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Introducing the Leadership Venango Class of 2021


Leadership Venango is a nine-month program designed to identify, educate, involve and motivate individuals who desire to become more effective leaders. This is the second year of the program and there are 11 people in the class of 2021.

Learn more about the program at leadershipvenango.org.

Class of 2021

Jenn Burden is the Heritage Program Manager at the Oil Region Alliance. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. She is a board member for  the Venango Museum, Venango County Historical Society, and the Heritage Society of Oil City, and a member of the Titusville Historical Society and Friends of Oil Creek State Park.

Jennifer Feehan is the Economic Development Manager at the Northwest Commission, where she assists with economic development throughout eight counties of NWPA. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Penn State and worked at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State for 12 years before returning to Venango County. Jennifer is a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Venus and hopes to get more involved in local initiatives.

Blake McElhaney is a Production Assistant at Matric Group. He graduated from Venango Technology Center (VoTech) with an Electronics Technician Certificate in 2016. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in Project and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Management Information Systems, and an Oracle ERP Certification (2020). In the community, Blake has assisted with installing electrical boxes for Apple Fest with VoTech.

Spencer Mehlburger is a Funeral Service Intern at Morrison Funeral Home. She has an associates degree in funeral service management and specialized business from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Psychology from Point Park University. Spencer is a certified crematory operator through the Cremation Assoc. of Northern America and certified life celebrant through Insight Institute. She has been a volunteer with the Venango Chamber and is a member of the Oil City Rotary Club.

Jason Hodgkiss is the Second Shift Supervisor at Klapec Trucking Company. He earned an associates degree in High Performance Motorsports Technologies, as well as an associates degree in Medium Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Technologies from the University of Northwestern Ohio. Jason has worked at Klapec Trucking Company for a total of 13 years, starting as a mechanic, then driver, and now working as a supervisor.

Lynnie Burkhardt is a Personal Care Home Administrator (PCHA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at The Caring Place Personal Care. She attended the Clarion County Career Center Practical Nursing Program and earned her Personal Care Administrator License from Butler County Community College. Lynnie received the “Purple Iris Award” through Grove Manor Corp. and gives back to the community through the Community Services of Venango County food pantry and Christmas family adoption.

Taylor Mosher is the Entrepreneurship Program Manager at the Venango County Economic Development Authority. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently in her second school year as the Venango Entrepreneurship Academy (eAcademy) Instructor. Taylor enjoys coaching cross country for Oil City Senior and Junior High and coaching swimming for Titusville High School.

Zoe Oakes is the Branch Manager at Franklin Public Library. She is a graduate of Gannon University with an associates degree in Radiologic Science. Before switching career paths in 2017, Zoe worked at Hamot Medical Center for 10 years as a radiological technologist in the emergency and operating rooms. This year, Zoe graduated from Northampton Community College with a specialized diploma of Library Technical Assistant.

Kari Shoup is the Admissions and Marketing Coordinator at Presbyterian Seniorcare Network – Oakwood Heights. She attended both Clarion University – Venango and the LPN program at the Venango Technology Center. Kari started as a CNA at Oakwoods Heights 21 years ago, and has held many positions leading to her current role. She is a member of Oil City Rotary, and helps with monthly blood pressure clinics at multiple local senior centers.

Kyle Vickers is the Learning Skills Specialist & Academic Resource Center Coordinator at Clarion University. He is a CRLA Level III Master Tutor, CLEP and PRAXIS Test Center Administrator, and Project PASS Skill Development Workshop Series coordinator/presenter. Kyle is a board advisor for Venango Campus Activities and Success Coach for students. He has been a FLEX Presents nominee and both a Big Brothers and Big Sisters “Big” and Stay and Play Tutor for Americorps/Keystone Smiles.

Amber Worden is a Shift Business Manager at Webco Industries in Oil city, where she has worked for nine years. She has completed Webco Industries’ Management Readiness Class, as well as many other trainings, including the Speed of Trust, 360 Degree Leader, and 7 Habits of a Leader.

These bios were also published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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