Emerging leaders participate in Community Leadership Institute

Twenty-one men and women, sponsored by area companies as up and coming employees and future leaders in our community, will begin the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Institute in the coming weeks.  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 2017 Class include:
Glena Borst, Avidia Bank
Robert Courtemache, Rollstone Bank & Trust

Tanya Crowley, Fitchburg State University
Tara DeBoer, Avidia Bank
Stefan Dodd, Fitchburg State University
Denise Fernald, Avidia Bank
Ashley Johnson, LUK, Inc.
Kimberly Kunce, DoubleTree by Hilton
Tracy Lafleur, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company
Amanda Landry, HealthAlliance Hospital

Susan Landry, Leominster Credit Union
Jennifer Leger, Fidelity Bank
Heather Mazzaferro, Ginny’s Helping Hands, Inc.
Corie Merhib, Avidia Bank
Lauren Mountain, Mount Wachusett Community College
Nikki Paglieroni, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company
Adriana Pereira Silva, Avidia Bank
Jennifer Prouty, Workers’ Credit Union
Stacy Quinones, Family Federal Savings
Heather Storme, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company
Tara Williams, Workers’ Credit Union
For more information on the Community Leadership Institute Program visit our CLI page