Leadership Cincinnati announces new class

Fifty-five individuals, representing a variety of businesses, will constitute Class 41 of Leadership Cincinnati, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership development program.

Leadership Cincinnati is an immersive learning experience with monthly topics such as arts and culture, economic development, regionalism and inclusive leadership.



“Leadership Cincinnati gives our leaders fresh perspective on the region’s unique offerings, while allowing first-hand opportunities to make connections within our community,” said Amy Thompson, leadership programs and Alumni Network leader for the Chamber.



For 38 years, Leadership Cincinnati included a group problem-solving component. The resulting  programs include Red Bike (bike sharing for Cincinnati), Crayons to Computers (a free store for teachers) and Freestore Foodbank Power Packs (ensuring children don’t go hungry on weekends). In recent years, it shifted to a group experience-based model to allow for more exploration of the region. 



Nearly 1,900 participants have graduated from Leadership Cincinnati since the first class in 1977. Leadership Cincinnati is sponsored by First Financial Bank.


Class 41 members:

  • Opeolu Adeoye, associate professor and co-director, UC Stroke Team, UC Health
  • Nabila Ahmad, North American sales leader, IBM
  • Dora Anim, chief operating officer, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • John Banchy, president and CEO, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
  • Randi Bellner, senior vice president and market leader, U.S. Bank
  • Cathy Bernardino Bailey, director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Christine Brown, executive director, ReSource
  • Courtney Campbell-Saxton, vice president patient services finance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Terri Chesher, vice president business operations, 84.51°
  • Scott Conklin, vice president HR, Paycor
  • Michael DeWeirdt, senior vice president/annuities strategic business, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Kelley Drummond, senior director of marketing, Ethicon
  • Aaron Eisel, vice president of ticketing and business development, Cincinnati Reds
  • Lisa Fangman, senior vice president, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Louis Fender, senior vice president/senior market manager, WesBanco Bank
  • Holly Foster, chief learning officer, First Financial Bank
  • Davida Gable, assistant controller, AK Steel Corp.
  • Alan Geans, municipal manager, Village of Woodlawn
  • Ronald Gold, attorney, Frost Brown Todd
  • Paul Gore, dean, College of Professional Sciences, Xavier University
  • Marcus Hanna, chief financial officer, Castellini Management Co.
  • Delores Hargrove-Young, vice chair, d e Foxx & Associates
  • Heather Hawkins, partner, Thompson Hine
  • Joe Huber, chief operating officer, Cincinnati Development Fund
  • Anita Ingram, assistant vice president and chief risk officer, University of Cincinnati
  • Matt Jones, vice president, Cincinnati Business Committee
  • Marcene Kinney, principal, GBBN Architects
  • John Langenderfer, senior vice president, Huntington Bank
  • Julia Meister, partner, health care litigation and private client, Taft Law
  • Richard Michelman, executive vice president, chief growth and technology officer, Michelman
  • Joe Muraca, partner, Ernst & Young
  • Karl Niemann, vice president retail operations, The Kroger Co.
  • Eric O’Driscoll, vice president, Fifth Third Bank
  • Daniel O’Keeffe, CEO and president, O’Keeffe PR & Marketing Solutions
  • Whitney Owens, chief learning officer, Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Laura Phillips, president, Vehr Communications
  • Chris Pinelo, vice president of communications, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Alandes Powell, senior vice president, Citi
  • Karl Preissner, senior manager, Procter & Gamble
  • Lee Stautberg, partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Julie Stewart, chief executive officer, JAS Advisory
  • Donald Stock, executive vice president, PNC Bank
  • Jay Stowe, former editor-in-chief, Cincinnati Magazine
  • Jerome Tepe, executive president, Design-Build Al. Neyer
  • Thomas Tepe Jr., partner, KMK
  • Brian Thomas, partner, Graydon
  • William Tucker, executive director, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub
  • Eddie Tyner, president, Enquirer Media
  • Todd Wade, senior vice president, KeyBank
  • Gary Wagner, vice president and senior regional officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Sarah Weiss, executive director, Holocaust and Humanity Center
  • Capt. Kimberly Williams, Cincinnati Police Department
  • James Wilson, vice president, Talbert House
  • Erin Wisecup, vice president, managing director, LPK
  • Danyelle Wright, The E.W. Scripps Co.

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