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Cincinnati Chamber Announces the 57 Leaders Participating in C-Change Class 18

57 leaders from a variety of organizations in the Cincinnati region have been accepted for Class 18 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 an incredible opportunity for leaders in our community to connect with different organizations, learn civic skills, and enhance their own leadership tools,” says Andrea Mersmann, Leadership Programs Manager at the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. “These leaders will shape our region’s future, and C-Change offers a platform to cultivate and refine their impact today.”

Here are the members of C-Change Class 18:

  • Abdiel Acevedo – Territory Manager, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Johnson & Johnson
  • Natalie Bah – Operations Manager, Luma Financial Technologies
  • Caroline Bove – Vice President, Public Funds, First Financial Bank
  • Benjamin Bowles – Regional Sales Manager, Prysmian Group
  • Ryan Braun – Director of Community Relations, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Christopher Brinkman – Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
  • Lori Burchett – Deputy Director of Streetcar Services, City of Cincinnati
  • Tessa Castner – Partner, Frost Brown Todd LLP
  • Elizabeth Cook – HR Compliance Manager, Baker Construction Enterprises, Inc.
  • Matthew Cotter – Partner, Cincinnati/Louisville, Centric Consulting
  • Christopher DeNicola – Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
  • Sarah Ditlinger – Director of Marketing & Engagement, Taft Museum of Art
  • Andrew Fath – Sr. Account Manager, Michelman
  • Kevin Flynn – Associate, Registered Patent Attorney, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Kevin Gade – Chief Operating Officer & Portfolio Manager, Bahl & Gaynor
  • Andy Gapinski – Tax Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Anthony Gerke – Partner, AMEND Consulting
  • Samantha Goldfeder – Senior Vice President, MediaLink, a UTA Company
  • Annie Graeter – Retail Store Manager, Graeter’s Ice Cream Company
  • Lindsay Hall – Operations Specialist, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
  • Amanda Hemann – Associate Vice President, Ignite Philanthropy
  • Randy Henson – Director, Outreach, Vineyard Cincinnati Church
  • Deanna Hillard – Program Manager, Interact for Health
  • Claire Hodapp – Assistant Counsel, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Kristen Hoh – Director, Insights Account Management (Commercial Solutions), 84.51°
  • Brad Jackson – Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Lori Jennings – Communications Director, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
  • Sarah Jordan – Director of Development, Ronal McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Ned Kelly – Director of Business Development, EGC Construction Corporation
  • Bennett Kowalk – VP, Corporate Controller, Verdant Commercial Capital LLC
  • Jon-Paul Krumm – Internal Audit Manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Matthew Lengerich – Supply Planner, Perfetti Van Melle
  • Stephanie Leung – Project Specialist, Advanced Illness Programs, HOC Navigators/TriHealth
  • Jennifer Lopez – Data Manager, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Kristin Mahler – Director, Finance & Accounting, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Rachel McCarthy – Associate VP of Development, American Heart Association
  • Valarie McCarthy – Sr. Manager, Communications, Paycor
  • Anthony McNamara – Managing Associate, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Conor Meeks – Partner, Taft Law
  • Graham Mercurio – Director of Operations, RCF Group
  • Michael Mize – Director of Finance, Hard Rock Casino
  • Andrea Moneypenny – Senior Develop, The Model Group
  • Afua Nantwi – Community Manager, Fath Properties
  • Whittley Nelson – Police Sergeant, Cincinnati Police Department
  • Robert Palmer – Assistant Manager Policy Services, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Lauren Piening-Estael – Regional Development Director, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Wilbert Pleasant – Dean of Students, Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Madeleine Powell – Sourcing & logistics Senior Manager, 80 Acres Farms/Infinite Acres
  • Sarah Ray – Senior Counsel, Great American Insurance Group
  • Brandon Rudd – Director, Center for Research & Data, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Addison Shedd – Recruiting & Talent Management Director, 3CDC
  • Larry Shields – Director of Engineering, WCPO 9
  • Samuel Terry – Assistant Director: Diversity, Belonging, & Retention, Xavier University
  • Josh Thayer – Project Executive, Messer Construction Co.
  • Matthew Thompson – Sr. Superintendent, Skanska USA Building Inc.
  • Rob Volker – Director of Fulfillment and Distribution Enterprises, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Tyler Zembrodt – Associate/Designer, GBBN

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

To inquire about future C-Change classes, please contact Andrea Mersmann, More information about the program can be found at

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