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Organization Honors Busniess Leaders June 21, 2017

Leadership York held its Leadership Training Program/Executive Connections graduation event on May 24. The organization recognized the Executive Connections Class of 2017 and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Rob Stone.

The Executive Connections Class of 2017 comprised 21 executives, managers, and directors in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The group met from March through May to learn about York County history, services, and systems, and to explore York's economic and cultural issues and amenities. The annual program series is aimed at those who are new to the York area or to their leadership role and are looking to expand their involvement in the community.

The class consisted of the following individuals: Joe Cerminara, Graham Architectural Products; Jason Elliott, WellSpan Health; Charles Field, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company; Darryl Jones, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, York Campus; Michael Konieczka, Wagman Construction Inc.; Scharmen Konieczka, self-sponsored; Brian Laughlin, York Newspaper Company; Andrew Loehwing, York County School of Technology; Ben Marchant, Springettsbury Township; Tim Melita, Graham Engineering; Anthony Moore, Graham Architectural Products; Richard Read, Glatfelter; Kathy Read, self-sponsored; Brian Scutta, Columbia Gas of PA; Stacey Sidle, Northeastern School District; John Stachowiak, Glatfelter; Amy Stout, Harley-Davidson; Tuan Tran, Graham Architectural Products; Janique Walker, Children's Aid Society; Frederick Walker, self-sponsored; and Patricia Zwergel, Graham Engineering.

Each year, Leadership York recognizes one outstanding alumnus or alumna for his or her contributions to the greater good in the community. Stone, the 2017 honoree, is a graduate of Leadership York's Executive Connections Class of 2011.

Stone is president and CEO of Covenant Insurance Group. His community service and leadership includes roles with Dover Township, Historic York, the York County Stormwater Consortium, Katallasso Family Health Center, United States Airforce Auxiliary, and his church. He and his wife, Nancy, have served as foster parents for special needs children for the past 19 years.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year selection committee consists of past recipients of Leadership York's Alumnus of the Year Award and Leadership York staff.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


YCLC Posts Training Program June 14, 2017

The York County Literacy Council (YCLC), 800 E. King St., York, will offer a new Pre-Clinical Nurse Aide Training for individuals who are interested in health care careers as nurse aides but may lack the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully complete the clinical training and testing. YCLC will educate potential candidates to better prepare them to succeed in a clinical nurse aide training program.

This three-week course will help get participants ready for a certified nurse aide program with financial aid and with job placement. Three weeks of classroom instruction will be provided to all accepted applicants. Topics will include concepts and principles for nursing assistants, body systems and human anatomy, healthcare terminology, mathematics for nurse aides, study skills and test-taking strategies, and professionalism and ethics for health care.

Participants will need to complete a contact information form by Friday, June 23. Forms are available at or by calling 717-845-8719. Participants are required to attend a two-day orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 29.

If accepted, participants must be available to attend all Pre-Clinical Nurse Aide Training classes on Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 14 through Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Educators Complete Leadership Program June 13, 2017

Leadership York recently recognized 22 educators who completed this year's Leadership for Diverse Schools program. The Leadership for Diverse Schools Class of 2017 included teachers and administrators from nine school districts. They worked together from September through May, exploring personal bias and learning to interact more effectively with diverse populations of students, parents, and colleagues. The program, presented in partnership with the York Jewish Community Center, aims to foster understanding, acceptance, and tolerance so the educators can be leaders in helping to build culturally proficient communities within their districts.

The Class of 2017 included Wilma Buerger and Anna Haertsch, Central York School District; Margaret Booze and Heather Lehr, Dallastown Area School District; Morgan Daugherty, Randi Payne, and Mary Jo Welker, Northeastern School District; Brandon Carter, Heather Myers, and Jose Santiago, School District of the City of York; Elaina Angelone and Sandra Ness, South Eastern School District; Lacey Anderson and Shannon Resh, South Western School District; Jay Althouse, Kim Hughes, and Stephanie Winemiller, Southern York County School District; Kelly Peake, Nadia Schildt, and Robert Shick, Spring Grove Area School District; and Brooke Borden and Andrew Loehwing, York County School of Technology.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


Leadership Program Holds Graduation June 13, 2017

Forty people representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County completed Leadership York's Leadership Training Program (LTP) this year. They participated in a graduation ceremony on May 24 at the York Jewish Community Center. The nine-month, experiential course educates participants about York County history and community issues, systems, and services.

As a component of their participation in the program, the members of the Class of 2017 completed six distinct service projects for area nonprofit organizations. LTP service projects are an opportunity to develop skills in researching community needs, identifying partners for collaboration to maximize impact and efficiency, and bringing together the resources necessary to address a need or problem.

