Leadership Elk County sessions underway

Photo submitted - Pictured, front row, from left, are Tiffany Gausman, Kathleen Geer, and Marcie Lynch; middle row, Sharon Barbazenni, Tina Clancy, Ashley Steele, Christina McClelland, Tracey Williams, and Charlene Fledderman; and back row, Mary McGrath, Mike Herzing, Drew Nedzinski, Jason Gabler, Emily King, and Denise Michalowski. Missing from the photo are Steven Manginell and Michelle Smith.
Staff Writer

The 2015-2016 Leadership Elk County (LEC) sessions have begun.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the participants were able to meet and greet each other and introduce their guests and corporate sponsors. Dinner was held at Aiello Cafe and sponsored by Aiello’s and Northwest Savings Bank.
The participants then gathered at The Pines in St. Marys the following day, where they began the first of their ten sessions. One session will be held each month. This first session was titled “Orientation.” Gary Svetz from Svetz Consulting lead the way by identifying each person’s individual personality style and encouraged participants to engage in activities that practiced team building strategies and better communication when identifying others’ personality styles. A lunch was then provided by Creative Concrete by Herbstritt, LLC.
In the afternoon, Kate Brock, the Executive Director of the Community Education Center, provided statistics and data for Elk and Cameron County that was gathered by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
The LEC program is offered through the Community Education Center in partnership with the Ridgway/Elk County and St. Marys Area Chambers of Commerce. The 10-month program is aimed at educating its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the county in order to develop informed, civic oriented volunteers to help direct the future of Elk County. More information can be found at www.leadershipelkcounty.com.