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Meet the Leadership Venango Class of 2019


Randy Randy Arnold is a senior mechanical engineer at Pioneer Energy Products (PEPRO) in Oil City. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. Randy’s focus is on designing product that is built with pride in Oil City and surrounding areas to serve the telecommunications and emergency communications around the nation. His passion is for engineering and product design and focusing on how to combine that with a business plan to create growth.

 

TessaLVTessa Byham is an Oil City native with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Edinboro University. She is the Executive Assistant at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and loves being involved with the growth of the region through the position. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, kayaking, reading, and attending local events. She is also an active member of the FLEX Young Professionals Group and an Ambassador for the Be Here Initiative.

 

LindseyLindsey Canchola is the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and oversees the outreach for Oakwood Heights here in Oil City. She has been employed at SeniorCare for just shy of  7 years. Lindsey graduated suma cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsey resides in Meadville Pa with her husband, Anthony and their two sons, Landon and Connor. Lindsey is involved in: Aseracare Foundation Board, treasurer for Randolph League, University of Pittsburgh Board of Alumni.

 

JeffJeffrey Fedei is currently the manager of the robust Environmental Services department within UPMC Northwest. Jeffrey started his career in the healthcare setting in 1999 where he worked as an environmental services technician and has continued to advance his career through on-the-job-training and education.  He has served as a corporate representative with the UPMC Health System and Value Analysis Team where he provides input on strategies for the prevention of microorganism transmission.  He has also served as a product evaluator to ensure the ease of use by environmental service workers.

 

DanDan Flaherty, born and raised in Oil City, is Executive Director of the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA). ORLA is responsible for the operations of the three county public libraries (Cooperstown, Franklin, Oil City). Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Library Science, both from Clarion University. He is married to Ashley Flaherty, also an Oil City native. Together, they have fun hiking and canoeing with their dog, Keasbey, time at home with their cat, Jim, and entertaining with family and friends. He also enjoys reading, home brewing, and gardening. Dan has helped organize local Disc Golf events at the Hasson Park course and has contributed in various roles to the Pennsylvania Library Association.

 

GregGreg Lander is a Venango County native who attended St. Stephen Elementary school and Oil City High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and is  Vice President of Klapec Trucking Company in Reno, PA. He enjoys driving the KTC trucks in the local parades and transporting the City of Franklin Christmas tree. He serves as an active member of St. Stephen Church where he is a greeter and helps with the annual St. Stephen Heritage Festival. He volunteers at St. Stephen School by helping with the students swim classes and the Reverse Raffle.

 

MarcMarc Lander is an Oil City High School graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He began driving for Klapec Trucking Company after college, then moved into the office to learn the different areas of the business.  Currently, he is the Operation Manager at Klapec Trucking Company.  Marc is a member of St. Stephens Church, where he and his wife donate 25 hours of service each year. He is also a proud parent of three delightful girls.

 

EmilyEmily Lewis is a native of Venango County, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Business Administration and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Slippery Rock University. As Director of the Venango County Economic Development Authority, she is responsible for the development of several area projects including the revitalization and re-use currently underway at the Oil City National Bank building and the continued development of the county’s fiber optic network. Before becoming Director of the Authority, she was Deputy Director of the Venango County Regional Planning Commission.

 

LaurenLauren Lupinacci is a native of Venango County with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. As the Program Manager for Bridge Builders Community Foundations for the past five years, she leads the fiscal aspects of the Community Foundation while also administering a scholarship program that grants out over a quarter of a million dollars annually from over sixty different funds. She assists in the administration of the National Transit Building and Annex. Lauren is a member of the FLEX and is excited about becoming a more integral part of the group. In her free time, she enjoys participating in community events with her family and friends.

 

BRIANBrian McNulty is the Assistant District Executive for the Design Unit of PennDOT Engineering District 1-0 in Oil City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a professionally licensed engineer in Pennsylvania. Brian directs and oversees the planning and design of approximately $130 million of highway and bridge projects in the Erie, Warren, Crawford, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties annually. He is a member of the Franklin Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and is on the School Advisory Council of St. Patrick Elementary School in Franklin.

 

AshleyAshley Smith is a Franklin native with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Management and an associate’s degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Clarion University, and has taken technical courses at Triangle Tech-Dubois. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University. Ashley is employed at the Venango County Regional Planning Commission as the Land Use Planner. In her free time, she is a Franklin High School Marching Band Bandfront advisor and helps coach with Franklin Middle School Cheerleading. She is a new member of FLEX and an ambassador of the Be Here Initiative.

 

MalloryMallory Spence is a native to the Venango County area, residing in both Franklin and Oil City for extended periods of time. She attended Clarion University where she studied Business Administration and Finance. Since school she has gained 7 years of experience in specialized areas of accounting. She is currently employed at United Way of Venango County as the resource specialist, where she is responsible for accounting operations, overseeing marketing, and campaign account management.