This year's projects included a comedy night to benefit York County Food Bank, as well as work day at the organization's distribution center; a cleaning supply drive for families leaving Bell Socialization Services' shelter; a grand opening celebration for Martin Library's Salem Square neighborhood satellite library; the creation of a professional suit closet for students at William Penn High School; the development of an internship program for LifePath Christian Ministries; and the design and building of seedling decks for the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education's new greenhouse.

The LTP Class of 2017 participants and the companies and organizations that sponsored their participation are as follows: Debbie Bailey, self-sponsored; Daniel Bender, Barton Associates; Matthew Bergey, Barton Associates; Nikki Brandt, Murray Securus; Tina Carpenter, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Denise Conrad, City of York; Leslie Currier, Fulton Bank; Matthew Davis, CrocodileDog Marketing; Timothy Dehoff, self-sponsored; Ellen Dooley, RKL; Jackson Federle, York Revolution; Bobbie Ford, York Traditions Bank; Kate Gaudet, York County Economic Alliance; Kayla Glatfelter, Graham Architectural Products; Shelly Grim, Communities in Schools Pennsylvania; Kate Harmon, Family First Health; Beth Harris, OSS Health; Lisa Howald, York County Library System; Natasha Kaplan, Philhaven; Shari Kim, Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services; John Kottmyer, R.S. Mowery and Sons; Karen Lam-Duckett, Glatfelter; Ashley Lonzetta, RKL; Michael Lowe, self-sponsored; Elaine Madden, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College; Danielle Makrias, First National Bank; Siera Mizenko, BAE Systems; Zachary Nahass, CGA Law Firm; Tamra Peroni, RAYAC; Elyse Pollick, York County Community Foundation; Margo Shaw, York County Literacy Council; Jennifer Stolte, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania; Brandon Tesluk, York Revolution; Deena Trebilcock, C.S. Davidson; Jennifer Wisman, Buchart Horn; Paul Wolfman, Glatfelter; Joe Wurtz, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Bakhtavar Wykpisz, self-sponsored; Sarah Yacoviello, Lewis Fundraising; and Patricia Zeltwanger, Penn-Mar Human Services.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


Baker Earns CAPS Designation June 8, 2017

Andrew Baker of Brubaker Inc. recently earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, owners with disabilities, and their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the residential remodeling industry's segment that deals with making home modifications for aging-in-place.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.

In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources, and business management.

CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

For additional information about the CAPS program, readers may visit


Leadership York Holds Graduation June 7, 2017

Leadership York hosted a graduation ceremony on May 21 for its Future Leaders of York program. The Future Leaders of York Class of 2017 consisted of 36 high school sophomores and juniors from 21 schools.

Students include Madison Bernlohr, Jackson Kollasch, and Sarah Raver, Central York High School; Kyle Stump, Christian School of York; Rebecca Schweitzer, Chad Starner, and Emily Swartz, Dallastown Area High School; Alexander Guy and Daniel Sweeney, Delone Catholic High School; Sophia Barnes and Shadrach Murphy, Dover High School; Payton Becker and Hannah Lewis, Eastern York High School; Helen Rosenbrien, Hanover High School; Alyssa Keeny and Donnell Williams, Kennard-Dale High School; Reuel Goins, Logos Academy; Jordan Lemen, Northeastern Senior High School; Hayden Gerver and Lindsay Martin, Red Land High School; Cassidy Childress and Allyson Miller, Red Lion Area Senior High School; Maya Fornaro and Isaiah Washington, South Western High School; Madison Hagerman, Spring Grove Senior High School; Julia Kelbaugh and Matthew Keuler, Susquehannock High School; Caleb Lingenfelter, West York Area High School; LeQuient Lewis, William Penn Senior High School; Srosh Matti, York Catholic High School; Chanel Quashie and Evan Wiley, York Country Day School; Lynsey Belaus and Kole Shenberger, York County School of Technology; and Litzy Garcia and Benjamin Salazar, York Suburban High School.

The program helped the students develop their leadership skills, such as building consensus to solve problems. It also introduced them to community leaders and educated them about how the community functions.

The students awarded $5,000 in grants to area nonprofits, thanks to funding from York County Community Foundation and United Way of York County. The class developed the field of interest, selection criteria, and process for requesting proposals. They received requests totaling $44,000 from 15 agencies.

