May 16, 2013

Leadership Allegany Hosts Largest Class Yet

Leadership Allegany students look on as program chairperson Pam Witter begins her climb up a 76 foot tree as part of the class’ high ropes challenge.

Leadership Allegany chairperson Pamela Witter welcomed the program’s newest cohort with an opening retreat at Houghton College on Friday, April 26. The class of 2014 is the program’s largest class to date with 19 adult professionals from Allegany County enrolled.

Houghton College and the Allegany County Chamber graduated the program’s third class in February, bringing our alumni total to nearly 40 professionals.

“Now we are celebrating the enrollment of our fourth and largest cohort,” said Witter.  “I think this speaks to the quality of the program and the value of the partnership between education and business. Together, we are offering our local professional community a truly unique leadership experience.”

Participants underwent an extensive orientation, participated in team building exercises, met with project liaisons, and took the high ropes challenge at the Wilderness Adventures ropes course as part of their opening day.

Throughout the year, participants will attend classes based on the Social Change Model for Leadership Development. They will participate in and plan industry days, write personal leadership development plans, and conduct a group service project to benefit Allegany County.

This year’s class includes Rory Dudley, Allegany County Department of Social Services; Shawn Derrick and Crystal Sallazzo, Alco Federal Credit Union; Mary Jo Cronk and James Hutter, Houghton College; Julian Smith, Alfred State College; Melissa Vennard, Allegany Arc; Marsha Holly and Belinda Knight, ACCORD Corporation; Erin Cornell, American Red Cross of Southwestern N.Y.; Lori Dzielski, Community Bank, N.A.; Lindsay Garland, Cuba Memorial Hospital; Brenda Rigby Riehle, Allegany County Board of Legislators; Jim Sherrard, Cuba N.Y. Chamber of Commerce; Rhonda Buck, Lufkin RMT; Abigail Wonderling, Alegany County United Way; Ramonia McCann, Jones Memorial Hospital; Joe Kent, Kent Farms and Tall Pines ATV Park; and Timothy Cox, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES.

Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. The program provides a ten-month, tuition-based leadership development opportunity for adult professionals who live, work or have a vested interest in Allegany County. The program’s mission is to equip leaders, create connections, and impact communities for Allegany County.

Marshall Green|


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