 

RyanRyan Sweeney is a native to Venango County who holds the position of Quality Engineer at Webco Industries, where he is responsible for the development of new products at both the Oil City and Reno facilities. Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Mathematics, associate’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and a minor in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University. Sweeney enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

 


 

Leadership Venango is a nine-month program of the Venango Chamber designed to identify, educate, involve and motivate individuals who desire to become more effective leaders. 

Learn more about the program at www.leadershipvenango.org

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This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

 

Leadership Venango Holds Second Session: Honorable Leadership


The 2019 Class of Leadership Venango reconnected on October 10 at the Venango County Courthouse Annex in Franklin. Dr. Raymond Feroz, Professor at Clarion University, was the morning guest speaker who started the day by having the class participate in an exercise to identify what characteristics honorable leaders have.

Denise Jones, the former Chief Clerk for the Commissioner’s Office, connected with the class to give an overview about how the local government functions and what amenities it has to offer the public. Commissioner Abramovic gave the class a tour of the Courthouse before meeting The Honorable Oliver Lobaugh in Courtroom One to discuss the area’s struggles and what actions need to be put in place to progress as a community.

The class broke mid-day to take a group photo along with professional head shots, then met at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre, where the Commissioners were introduced to the group to chat about our community.

After lunch, Trenton Moulin, Executive Director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, presented about non-profit corporations and educated the group about board member development. Zachary Covington, Executive Director of the Barrow-Civic Theatre, added his experience of moving to the area and becoming involved in the cultural development and performing arts to the region. Before going on a tour of the Barrow, Zach and Trenton provided the class with information about FLEX (Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange) which the class can utilize as a resource to connect with like-minded young professionals.

The next session will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at Cranberry Place in the Cranberry Mall, with a focus on understanding community caregiving.

To learn more about Leadership Venango visit leadershipvenango.org

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Holds Inaugural Retreat


Retreat2The 2019 Class of Leadership Venango got off to a great start on Friday, September 21st with a full-day retreat held at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton. The class of 13, representing all areas of the county with a diverse mix of men and women in different fields and various positions of leadership, took part in team-building, personality testing, visioning exercises, and more.

Lance Hummer, executive director of the Keystone Community Education Council, started the day with personality testing that allowed the participants to both see themselves more clearly and to better understand each other. Team-building exercises, led by Whitehall staff, helped the participants to break down their walls and communicate with one another in a dynamic way.

During a discussion about what our ideal community would look like, the class had an energetic exchange that led them to choosing a topic for projects they will work on throughout the program.Retreat4

The class will spend the next 9 months meeting once a month in locations all over the county, focusing on themes like honorable leadership, business and economic development, and maximizing clean communications. Each session will feature members of the community as both speakers and facilitators, allowing the class the opportunity to make valuable connections that will be an asset to them in future endeavors.

To learn more about Leadership Venango visit leadershipvenango.org

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s October 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Program Applications Due September 7


Venango County’s rural communitieLeadership Venango Logos, like others across the country, are competing to recruit and retain individuals who will not only live here, but will work and be actively engaged in contributing to making this a better place. More than ever, our communities need to be developing local leaders, those who have the best interest of others in mind, whether it be in their families, the workplace or in the community.

Opportunities to learn leadership can be limited, with resources of time and money being a deterrent to many employers providing training. Families and communities are stretched thin, making it difficult to commit dedicated time to attend training or simply build meaningful relationships in the community.

Leadership Venango is designed to build executive level skills, through a variety of programs and hands-on learning activities, while introducing class participants to a more in-depth knowledge of our area. With presentations from local leaders and curriculum developed by leadership programs from across the country, individuals will be better prepared to respond to community needs, advance professionally and work in teams.

Participants are welcomed from the business and non-profit community. Sending your employees to Leadership Venango is an investment in their future and in the community.

Learn more and apply for the program by visiting leadershipvenango.org.

 

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango – Preparing Our Future Leaders


The Venango Chamber will launch Leadership Venango this September, a nine-month program designed to strengthen leadership and professional development skills of current and future business leaders.

The program, one of more than 50 professional leadership programs throughout the state, will begin with a two-day retreat (September 21 & 22) and continue with full-day sessions on the second Wednesday of each month through May, with graduation held in June.

Each session will be around a leadership topic, have a focus on regional assets and include interactive activities. Class participants will leave the program with a richer understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Venango Area and will be better tooled for positive impact in their businesses and community.

The cost of the class is $950. Tuition covers all program materials, instructors, the opening retreat, lunches, and administrative cost. Tuition is non-refundable.

Attendance and full participation is required at every session, the two-day retreat, and graduation, unless an emergency arises. In which case, only two excused absences for emergency situations will be allowed. Additional time may be required for some session participation and other program elements.

More information and an application will be available in June at www.leadershipvenango.org.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.