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Meet the 50 Chosen to Participate in Cincinnati Chamber’s, Cincy Next Class 10

50 leaders from a variety of organizations in the Cincinnati region have been accepted for Class 10 of Cincy Next, a leadership development program produced by the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and presented by Fifth Third Bank.

Cincy Next is designed for emerging leaders in their early twenties to early thirties with less than eight years of professional experience. The program helps these individuals connect with other young talent from across the region and develop both professionally and personally. The program covers a variety of professional development topics, including personal branding, conflict management, goal setting, and more.

“Cincy Next is all about identifying, connecting, and equipping the region’s future leaders,” says Andrea Mersmann, Leadership Programs Manager, Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. “Through the course of the program, emerging leaders will attain tools that will help them grow personal and professionally beyond Cincy next, while also building relationships and connections to the communities in which they work and live.”

Here are the members of Cincy Next Class 10:

  • Kelly Ahern – Manager, Operations, Outpatient Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Krischa Barangan – Marketing Associate, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Drew Barker – Sales Account Manager, American Modern Insurance Group
  • Rosemary Belleman – Communications Specialist, Perfetti Van Melle
  • Kate Black – Styling Services Manager, Dress for Success Cincinnati
  • Jeffrey Bogenschutz – Senior Analyst, Verdant Commercial Capital
  • Rian Boland – Preconstruction Lead, Lithko Contracting
  • Emily Cashell – Immigration Associate, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Brad Chamblin – Vice President, Leveraged Finance, First Financial Bank
  • Nicole Chance – Associate Graphic & motion Designer. Cloverleaf
  • Nicole Cloyd – Associate, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
  • Mallory Cox – Associate Project Manager, NTT DATA Business Solutions-US
  • Sarah Daligga – Project Manager, REDI Cincinnati
  • Zane Dennler – Executive Assistant to Midwest CEO, USI Insurance Services
  • Audrey Doepker – Project Manager, Al. Neyer, LLC
  • Grace Fening – Interior Designer, GBBN Architects
  • Maggie Fulmer – Assistant Director of Digital Recruitment and Retention, Xavier University
  • Ashley Gao – Actuary, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Sarah Gleason – Marketing and Communications Manager, Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Bella Gullia – Assistant Director, Lindner Career Services, University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
  • DJ Hammett – Finance Manager of Corporate Development, 84.51°
  • Andrea Hischak – Community Impact Leader, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Marcus Hughes – Associate Attorney, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Michael Johnston – Development Manager, NorthPoint Development
  • Julian Jordan – Senior Associate, Recruiter, JPMorgan Chase
  • Samantha Kelly – Senior Marketing & Sales Strategist, Strategic HR Business Advisors
  • Maxwell Klett – Portfolio Manager Assistant, Johnson Investment Counsel
  • John Koz – Employee Benefits Advisor, Oswald Companies
  • Megan Liebenow – Leadership Center Coordinator, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Gordon Lowden – Manager of Consumer Sales, RetireMed
  • Taylor McCarthy – Manager of Partnership Activation, FC Cincinnati
  • Thomas McConville – Tax Senior, Cassady Schiller CPAs & Advisors
  • Priya Mistry – Senior Counsel, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Courtney Nichols (Dane) – Customer Service Manager, EssilorLuxottica
  • Amanda Paulik – Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
  • Carly Pennekamp – Senior Manager, Marketing Communications, Paycor
  • Sydney Pepper – Director of Development, Grants, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Martina-Krystelle Pineda – Non-Profit Services, Manager, Ignite Philanthropy
  • John Popken – Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third Bank
  • Zack Postma – Associate Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jaron Pyle – Senior Project Manager, Messer Construction
  • Christina Rolfe – Underwrite, Cincinnati Insurance
  • Asaana Shamlin – Finance Manager, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Maggie Spataro – Marketing Manager, Bartlett Wealth Management
  • Kelsey Sucher – Analyst Program & Recruiting Manager, AMEND Consulting
  • Brandon Trame – Manager of Analytics & Optimization, 2060 Digital
  • Sean Walsh – Senior Financial Analyst, The EW Scripps Company
  • Mariah Watkins – Brand Manager, Myriad Neuroscience
  • Drew Whitaker – Sales Development Manager, Cincinnati Reds
  • Nicole Wolanski – Marketing Manager, Hard Rock Casino Cincinanti

If you would like to inquire about Cincy Next, please reach out to Andrea Mersmann More information about the program can be found at

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