The 56 Leaders Chosen to Participate in  Cincinnati Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 45

CINCINNATI – September 3, 2021 – 56 leaders, representing a wide variety of businesses in the region, have been chosen to participate in Class 45 of Leadership Cincinnati USA®, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s premier leadership development program presented by First Financial Bank. 

"Leadership Cincinnati is an immersive, experienced-based program for senior leaders in the region to deepen connections with each other and gain a deeper understanding of how to drive transformative change in our community,” said Amy Thompson, Vice President of the Leadership Center with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “In turn, these leaders progress on to be pivotal contributors to the region who advance causes that enable a brighter future for all.”

The Leadership Cincinnati USA® Distinguished Alumni & Welcome Event will be held Wednesday, September 8, 5-8 p.m., at the Hard Rock Casino. The event will welcome Class 45 and will include a presentation of the Nelson Schwab Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award to Michael Fisher (Honorary Leadership Cincinnati Graduate), President & CEO, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Melvin J. Gravely II (Class 19), CEO, TriVersity Construction. 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 amongst leaders.

More than 2000 participants have graduated from Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. Many of these civic minded leaders remain engaged today and participate in the steering committee to help deliver the program. Leadership Cincinnati alumni Tommie Lewis, President & CEO of Make It Plain Consulting, Deana Taylor, Senior Vice President of Human Resources with 3CDC, and Dave Wallace, Attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will serve as the program chairs to help curate meaningful experiences for Class 45.

The presenting investor of Leadership Cincinnati is First Financial Bank.

Leadership Cincinnati Class 45:
• Cristina Anez, Director Human Resources, Hard Rock Casino
• Verna Arnette, Deputy Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works 
• Michael Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
• Michael Betz, Head of Marketing, DMG (Divisions Maintenance Group)
• Maureen Bickley, Vice Member in Charge, Cincinnati, Frost Brown Todd LLC
• Lasserre Bradley III, President of Development, The Model Group
• Dennis Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, FC Cincinnati
• Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati City Hall Reporter, Cincinnati Enquirer
• Craig Cuchra, Vice President Marketing, USA and Canada, Perfetti Van Melle
• Thomas Deere, Vice President, Sales & Engagement, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
• Priya Dhingra Klocek, President & CEO, Consultant On The Go LLC
• Bobbi Dillon, Senior Manager, State Government Relations, The Procter & Gamble Company
• Marc F. Dizard, Regional Investment Director, PNC Bank
• Daniel M. Driehaus, President/CEO, Driehaus Insurance Group
• Dan Feldmann, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Executive, Fifth Third Bank 
• Rico Grant, Founder, Paloozanoire, SoCap Accelerate, Gallery At Gumbo
• Dil Gruffydd, Chief Financial Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
• Bryan Hamilton, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
• Julie Holt, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, The Christ Hospital Health Network
• Harold Howard, Vice President, Talbert House
• Dominic Iacobucci, Client Leader, Vice President, BHDP Architecture
• Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Councilmember, City of Cincinnati
• Brad Knueven, Client Partner, TiER1 Performance
• Michelle Kyle, Vice President, Information Technology, The Cincinnati Insurance Company
• Michael Lake, Partner, EY
• Kimberly Lauterbach, President & CEO, REDI Cincinnati
• Sarah Lawler, Vice President, Rates & Regulatory Strategy, Duke Energy
• Shannon Lawson, Attorney, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
• Michael Lied, Principal, Director of Healthcare, GBBN
• Moira Lyon, Market Leader, Oswald Companies
• Deon J. Mack Sr., Businessman/Cincinnati Police Officer, Oaktree Property Investments/City of Cincinnati 
• Darrin Manning, Senior Director, Cloud Operations, Cincinnati Bell, CBTS
• Shawn Manns-Collins, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Fifth Third Bank 
• Marcus E. Margerum, Deputy Director & Chief Business Officer, Contemporary Arts Center
• Michael B. Mattingly, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 
• Tom Millikin, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port)
• Paul Moran, Vice President, Marketing & Communication, HGC Group of Companies
• Bill Mulvihill, Managing Director/Head of Sports Finance Group, U.S. Bank
• Senchal Murphy, Senior Director of Human Resources, The Kroger Co.
• Maggie Nichols, CEO, Eureka! Ranch 
• Denisha Porter, All-In Cincinnati Director, Greater Cincinnati Foundation 
• Kelly Postlewaite, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
• Bill Powell, Chief Innovation Officer, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
• Jay Rammes, Managing Director, Barnes Dennig & Co., Ltd.
• John Ravasio, Chief Operating Officer, SORTA/Metro
• Teri J. Shirk, President & CEO, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
• Tiffany Sieve, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Paycor 
• Leia Snyder, Superintendent/CEO, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services
• Jennifer Spieser, Executive Director, Cincinnati Parks Foundation
• Tyran Stallings, Executive Director, The DAD Initiative
• Pam Webb, SVP & Chief Human Resource Officer, Ohio National Financial Services
• Eric Wellinghoff, Chief Marketing Officer, Nehemiah Manufacturing 
• Beth Welter, Vice President, Strategic Communications and Change Management, The E.W. Scripps Company
• Adrienne Wiley, Executive Director, The Healing Center
• Terri Williams, Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasury Management, First Financial Bank
• David Zimmerman, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP


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