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Congratulations to the Graduates of Cincy LEAD Class 2

47 leaders from a variety of organizations in the Cincinnati region graduated from Class 2 of Cincy LEAD on November 17.

Cincy LEAD is a leadership development program from the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The program is designed to equip advancing leaders with the skills and tools to accelerate their leadership while building a meaningful network of peers.

The program consists of five sessions meeting biweekly over an 8-week period, during which participants are assigned a small group for the duration of the program. The format of each session features a keynote speaker on a specific topic for the full class, followed by small group deep dives into the topic in a structured way that promotes discussion and enables thoughtful discourse. This combines elements of traditional leadership development programs and a roundtable to enable deeper connections and best practice sharing.

“Through Cincy LEAD’s format, not only do we provide content-rich programming that is topical to advancing leaders in the region, but we also get to hear how they’re working through the issues involved and the solutions their small groups offer,” said Megan Liebenow, Leadership Coordinator at the Cincinnati Chamber. “We’re excited to see what each graduate takes back to their organization and community as they apply their shared learnings and leverage their new networks.”Meet the graduates of Cincy LEAD Class 2:

  • Saijal Andreadis, Senior Marketing Manager, Four Entertainment Group (4EG)
  • Jeremy Barkley, Woodland Mound Senior Conservation and Parks Manager, Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • Alex Bey, Client Portfolio Specialist, Johnson Investment Counsel
  • Sian Bitner-Kearney, Senior Communications & Engagement Manager, Kroger
  • Melanie Blumental, Manager: PR, Social Digital, The Gorilla Glue Company
  • Jeff Boeh, Assistant Treasurer, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Lukas Brant, Manager of the Season Ticket Member Service Team, FC Cincinnati
  • Analisa Condon, Manager, Corporate Engagement, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Miranda Craft, Director, IT Contract Management, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Jenny Davis, Customer Service Manager, Time Timer LLC
  • Heather Demery, Software Quality Assurance Engineer II, Western and Southern Financial Group
  • Katie Drury, Information Security Analyst III, University of Cincinnati
  • Justin Ferguson, Lead Strategist, BHDP
  • Andrew Ferguson, Associate Attorney, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
  • Patrick Fox, Sr. Human Resources Generalist, Kroger
  • Erica Gaier, Sr. Business Owner, Kroger
  • Ben Gilles, Senior Interior Designer, KZF Design
  • Shawna Hedges, Recruiter/Placement Specialist, Eastern Personnel Services, Inc.
  • Samantha Hedges, Senior Engineer, FedEx Ground
  • Margaret Hocker, Legal Operations Manager, CBTS Technology Solutions LLC
  • Mike Huber, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Jessica Jeffery, Manager of Sourcing, School Outfitters
  • Nate Johnson, Director of Financial Planning, Truepoint Wealth Counsel
  • Christopher Kelley, Formation and Service Learning Director, St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
  • Michelle Lewandowski, Director of Sales, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Brian Linneman, Senior Manager, Plante Moran
  • Alex Mangas, Event Coordinator, 3CDC
  • Connie McFadden-Chase, Vice President Academic Affairs, Provost, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Maya McKenzie, Media Relations Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
  • Sean McLeod, Senior Consultant, Centric Consulting
  • Lia Myers, Association Director of Wellness & Digital Experience, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Shelby Nuckolls, Camping Director, Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Shannon O’Neill, Regional Recovery Program Manager, American Red Cross
  • Zack Postma, Associate Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kristen Quimby, Community Development Team Leader, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
  • Katherine Rawe, HR Director, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Anthony Reed, Manager, Inside Sales, FC Cincinnati
  • Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, Community & Citizenship Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • Matt Spisak, Regional Credit Manager, Ferguson Enterprises LLC
  • Suresh Tulasiraman, Senior Service Delivery Manager, NTT Data Business Solution Inc
  • Rebekah Vazquez, Business Development Manager, Allsteel Office
  • Claudia Villanueva, Manager of Executive & Board Affairs, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
  • Lea Wagner, Vice President of Administration and Finance, Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Eric Webb, Employee advancement manager, Graeters
  • Matt Yauch, Director of Data Science, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Lei Zhao, Senior Associate, KPMG LLP
  • Kyle Zonio, Demand Planner, Perfetti Van Melle

Applications for Cincy LEAD Class 3 will open January 9, 2023. More information about the program can be found at

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