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LEAD Clermont Introduces Class of 2019

Representatives from 29 Clermont County business, education, healthcare, government, social service and nonprofit organizations will participate in the LEAD Clermont  Classic Class of 2019, which kicked off its leadership development journey with a networking event attended by dozens of the program’s alumni.

In all, the class comprises 33 members, the largest enrollment in the program to date.

Now in its thirtieth year with more than 500 graduates, LEAD Classic Clermont offers a July through May series of leadership classes and team-building activities, along with learning experiences designed to increase familiarity and understanding of the County’s needs and opportunities. The program is an initiative of the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Hosted by the LEAD Clermont Academy, the kick-off event also included a Promise Fair, where representatives from eight local charitable and service groups shared information about their volunteer opportunities as a way to fulfill the service commitment, or Promise, LEAD graduates make in return for their experience in the class.

The groups included Clermont Boys & Girls Clubs, CASA for Clermont Kids, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Clermont County YMCA, UC Clermont College, March of Dimes, Clermont Senior Services and Boy Scouts of America.

Today, dozens of LEAD graduates participate on County nonprofit boards, serve in elected and appointed government positions and volunteer in numerous ways to help improve the economic vitality of the community through stewardship, service and friendship.

The 2019 LEAD Clermont class members are:

  • Sandra Anglin-Caldwell, American Modern Insurance Group
  • Dawn Betts, Clermont County Educational Service Center
  • Lauren Betz, Peoples Bank
  • John Chafin, Total Quality Logistics
  • Chris Curtin, Clermont County Educational Service Center
  • Barry Daulton, Grant Career Center
  • Meghan Dick, Hospice of Cincinnati
  • Mark Edwards, Goshen Local Schools
  • Sarah Frey, Home Instead Senior Care
  • Chris Gruber, Duke Energy
  • Jennifer Gruber, Pictures With Piper
  • Bob Hausermann, Goshen Township
  • Laurie Henry, Clermont County Public Library
  • Chelsie Hornsby, Health Source
  • Seth Kirchner, Park National Bank
  • Justin Krueger, Mercy Health
  • Nicole Lesniak, Child Focus
  • Nicole Lundrigan, Lundrigan Law Group
  • Beth Martin, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Matt Mattei, Lykins Energy Solutions
  • Monica May, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Greg McElfresh, Crossroads East Side
  • Mike Mills, Miami Township
  • Larry Parece, West Clermont Local School District
  • Meemie Patel, FirstGroup
  • Lance Perry, West Clermont Local School District
  • Mona Sedrak, UC Clermont College
  • Donna Shirley, Great Oaks Career Center
  • Jodi Stephens, Auxier Gas, Inc.
  • Maalinii Vijayan, Clermont County Public Health
  • Philip Vinson, Clermont County Auditor
  • Nyo Weir, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gina Wood, American Modern Insurance Group

The class is led by Bob Pautke, LEAD Clermont Academy Executive Director.

To develop and deploy leadership across a lifetime, the LEAD Clermont continuum now includes LEAD Ready for high school students, LEAD Emerge for 20-39 year-old leaders, LEAD Classic for community leaders, LEAD Encore for third-act career leaders and LEAD Over for alumni continuing education.

Visit for more information on LEAD Clermont classes and the Academy or email Mr. Pautke.


Kevin Barber
VP, Marketing and Communications

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