® Fund,” nine classmates received scholarships to participate. 

Leadership Cincinnati Class 43:

• David S. Arends, President and CEO, CR architecture + design
• Greg Asher, US Sales Head, Strategic Engagements, Wipro Ltd
• Ivy Bayer, Publisher, Cincinnati Magazine
• Stephanie Bisselberg, Vice President, Human Resources, AK Steel Corporation
• Paula Brehm-Heeger, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
• Dion Brown, President and COO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
• Sylvia Buxton, President/CEO North America, Perfetti Van Melle
• Harry W. Cappel, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
• Regina Carswell Russo, CEO/Founder/Chief Media Messenger, RRight Now Communications, LLC
• Todd Castellini, Vice President of Public Finance, The Port
• Veronica L. Chapman, VP of Controls, Barclays US
• Erin Childs, Executive Director, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio
• Greg Christopher, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Xavier University
• John L. Crow, Vice President Claims, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
• Lisa Dankovich, Chief Cincinnati Engagement Officer, Miami University
• Chip Dennig, Director, Barnes, Dennig & Co. Ltd.
• Brian G. Dershaw, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
• Jennifer Dougherty, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Fidelity Information Systems
• Todd Duesing, VP/COO, Cincinnati Arts Association
• Katie Eagan, VP, Government Affairs, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
• Rob FitzGerald, President + COO ,Empower
• Molly Flanagan, Senior Manager and Chief of Staff to Chief Legal Officer, P&G
• Stephanie Gaither, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Al. Neyer
• Adam Gelter, Executive Vice President, 3CDC
• Sarah Giolando-Matlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
• Sheri Harper, Chief People Officer, Frisch's Restaurants Inc.
• Patricia C. Headley, Owner, The Sweat Shop
• Robert Kalutkiewicz, VP of Strategy, New Business and Corporate Development, The E.W. Scripps Co.
• Christie Kuhns, Chief of Staff, VP of Operations and Community Relations, UC Health
• Jonathan C. Labbe, President, Mercy Health Foundation - Cincinnati
• Brian A. Lapthorn, Managing Director, TiER1 Performance Solutions
• Tommie Lewis, President and CEO, Make It Plain Consulting, LLC
• Susan Lomax, Executive Director, Source Cincinnati
• Lisbeth B. Lundstedt, Vice President Supplier Diversity Manager, Huntington Bank
• John A. Moore, President, Moore Air
• Alex Muñoz, VP Risk Management, Messer Construction Co.
• Paul Neudigate, Assistant Chief, Cincinnati Police Department
• Todd Palmeter, Chief Executive Officer, Great Parks of Hamilton County
• Tony Perazzo, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
• Matt Reckman, Cincinnati Market President, First Financial Bank
• Myron Rivers, VP, Business Development, Infintech
• Todd Schild, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
• Beth Schwartz, President & CEO, Cincinnati Union Bethel
• Mike Scruggs, Pastor, Light of the World Church
• Megan Shaffer, Senior Director of Operations, Kroger Co.
• Kristin Smith Shrimplin, President/CEO, Women Helping Women
• John Sieg, Retail Executive, Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati
• Jaipal Singh, Principal Architect & Owner, CHAATRIK Architecture
• Stephanie A. Smith, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Fifth Third Bank
• Amy B. Spiller, President, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky
• Rob Thornton, Regional Director, Pivotal Software
• Jeremy Vaughan, Partner/Principal, Ernst & Young, LLP
• Vanessa Indriolo Vreeland, Senior Vice President, Truist Financial (fka SunTrust Bank)
• Rick Walls, Executive Director, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
• Jill Warman, SVP & CTP, Commercial Banking Leader, U.S. Bank
• Will Woodward, CFO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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