Schooled in Community Leadership

June 12, 2014

Thirty-one professionals employed by local businesses and non-profit organizations graduated from Leadership Lehigh Valley (LLV) on June 4. The program based at Northampton Community College (NCC) has been developing community leaders forLLV Grad Lane Donatelli presenting binder to first-grader at Lincoln Elementary approximately thirty years. LLV became a program of NCC's Center for Business & Industry (CBI) in 2013, as part of its highly regarded Executive and Leadership Development division.

Participants in the program learn the best practices of effective leaders in order to benefit their organizations, develop a deeper understanding of the problems within the communities of the Lehigh Valley, and identify a field of community involvement for which they can advocate.

LLV grad Lane Donatelli put what he learned to use in May. Discovering a need at Lincoln Elementary School in Bethlehem for 400 binders to use in the school's "Leader in Me" character education program, Donatelli got his employer,  AlliedBarton Security Services in Allentown, to donate the binders.

Members of the Class of 2014 were Bethany Baltz (Victaulic), Marc Brinker (Campbell, Rappold &Yurasits LLP), Amanda Buss-Sivak (Community Services for Children, Inc.), Lane Donatelli (Allied Barton Security Services), Christine Duborg (Olympus), Cindy Evans (Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.), Michelle Gaynor (Klunk & Millan Advertising), Sharon Geroulo (Susquehanna Bank), Ricky Gower (National Penn Bank), Eric Haydt (Buckno Lisicky & Company, PC), Jill Houston (Susquehanna Bank), Jonathan Huerta (King, Spry, Herman Freund & Faul, LLC),  Annette Kaiser (Goodwill Keystone), Kyle Kelly (Crayola, LLC), Brian Kutz (Borton-Lawson), Corrine Lamack (Mary's Shelter Cay Galgon Center), Jason Laubach (Northampton Community College), Christine Lenci (American Bank), Nicole Loyd (Moravian College), Lisa Macsisak (Wells Fargo Bank), Saleen Mawji (Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus), Catherine McLain (Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley), Ayman Mostafa (TD Bank), Leah Papp (The Swain School), Stephanie Powell Watts (Lehigh University), Robert Pretopapa (One Financial Services), Dawn Robinson-Weldon (Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley - Allentown Promise Neighborhood), Kim Schaffer (Community Bike Works), Denise Stangl (Lehigh University Art Galleries), Brandon Trate (Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.), and Amy White (Lehigh University - Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation). 

Enrollment is now open for the Class of 2015.  For more information, contact 610-861-5590 or



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