They selected the following organizations and programs as grant recipients. Bell Socialization Services received funds for its Healing Arts Show, which showcases the works of 100 artists with mental illness. Leg Up Farm used its funds for the Healthy Habits Program, a 12-week program hosted in partnership with the York JCC for children with special needs and their families. The Lehman Center/Children's Aid Society received a grant for its Teen Parent Support Group, which meets weekly to foster healthful parenting techniques and connect teen parents with community resources. PTC Youth Services received funds for its 18 South Youth Center After School Program, which includes homework help, mentoring, and a meal three times per week to youths in grades six through 12 in the Red Lion School District.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and has graduated a total of more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. The graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


Program To Accept Applications May 24, 2017

Leadership Lancaster applications for the Class of 2018 are now available. Individuals who have a passion for the Lancaster community and who want to be effective in their volunteer roles are encouraged to apply.

The mission of Leadership Lancaster is to develop outstanding community leadership to support the needs of Lancaster County. Leadership Lancaster challenges men and women from diverse backgrounds to assume a more active and effective role in addressing community needs.

Participants will meet 13 times from September through May. They will receive an overview of public education, government, human services, healthcare, criminal justice, the arts, and economic development, all of which will provide an insider's view of Lancaster, its people, and its issues. Each session is crafted to include a diverse group of individuals, and participants can take advantage of networking opportunities over the course of an entire class year. In addition, participants meet community leaders throughout Lancaster County.

Class members will meet government leaders, corporate chief executive officers and local media executives, as well as charitable and arts group leaders. There will also be two retreats that focus on leadership skill training to enhance personal growth.

Participants will be chosen by a selection committee on the basis of the completed application and reference forms. The committee gives preference to candidates who, in addition to their potential for leadership, demonstrate the certain characteristics, including their accomplishments to date, willingness to contribute time and personal talents to community service, and a commitment to Lancaster County and the broader society.

Leadership Lancaster tuition may be paid by the individual, an employer, agency, organization, or other source. Partial scholarships are available to individuals who would be unable to participate otherwise.

There is no application fee. To request an application or recommend an individual for the Leadership Lancaster program, readers may call 394-9393 or visit The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26.


Mortgage Seminar Announced May 5, 2017

Real estate professionals, financial planners, attorneys, home builders, and other professionals are invited to a veterans' mortgage seminar on Wednesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bent Creek Country Club, 620 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz.

Sean Parnell, a retired Army Ranger, and author of "Outlaw Platoon," will be the keynote speaker. The seminar will provide information on the barriers that active-duty and veteran military clients face when trying to buy homes and how to help those clients overcome these barriers.

The seminar is free, but for continuing education credit, there is a fee. Realtors may earn a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) Certification.

For more information, readers may contact Ken Pederson at or 431-9299.


Groups Plan Health Summit May 3, 2017

The Central Penn Business Group on Health and LiveWell Lancaster County Coalition will host their annual Health Summit on Thursday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

The Health Summit is designed to bring together the business community and other community partners to promote better health and well-being in the community. The focus will be on developing better ways to deal with stress to minimize its impact on community members' health and the health of the community. The goal of the event is to provide employers and community members with the tools they need to deal with stress in the lives of their employees and the community they are trying to serve.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a noted science and nature writer, biologist, neuroscientist and stress expert.

The event will also include the presentations of the annual Well Workplace Awards in conjunction with LightenUp Lancaster. Awards will go to both large and small employers in the community who have focused on improving the health of their employees as demonstrated through their completed CDC scorecards. The organizers will also recognize two employers who have used innovation in the development of their programs and demonstrated the impact of their offerings. The summit will also include breakout sessions targeting all aspects of well-being.

The registration fee includes breakfast. To register, readers may visit


Business Group Plans Workshop April 26, 2017

The York College Women's Business Center Organization (WBCO) will host a luncheon workshop featuring representatives from Gov. Tom Wolf's Commission for Women at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9. The event will take place in Alumni Hall in the West Campus Community Center on the college's campus, 441 Country Club Road, York. Tickets must be purchased at by Friday, May 5.

The Commission for Women will be represented by Jessica Brubaker and Patti Stirk, both of whom were appointed to two-year terms in October 2015. They will share insights on policies and legislation that support economic and civic opportunities for women. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women also identifies programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women in Pennsylvania.

Brubaker is an adjunct professor in business administration at York College and an independent nonprofit consultant. She earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. Stirk, who earned a bachelor's degree and MBA from York College, is president and CEO of SMALL STAR Art House and Star Systems Engineering Inc.

The Women's Business Center Organization, an initiative of the Graham School of Business at York College, is a group of business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs who come together to learn and support one another with education and professional development resources and events.

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