Emerging leaders participate in Community Leadership Institute

Twenty-two men and women, sponsored by area companies as up and coming employees and future leaders in our community, have begun the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Institute.  CLI is dedicated to providing participants with individual leadership skills and a deep understanding of the region.  The nine month program focuses on education, government, health care, social services, justice system, media, arts and culture, environment and history.  The Chamber created the Institute to inspire a new generation of men and women to enthusiastically assume important roles in their community.   The program challenges individuals from diverse backgrounds to be influential in our region’s future.

Professor Mike Greenwood, business professor at Fitchburg State University and chairman of the Institute steering committee, is enthusiastic about this year’s participants and the meaningful professional, personal and community development they will take part in.  “I have been with the class since it’s reintroduction in 2011.  Each year, I am amazed and impressed with the dedication of the participants.  Programs like this are an important asset within the community to ensure one that continues to thrive, even after our current leaders retire.”

Marty Connors, president of Rollstone Bank & Trust and past chairman of the Institute steering committee, led the Institute’s revival in 2010.  “I was in the 1991 class of the Institute and it was an integral part of my success in the community.  As Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2010, I felt we needed the program back to once again support our needs for leadership and succession planning. Rollstone Bank & Trust’s participants have enjoyed the program and become leaders here in their workplace and in the community.  We could not be prouder of the work they have done.”


Participants in the 2018 Class include:
Surinder Ahluwalia, Ahluwalia Law Group

Cara Baillargeon, LUK, Inc.

Laura Bayless, Fitchburg State University

Mike Bordenca, Workers Credit Union

Alicia Cianciola, Fitchburg State University

Jill Connell, Sizer School

Wendy Connor, YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Rodney Dobbs, Leominster United Methodist Church

Najid Figueroa, LUK, Inc.

Nicole Gale, DoubleTree by Hilton

Meredith Geraghty, NewVue Communities

Kristen Gustafson, Leominster Credit Union

Kyla McDonald, Avidia Bank

Veronica Meneses, Fidelity Bank

Jessie Olson, Fitchburg Art Museum

Jasmine Ortiz, Quinsigamond Community College

Matthew Prior, Rollstone Bank & Trust

Dawn Reis, Avidia Bank

Alexander Rocheleau, Rocheleau Tool & Die Co., Inc.

Darlene Rossi, Morin Real Estate

Colleen Smith, DoubleTree by Hilton

Brittney Zanghi, Avidia Bank