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Cincinnati Chamber Announces C-Change Class 17 Participants

56 leaders from a variety of organizations in the Cincinnati region have been accepted for Class 17 of C-Change, a leadership development program produced by the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and presented by Fifth Third Bank.

C-Change is the premier leadership-development program for advancing mid-career leaders in the Cincinnati region. The curriculum combines leadership development with community engagement which enhances current leadership roles and prepares participants for future ones – both professionally and personally. The program also features a small-group, community project component that strengthens participants’ connections to and engagement with the Cincinnati region.

“C-Change is a unique opportunity for advancing leaders in our community to both connect with their peers from other organizations and enhance their own leadership skills,” says Andrea Mersmann, Leadership Programs Manager at the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. “These are the people who will shape our region’s future, and C-Change offers a platform to expand their impact today.”

Here are the members of C-Change Class 17:

  • Jhonatan Almaraz – Director – Solution Design, CBTS
  • Bryan Andress – Research Analyst, Johnson Investment Counsel
  • Ned Babbitt – Senior Managing Associate, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Lauren Bartoszek – Assistant Director – Population Health, The Health Collaborative
  • Latrice Behanan – Medical-Surgical Nursing Director for Good Samaritan Hospital, TriHealth
  • Renee Berlon – Events & Partnerships Manager, St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
  • Martin Booth – Assistant VP of Finance, COBCO Enterprises
  • Claire Bryson – Arts Program Director, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
  • Esteban Calle – Business Banking | Assistant Vice President, First Commonwealth Bank
  • Andrew Cassady – Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Amanda Combs – Project Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Michael Daniele – Field Team Manager, Emerge IT Solutions
  • Joe DelVecchio – SVP, PNC Bank
  • Lauren Everett – Senior Program Manager, Cradle Cincinnati
  • Matt Fisher – Marketing Director, Decal Impressions
  • Max Fisher – Vice President, Associated Insurance and Risk Management Advisors
  • Jessica Fitzwilson – Business Manager, Turner Construction
  • Samuel Foulkes – Director of Braille Production & Accessible Innovation, Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Ryan Goellner – Managing Associate, Frost Brown Todd
  • Bryan Hatcher – Career Specialist / Mentorship Advocate, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative / Architek Studios
  • Steven Heffernan – Senior Sales Manager, GE Aviation
  • Douglas Heitkamp – Rates and Regulatory Strategy Lead, Duke Energy
  • Adam Herr – Vice President Business Banking Market Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Andrew Hopkins – Director: Strategy & Corporate Development, E.W. Scripps
  • Muhammad Iqbal – Advanced Scientist, Michelman Inc
  • Amanda Jenkins – Development Director, Community Action Agency
  • Tony Keckeis – Controller, Viking Partners Inc.
  • Matt King – Director of Marketing and Business Automation, Hightowers Petroleum Company
  • Sonia Kreimer – Internal Communications Manager, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Cleopatra Kum – CEO/ Administrator, Family Support Care LLC
  • Lucy Lane Broderick – Senior Trust Advisor, Fifth Third Bank
  • Ian Lindemuth – Director Product Management, 84.51
  • Sara Long – Manager, Benefits & Compensation, NTT DATA Business Solutions Inc.
  • Kyle McCurdy – Deputy Chief, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Catherine Miller – Wealth Advisor, Bartlett Wealth Management
  • Ryan Moeller – Associate, RC Capital (f.k.a. River Cities Capital)
  • Jon Moore – Director of Digital Marketing, Mount St. Joseph University
  • Daniel Orona – Vice President – Key Accounts, Cincinnati Insurance
  • JJ Paoletti – LOB Marketing Manager, First Financial Bank
  • Kelly Pokrywka – Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Success, Xavier University
  • Sara Portman – Sponsorship Sales Manager, 3CDC
  • Robyn Rider – Divisional Vice President, Great American Insurance Company
  • Gregory Robinson – Attorney, Keating, Muething and Klekamp PLL
  • Elaine Schomaker – Key Account Manager, Givaudan
  • Artie Spaw – Design Director, KZF Design
  • Corie Spialek – Director of Operations, Eureka! Ranch International, Ltd.
  • Michelle Stevens – Financial Planner, Truepoint Wealth Counsel
  • Christina Thomas – Senior Associate, RKCA
  • Timothy Tierney – Consulting Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Sonny Wagner – Project Manager, Skanska USA
  • Melissa Watt – Litigation Attorney, Faruki PLL
  • Chas Wiederhold – Architectural Designer, GBBN Architects
  • Christopher Willig – Head of Creative, Kroger / Kroger Studios
  • Amanda Woeste – Supervisor, Purchasing & Policy Assembly, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Cori Wolff – Executive Director, Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society and Longworth-Anderson Series, Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society
  • Noah Zelkind – Director of Data Analytics & Insights, 80 Acres Farms

The program includes a mix of leadership workshops, tours, activities, and a group project, including sessions on:

  • Leadership and communication style assessments
  • Regional history and government
  • Regional challenges and resources
  • Small group projects to further develop team dynamics and impact the region

More information about the program can be found at

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