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Leadership Northern Kentucky Class Announced

The 40th Leadership Northern Kentucky class was announced by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

There are fifty-two members in the 2020 class.

Since its inception, 1,300 alumni have come together through the Leadership NKY program to make a difference in the community.

"The Class of 2020 will continue a 40-year tradition of making meaningful connections toward leadership development, community engagement, and regional investment,” said Laura Menge, chair of the 2020 Class, and philanthropic advisor at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “We are excited to welcome and to work with these class members whom we believe will skillfully carry that legacy - and brilliantly forge their own."  

The Leadership NKY program utilizes the community as a classroom to help participants gain an understanding of the strengths and opportunities of the Northern Kentucky region and the skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to address them. Participants undergo a substantive education by industry leaders across a diverse range of topics, including economic development, education, government, and human services.

The following individuals have been named to the Leadership NKY Class of 2020:

·Emma Adkisson, PCA Architecture

·Ryan Allen, Love Must Win, Inc.

·Joel Appleberry, Strategic Healthcare Services, LLC

·James Beatrice, Business Benefits Insurance Solutions

·Michael Bloemer, Covington Fire Department

·Christy Burch, Women’s Crisis Center

·Emily Cahill, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation

·Keith Carlson, VonLehman & Co.

·Aaron Caskey, Dressman Benzinger LaVelle, PSC (DBL Law)

·Gregory Cecil, Duke Energy

·Mark Collier, Living Media

·Ken Durbin, The At Home Chef, LLC

·John Enzweiler, First Financial Bank

·Ryan Eten, Jolly Enterprises

·Michael Fay, Commonwealth Hotels

·Jessica Fette, City of Erlanger

·Jamee Flaherty, Fort Thomas Independent Schools

·Joe Fleissner, Fifth Third Bank

·Darren Ford, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP

·Sarah Gray, U.S. Bank

·Patrick Haggerty, Baker & Hostetler LLP

·Nick Hoyng, Danis Construction

·Will Johnson, Messer Construction Co.

·Ryan Kennedy, North American Properties

·Adrijana Kowatsch, Gateway Community and Technical College

·Paul Kremer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·Brittany Lawrence, Clark Schaefer Hackett

·Neha Matta, The Health Collaborative

·Ashley McClure, Covington Partners

·Marcella McNay, Campbell County 9-1-1 Center

·June Miller, Brighton Center, Inc.

·Cynthia Minter, Campbell County Fiscal Court

·Kyle Newman, Forcht Bank

·Jennifer Panepinto, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

·Nicholas Pieczonka, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

·Amy Prather, Republic Bank

·LaDonna Purcell, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

·Brandon Quillen, Newport on the Levee

·Matt Ritzmann, Heritage Bank

·Brandon Roell, St. Elizabeth Physicians

·Julie Rottman, Zalla Companies

·Billy Santos, BB&T

·Ann Schoenenberger, Kenton County Library

·Christina Schreiner Spille, Faith Community Pharmacy

·Holly Smith, Cove Federal Credit Union

·Karralea Stickrod-List, The Décor Group of NKY, Inc.

·Jack VonHandorf, Notre Dame Academy

·Nicolas Wade, Renaissance Covington

·Ann Marie Whelan, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

·Joshua Wiffler, Kroger

·Christina Willis, CitiBank

·Karen Zengel, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Northern Kentucky

“Leadership NKY is a unique and immersive leadership experience,” said Dawn Denham, executive director of the NKY Chamber Foundation and Leadership NKY. “Through monthly sessions, this new class will learn and grow together to become better equipped to support and solve pressing issues facing our region. This year’s class will unquestionably have a huge impact on our region and on one another.”

The Leadership NKY Class of 2020 program will kick off Friday, Aug. 2 in conjunction with the Leadership Northern Kentucky 40th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon. Hosted at The Madison in Covington (700 Madison Ave.) the alumni-only event will bring past program participants back together to welcome the new class, reflect on the program, and to celebrate past class members being recognized with the Leadership NKY Ruth A. Eger Leaders of Distinction award.

Tickets to the Leadership Northern Kentucky 40th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon are $40 each.

Alumni interested in attending, or in nominating a Leadership NKY alum for a Ruth A. Eger Leaders of Distinction award, should visitwww.nkychamber.com/LNKLuncheon.

-Staff report

Photo: Leadership Northern Kentucky class from 2019 (provided)