Emerging leaders Participate in Community Leadership Institute

(Regional) – Fourteen men and women, sponsored by area companies as up and coming employees and future leaders in our community, have been accepted into the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI).  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 CLI Class of 2021 include:

Anna Wilkins, North County Land Trust

Ashley Kenney, Fitchburg Public Library

Cindy Dalton, City of Fitchburg, Community Development Department

Colby O’Brien, The Arc of Opportunity

Kelly Johnson, Digital Federal Credit Union

Kijah Gordon, Mount Wachusett Community College

Marcio Cirino, Jr, Rollstone Bank & Trust

Nancy De La Rosa, Primerica

Natalia Aguilar, Resource Management, Inc

Paul Chlebecek, Baystate Financial

Ryan, Murphy, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

Sam Smith, Advent Financial

Scherrie Keating, Diabetes Kare Consultants

Ty Adorno, Leominster Credit Union

About Community Leadership Institute

The Community Leadership Institute began in 1988, known then as Leadership North Central.  Over the last 25 years, more than 250 participants have graduated from the Institute and become leaders in their communities, with over 100 in the last five years.  Participants for the Institute are sponsored by their business and are seen as leaders or potential leaders within that company.  Applications for each class are available in July & August of each year, sessions held once per month from October to June.

About the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce ( is a business advocacy, economic development organization working to create and sustain relationships among businesses and between businesses and the community.  The Chamber works to foster economic opportunity in Fitchburg, Leominster and the twenty-five other communities that comprise North Central Massachusetts.  Find the Chamber online at or on Twitter at @NCMChamber. 

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